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Why Choose Us?

  • Professional 'Floating Marley Dance Floors' reduce fatigue and prevent injury
  • Small class sizes
  • Customer service - desk staff available during class times for assistance
  • Wide selection of class times to fit your busy schedule
  • University trained teachers
  • Instructions in rock, classical, pop, jazz and more
  • Optional, low pressure recitals

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  • My daughter has been taking various dance lessons here since they opened. She loves the instructors who are all awesome and great with the kids. Every summer, they have dance recitals that are wonderfully organized and coordinated. Santa Monica School of Dance and Music rocks!

    Kristine D.

  • My daughter has taken lessons for 2 years. It is a wonderful studio with wonderful teachers! We also love the summer camps, especially the all-in-one camp. The studio is well kept and the staff are always friendly. The annual recital is amazing!

    Sharon D.

  • The dance instructors are really amazing with children! They have so much positive energy! Additionally, they have a ton of classes throughout the week and are extremely flexible with make ups. Everyone goes out of their way to be friendly and accommodating. Overall it's been a really great experience!


  • The classes are smaller than other dance studios, so there is more opportunity for one-on-one instruction. I have recommended this studio to many of my friends with kids and would recommend it anyone who is looking for a dance studio. This studio is definitely the best dance and music school in Santa Monica!

    Krista P.

  • Santa Monica School of Dance and Music has been such a wonderful dance studio. The staff is friendly and kind. Easy to get to. Parking right in front. It's not your play around and do a few dance moves. It's serious but applicable to their age. We love this dance studio!

    Ybarra F.

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Ballet / Tap (1 1/2 yrs – 6 yrs) combination classes

  • Leotard – any color
  • Skirt – any color
  • Tights – any color
  • Ballet Shoes – pink
  • Tap Shoes – black
  • Hair must be tied back

Hip Hop (all ages)

  • Comfortable/Flexible pants or shorts (NO tight jeans)
  • T-shirt (NO midriff tops please)
  • Comfortable Tennis Shoes
  • Hair must be tied back

Please respect our floors – have a separate indoor-only tennis shoe for dance class. Dirty “soccer” or “playground” shoes track in sand and dirt onto our dance floors. Students wearing these shoes to Hip Hop class will be asked to remove them.

Ballet (6yrs – Adult)

  • Leotard – black
  • Tights – theatrical pink
  • Skirt – any color
  • Ballet Shoes – pink
  • Hair must be in a neat, tight bun secured with bobby pins.

(Adults may wear practice clothes of their choice)

Tap (6yrs – Adult)

  • Leotard or T-shirt – any color
  • Tights – optional
  • Skirt – any color
  • Tap Shoes – black
  • Comfortable / Flexible pants or shorts – any color
  • Hair must be tied back

Jazz (6yrs – Adult)

  • Leotard – any color
  • Jazz Shoes – black
  • Fitted Leggings / Flexible pants or shorts / Jazz Pants – any color
  • Hair must be tied back

Hair & Jewelry

  • All hair must be tied back
  • All one-hour ballet classes, hair must be in a neat, tight bun secured with bobby pins
  • No jewelry

Ballet leotard

Ballet slippers

Ballet skirt for Ballet/Tap classes

Tap shoes

Jazz pants

Jazz shoes

Santa Monica School of Dance & Music provides dance classes and music lessons to the greater West LA area for all ages in a professional and friendly environment.

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