Types of Dance Shoes

Deciding what the right style of dance classes for your child is can feel tricky, especially if you aren’t deeply familiar with what the different styles of dance are or how they’re different. However, there are some basic questions and considerations that you can use to get started on the right path.


Thankfully, the dance obsessed instructors and staff at Dance Obsession in Palm Beach Gardens are here to help. We love all things dance, and we have experience training, performing, and teaching all of these different styles of dance classes. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at the most common styles of dance and provide links to our dance pages so you can dig deeper if you’d like to. When you’re ready, give us a call with any remaining questions, or register for one of our classes online.


Ballet dance classes are, and always will be, the foundational of dance discipline. Dating back to the Italian Renaissance and the French courts of the mid 16th century, ballet is all about structure, strength, form, and self-control.


Grace, poise, and long, flowing movements are hallmarks of this style that typically features a handful of lead, or principal, dancers and a larger corps de ballet (supporting dancers). Ballet teaches form and body awareness that will serve any dancer well for their entire dance journey.


Ballet classes are great for kids who enjoy classical music, hierarchy, and structure and are a must for any child who thinks they may have a future in dance.


Sometimes called modern dance, contemporary dance classes are built around the principles of ballet but with all of the rules and form traded for expressive, creative movement and the explosiveness of jazz.


Contemporary dance is often performed barefoot and is widely considered to be an American innovation, born from the mind and movement of Isadora Duncan.


If your child loves to close their eyes and sweep around the room in a combination of fluid and disjointed movements because they are “feeling it,” then chances are good that contemporary dance classes will interest them.



Jazz classes are excellent for exuberant, high energy kids who love to move, wiggle, and look at the world through a slightly different lens than their peers. 


Jazz evolved in the post Civil War era as a hybrid form of African slave styles and more choreographed couples dancing that was sprouting in dance halls throughout the southern river states along the Mississippi.


Jazz is most commonly seen in musical theater and Broadway shows and is highlighted by powerful, dynamic movements, explosive jumps, controlled turns, and much like ballet, it is considered to be a core discipline for those who want to make a career out of dance (but it’s also just a ton of fun!).

Hip Hop

Hip hop is one of the newest styles of dance on the scene, but hip hop dance classes are some of the most popular at any dance studio you will go to. Hip hop is the dance of revolution and urban expression and started in the 1970s in places like Baltimore, Oakland, and Harlem.


Hip hop is great for kids who love popular music, have a bit of sass and attitude to apply to their dancing, and who are interested in learning a style of dance that can impress on and off the performance stage.


Our hip hop dance classes teach fundamental skills before introducing dancers to more specific concepts from the various branches of this unique and powerful style of dance.


If your child loves noise, rhythm, and being silly, then tap is right for them — in other words, if you ever thought your child might like to play the drums or bongos, then they’re gonna go wild for a tap dance class.


Tap and jazz emerged at roughly the same time, and historically, they weren’t even distinguished from one another until the very end of the 1800s after being popularized in vaudeville-style shows.


Tap is meant for natural performers and those who love to be the center of attention.


Oftentimes, lyrical dance gets confused with modern/contemporary dance. And, that’s easy to understand when you consider that lyrical evolved out of those movements. All the same things that we said about contemporary apply here with one exception. Where contemporary dance is all about creative, free expressive movement, lyrical dance all more about expressing yourself through movements that are interpretive of the song you are dancing to.

Register For A Class At Dance Obsession Today

We hope that you found this brief guide to helping choose the right kind of dance classes and styles for your child useful, but if you still have questions, we’re here to help. Feel free to reach out by calling us or by filling out our online form with your questions. Or if you’re ready to sign up for a class, then you can begin with our online registration form. We can’t wait to dance with you!