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Classes for kids: NYC parents pick their favorites

The city is chock-full of programs and classes for kids. NYC parents tell us which ones their children like best.

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    American Tap Dance Center

  • Photograph: Tony Waag

    American Tap Dance Center

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    American Tap Dance Center

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    Applause

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    The Gaga Center

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    The Gaga Center

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Gaga Center

    The Gaga Center

  • Imagine Swimming

  • Imagine Swimming

  • Imagine Swimming

  • Photograph: Melissa Birnbaum

    Peridance

  • Photograph: Melissa Birnbaum

    Peridance

  • Photograph: Melissa Birnbaum

    Peridance

Photograph: Tony Waag

American Tap Dance Center

We asked city parents to tell us which kids' classes their children like best. Some raved about sports programs, while others told us about top-notch dance classes. We also want to hear from you! Tell us about your child's favorite class in the comments section below.


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"Kids of all ages and levels can take classes at American Tap Dance Center. In addition to teaching tap, they are a repository of information on tap history—students learn about Mr. Bojangles and Gregory Hines. It's also very reasonably priced."—Katie Reeves, mom to Ella, 9, Chloe, 7, and Mia, 2, West Village


"In addition to theater classes, Applause on the Upper East Side has incredible hip-hop classes for tweens. I'm always amazed at how professional the kids look during the recital."—Mindy Gabler, mom to Alexis, 10, West Village


"Taking classes at the Gaga Center is a highlight of the week for my son. He has a lot of energy to spare, and the fast-paced sport is perfect for him. The kids are always supervised by attentive coaches and they play really well together."—Barbara Klapper, mom to Daniel, 7, Upper East Side


"On the first day of lessons at Imagine Swimming, my daughter, who insisted I inform the teacher that she didn't want to put her head in the water, dunked under and came up smiling. My son is on the autism spectrum and he gets his own instructor, who is very knowledgable and caring. The facility is immaculate, and all three of us are smiling every time we visit."—Melissa Morgenlander, mom to Fiona and Quentin, both age 5, Park Slope, Brooklyn


"The instructors at Peridance really mix the skill with the chill and make sure the class is fun for kids. Plus, for parents there's nothing cuter than watching a bunch of little ones attempting a buck-and-wing."—Sarah Chumsky, mom to Julia, 5, Union Square



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