Dance and movement classes for children in Noe Valley

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  • Girls and teacher faces from above

    "We offer a safe environment for the child, where we nurture her imagination and the natural intelligence of her body. "

  • 3 girls dancing with arms open

    "Dance is for all – All children should dance and be free in their bodies and expression!"

  • 5 girls in group smiling

    "We focus on fun… on the pure sense of joy that the child naturally has."

  • Girls behind ballet barre with smiles

    "We are a big family of little dancers!"

  • Children peeking from curtain

    "We go beyond traditional dance training; we focus on the body, the movement and the whole child."

  • Teacher and child beaming

    "Our students have fun as they learn about themselves and the world through movement and dance."

  • Young dancer in costume

    "We are a place where the children can be themselves; a space where the children can be children!"

  • Rosana with storybook

    "Our lesson plans are so loved by the children that we have to keep doing their favorite year after year: the spaghetti monster; the naughty shoes; the artist mice!"

About Us

Calliope Dance Studio focuses on dance and movement classes for children ages 3-12 in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.

Our classes are small, not more than 6 children, grouped together according to their age, because we believe in the importance of giving individual attention and keeping every child and the group safe. During 45 minutes or one hour the children have fun getting to know their bodies while learning different dance and movement styles: ballet, tap, contemporary dance, yoga and tumbling as well as exploring their imaginative bodies and minds through creative movement.

Children come to dance at Calliope to enjoy their bodies – to enjoy themselves and their natural free movement. Self-confidence and self-love evolves naturally as every kid gets to be him/herself and enjoy the magic that lay behind our human body. Through the art of dancing, we are able to address specific developmental stages, while providing each child with what is needed to enhance their physical motor skills, as well as their intellectual, emotional and social capabilities.

Calliope was founded by Kellee Blanchard in 2005 and was taken over by Rosana Barragan in 2010. It started as a small dance studio with a couple of children from the neighborhood. It now has over 150 children who love to come every week to have fun while dancing, expressing themselves and sharing with friends.

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Calliope Teaching Staff

Calliope continues to attract talented and dedicated Dance TeachersCandy teaches Monday and Saturday classes; Kelsey teaches Tuesday, Thursday and Friday classes; Kerensa teaches evening Flamenco classes; Abby teaches Intro to Spanish and Samba classes.







Calliope offers a range of classes, private lessons, and movement therapy:

  • Preschool
  • Ages 5-8
  • Ages 8-12
  • Private Dance Lessons
  • Classes in Spanish
  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Flamenco
  • World Dance
  • Samba & Brazilian Dance

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