Des Moines Dance, Gymnastics, and Tumbling Studios

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Des Moines Dance, Gymnastics, and Tumbling Studios

Looking for some fun classes for your children to burn off energy, keep moving, and meet friends? Dance, tumbling, and gymnastics are all wonderful options to try. There are lots of dance studios and gyms to choose from in central Iowa. When it comes to choosing a place to go, it’s important to have options and know what they are so you can find the best fit. That’s where this list comes in handy!

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Brekke Dance Center

1721 25th St, Suite 120, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266


Formerly Paula Brekke School of Dance and Tumbling, Brekke Dance Center is a family business that has been operating for over 25 years. They are all about making learning dance fun! For your younger, beginner dancers the combination class is recommended so they can explore the different dance styles. The single genre class is for students who want to concentrate on one dance style.

Charlene’s Dance Studio

2650 Easton Blvd, Des Moines, IA 50317 


Charlene’s Dance Studio has dance classes for children ages 3 and up. They offer Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Hip Hop, Acrobatics/Tumbling, and Hawaiian/Hula. Their focus is on creating a fun and family-friendly atmosphere. Instead of competitions, this studio opts for having its dancers perform at local events such as the Iowa State Fair!

Chow’s Gymnastics & Dance

2218 Park Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50265


Chow’s Gymnastics & Dance is a U.S. National Team Training Center. They offer everything from recreational classes to open gyms to competitive teams including junior Olympic level. Their goal is to offer a high-quality gymnastics program and is a very popular gymnastics studio within the Des Moines area.

Currie Dance & Tumbling Studio

3840 70th St, Urbandale, IA 50322


Currie Dance is a non-competitive dance studio that’s all about offering fun dance classes for boys and girls ages 3-18 and adults! They offer classes in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Pointe, and Tumbling. They recognize that students learn at their own pace and work to have a fun, safe atmosphere.


1970 Grand Ave #37, West Des Moines, IA 50265


Dance-A-Cross is a Christian-based dance studio with something for everyone! One of their most popular recreational classes is their Ballet, Jazz, and Tap combination class. This class meets once a week and has a small class size to allow for one-on-one attention. 

The Dance Avenue

1101 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315


All levels are welcome at The Dance Avenue! Offering both recreational and competitive dance classes, their passion is sharing the love of dance with all. They offer classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Tumbling, Pointe, Hip Hop, and more!

The Dance Place

2812 E 29th St, Des Moines, IA 50317


The Dance Place is all about helping dancers excel at both traditional and creative dance. With decades of experience, the staff teaches a variety of classes from Ballet to Hip Hop to Tumbling to Jazz! A majority of their classes do focus on older kids (ages 8 and up), but they do offer a Pre-Fundamentals class for 3-5 year-olds and a Ballet and Tap class for ages 6-7!

Dance FX

333 Southwest 9th Street, Suite H, Des Moines


At DFX, they strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for dancers of all ages and skill levels. By offering a developmentally appropriate curriculum for all students, they are able to assist in reaching the maximum potential of each and every one of their students. Their goal is not only to teach dance but to assist individuals in discovering and applying the true characteristics of a quality, success-seeking individual. Dance is the pathway to help young people discover their true potential and inner strength to succeed.

Devine Dancers

2913 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312


Devine Dancers is considered the most elite dance studio in Iowa. They offer everything from jazz and hip hop to ballet and more. They welcome students of all ages.

Grace Ballet and Acrobatics Studio

Four different locations: Ankeny, Des Moines, Indianola, and Marshalltown


Grace Ballet and Acrobatics Studio pride themselves in an international standard of excellence through the curriculum of the Royal Academy of Dance and AcrobaticArts. They honor each student’s unique gifts, strengths, and artistic expression. They also regularly share the Gospel of grace through dance.

Mid Iowa Gymnastics

3580 SW Brookside Dr, Grimes, IA 50111


We’ve highlighted Mid Iowa Gymnastics on the site before so, of course, we had to put it on this list! This gym has great options for both members and non-members. They offer preschool classes for kids as young as 2-3 years old (with a parent or guardian involved). There’s something for all levels of gymnasts. They also host an open gym which is a fun way for the kids to get some energy and work on their gymnastics skills.

Parks & Recreation

Your local parks and recreation program may be a great place to check out! A lot of cities offer short-term programs at a low cost. This may be the perfect way for you to see if your child is truly interested in tumbling and gymnastics.

Starstruck All-Stars

1225 Copper Creek Dr., Pleasant Hill, IA


Starstruck All-Stars is the premier Competitive Cheer Gym and Dance Studio located in Pleasant Hill, IA. Classes are offered to pre-school through Senior high school-aged students. Starstruck emphasizes tumbling for all ages and disciplines in conjunction with Cheer and Dance. 

Sapphire Gymnastics Academy

11401 Meredith Dr, Urbandale, IA 50322


Sapphire Gymnastics is located in Urbandale and offers gymnastics classes for boys and girls starting at the age of two! They have an Xcel Team for those who want to compete in gymnastics but don’t want to commit to the rigorous demands of their Junior Olympic Team. This group travels to state competitions around Iowa! Trampoline and tumbling are also offered at this gym!

Triad Gymnastics

2202 SE Creekview Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021


Triad Gymnastics was founded in 1997 with the goal of supporting the mind, body, and spirit of each student. Triad is considered to be a top children’s activity center in the Des Moines area. They offer parent and child classes for those as young as a year old all the way to age 11. This is the perfect place for your child to learn gymnastics basics from a young age! They also offer fun open gym events for members and non-members including a lunch bunch. Take a look at their full schedule.

Westside Dance Academy

125 NE Dartmoor, Waukee, IA 50263


Westside Dance Academy’s recreational program strives to achieve a fun atmosphere while teaching the core fundamentals of ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Dress code included. They also offer competitions and other fun events.


If you already belong to your local YMCA, signing up for their Tumble Tots program may be a great route for you! Monte has taken Tumble Tots and was a great introduction for him to learn about tumbling and also a great opportunity for him to burn off some energy! It is a slightly structured class, but they do understand toddlers love to run and play. Check out our experience here.

As you can see, there really are a lot of options in the Des Moines area whether your child wants to try dance, gymnastics, or tumbling. The great part is that as your little one gets older whether they end up continuing these activities recreationally or they get more competitive with it, there’s a place for them to go in the area! 


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!