Founded in 1995, The Little Dance World is a Royal Academy of Dance certified dance studio located in Hacienda Heights, California. TLDW provides the highest quality dance education for children aged 5-18 and offers a variety of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, Chinese folkloric dance, and tumbling.
Like many others, our story has humble beginnings. Our founder, Jennifer Tai, immigrated to the United States with not much more than a small suitcase and a big passion for dance, leaving behind a thriving career overseas backed by her nine-time championship of the National Taiwan Dance Competition and a BA in Dance from the National Taiwan University of Arts. The Little Dance World was born from her determination to share her passion for dance with her new community in the US, and the first dance classes were held in a small dance space converted from her garage.
Every day since, we have continued to grow and welcomed countless dancers into our studio to make new friends, learn discipline, have fun, and most of all, nurture their love of dance.
Today, twenty-three years after we first opened our doors, we now operate from a lovely studio boasting three separate rooms complete with sturdy barres, dancer-safe Marley floors, wall-length mirrors, and a water station. Every year, we take our dancers to regional competitions such as Showstoppers, Primetime, and Kids Artistic Revue, host Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations, and present an annual recital in the Spring. And our teaching team has now expanded to cater to a wide variety of styles, with instructors boasting credentials such as So You Think You Can Dance finalists, Benita Bike Dance Company, Disneyland Theatre Shows, Beyonce back-up dancers, Michael Jackson back-up dancers, and more. The Little Dance World continues to strive to be better every day so that we can bring our students the best.
As our studio has thrived, so has our students. We have always placed the holistic educational experience at the forefront of our dance instruction so that when our students graduate, they leave with skills that lead them forward for their pursuits beyond, whether dance related or not. TLDW alumni have gone off to pursue higher education at schools including USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Columbia University, New York University, and continued dancing whether through companies such as Barkada Modern in LA or in repertoire pieces such as Mark Morris’s The Office in NYC.
Here at The Little Dance World, we are a family, and we invite you to join us with open arms. Come in, and you’ll see what we’re all about, we can’t wait to dance with you!