YMCA classes teach dance, theater, and art
GIG HARBOR, Wash. - The Gig Harbor YMCA isn’t just about swimming and racquetball and exercise machines, although those are definitely an important part of the Y program.
There’s also a whole other aspect of the Y that includes classes in art, dance and theater, according to Lynn Wilmot-Stenehjem, associate executive director and director of arts.
“YMCA programs are so unique because we focus on the whole person — body, mind and spirit,” Wilmot-Stenehjem said. “And no one is ever discouraged. Everyone is rewarded for their efforts, whether they’re kids in a dance or theater class or adults in a painting class.
And sometimes the classes become international cultural exchanges.
This past spring, a group of youngsters who study dance at the Tacoma and Gig Harbor YMCAs spent two weeks in Thailand exchanging dances with kids there.
Three Gig Harbor youngsters made the trip and presented programs of contemporary, hip hop and improvisational dance, demonstrating the techniques they had learned in their Y classes.
“The arts are a way of communicating that transcends language or cultural barriers,” Wilmot-Stenehjem said. “And they really do nourish the human spirit.”
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By Charlee Glock-Jackson | Gig Harbor Life