Express yourself through movement in our dance program. Dance classes are offered for both youth and adults ages 3 and up. A variety of dance styles are offered, from ballet to hip hop for beginners and advanced dancers. Classes are offered year-round during our class sessions. Participants must register in advance. Expand each section below to learn about the classes.
We offer a wide range of dance forms to our younger age groups, but also want to give our teens and adults to chance to start, rejuvenate, or polish their skills too! Below are the dance forms that we offer for our teens and adults:
- Beginning 1 Ballet | Ages 12-17 years
- Beginning 2 Ballet | 12 years and older
- Beginning Hip Hop | 12 years and older
- Intermediate Hip Hop | 12 years and older
- Beginning 1 Contemporary | 10 years and older
- Beginning 1 Jazz | 8 years and older
- Beginning 2 Jazz | 11 years and older
- Beginning 1 Lyrical | 8 years and older
Leslie Gerking at 253-460-8938
Looking to improve your rhythm and get a workout in all at once? Check out our cardio dance classes!
- To help answer questions about what your child should wear to class, please see our Dance Dress Code.
Annual dance recitals are offered to all dance program participants. Formal and informal performances are held at the YMCA and local theaters. Each dancer is highlighted and given the chance to shine.
2018 Dance Recital information
Registration for the 2018 Informal Dance recital closed on April 1, 2018. Below you will find information about rehearsals and performances.
Dates and Times:
- Rehearsal: Friday, June 8 at 5pm
- Matinee Performance: Saturday, June 9
- Call Time: 12:30pm
- Doors Open: 1:30pm
- Show Time: 2pm
- Evening Performance: Saturday, June 9
- Call Time: 4:30pm
- Doors Open: 5:30pm
- Show Time: 6pm
Location: Lakewood Family YMCA | Youth Gym
Recital Fee: there is no cost this year for our informal recital.
Tickets: $5 all ages (children sitting on lap age 3 and under are free)
Tickets go on sale May 14, 2018. All audience members must have a ticket.
Because each class will be working on a different dance piece for the recital, once a dancer has registered for the recital, that dancer is locked into the same day, time, and level for the remainder of the year. If you have questions regarding the appropriate placement for your child, pleaseshould speak with our child’s dance instructor.
Ballet Beginning/Intermediate for Youth, Teen, and Adult
Beginning students learn preparatory exercises, focusing on creativity and exploration of movement. More advanced students engage in placement, technique, and musicality through barre, center, and enchainment (combination) exercises.
Basic ballet movements and music concepts are introduced through the teaching of imagination, self-expression, and group interaction. Parent participation is required.
By invitation only, dance company members are selected from YMCA dance programs and participate in two performance seasons in a year.
Hip Hop Beginning/Intermediate
Master your floor work and footwork in this high-energy class, with a focus on rhythms, musicality, and individual expression.
Channel your inner Broadway dancer in this challenging and engaging class that emphasizes syncopation, expression, body alignment, and strength.
Interpret emotions through fluid ballet movements and sharp jazz techniques while dancing to both popular ballads and slower contemporary music.
Offered to advanced dancers by invitation only to advance their skills in body alignment, feet placement, and the transition to and from en pointe.
Tap Beginning/Tap Intermediate for Youth, Teen, and Adult
Put on your tapping shoes to learn the technique, terminology, and rhythm of tap dancing.
Leslie Gerking at 253-460-8947