Dance lead art


At the Y, we understand the arts not only strengthen and enrich communities, but also teach artists of all ages creativity, self-confidence, empathy, and the open-mindedness that makes our world a better place.

We are thrilled to offer many dance and performing arts formats, for all ages and abilities here at your Morgan Family YMCA! Our dance programs are fee-based registered programs, costing $21 per session.


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Dance Recitals

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.

2019 Dance Recital information

Registration for the 2019 Informal Dance recital is open through December 3, 2018 (No late registrations will be accepted. Stop by Membership to register today. Below you will find information about photo days, rehearsals, and the performance.

Dates and Times: 

Recital Registration Deadline:
December 3, 2018 (No late registrations will be accepted)

Photograph Days:
Saturday, April 13, 12-7pm, Ballet and Modern, times TBA
Saturday, May 4, 12-7pm, All Other Classes, times TBA


YMCA Rehearsal Day:
Saturday, May 18,  9-10:30 am, Parent/Child, Preschool, and 5-6yr classe
Saturday, May 18, 11-2pm, First Half of Shows A and
Saturday, May 18, 3:30-6pm, Second Half of Shows A and B

Theater Rehearsal Days:
Thursday, May 30 4-8:15pm for Show A
 Friday, May 31 4-8:15pm for Show B


Saturday, June 1, 5-8:45pm, Show A, show begins at 6pm
Sunday, June 2, 12:30-4:45pm, Show B, show begins at 1:30pm

*All parent/child, preschool, and 5-6yr classes will perform in one show only:
Show A or Show B.  

Location: Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402

Automatic Class Registration: Because each class will be working on a unique dance for the recital, once a dancer has registered for recital they must commit to continue with the same class day and time through June 2019. 

With your authorization on the following registration form, class fees will be automatically withdrawn from your account on each registration day so your dancer will be guaranteed a spot in his/her class.

Recital Registration and Costuming Cost: $25 per student PLUS costume fees of $50 for preschool classes and $60 for all other classes.  Dancers must purchase a costume for each dance in which they participate. For example, a student participating in one ballet class and one jazz class would pay $145 total reflecting a $25 registration fee, $60 ballet costume fee and a $60 jazz costume fee.

All Recital fees are due upon registration unless prior arrangements have been made through the Arts Director or SR Arts Director. All fees are non-refundable.

Ticket Cost: Each student will receive 2 complimentary tickets for each show in which they are performing.  Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2019.

  • $10 children (ages 3-18)
  • $14 adults (18+) 


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Preschool Ballet

Preschool Ballet: Focus on exploration of music and movement in this ballet introduction. Preschoolers discover their creativity through fun exercises and group interaction. These classes are for ages 3-5.

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Parent/Child Creative Movement

Basic ballet movements and music concepts are introduced through the teaching of imagination, self-expression and group interaction. Parental participation is required in this class. These classes are for ages 2-5.


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Ballet: Beginning students learn preparatory exercises, focusing on creativity and exploration of movement. Advanced students engage in placement, technique and musicality through barre, center and enchainment (combination) exercises. These classes are for ages 6-adult.

Pointe and Pre-Pointe: Classes are offered to advanced dancers by invitation only to advance their skills in body alignment, feet placement and the transition to and from en pointe. These classes are for ages 13-adult and are by invitation only.

Preschool Ballet: Focus on exploration of music and movement in this ballet introduction. Preschoolers discover their creativity through fun exercises and group interaction. These classes are for ages 3-5.


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Explore natural energy and emotions that create dances of fluid expression while learning contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation. These classes are for ages 8-adult.


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Hip Hop

Master your floor work and footwork in this high-energy class, with a focus on rhythms, musicality and individual expression. These classes are for ages 5-adult.


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This challenging and engaging class emphasizes syncopation, expression, body alignment and strength. These classes are for ages 5-adult.


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Explore the freedom of movement while learning various modern dance technique, improvisation, composition, and partner work. These classes are for ages 10-adult.

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Learn the technique, terminology and rhythm of tap dancing. These classes are for ages 5-adult.

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Dance Companies

By invitation only, dance company members are selected from YMCA dance programs for their love of dance, positive attitude, exemplary attendance and the respect they demonstrate toward their peers and instructors. Dancers are placed on one of three dance companies and participate in two performance season each year.

The Junior Y Dance Company is comprised of 10-15 dancers ages 8-13. Dancers participate in 6-8 performances yearly.

The Apprentice Y Dance Company is comprised of 7-12 dancers ages 12-15. Dancers participate in 8-10 performances yearly.

The Senior Y Dance Company is comprised of 14-20 dancers ages 13-18. Dancers participate 10-12 performances each year.

Classroom Locations

Click on schedule below to find the location of your class. Arts rooms are highlighted in the illustrations below.


Performing Arts Studio, Community Art Studio, Chapel, and Child Watch

First Floor Map


Dance Studio

Second Floor Map


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