Youth Dance

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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.

Adaptive Dance Registration Required



Adaptive Dance classes are designed for individuals with diverse abilities to find joy in movement and connect with their peers.

Appalachian Clogging Registration Required



Ages 10 and Up

Students learn how the dancer's footwear is used percussively in this style of folk dance by striking the heel, the toe, or both against the floor or each other to create audible rhythms.

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Ballet Registration Required


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.

Preschool Ballet

Preschoolers discover their creativity through fun exercises and group interaction. Students will have an in-class performance at the end of the session.

Ballroom Dance Registration Required



Stay active and have fun learning the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, Cha Cha and more. No partner required.
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Breakdancing Registration Required



An introductory level class geared towards those interested in learning the basic movements and historical underpinnings of B-boy and B-girl culture.

Combination Dance Classes Registration Required



Beginning students learn the basic techniques of ballet along with the skills and styles of other dance genres including Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical.

Contemporary Registration Required



Explore natural energy and emotions that create dances of fluid expression while learning contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation.

Dance Company Registration Required



By invitation only, dance company members are selected from YMCA dance programs and participate in two performance seasons a year.

Dance Recitals Registration Required



Annual dance recitals are offered to all dance program participants. Formal and informal performances are held at the Y and local theaters. Each dancer is highlighted and given the chance to shine.

Hip Hop Registration Required


Master your floor work and footwork in this high-energy class, with a focus on rhythms, musicality, and individual expression.

Homeschool Dance Registration Required



Focus on exploration of music and movement in this dance introduction. Students discover their creativity through fun exercises and group interaction while learning the basics of different styles of dance.

Hula Registration Required



Gain understanding of the historical origin of Hula, Hawaiian words, and the basic steps and hand movements involved.
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Intro to Ballet Registration Required



Children learn the basics of ballet technique. Classes are designed as an introduction only prior to participating in regular pre-ballet and ballet classes.

Intro to Jazz Registration Required



Beginning students will learn the technique, terminology, rhythm, and basics of Jazz dancing. No fee and non-progressive class. Not recital eligible.

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Irish Dance Ages 6-12 | Registration Required



This high paced class introduces dancers to basic Irish dance movements jumping, hopping, skipping and pointing, counting the beats and having fun. Dancers will explore soft shoe jig and reel.
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Jazz Registration Required



Channel your inner Broadway dancer in this challenging and engaging class that emphasizes syncopation, expression, body alignment, and strength.

Jazz Ages 6-12 | Drop-in Class



Channel your inner Broadway dancer in this challenging and engaging class that emphasizes syncopation, expression, body alignment, and strength.

Lyrical Registration Required



Beginning students learn the kicks and leaps of jazz and fluidity of lyrical dance in this class that incorporates both techniques. With instructor permission, more advanced students engage in placement, technique, and musicality through center and combination floor exercises.
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Modern Registration Required



Explore the freedom of movement while learning various modern dance technique, improvisation, composition, and partner work.
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Parent/Child Ballet Registration Required



Focus on exploration of music and movement in this ballet introduction. Preschoolers discover their creativity through fun exercises and group interaction.
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Parent/Child Creative Movement Registration Required



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.

Pointe/Pre-Pointe Registration Required



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.

Pre-Ballet Ages 3-5 | Registration Required



Preschoolers discover their creativity through fun exercises and group interaction. Students will have an in class performance at the end of the session.

Pre-Company Registration Required



Pre-Company is comprised of emerging dancers’ ages 7 years and up by instructor invitation only. Dancers participate in 2-4 performances yearly.
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Pre-School Ballet/Tap Combo Ages 3-5 | Registration Required



Learn introductory skills and techniques in both ballet and tap. no fee and non-progressive class. Not recital eligible.
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Pre-School Hip Hop Registration Required


Hip Hop is a progressive class with a $21 fee per session that works towards dance recital.

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Preschool Progressive Dance Registration Required



Learn introductory skills and techniques in both ballet and tap.
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Private and Semi-Private Dance Lessons Registration Required



We offer private and semi-private dance lessons in half-hour sessions for dancers ages 7 and up. Private lessons are centered around each dancer's needs. The lessons can range in technique depending on the student’s skill level and focus. Techniques offered are ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. If the participant is under 18 the parent must be present.

Students work toward their personal goals one–on–one with an experienced dance instructor.

Related Activities:
Adult Ballet, Ballet

Progressive Jazz Funk Registration Required



Jazz Funk is a high energy dance style that offers a fusion of Jazz and Hip-Hop. it involves strong musicality and intricate movements. Students will have an in class performance at the end of the session.

Salsa Registration Required



Learn introductory skills and techniques in salsa dancing.

Tap Registration Required



Beginning students will learn the technique, terminology, and rhythm of tap dancing.  With instructor permission, more advanced students engage in multifaceted rhythm, musicality, and steps. Tap shoes required.