TOM TAYLOR FAMILY YMCA
In YMCA Arts, children and adults develop and grow as individuals, challenge themselves through creative self-expression, forge new friendships, and learn values that they can use both on and off the stage.
WHAT MAKES ARTS AT THE Y SPECIAL?
- VALUES-BASED: Instructors build their foundation of teaching on the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
- INCLUSIVE: We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to learn, develop, and flourish through artistic expression.
- SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Students will learn to problem solve creatively, gain confidence through self-expression, and attain a heightened awareness of self and others.
Dance recitals at the Y celebrate all of the hard work that has culminated over the past year for our dance participants. Recitals take place annually and are offered to all dance program participants.
We offer a wide range of classes for both kids and adults. We provide quality arts classes where students of all levels and abilities can learn to unleash their inner artist.
- Homeschool Dance classes
- PaintingParent/Child Art Exploration
- Musical Theater
- Dance for Musical Theater
- Homeschool Theater
My name is Ben Meersman, Arts Director at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA. I have 20+ years of experience working in the performing arts and love sharing my passion for the arts with our members. My professional dance career spanned many different types of dance including ballet, modern and contemporary genres. During my career I had the privilege of working with a diverse set of choreographers, many of whom are on the cutting edge of the Seattle dance scene.
My vision for the arts at Tom Taylor YMCA is to have an interdisciplinary program where students can focus on creativity and self-expression through art. All of our arts classes provide opportunities for all levels and abilities to unleash their inner artist! I am currently working towards creating a performing dance company that will perform at in-house YMCA events as well as performing at events out in the local Gig Harbor community.