DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Focus on exploration of music and movement in this ballet introduction. Preschoolers discover their creativity through fun exercises and group interaction. This is a fee-based registered program.
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. This is a fee-based registered program.
Basic ballet movements and music concepts are introduced through the teaching of imagination, self-expression, and group interaction. This is a fee-based registered program.
Master your floor work and footwork in this high-energy class, with a focus on rhythms, musicality, and individual expression. This is a fee-based registered program.
Put on your tapping shoes to learn the technique, terminology, and rhythm of tap dancing. Tap shoes required. This is a fee-based registered program.
Channel your inner Broadway dancer in this challenging and engaging class that emphasizes syncopation, expression, body alignment, and strength.
For true beginners, we will begin discovering what the guitar is all about. Topics will include chords, melodies, technique, and learning songs. Please bring your own guitar but all other materials will be provided. By the end of the class students should be properly equipped to continue learning on their own.
For intermediate guitar players. Topics will include strumming patterns, increased chord knowledge, finger-picking, scales, and song-craft. Please bring your own guitar but all other materials will be provided. By the end of the class students should be inspired and have an increased understanding of the fretboard and what their instrument is truly capable of doing.
Study the basic skills needed for movement, rhythm, and character development. Each session ends with a performance of a scene from a musical. This is a fee-based registered class.
Classes include elements of acting, stage craft and technical theater skills. This is a fee-based registered class.
We are pleased to offer quality dance classes to our members at the Tom Taylor Family YCMA. In order to give our students the best possible learning environment, we ask that parents and family members refrain from being inside the classroom during class. The aim of this policy is to enhance student learning by limiting distractions and creating an environment where students can focus on creativity and learning. There is a Dance Class Viewing Area outside of Room 3 where parents and family members can observe classes and it is reserved for you. In addition, the last day of each session is Parent Observation Day. During this time, you will have the opportunity to come into the classroom and see firsthand what your dancer has been working on.
The running track is adjacent to the Dance Class Viewing Area and is highly utilized by our members. Due to the limited space and safety concerns involving children playing on and near the track, children under the age of 15 are not permitted in the Dance Class Viewing Area. In addition, strollers are not permitted in the viewing area.
There are some safer alternatives for children under the age of 15. They are as follows:
- Child Watch
- Family Adventure Zone – Parental supervision required.
- Youth Center – Ages 8-18. Hours: M-F 3-8, Sat 9-5, Sun 10-5
- Walking the stroller friendly track
We strive to create a positive and safe environment for our dancers, parents and members at large. Thank you for your cooperation as we do our best to offer a safe Y experience for all.
Arts Director Ben Meersman 253-534-7898