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Dance

In a fun, encouraging environment, we will make sure every participant is able to be the best they can be. Students will learn the fundamentals of dance, how to control their body movements and have a greater awareness of rhythms and music.

Youth Recreational Dance

YMCA DANCE PRECIOUS GEMS
We have launched a new dance program that gives students more opportunities, allowing a recreational or progressive track with overlap in ages for various levels. Also, we have appropriate time in between classes for cleaning and traffic flow considerations.

To provide for a successful and positive learning experience, please use the following guidelines when registering your child for dance class: If your child has less dance experience, please opt for the class in which they are at the higher age range.

If your child has more dance experience, you may opt for the class in which they are at the lower age range. Students should expect to spend 1-2 years in each class. Unsure where your child may fit? Contact Darla Andree at 655-1460 or dandree@edwymca.com.

PEBBLES PARENT/CHILD DANCE (AGE 2)

Educational and explorative, this class brings parents and children together with active stretches, movement, coordination and learning skills.

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GARNET PARENT/CHILD BALLET (AGES 3 - 4)

A great way to gear up for Ballet, this parent/child class teaches basic stretching, barre, leaps, jumps, fun terminology and dance activities in a nurturing environment.

Mon 3:45 – 4:15pm • Meyer
Wed 5:15 – 5:45pm • Meyer

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EMERALD BALLET/TAP (AGES 4 - 6)

This class introduces basic ballet and tap skills and includes activities that develop physical strength and coordination in a fun and nurturing environment. Movement games that encourage self-expression and promote a positive, joyful dance experience are built into the class.

Mon 5:00 – 5:45pm • Meyer
Wed 5:00 – 5:45pm • Meyer

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AMETHYST BALLET/TAP (AGES 5 - 6)

This beginning class emphasizes development of fundamental ballet and tap skills, including learning basic terminology. Activities that improve flexibility and strength are included. Students will have fun and gain confidence in their ability as they gain a foundation for a more focused dance education.

Mon 4:30 – 5:30pm • Meyer
Wed 6:00 – 7:00pm • Meyer

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AMETHYST BALLET (AGES 8 - 10)

Like the other Amethyst classes, emphasis here is on development of fundamentals, but it is geared toward students who started dance a little later. Students will learn terminology and work to improve strength and flexibility. Those who did not start ballet at a very young age will get a solid foundation in this class with other students of the same age!

Wed 5:00 – 5:45pm • Meyer

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AMETHYST TAP (AGES 8 - 12)

For beginners as well as students who have some tap experience. This class will include fundamental tap skills on which to build as students progress. Learned tap vocabulary and skills will be used to build combinations for class.

Thurs 6:20 – 7:05pm • Meyer

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AMETHYST JAZZ (AGES 8 - 12)

This class is for students with limited experience to those with 1 to 2 years of some experience (enrolled once per week), including other dance styles. Students will learn and build on fundamental jazz dance while performing fun combinations to upbeat music. The class is geared toward those who have dabbled in dance who want to improve or learn a new style as well as those who started at an older age who want to move at a pace more appropriate for “older” beginners.

Thurs 5:25 – 6:10pm • Meyer

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JEWELS (AGES 8 - 12)

This is a mixed level ballet class. It can be taken as a second weekly class – to reinforce progress – by those students just starting out or with limited experience. It is also good, as the sole weekly class, for those on the older end of the age range who have had one to two years of experience. Students in the younger age range are recommended to enroll in an additional, level-appropriate, ballet class per week.

Thurs 4:30 – 5:15pm • Meyer

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TEEN TAP (AGES 13 - 17)

For beginners as well as students who have some tap experience. This class will include fundamental tap skills on which to build as students progress. Learned tap vocabulary and skills will be used to build combinations for class. This is a great class for musical theater enthusiasts who want tap experience.

Wed 7:30 – 8:15pm • Meyer

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AMETHYST HIP HOP & JAZZ (AGES 5 - 8)

This class teaches beginner hip hop moves as we develop strength and coordination as we leap, turn and jump.

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AMETHYST HIP HOP (AGES 9 - 12)

This class teaches beginner hip hop moves as we develop strength and coordination as we leap, turn, and jump.

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Youth Progressive Dance

YMCA DANCE PRECIOUS GEMS

We have launched a new dance program that gives students more opportunities, allowing a recreational or progressive track with overlap in ages for various levels. Also, we have appropriate time in between classes for cleaning and traffic flow considerations.

To provide for a successful and positive learning experience, please use the following guidelines when registering your child for dance class: If your child has less dance experience, please opt for the class in which they are at the higher age range.

If your child has more dance experience, you may opt for the class in which they are at the lower age range. Students should expect to spend 1-2 years in each class. Unsure where your child may fit? Contact Darla Andree at 655-1460 or dandree@edwymca.com.

RUBY BALLET/TAP (AGES 6 - 8)

A stepping stone in the Progressive Dance program, this advanced beginner class places more focus on learning and understanding basic technique. With more emphasis on expanding dance vocabulary and increasing skill level while exploring artistry, students can experience a sense of pride in their accomplishments..

Wed 6:00 – 7:15pm • Meyer
16 Week Classes
3 Bank Drafts: Full Privilege Members $55 • Basic Members $66 • Non-Members $81
1 Time Fee: Full Privilege Members $220 • Basic Members $262 • Non-Members $330

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TOPAZ BALLET (AGES 7 - 9)

Devoted to a progression in fundamentals of ballet, building the foundation to progress beyond a basic level of instruction. Class includes traditional barre and center work with attention on both technical and artistic aspects of dance.

Wed 4:00 – 4:45pm • Meyer
16 Week Classes
3 Bank Drafts: Full Privilege Members $38 • Basic Members $46 • Non-Members $57
1 Time Fee: Full Privilege Members $152 • Basic Members $182 • Non-Members $228

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SAPPHIRE BALLET (AGES 9 - 12)

Building on the foundation of previous levels, difficulty of barre and center work will be increased in this class. Focus will be on improving strength, technique, flexibility and musicality as students progress.

Tues 4:00 – 5:00pm • Meyer
Thurs 4:00 – 5:00pm • Meyer
16 Week Classes
3 Bank Drafts: Full Privilege Members $46 • Basic Members $55 • Non-Members $69
1 Time Fee: Full Privilege Members $182 • Basic Members $218 • Non-Members $273

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SAPPHIRE MODERN (AGES 9 - 12)

Sapphire modern focuses on modern dance fundamentals through a mix of styles. Attention is given to body awareness with emphasis on proper alignment. Self-expression is encouraged as students work to develop movement quality and dynamics.

Tues 5:10 – 5:55pm • Meyer
16 Week Classes
3 Bank Drafts: Full Privilege Members $38 • Basic Members $46 • Non-Members $57
1 Time Fee: Full Privilege Members $152 • Basic Members $182 • Non-Members $228

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SAPPHIRE JAZZ (AGES 9 - 12)

This is a mixed level jazz class for experienced students at the designated levels. Technique, skills and combinations will be taught and practiced in a way that allows for personal growth and improvement at the appropriate level for each student. Enrollment in a ballet class is strongly encouraged. 3 (twice weekly minimum) to 5 years of dance experience (once weekly minimum) with at least 2 years of ballet or jazz is required.

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SAPPHIRE TAP (AGES 9 - 12)

A focus on timing and clarity of sounds, as combos become more difficult with increased speed, more complex rhythms and intricate footwork. Improvisation is used to encourage experimentation with sound and rhythm.

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Youth Progressive Advanced Dance

YMCA DANCE PRECIOUS GEMS
Descriptions are listed below to help assist you in choosing an appropriate class for your child. If your child has less dance experience we suggest they take the class where they are at the higher end of the age spectrum. If your child has more dance experience, we recommend they take the class where they fall on the lower end of the age spectrum. Students should expect to spend 1-2 years in each class. Unsure where your child may fit? Contact Darla Andree at dandree@edwymca.com.

SAPPHIRE/DIAMOND JAZZ (AGES 11 - 17)

This is a mixed level jazz class for experienced students at the designated levels. Technique, skills and combinations will be taught and practiced in a way that allows for personal growth and improvement at the appropriate level for each student. Enrollment in a ballet class is strongly encouraged. 3 (twice weekly minimum) to 5 years of dance experience (once weekly minimum) with at least 2 years of ballet or jazz is required.

Tues 5:05 – 6:05pm • Meyer
16 Week Classes
3 Bank Drafts: Full Privilege Members $46 • Basic Members $55 • Non-Members $69
1 Time Fee: Full Privilege Members $182 • Basic Members $218 • Non-Members $273

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DIAMOND BALLET (AGES 13+)

For placement in class, you must consistently demonstrate good to excellent technical ability with increasing artistic awareness. Class work is progressively more physically and mentally challenging, requiring excellent attendance. Students should attend ballet at least two times each week.

Tues 6:10 – 7:25pm • Meyer
Thurs 6:10 – 7:25pm • Meyer
16 Week Classes
3 Bank Drafts: Full Privilege Members $55 • Basic Members $66 • Non-Members $83
1 Time Fee: Full Privilege Members $220 • Basic Members $262 • Non-Members $330

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DIAMOND POINTE (AGES 13+)

Students must be well focused and demonstrate a level of proficiency in their ballet training, meeting the physical demands of pointe work. It requires strength, excellent understanding of body placement and consistency in technique and attendance. Enrollment in two ballet classes per week is required for all Pointe students.

Tues 7:30 – 8:00pm • Meyer
16 Week Classes
3 Bank Drafts: Full Privilege Members $23 • Basic Members $28 • Non-Members $35
1 Time Fee: Full Privilege Members $92 • Basic Members $110 • Non-Members $138

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DIAMOND JAZZ (AGES 13+)

Building upon experience and skills, we integrate more complex combinations: changes in levels and dynamics. More difficult skills are introduced emphasizing improved proficiency of technical
abilities. Awareness of performance art is developed through use of expression and movement quality. Enrollment in a ballet class is strongly recommended.

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DIAMOND MODERN (AGES 13+)

Awareness of artistic intention is increased as you continue to explore and improve the use of distinguishing characteristics of modern dance. Improvisation is sometimes used to encourage artistic expression. Good to excellent understanding of proper body alignment and technique is required for placement in these levels. Enrollment in a ballet class is strongly recommended.

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DIAMOND TAP (AGES 13+)

A focus on timing and clarity of sounds, as combos become more difficult with increased speed, more complex rhythms and intricate footwork. Improvisation is used to encourage experimentation with sound and rhythm.

Not Currently Available 

Adult Dance

ADULT TAP (AGES 18+)

In this class fundamental tap terminology is reinforced while progressions in levels of difficulty are readily offered to accommodate a wide range of student experience. Participants will work to improve rhythm and technique while learning and/or improving various levels of tap skills. Emphasis is on experiencing the enjoyment of tap dancing with fellow students, while achieving self-improvement at an individual pace.

Wed 3:00 – 3:45pm • Meyer
16 Week Classes
3 Bank Drafts: Full Privilege Members $38 • Basic Members $46 • Non-Members $57
1 Time Fee: Full Privilege Members $152 • Basic Members $182 • Non-Members $228

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ADULT BALLET (AGES 18+)

Mixed level ballet class-bring out your inner ballerina! Barre, center and across the floor moves with focus on good body awareness, dance aesthetic and musicality. Work your body and mind while having fun.

Wed 7:15 – 8:15pm • Meyer
16 Week Classes
3 Bank Drafts: Full Privilege Members $46 • Basic Members $55 • Non-Members $69
1 Time Fee: Full Privilege Members $182 • Basic Members $218 • Non-Members $273

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ADULT MODERN (AGES 18+)

More torso articulation and floor-work with a focus on developing movement phrases leading to possible performing opportunities.

Wed 8:15 – 8:45pm • Meyer
16 Week Classes
3 Bank Drafts: Full Privilege Members $23 • Basic Members $28 • Non-Members $35
1 Time Fee: Full Privilege Members $92 • Basic Members $110 • Non-Members $138

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ADULT JAZZ (AGES 18+)

This open level class will focus on building strong, proper body alignment with clean technique through stretch and strengthening warm-up exercises. Across the floor combinations put  technique into practice with turns, kicks, floor work and jumps. The class culminates in a choreographed combination tying all those skills together. Jazz shoes or dance sneakers and clothes allowing for freedom of movement are recommended. Students of all levels are welcome!

Attire: comfortable dance or yoga clothing that allows for movement, jazz shoes

Sat 9:30 – 10:30am • Meyer

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ADULT HIP HOP (AGES 18+)

It’s never too late to find your beat! Join this fun class to learn basic hip hop moves that are incorporated into energetic combinations.

Attire: comfortable clothing that allows for movement, jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, or sneakers

Mon 7:45 – 8:30am • Meyer

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