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YMCA School of Dance

The YMCA School of Dance offers classes designed for kids, teens and adults who want to enjoy the dance class experience.

Little Girl Dancer CopyFor a complete description of classes, including class times and fees, please view our current program guide. For more information on the YMCA School of Dance, please contact the Dance Coordinator at 301-663-5131, ext. 1275.

Preschool Dance

Designed for children ages 2-5, these classes introduce dancers to creative movement and musicality while incorporating different techniques into their movements.

Primary

These classes are designed for students ages 6-8 introducing them to the world of dance. Classes occur once a week with the goal of instilling a love for dance in each child and nurturing creativity in a caring atmosphere. This combination class will build a foundation of ballet and explore different styles of dance while also learning dance etiquette and basic technique that will get you ready for the stage! These classes are available all year and you can start anytime. You will need to complete 1 full year of this class before entering an individualized technique class.

Elementary

Dancers enrolling in Elementary classes are ready to transition from combination classes and are prepared for a higher level of focus, technique, and deeper exploration into various styles of dance. Ballet is mandatory to take the other offerings. Students are encouraged to begin their Cecchetti Ballet Method training at this level in addition to their mandatory ballet class. We offer elementary level classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap. One year of prior dance experience is required. (Ages 8+)

Youth

Dancers enrolling in Youth classes are prepared for a more rigorous dance experience and will continue to build technique, stage presence, and self-awareness. Students are encouraged to enroll Cecchetti Ballet Method training at this level in addition to their ballet class. We offer youth level classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and tap. Two years of prior dance experience is required. (Ages 10+)

Teen

Dancers enrolling in Teen classes are prepared for a more rigorous dance experience while continuing to improve their dance technique. Students are expected to take all ballet and appropriate Cecchetti Method class at this level to participate in pointe work. We offer teen classes in in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop and pointe. Two years of prior dance experience is required. (Ages 13+)

Special Needs Dance

Taught by a certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance Instructor. This class provides music, purposeful movement and rhythm patterns to move the body. A class specifically designed to assist in a child’s individual developmental goals and specific sensory, cognitive, and physical needs while progressing fine and gross motor skills.

Adult

These classes are designed for those who have busy lives and a passion for dance. Take just one or take them all, students will continue to learn stylistic technique, build strength, and increase flexibility. We offer adult classes in ballet, tap, ballroom, and hip hop. No prior dance experience is required. (Ages 18+)

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