South Mountain YMCA

Youth Performing Arts Classes & Shows

The South Mountain YMCA, Maplewood New Jersey, youth performing arts classes and shows are created to encourage curiosity and creativity as well as to develop self-confidence and art appreciation in an inclusive, nurturing and supportive environment.

Dance Attire:

Our dress code is designed so teachers can see the dancer's body lines, including posture, arms, legs and feet. Dancers get the most out of their classes when they are dressed appropriately. Girls are required to wear a leotard for all classes. Long hair is to be worn in a tight ponytail or bun and secured away from the face. For the safety of all our dancers, no jewelry is worn in class. Leg warmers are optional. T-shirts are to be worn during hip-hop class only. Boys wear shorts or jazz pants and a fitted shirt. No loose-fitting cargo pants or jeans.

Youth Dance Classes

Giggle & Groove 

(0 - 2 ½ yrs)
Shake, rattle and roll to the beat with music that gets your toes tapping! Dress in comfortable clothing. Parents with infants in wearable baby carries are welcome to join the fun. Parents/chaperones participation required. 
Wednesday 9:30-10:00am   
ADDED DAY Saturday 9:00-9:30am
Location: Program Center (Wednesday); Civic House (Saturday)

Free with Membership. Must register for each session
Instructor: Miss Gail & Miss Nya (Wednesday); Miss Juliette & Miss Gail (Saturday)

Bitty Ballerinas 

(2½ - 3 yrs)
A special class developed for toddlers ready for the 'next step' in a drop off class. Attire includes a purple leotard, pink rights, and pink ballet slippers (may be satin). No class 11/23 or 11/24.
Thursday 9:30-10:00am
ADDED DAY Friday 9:15am-9:45am

Location: Program Center 
Fee: $70
Instructor: Miss Juliette

Ballet I 

(3 - 4 yrs)
Young dancers develop the fundamentals of creative movement, explore free motion and grasp an understanding of dance language. Mini Recital performance is at the end of the session. Attire includes a pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers (either leather or canvas). No class 11/23.
Thursday 10:15-11:00am 
Location:
 Y Program Center
Fee: $86 
Instructor: Miss Juliette

Ballet II

(4 - 6 yrs)
Dancers move through steps at the barre, floor progressions and center. We introduce and incorporate terminology, musicality, rhythm, and creative movement. Dancers are kept on their toes exploring new vocabulary and establishing dance routines. Mini Recital performance is at the end of the session. Attire includes a black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers (either leather or canvas). No class 11/24.
Friday 10:00-10:45am 
Saturday 9:35-10:20am
Location:
 Fridays Y Program Center; Saturdays Civic House
Fee: $88 Fridays; $100 Saturdays
Instructor: Miss Juliette (with Miss Gail on Saturdays)

NEW! Beginner Tap 

(4 - 6 yrs)
Explore the sound combinations created in tap dance through a curriculum that keeps them moving. Work towards building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination and pace while developing proper tap technique and clear tap sounds. Mini Recital performance is at the end of the session. Attire includes a black leotard, pink tights and black patent tap shoes (with ties). No class 11/24.
Saturday 10:30-11:15am
Friday 11:00-11:45am

Location:
 Fridays Program Center; Saturdays Civic House
Fee: $88 Fridays; $100 Saturdays
Instructor: Miss Juliette (with Miss Gail on Saturdays)

NEW! Ballet/Tap Combo 

(4 - 6 yrs)
Take both Ballet and Tap on Friday or Saturday mornings and receive a price break! There will be time for a snack between classes, a 10 minute break. No class 11/24.
Saturday 9:35-11:15am
Friday 10:00-11:45am
Location:
 Fridays Program Center; Saturdays Civic House
Fee: $153 Fridays; $175 Saturdays
Instructor: Miss Juliette (with Miss Gail on Saturdays)

NEW! Beginner Jazz 

(4 - 6 yrs)
We focus on musicality, body alignment, rhythm, stylization, and choreography. Dancers explore the jazz genre and basic technical skills (i.e. turns and kicks). Mini Recital performance is at the end of the session. Attire includes a black leotard, tan or pink tights and black jazz shoes (with laces). 
Saturday 11:20am-12:05pm
Location:
 Civic House
Fee: $100
Instructor: Miss Juliette and Miss Gail

NEW! Tap/Jazz Combo 

(4 - 6 yrs)
Take both Tap and Jazz on Saturday mornings and receive a price break! There will be time for a snack between classes, a 10 minute break. 
Saturday 10:30am-12:05pm
Location:
 Civic House
Fee: $175
Instructor: Miss Juliette and Miss Gail

Funky Dance

(3-5 yrs)
Funky Dance is a great introduction to dancing that allows for creative movement and less discipline than Ballet. This active, fast paced class instills a love of movement through organized dances and freestyle prompts.
Monday 11:15-12:00pm
Location:
 Y Program Center
Fee: $100
Instructor: Miss Courtney

Musical Theatre

(5 - 7 yrs)  OFFERED FALL I ONLY
We love musical theater at the Y and it is exciting to offer a class that ends with a showcase performance.  Theater games, improvisation, vocal warm-ups, dance combinations and movement routines. Staff picks up SACC students enrolled at the Program Center and brings to/from class.

Full Theater Productions

(Grades K-8)
Imaginations take the lead to captivate the stage. We work as a team rehearsing and preparing for fantastic productions. Singing, dancing, designing sets, props and costumes bring shows to life! Past Show include Beauty & the Beast Jr and Seussical Jr. Up next: Peter Pan Jr.