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
Location: Y Program Center

Free with Membership. Must register for each session
Instructor: Miss Gail & Miss Nya

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).
Thursday 9:30-10:00am
Friday 9:15am-9:45am

Location: Program Center 
Fee: $80
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).
Thursday 10:15-11:00am 
Saturday 9:00-9:30am Not available
Location:
 Y Program Center (Thursdays); Civic House (Saturdays)
Fee: $100 (Thursdays); $80 (Saturdays)
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).
Friday 10:00-10:45am 
Saturday 9:35-10:20am Not available
Location:
 Fridays Y Program Center; Saturdays Civic House
Fee: $100
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).
Saturday 10:30-11:15am Not available
Friday 11:00-11:45am

Location:
 Fridays Program Center; Saturdays Civic House
Fee: $100
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.
Saturday 9:35-11:15am Not available
Friday 10:00-11:45am
Location:
 Fridays Program Center; Saturdays Civic House
Fee: $175
Instructor: Miss Juliette (with Miss Gail on Saturdays)

Musical Theatre

(5 - 8 yrs)
Calling all Broadway-bound kids! Using theater games, improvisation, vocal warm-ups, dance combinations and movement routines, this class teaches theatre in a fun and interactive way. Culminates in a mini showcase.
Wednesday 5:00-5:45pm
Saturday 11:20am-12:05pm
Location:
 Creation Station (Wednesdays); Civic House (Saturdays)
Fee: $100
Instructor: Miss Juliette (Saturdays); Miss Gail (Wednesdays)

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

Full Theater Productions

(Grades K-12)
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, School of Rock, Seussical Jr & Peter Pan Jr. Next up...

Be a part of the magic that happens at our Y as we produce our next youth production. At the Y, there is a place in the show for everyone who auditions. Professional costuming, sets, and sound are used to enhance the performance. All skills levels are welcome. No prior experience is necessary.

Audition Workshop: Saturday, February 10th, 12-3pm at the Civic House

Pre-registration for the program is required to attend the workshop. Participants stay the whole time. Video auditions may be submitted if you cannot attend the workshop, but please contact Miss Gail for details gsprague@metroymcas.org

Rehearsals: Tuesday & Wednesday evenings; Sunday afternoons
Performances: May 18th, 19th & 20th
Members: $200 Community Members: $250

All participants will receive their own script, a show t-shirt and two complimentary tickets to one of the performances.

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