South Mountain YMCA

Youth Performing Arts Classes & Shows


Fall 2 November 10th – January 4th (class schedule)

Easy Online Registration or call (973) 762-4145

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.

Adult/Child Classes

NEW! Theatre for Tots (Walking – 2 yrs)
Miss Tina and Miss Justine bring their theatrical expertise into this fun-filled class complete with age appropriate theatre games, prop play, interactive storytime and so much more. Unlock the door to imagination with this exploratory class! No class 12/25 or 1/1. Parent/chaperone participation required. 
Tuesday 9:00 - 9:30am    
Y Gym
Miss Tina & Miss Justine

Giggle & Groove (0 - 2 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. No class 12/26. Parents/chaperones participation required. 
Wednesday 9:30-10:00am   
 Program Center
Free with Membership. Must register for each session
Instructor: Miss Tina & Miss Kayla

Music & Me (Walking - 2 ½ yrs)
Explore melodies with instruments, stomp around on our Giant Piano Mat and soak up music vocabulary. We sing songs and play instruments in games and activities. Parent/chaperone required to stay.
Monday 9:30-10:00am 
 Program Center
Free with Membership. Must register for each session
Instructor: Miss Kayla & Miss Justine

Youth Dance Classes

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 11/22 or 12/27.
Thursday 9:15-9:45am
Location: Program Center 
Fee: $52
Instructor: Miss Tina

NEW! Creative Movement (3 - 4 yrs)
Explore the basics of dance movement through a curriculum written by our own Miss Tina. Use your bodies to be airplanes, sea creatures, farm animals, trains and more! This is a great introduction to dance, dress comfortably. No class 12/25 or 1/1. 
 Y Program Center
Fee: $52
Instructor: Miss Tina & Miss Kayla

NEW! Dance for Athletes (3 - 5 yrs)
While ballet and tap may be considered arts, they are also great skill-builders for athletes! Be like the Pros and gain balance, coordination and conditioning from this fun class designed to break the mold of traditional dance class. No class 12/25 or 1/1. 
 Y Program Center
Fee: $56
Instructor: Miss Tina

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 or 12/28. 
Saturday 9:00-9:30am
 Civic House
Fee: $83 (Saturdays); $64 (Fridays)
Instructor: Miss Juliette

Ballet/Tap Combo (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. This class is 30 minutes of Ballet followed by 30 minutes of Tap. No class 11/23 or 12/28. 
Saturday 9:35-10:35am
 Fridays Y Program Center; Saturdays Civic House
Fee: $137 (Saturdays); $85 (Fridays)
Instructor: Miss Juliette

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 12/26. 
Program Center
Fee: $77
Instructor: Miss Tina

Youth Theatre Classes

NEW! Musical Theatre (K-4th Grade)
Dance and sing away with Miss Tina & Miss Juliette to your favorite Broadway tunes! This class will feature warm-ups, across the floor routines and combinations taken from actual Broadway choreography. Staff picks up SACC students enrolled at the Program Center and brings them to/from class. No class 12/24 or 12/31. 
Saturday 10:45-11:45am
 Creation Station (Mondays); Civic House (Saturdays)
Fee: $64 (Mondays); $102 (Saturdays)
Instructor: Miss Tina (Mondays); Miss Juliette (Saturdays)

NEW! Playwriting 101(2nd - 5th Grade)
Learn the basics of character building and story development with a seasoned playwriting expert. Miss Justine will take students on an adventure from a small idea to a big masterpiece. Staff picks up SACC students enrolled at the Program Center and brings them to/from class. No class 11/23 or 12/28. 
 Creation Station
Fee: $56
Instructor: Miss Justine


JUNIOR THEATRE PRODUCTION: The Lion King Jr. (Grades K-8th)

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.
 May 17th-19th, 2019
AUDITIONS: February 23rd at the First Presbyterian and Trinity Church (111 Irvington Avenue, South Orange).
Sign up for an audition slot by clicking here. Video auditions may be submitted if you cannot attend the workshop, or to set up a time to potentially meet with the directors, please email Gail at
REHEARSALS: Tuesday & Thursday evenings (typically 5:30-7:30 or 6-8pm); Sunday afternoons (3-5pm). **Not all cast members will be called for all rehearsals, amount of rehearsal depends on the size of the role. We are very understanding of other conflicts, please reach out to Gail if you need to discuss potential major conflicts prior to auditions. All cast members are expected to be able to attend Tech Week, which takes place the week prior to the show, May 13th-16th.

FEE: Members: $200 Community Members: $250 (Financial Assistance available, please email Gail at for more information)
All participants will receive their own script, a show t-shirt and two complimentary tickets to one of the performances as part of the fee.

(Grades 6th-12th)

Directed by Justine Evyn Saliski

SHOW DATES: December 14-16
Newsies is inspired by the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, and made its Broadway debut in 2012 with tremendous success.


Shakespeare Adaptation 9-Week Workshop & Adaptation Performance
May 3rd-5th
Rehearsal Schedule:  Mondays & Wednesdays, 5-8pm


Fees: (6th-8th Graders may sign up for a free membership through our Middle School Initiative)
9-Week Adaptation Workshop $200 for Members, $250 for Community Members
Adaptation Performance $250 for Members, $300 for Community Members

Or, participate in the program from January through the May performance and pay $112 per month. This includes 4 complimentary tickets to the performance weekend and all workshops and masterclasses held.

For more information about the program, please read through our Program Handbook!

If you have any questions, please email Justine Evyn Saliski at