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2016-2017 Studio Dance Program

Studio Dance is 21 week session, for ages 3 and up, running from October through April. The Studio Dance program year concludes with a stage rehearsal and Spring Recital held in April at West High School. Costumes are an additional $35-55 cost, in addition to the class registration fee.

There will be no classes the weeks of November 21st - 26th (2016) and December 19th - 31st (2016).

Parents are invited to visit class during scheduled observation days held December 12th - 17th (2016) and February 13th - 18th (2017).

Pictures will be taken March 7th & 9th (2017). The Studio Dance program year concludes with a stage rehearsal on April 20th or 21st (2017) and Spring Recital held on Saturday, April 22nd (2017) at West High School. See schedule details below: 

2017 Dance Picture Schedule:
West Side YMCA
Tuesday, March 7th Time & Room »
East Side YMCA Thursday, March 9th    Time & Room »
2017 Dress Rehearsals at West High School: 
East Side Classes   Thursday, April 20th  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
West Side Classes        Friday, April 21st 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
2017 Dance Recital at West High School:
West Side Classes Saturday, April 22nd 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
East Side Classes Saturday, April 22nd 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$2 Fee Per Adult (at the door)

For full program details, please refer to our 2016-2017 Studio Dance Program Handbook. The handbook will serve as an introduction to our program and will include important information about the YMCA's dance program. 

2016-2017 Studio Dance Program Handbook

2017 Studio Dance Picture Schedule 

Studio Dance Classes

Child must turn the listed age by December 1st.

Dancin' for Fun         Age 3       30 Minute Class
Kinder Dance Age 4 45 Minute Class
Beginner Dance Ages 5-6    45 Minute Class
Intermediate Dance         Ages 7+ 45 Minute Class
Advanced Dance Ages 8+ 60 Minute Class
Beginning Pom Squad/Hip Hop     Ages 6-8 45 Minute Class
Intermediate Pom Squad/Hip Hop      Ages 9+ 45 Minute Class
Advanced Pom Squad/Hip Hop  Ages 10+          60 Minute Class

What will my child learn in Studio Dance?

Dancin’ For Fun
Introduction to dance for age 3. Covers beginning ballet and tap steps with an emphasis on gross motor skill development, listening skill, and peer interaction. Students will be taught fun, easy dances and games to music utilizing props and rhythm instruments to help build coordination and self-esteem.

Kinder Dance
This class is for children age 4. Begins with basic technique development in ballet, tap and jazz. The emphasis is on proper body placement, as well as learning steps to music and having fun.

Beginner Ballet, Tap & Jazz
Recommended for ages 5-6. This class begins with basic technique development. The emphasis is on proper body placement, as well as learning steps to music.

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Tap & Jazz
Recommended for ages 7+. The emphasis is placed on improving skills in all dance areas and developing higher levels of tap and jazz technique, with more advanced combinations.

Beginner/Intermediate Pom Squad/Hip Hop
Recommended for ages 6+. Participants learn the fundamentals of pom dance to help prepare for cheerleading or school dance team, while building confidence and working on skills. They also work on basic Hip Hop moves with high energy music for fun and funky routines. Please wear black jazz shoes or black sneakers.

Commonly Asked Questions

What should my child wear to class?
Please dress your child appropriately in clothing in which they can easily move, such as leotards, tights, leggings or pants (no jeans or dresses, please). Properly fitting ballet and tap shoes are recommended.

What should I do before class begins?
Take shoes, coats, hats and mittens off outside of and before class begins. Please make a last bathroom stop, and dispose of any gum or candy before class.

Where do I go on the first day of class?
Please check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the appropriate room.

When may I observe a class?
The observation day for dance class is always the last day of the session (for the 21-week Studio session, observation days will be week 7 and 14). This is your child's special day to show you what they have accomplished. Younger siblings frequently have a hard time just watching, so many parents make other arrangements for them. Drop-in babysitting at the YMCA is available for a small fee. Your dancer looks forward to your undivided attention.

What if my child misses a class?
There are no make-ups for missed classes. For extended medical reasons, with doctor's verification, a credit will be given.

Where can I purchase leotards and shoes?
Payless Shoes carries the shoes or any dance apparel store (such as the Dancewear Now) carries all dance supplies.

In what class shall I enroll my child after Studio Dance?
At the conclusion of the session, a class level recommendation will be completed for your dancer, indicating the best class level to enroll you child in at the next registration.

How do I register?
You can sign up at the front desk, or register with a credit card by calling 436 9595 or registering online. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted. Payment plans are available.

Program Guide       


If you have any questions or concerns about the studio dance program, please contact either of the following individuals:

Holly Tritabaugh
Coordinator - East Side      
920 436 1249
Christine Wiinamaki
Coordinator - West Side  
920 436 9567