Dance

Dance

Welcome to the YMCA SCHOOL OF DANCE! 

We offer 3 seasons of dance each year, with 2 recitals (in May & December):

  • Spring Season: January-May
  • Summer Season: May-July
  • Fall/Winter Season: August-December

Click HERE to see the dance flyer for our SUMMER 2024 season. Call 359-9622 or stop by our front desk to register NOW as Summer dance kicks off May 23!

Summer Dance features Ballet Technique and Leaps & Turns. See the link to flyer above to read about the details. FEES ARE FOR MONTHLY COSTS!

Fall 2024 Dance registration is NOW OPEN! Read HERE to see the fall schedule.

Classes offered: (typically for fall and spring)

  • Ballet
  • Character
  • Clogging
  • Contemporary
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Modern
  • Tap

Fall 2024 Pricing
Members: $37 per month / Non-Members: $59 per month
Price includes costume for recital.

Financial assistance is available, and fees are discounted if taking multiple classes and/or multiple family members are taking dance.


Dance Class Descriptions

BALLET

Ballet is one of the world’s most graceful dance styles.  Our classes teach the basic techniques of traditional ballet.   We can use a variety of music for our classes taking this style from classic to modern.  We offer a pre-ballet class that will teach the very basics of the dance while allowing creative movement from each dancer.  It is an introductory class that will help open the child’s eyes to the world of dance.  Our ballet classes after this will teach more terminology, proper body technique while becoming stronger, more flexible and agile.
 

JAZZ

Jazz is a form of modern dance.  Its movements can be very unpredictable, either being slow and graceful or quick and abrupt with leaps and jumps.  This dance class will teach flexibility, coordination, and strength while keeping the rhythm to a variety of music.
 

HIP-HOP

Hip hop dance refers to a wide range of dance styles such as breaking, popping, locking and krumping.  Hip hop involves a lot of free style moves and is practiced both in a dance studio as well as on the street.  It is physically challenging with its quick, intentional moves but is very rewarding.  We have guys who are on this dance team and love to pop and lock.  This class will keep you current with the latest dance moves and keep you cool on the dance floor.
 

TAP                           

Tap dancers are known to wear a special shoe with metal plates on the sole.  Tap dancers tend to be lighter on their feet while dancing out the melody of a song.  Many different types of music can be used for tap.
 

MODERN

This style of dance centers on dancers’ own interpretations. Modern dance still uses ballet vocabulary and terminology and offers instruction in standard movements and structured steps.

CLOGGING

Forget what you have heard about wooden shoes and hair buns.  Clogging is a fast paced dance and has a lot of similarities to tap, but has a different style. Tap dancers tend to be lighter on their feet and tap out the melody.  Clogging is a heavier sound and taps out the beat.  Our shoes consist of a metal double tap instead of a single tap to emphasize the sounds of our feet.  We dance to country, pop, hip hop and more.  
 

LYRICAL

This class requires students have at least 1 year of jazz or ballet. Lyrical dance style has its primary basis in ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary, and modern dance.  Lyrical dance is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic.
 

CHARACTER

This class requires students have at least 1 year of jazz AND ballet. This type of dance is performed in high heels, which are also required for this class.

What to wear to class?

Ballet: leotards
All other classes: Tight fitting shirts and leggings.
Girls, please pull back your hair.
No jeans!

If special shoes are required, you can order them through our YMCA when registering.

This project is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts United Of Greater Fort Wayne and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.