At the Y, kids can learn to dance, play a sport, develop their skills, make new friends, and become empowered in youth programs.
Sports & Swim
3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Our youth instructional basketball classes will help participants develop their skills in an environment that encourages peer support and positive reinforcement. The basketball foundation class will include lessons in dribbling, shooting, passing and the defensive and offensive rules of the game. This is a great place for your child to meet new friends and build their basketball skills.
Basketball Intermediate & Advanced
6-8 years, 9-12 years
For experienced youth basketball players, our intermediate and advanced basketball programs will focus on fine- tuning their skills and introducing drills and techniques that will bring out their competitive drive. While teaching the importance of good sportsmanship, this progressive setting will allow each player to become more proficient in the sport.
Jr. Knicks Program
The Harlem YMCA Jr. Knicks program is a non-competitive basketball league with a strong instructional base for boys and girls in the Harlem Community. The program aims to build confidence in youth that will enhance their self- esteem. Good sportsmanship, teamwork, and fair play are themes which all of our practices and games encompass. The Program is sponsored by the New York Knicks Professional Basketball Team and is presented by Sprite and Foot Locker. The Jr. Knicks program is an 8 to 10 week program which runs from January–March.
Youth Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced
4-5 years, 6-8 years & 9-12 years
Participants will develop balance, coordination, self confidence and discipline through this martial art form. Classes focus on the development of the youth’s positive attitude, behavior and character through building self-esteem and self-discipline while instilling respect for themselves and others.
A fun introductory sports class for both boys and girls. Through a range of developmentally appropriate activities, children are introduced to some of the fundamentals of basketball, t-ball, indoor soccer and most importantly, team work. FREE!
3-5 years, 6-8 years
A popular sport for young children, soccer involves running and kicking, as well as eye and foot coordination. It holds a young child’s interest and provides lots of fun while improving coordination.
4-5 years, 6-8 years
This is a great introduction to the sport of tennis. All skills and techniques will be taught from the game base approach which include the PAS techniques. So come participate in this exciting sport at the Harlem YMCA.
3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Ballet is one of the world’s most graceful dance styles. Our classes teach the basic techniques of traditional ballet. We use a variety of music for our classes taking this style from classic to modern. These ballet classes will teach the basics of the dance while allowing creative movement from each dancer. It is an introductory class that will help to open the child’s eyes to the world of dance.
Put on your dancing shoes! This program will introduce
children to the art of Tap Dance. They will learn basic skills, improvisation, musicality, and most of all, JOY! This program not only teaches them technique, but it opens up a new world of creative movement and fun.
African Dance is a class where children will be introduced to various African dance styles and music. Participants will learn dance techniques that are rich in culture and heritage, while also infusing creative movement.
Ages 9 –24 months
This class develops motor skills and movement awareness, including stretching, aerobics, balancing, ball play and songs in a structured and nurturing environment. Children will develop their physical strength, flexibility and confidence. Class requires active parental or caregiver support. Parental participation is required.
Ages 12–24 months
A structured class designed to stimulate coordination, listening skills, balance, musical interpretation, creative movement and motor development in our participants. Your children will enjoy their time moving along creatively to their hearts desire. Parental participation is required.
Ages 2 – 4 years
Toddlers will engage in friendly and non-competitive classes providing age appropriate activities including gymnastics apparatus skills, tumbling and group games. Professionally trained staff will ensure that children have fun while focusing on achievement at their own pace. Toddlers will become more confident, more willing to take risks and will be challenged in creative new ways. Parental participation is required.