At the Harlem Y, kids can learn to dance, play a sport, develop their skills, make new friends, and become empowered in youth programs.

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Spring II Programming starts April 29!
Member registration opens Saturday, April 6 and community registration opens Saturday, April 13. Session availability varies by branch location. Explore your branch offerings today and Join the Y today for early access and discounts!

Sports & Swim


Basketball Foundations
Ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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.



Intermediate & Advanced Basketball
Ages 6-8, 9-12

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
Ages 6-17

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
Ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-12

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.


Kick, Catch, & Throw

Ages 5-8

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!



Ages 3-5, 6-8

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.


Swim Lessons

Ages 6 months +

The Y has swim classes for all ages and abilities. Find a class that’s right for you.

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Ages 4-5, 6-8

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.




Ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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.


Tap Dance

Ages 3-5

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

Ages 4-10

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.


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