Our classes for kids little to big include theater, sports, visual arts and dance, Spanish, preschool prep, and much more.


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Fall Programming is from November 1st - December 26th!
Member registration opens October 16th and community registration opens October 23rd!  
Session availability varies by branch location. Explore your branch offerings today and Join the Y today for early access and discounts!


Dance

Ballet

This ballet class is perfect for young dancers of any skill level! This class will be tailored to each student’s abilities, while challenging them through classical barre exercises, across-the-floor combinations, and creative play. Dancers will learn basic ballet positions, balances, port de bras, short variations and modes of expression.  

(Ages 3-5 years)
Saturdays 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM


(Ages 6-12 years)
Saturdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Contemporary Dance

Ages 7-10

In this exciting class, students will learn the basics of contemporary dance! Blending ideologies from modern dance and jazz, dancers will gain a skill set that features techniques by choreographers such as Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Lester Horton, Bob Fosse and Gus Giordano, as well as incorporating the styles of present day innovators. Through exercises in form as well as creative play and improvisation, this class will provide a versatile foundation for dancers of any level to explore contemporary choreography, and will culminate with a final showcase in our theater. 

 

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Jazz

Ages 6-9

Jazz up your Saturday! In this class, dancers will explore variations of jazz dance while developing a strong technical foundation. Each class will build on skills such as isolations, balances, turns, leaps, kicks, movement sequences, and performance dynamics. Performers will have the opportunity to showcase their new moves in our off-Broadway theater at the end of Session Two.

 

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Education

The Scientific Kid

Ages 3-5

Discover your inner scientist as we explore science in activities and experiments. 

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Spanish for Kids

Ages 3-5

Children learn Spanish in this hands-on, interactive class using songs, a variety of games, movement, colorful visual aids and practical conversation. 

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Ready, Set, Read

Ages 3-5

A reading readiness class, children are exposed to sight words, alphabet sounds and sounding out words. These skills are intended to help your children begin to read and prepare for kindergarten. Class meets twice per week.

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Let's Get Ready

Ages 18-36 months

A pre-nursery school class with hands-on activities and gradual separation from parents or caregiver. Activities include art, story time, singing, literacy development, free play, and snack. Caregiver participation is required in the fall.

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Recipe for Fun

Ages 3-5

A delicious class where future chefs learn to peel, chop, mash, grind, beat, measure, season and then taste the results of their efforts. Students create a cookbook to share their creations with their families at home. YUM!

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Music & Visual Arts

Little Artist

Ages 3-5

Give your child’s world a splash of colorful creations! This class encourages creative expression and socialization activities include painting, drawing, collage, working various utensils and materials to challenge sensory experiences.

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Clayworks

Ages 6-9

A fun clay class designed especially for this kids ages 6-9 years old. Young artists explore the entire clay process including making, glazing and the firing process. Projects include boxes, lanterns, wall reliefs, mugs and sculptures.

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Music & Movement

Ages 12-24 months, 12-36 months

Children burn off energy using props, movement games and songs. Children are welcome to explore the room, participate in circle time and discover themselves.

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Sports & Swim

Basketball

A clinic that will allow young people to develop their basketball skill while building relationships.  The clinic will not include physical contact.  Please choose the offering according to skill level – beginner, intermediate and advanced. Bring your own basketball with your name on it, filled water bottle and towel (optional).  We will provide basketballs for those who do not have their own. All programs will be modified to allow for additional safety precautions including ensuring social distancing as appropriate.


(Ages 6-12 years)
Saturdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


(Ages 3-5 years)
Saturdays 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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Gymnastics

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

Each level of our progressive program is geared to advance gymnasts in safe, consistent and productive progressions. The program teaches safety awareness, body awareness, values education and skills instruction with safety as our #1 concern.

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Karate

Ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-13

Our progressive karate program teaches physical education, self-defense, and meditation. Regular participation in this program develops strength, agility, flexibility and coordination as well as focus and peace of mind.

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Multi-Sport

Sports Bugs
Ages 3-5

Kids break a sweat in this gym class which focuses on teamwork and learning the fundamentals of game play while building coordination, agility, strength, and balance.

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Soccer

Ages 3-5, 6-12

Our soccer classes, for toddlers through middle schoolers, teach skills, improve coordination, and encourage fair play, positive attitude, and teamwork.

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Squash for Youth

Ages 8-13

Students work on refining prior squash knowledge and reinforce fundamentals through clinics and game play with peers. Develop skills and camaraderie in a non-competitive, constructive environment.

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Swim Lessons

The Y has swim classes year-round for kids of all ages. Find a class that’s right for you.

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Tennis

Ages 3-5, 6-12

Young kids learn to play with kid-sized racquets, slower and lower-bouncing balls, and older students are taught fundamental and advanced techniques of groundstroke, volley, and overhead strokes.

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Private Sports Lessons

Ages 3+

A YMCA certified instructor can be just what your child needs to get comfortable, hone their skills, and achieve their goals. Private sessions are designed to meet their needs and scheduled at a time that works best for you.

Number of 60 Minute Sessions Y Member Community
Single session $99 $116
5 sessions $470 $553
10 sessions $891 $1,048
20 sessions $1,584 $1,864

 

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Sessions are nontransferable and nonrefundable. All packages expire 90 days from date of purchase. 24 hour notice of cancellation with the instructor is required to avoid being charged for the full session. For the safety and security of our members and program participants, only West Side YMCA staff may instruct private sessions.

Theater Arts

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Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater
Ages 3-5

Drama-based activities and skill-building will help advance your child’s ability to imagine new worlds, become incredible characters, and share fantastic stories.

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Kids Company Triple Threat

Kids Company Triple Threat
Ages 6-12

This program is an excellent place for performers to develop skills, confidence, and technique in a supportive, dynamic and fun environment. Providing an enriching musical theater experience, working with professionals with an equal focus on dance, drama, and vocal music, that culminates in exciting musical revue-style performance sourcing material from Broadway shows. This spring, our Triple Threats will be creating an original musical revue, Villains, focusing on the anti-heroes and their stories. Each program session is modeled off of a professional rehearsal process and participants are required to make a commitment of attendance, punctuality, participation, and effort. Triple Threat focuses on each performer's individual skills offering an environment for optimal growth and showcasing your performer in their own spotlight. 

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    About Kids Company:
    Kids Company provides young people of all backgrounds and experience levels the opportunity to work with acting, dance, and musical theater professionals to develop skills in singing, acting, and choreography. Programs provide in-depth musical theater experiences that culminate in exciting fully developed performances. Each program session is modeled off of a professional rehearsal process and participants are required to make a commitment of attendance, punctuality, participation, and effort. 

    Kids Company Studio Production

    Kids Company Studio Production
    Ages 7-12

    An excellent place for more intermediate performers to develop skills, confidence, and technique in a supportive, dynamic and fun environment. Providing an enriching musical theater experience that culminates in an exciting mini scripted musical. Each program session is modeled off of a professional rehearsal process and participants are required to make a commitment of attendance, punctuality, participation, and effort. 

     

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    About Kids Company:
    Kids Company provides young people of all backgrounds and experience levels the opportunity to work with acting, dance, and musical theater professionals to develop skills in singing, acting, and choreography. Programs provide in-depth musical theater experiences that culminate in exciting fully developed performances. Each program session is modeled off of a professional rehearsal process and participants are required to make a commitment of attendance, punctuality, participation, and effort. 

    Teen Tech Crew

    Teen Tech Crew
    Ages 12-19

    In Teen Tech Crew, technical theater professionals teach weekly workshops in lighting, stage management, sound, costume, and scenic design. Students support Kids Company productions with their new learnings, and work backstage during Teen Theater Collective's dramatic play presentations. Teen Tech Crew is integrated fully into our Kids Company and our Teen Theater Collective productions, playing essential roles backstage, in the booth, and assisting with the building of scenery, props, and costumes. 

    Over the course of the year, students also create independent study projects in their areas of interest (lighting, sound, costume, stage management, scenic design) under supervision by a designated mentor, and share out their work in a special Teen Tech Presentation. Teen Tech is free with support from the Annual Campaign. Students who register for the program must make a commitment of attendance, punctuality, participation, and effort.

     

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    Teen Theater Collective

    Teen Theater Collective
    Ages 10-18

    In Teen Theater Collective, students rehearse and perform a classical theater production in the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, a unique opportunity for teens to develop their identity, grow as actors and artists, and build a community with their peers. Classes include the development of acting, improvisation, writing, directing, and performance skills, the development of original material through a series of dramatic explorations, improvisation structures, writing exercises, and more. The resulting performance presented is a product of the collective of teens, their strengths, personalities, passions, and pursuits. 

     

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