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

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The next eight-week session of classes begins the week of July 1, 2019. Registration opens for YMCA members on June 15, and for community members on June 22.

Dance

Beginners Ballet

Ages 3-5 years

Your little one is introduced to simple stretches and ballet terminology while incorporating movement in their own way through games and using props.

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Ballet

Ages 5-9 years

In this playful and creative ballet class, students learn basic ballet positions, balances, port-de-bras, barre work, across the floor, and short combinations. This class is great place for ballet dancers of all skill levels. Our teaching artist meets each child at their level and personally challenge them through techniques and expression which will be showcased in a final performance in our theatre.

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Contemporary Dance

Ages 7-12 years

In this exciting dance class, students learn the basics of contemporary dance, inspired by a fusion of modern and jazz dance techniques and the styles of revolutionary new choreographers! Featuring techniques by choreographers such as Lester Horton, Martha Graham, Gus Giordano, and Katherine Dunham and integrated with the style of current choreographers such as those seen on So You Think You Can Dance, this class provides students with a variety of skills that complement their own unique and innovative dances. Throughout this session, students will experience the freedom to find their own artistic expression through movement.

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Education

The Scientific Kid

Ages 3-5 years

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

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Spanish for Kids

Ages 3-5 years

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
October-December 2019

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 years

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 and Visual Arts

Little Artist

Ages 3-5 years

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 years

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

Basketball

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

Learn and master the basics of passing, dribbling and shooting and practice your offense and defense in fun scrimmages.

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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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Advanced Seido Karate

This class is open to green belts and above. Instructor approval is required. 

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Multi-Sport

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

We offer 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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Yoga

Ages 6-12 months, 18-24 months

Join us on a yoga journey of postures and breath exercises that are relaxing for you, and fun for your little one!

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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 Price for Y Member Price for 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

Imagination Theater

Ages 3-5 years

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 Thursday Showcase

KIDS COMPANY THURSDAY SHOWCASE | 6-14 years
Showcase provides an in-depth musical theater experience  that culminates in a musical revue/cabaret style presentation. The session is modeled off of a professional rehearsal process and participants are required to make a commitment of attendance, punctuality, participation, and effort. 

Thursdays 4:30-7 PM | Starts April 4, 2018
PERFORMANCE: Friday, June 7, 2019, at 6 PM

 

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Kids Company Triple Threat

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 fall, our Triple Threats will be creating an original musical revue, People of Note, focusing on role models both factual and fictional. Each program session is modeled off 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. 

Ages 6-14 years
Tuesdays 4-6:30 PM | Starts September 10
Performance: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 5 PM

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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

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 a professional rehearsal process and participants are required to make a commitment of attendance, punctuality, participation, and effort. This fall, our students will be performing The Adams Family.

In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus Lippa, Brickman, and Elice’s musical: the Addams kids are growing up. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.

Ages 7-12 years
Wednesdays 4:30-7 PM | Starts September 11
Performance: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 5 PM

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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 Production

NEWSIES

It's time to carry the banner on your stage with Disney's Newsies! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!

Ages 8-14 years
Thursdays 4:30-7 PM, Sundays 1-4 PM
Performances: November 20 - 24, 2019

Registration by audition only.

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

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.

Ages 12-19 years
Fridays 4:30-6:30 PM | Starts September 13
Tech/Performances: November 16-24, December 12-14, 2019

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Teen Theater Collective

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. 

Ages 10-18 years
Tuesdays 4:30-7 PM | Starts September 10
Performances: December 14, 2019 | 2 & 6 PM

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About The Oresteia Trilogy

The Oresteia Trilogy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus consists of the three linked plays AgamemnonThe Libation Bearers and The EumenidesAgamemnon describes the homecoming of King Agamemnon of Argos from the Trojan War, along with his concubine Cassandra. His wife, Clytemnestra, however, had long been planning his murder (in concert with her lover, Aegisthus) as revenge for Agamemnon’s earlier sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia. The Libation Bearers deals with the reunion of Agamemnon's children, Electra and Orestes, and their revenge as they kill Clytemnestra and Aegisthus in a new chapter of the curse of the House of Atreus. The Eumenides tells of how Orestes is pursued to Athens by the vengeful Erinyes for the murder of his mother, Clytemnestra, and how he is tried before Athena and a jury of Athenians to decide whether his crime justifies the torment of the Erinyes. 

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