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Dance for Kids

Dance is a joyful, constructive outlet that allows kids to tap into their sense of discovery and self-expression. At our dance school, kids learn different techniques with patience and care. Learning to perform before an audience can help to boost self-assurance, pride and a sense of accomplishment. Let the dancer in your child shine!

For more information on Hillsborough YMCA programs, please contact Matt Gray at 908 369 0490 x722 or by email.

For additional information on Somerset Hills YMCA programs, please contact Nicole Mamary at 908 766 7898 x526 or by email.

For more information on Somerville YMCA programs, please contact Liz Kryznefski at 908 722 4567 x611 or by email.

Hillsborough YMCA

Dance Classes (Ages 3 years to 10 years)
  • Beginner Ballet (Ages 3 years to 4 years)

    Introduces little ones to dance vocabulary and technique while they learn the basic ballet positions and have fun.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Ballet (Ages 5 years to 7 years)

    Prior vocabulary and technique is reinforced and new vocabulary and technique is learned. Training in strength, balance, flexibility and discipline is begun.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Hip Hop (Ages 4 years to 6 years)

    Focuses on movement and technique in the energetic style of hip hop and jazz.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Tap (Ages 7 years to 10 years)
    Vocabulary and technique is learned and reinforced. Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Somerset Hills YMCA

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Dance Classes - Program Session (Ages 2 years to 9 years)
  • Kreative Kids Dance Class (Ages 2 years to 3 years)
    Introduces movement to young children. Child must be able to separate from parent/guardian.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Ballet/Tumble 1 Dance Class (Ages 3 years to 4 years)

    Introduces ballet skills, dance vocabulary and creative movement. Tumbling will reinforce body awareness and flexibility.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Dance School 2016-2017 (Ages 3 years and above)

The cumulative nature of our dance classes allows kids to learn dance, whether its ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical or hip hop, throughout the school year in preparation for our recital at the end of the year.

  • Ballet/Tumble 1 Dance Class (Ages 3 years to 4 years)

    Introduces ballet skills, dance vocabulary and creative movement. Tumbling will reinforce body awareness and flexibility.  Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Ballet/Tumble 2 Dance Class (Ages 4 years to 5 years)

    Refines ballet and tumbling skills as well as adds to your child's dance vocabulary.  Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Bitty Boppers Dance Class (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Not into ballet, but want to dance? In this preschool hip hop class, kids learn fun, energetic dance moves every week.  Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Ballet/Tap 1 Dance Class (Ages 5 years to 6 years)

    Combines dance techniques of ballet and tap, using fun exercises to learn rhythm and put moves together.  Classes are 1 hour long.

  • Ballet/Tap 2 Dance Class (Ages 6 years to 7 years)

    Skills learned in Ballet/Tap 1 will be reinforced and new vocabulary will be introduced. Participants must have taken Ballet/Tap 1. Class is 1 hour long.

  • Ballet 1 Dance Class (Ages 7 years to 9 years)

    This class focuses on maximizing technique, increasing dance vocabulary and the fundamentals of building a strong dancer.  Class is 1 hour long.

  • Ballet 2 Dance Class (Ages 8 years to 10 years)

    Ballet techniques will be built up and refined. Participants must have taken at least one year of ballet. Classes are 1 hour long.

  • Ballet 3/Intro to Pointe Dance Class (Ages 9 years to 14 years)

    Ballet technique will be strengthened and refined. Dancers will prepare for pointe shoes. Participants must have taken at least two years of ballet and three years of ballet to be evaluated for pointe shoes. Classes are 1 hour long.

  • Beginner Jazz Dance Class (Ages 6 years to 8 years)

    Enjoy learning basic technique for this fun style of dance. Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Pre Teen Jazz Dance Class (Ages 10 years to 13 years)

    Join your friends for this great combination of the fast movement of jazz and the slow movement of lyrical. Classes are 1 hour long.

  • Intermediate Jazz (Ages 8 years to 10 years)
    Skills learned in Beginner Jazz will be reinforced and refined. Must have taken one years of jazz prior to this class.

  • Kidz Bop - Pre Hip Hop Dance Class (Ages 6 years to 8 years)

    Kidz Bop is for children that cannot wait to take hip hop. This class will focus on keeping rhythm, using your creativity and having fun. Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Beginner Hip Hop Dance Class (Ages 7 years to 9 years)
    Focuses on movement and technique in this fun hip hop style that this age group loves to do. Classes are 1 hour long.

  • Pre Teen Hip Hop Dance Class (Ages 9 years to 13 years)

    An exciting, popular dance form for your child to enjoy with friends. Classes are 1 hour long.

  • Advanced Hip Hop Dance Class (Ages 12 years and above)

    Join your friends for this exciting class where you will build upon your hip hop skills and challenge yourself with new moves! Must have taken Pre Teen Hip Hop or three years of hop hop prior to registration. Classes are 1 hour long.

  • All Boys Hip Hop Dance Class (Ages 6 years to 9 years)

    Does your son want to take dance class but not with all of the girls? This hip hop class is specifically made for boys. Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Beginner Lyrical Dance Class (Ages 7 years to 9 years)

    Learn this beautiful new style of dance that combines ballet and jazz technique to create a story through movement. Classes are 45 minutes long.

Dance School Teams 2016-2017 (Ages 6 years to 17 years)

Through our great dance teams, kids have a chance to further develop dance techniques while training as a team to compete in several dance competitions during the school year, as well as perform at other Y events. Auditions are held the first week of class to ensure dancers are on the appropriate team.

Dance School runs September - June. Registration closes at the beginning of the year.

  • Daisy Dance Team (Ages 6 years to 9 years)
    This team is a great introduction to our dance teams. Dancers learn several different forms of dance such as ballet, jazz and hip hop. The Daisy Dance Team will compete in the large group dance for the first competition and all of their other dances in the second and third competitions.

    Dance team practices are 90 minutes long.

  • Acrobatic Dance Team (Ages 8 years to 17 years)
    This dance team combines the love of dance and acrobatics together. Participants must have tumbling and dance experience. We will split this team into two after the first week of auditions. Dance teams will compete in three competitions.

    Dance team practices are 2 hours long.

  • Senior Dance Teams (Ages 9 years to 17 years)
    This dance team will meet twice a week and will be split into groups during the first week of class. Ballet class will be included. Dance teams will compete in three competitions.

    Dance team practices on Monday are 2 hours long.
    Dance team practices on Wednesday are 3 hours long.

Dance Classes at Your School (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

These afterschool programs are held at Bedwell Elementary School in Bernardville and Bedminster School.

  • Bedminster Dance (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Bedwell Dance (Ages 6 years to 10 years)
    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Somerville YMCA

Dance Classes (Ages 3 years to 7 years)
  • Beginner Ballet (Ages 3 years to 4 years)

    Introduces little ones to vocabulary and techniques of ballet combined with creative movements and fun dancing activities.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Intermediate Ballet (Ages 5 years to 7 years)
    Advances dancers' knowledge of ballet positions and dance vocabulary to take their technique to the next level.

    Classes for are 30 minutes long.