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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. Our dance classes are cumulative in nature. The classes meet weekly throughout the entire school year (Sept. – June) so the students can practice and train for the end-of-year recital. Beginning with our fall program registration, participants sign up for the dance class(s) of their choice and registration will be complete for the year. Payment can be made in full for the school year or with our payment program.

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 via webmail.

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

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


Hillsborough YMCA

Dance Classes (Ages 2.5 years to 12 years)
  • Beginner Ballet and Tap Combo (Ages 2.5 to 5 years)
    Introduces little ones to dance vocabulary and technique while they learn ballet and tap basics and have a ton of fun.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Beginner Jazz & Hip Hop Combo (Ages 2.5 to 5 years)
    Introduces little ones to dance vocabulary and technique while they learn jazz and hip-hop basics and develop their own unique style and personality.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Contemporary Ballet (Ages 6 years to 9 years)

    Contemporary Ballet is an extremely artistic style of dance. It is a fusion of ballet and modern dance that tells an emotional journey. Students will gain confidence in conveying an emotional story through dance while learning ballet technique and choreography and exploring their own creative freedom.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Hip Hop (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Hip Hop is an upbeat urban style of dance that is forever evolving. This is a high energy class focusing on musicality and rhythm and encouraging students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. This class is for any skill level and will be adapted to suit both the individual and group.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Tap (Ages 8 years to 12 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.

Dance School 2017-2018 (Ages 3 years to 14 years)

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 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/Pre-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.

  • Ballet 3/Pointe Dance Class (Ages 10 years to 14 years)

    This class will prepare dancers for pointe shoes and work on the skills of dancers who are already working en pointe. Dancers must have completed at least 3 years of dance training. Classes are 1 hour 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.

  • Tap 1 (Ages 7 years to 10 years)
    This class will focus on building the dancers tap technique, expanding their dance vocabulary, and learning about rhythm and timing.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Dance School Teams 2017-2018 (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.

  • Junior/Senior Dance Team (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.

  • Tap Dance Team (Ages 9 years to 17 years)
    This dance team focuses on the style of tap and will prepare routines for their spring competitions.

  • Elite Dance Teams (Ages 10 years to 17 years)
    These are audition based teams focusing in the styles of Musical Theatre, Modern/Contemporary, & Ballet. Must audition before registering. Details for class will be distributed at auditions.

    Please contact Nicole Mamary for more information.

Dance Classes at Your School (Ages 5 years to 11 years)

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

  • Bedminster Dance (Ages 5 years to 11 years)

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Bedwell Dance (Ages 5 years to 11 years)
    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Somerville YMCA

Dance Classes - Program Session (Ages 2 years to 4 years)
  • Tiny Dancers (Ages 2 years to 4 years)
    Introduces the basic techniques for dance. Children will learn new styles of dance while having fun through movement and dance activities.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Dance School 2017-2018 (Ages 3 years to 8 years)
  • Ballet 1 (Ages 3 years to 4 years)

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

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Ballet 2 (Ages 5 years to 6 years)
    Advances dancers knowledge of ballet positions and dance vocabulary to take their technique to the next level.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Ballet 3 (Ages 7 years to 8 years)
    Classed is closed. This class will be offered during the winter session; please check back for dates.


    Ballet technique will be strengthened and refined. Dancers will be now be working towards their pointe.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Hip Hop 1 (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.

  • Hip Hop 2 (Ages 6 years to 8 years)
    Advances dancers knowledge on the style and technique of Hip Hop. Children are introduced to more techniques and moves to take their technique to the next level.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.