Youth - Dance

Our dance classes are an excellent and fun way for your child to develop their creativity and physical capabilities.  Through the movement they learn in our dance classes they will learn about their bodies, improve their posture, balance and flexibility. Your child will experience other cultures through each dance style and meeting other children.  In mastering these new skills your child will also improve their confidence and self-esteem.

Metuchen YMCA

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Ballet (Ages 4-9 years)

Looking for conservator –style ballet training for your  young dancer? We offer unique early dance training  that combines an academic approach with joy of movements. Instructor , Elizabeth West, has danced professionally for 15 years with Ballet Oklahoma, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the St.Louis Ballet and Terra Firma Dance Theatre. Ms.West captures the attention of our youngest students with imaginative concepts and personal attention.

  • Ballet I (Ages 4-6 years)

    Children will learn proper ballet technique while developing patience and self-discipline in this non-recital program. Taught by Metuchen resident and professional dancer Elizabeth West. Children need to wear a leotard and ballet slippers.

    Level 1 Dress Code: It is important to have appropriate dance attire for ballet class - particularly ballet shoes. If you are unsure about shoes, I will take sizes and do a bulk order of shoes after the first class. The cost for ballet shoes ordered by me is $12.

    GIRLS: Any of the following leotard/dress styles is acceptable. Girls should wear pink tights and pink shoes.

    Leotard at Dancewear Solutions
    Leotard & Skirt Set at Walmart
    Pink Dress at Target

    BOYS: Close-fitting black sweatpants or "pajama" pants and a white t-shirt is preferred. There are very few resources for this, so just do the best you can. I can help you find black ballet slippers for boys. Ask me on the first day of class. I can get boys' ballet shoes for $12.

  • Ballet Level II (Ages 5-7 years)

    This class continues the skills learned in Beginning Ballet. Admission is by permission of the instructor only. For eligibility and dress code please e-mail Barbara.Verikas@ymcaofmewsa.org. Taught by Metuchen resident and professional dancer Elizabeth West.

    Level II Dress Code:It is important to have appropriate dance attire for ballet class-particularly ballet shoes. If you are unsure about shoes, I will take sizes and do a bulk order of shoes after the first class. The cost for ballet shoes ordered by me is $12. Please remember that there are no fluffy tutus allowed in Level 2 classes.

    GIRLS: Any of the following leotard/dress styles is acceptable. Girls should wear pink tights and pink shoes. Leotard at Dancewear Solutions Leotard & Skirt Set at Walmart Pink Dress at Target 

    BOYS: Close-fitting black sweatpants or "pajama" pants and a white t-shirt is preferred. There are very few resources for this, so just do the best you can. I can help you find black ballet slippers for boy

  • Ballet Level III (Ages 6-9 years)

    This class meets twice a week and continues the skills learned in Level II Ballet.

    Admission for 7 year olds is by permission of the instructor only. Children 8 and up may register without permission. For eligibility and dress code please e-mail Barbara.Verikas@ymcaofmewsa.org . Taught by Metuchen resident and professional dancer Elizabeth West.

    Level 3 Dress Code: It is important to have appropriate dance attire for ballet class. If you are unsure about shoes, I will take sizes and do a bulk order of shoes after the first class. The cost for ballet shoes ordered by me is $12. Please remember that there are no fluffy tutus allowed in Level 3 classes.

    GIRLS: Any of the following leotard/dress styles is acceptable. The dress code color for Level 3 will be assigned by the instructor. Camisole Leotard at Dancewear Solutions Short Sleeve Leotard at Dancewear Solutions A wrap or pull-on skirt of this nature is also acceptable

    16 CLASSES

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Gymnastics Tumbling & Cheer (Ages 5 & Up)
From somersaults to handstands, cartwheels, back-springs and across the balance beam, children will learn the basics of gymnastics. 
  • Gymnastics Tumbling & Cheer (Ages 5 -8)

Dance Hip Hop (Ages 5-12 years)
  • Exploring Dance (Ages 5-12 years)

    Young dance enthusiasts will get to explore the dance genres of ballet, tap, and more.