Let’s Dance! The YMCA of Michiana has a variety of classes that teach the FUNdamentals of dance.
BEGINNING BALLET: PRE-K
Students will learn the basics of ballet as we discover different movements, techniques and combinations of the dance. Students will learn through fun games and exercises, along with floor exercises.
BALLET I: K-3RD GRADE
This class builds on the basics of ballet. Students will be introduced into ballet terminology and choreography (the combining of dance steps and patterned placement). Students will gain confidence and poise. Prerequisite approved by teacher.
BALLET II: AGES 9-12 (Riverview Family Y)
This class is designed for the advancing Pre-Ballet I dancer. Students will continue to build upon rhythm and coordination skills while incorporating more difficult movement. There will be an increase in ballet vocabulary and the class will alternate between center and barre work. Stretching, strengthening, and floor exercises are incorporated into this class. Along with the expanded ballet vocabulary, this class places an emphasis on musicality and its movement application. Students will practice dancing alone, with a partner, as a group, and for each other while having fun and building self confidence.
JAZZ: AGES 9-12 (Riverview Family Y)
Jazz has American roots, is a hybrid of several dance forms, and is driven by popular music. Jazz incorporates isolation’s of the torso and head, as well as the legs and arms.
CHEERLEADING: AGES 7-12
This class develops cheers, works on flexibility and range of motion, and will include jumps and mounts.
TUMBLING 1: AGES 2-3
For children who can follow direction and be comfortable without a caregiver present. Child will continue to learn to interact with others, master basic concepts such as balance, strength, and stretch. End goal: You child will learn to do a forward and backward roll, walk a balance beam, and do rudimentary handstand. *Parent participation required.
TUMBLING 2: AGES 4-6
For tumblers who have mastered Tumbling I (upon instructor’s approval). Your child will continue to build balancing, and strength skills. End goal: Your child will master cartwheels/round-offs, handstands, back walkovers.
CREATIVE MOVEMENTS: AGES 4-6
A beginner class to introduce children to balance, class etiquette, and a basic start to tumbling.