***Please note: From June 17-August 23, 2019, YWCA Dance Programs will be held at Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison Street Suite 310, Princeton, NJ 08540 (next to Rite Aid).***
The Dance Department at the YWCA provides a warm and nurturing environment for young children to learn dance. Student engagement is promoted with fun and creative teaching approaches that lead to a well-rounded dance education experience. Children of all ages and levels of experience are welcomed and teachers provide age appropriate instruction. Adult classes are also offered.
Child and Teen Classes
A child’s first experience with ballet and movement. Children will engage in creative play, dance games and beginner ballet exercises. This class is designed to stimulate the creative part of the child’s brain through dance and imagination.
- Thursdays from 1:45-2:30pm
- Age: 4-5 year olds
Girls and boys will learn the fundamentals of ballet while enjoying creative dance games. This class is specifically designed to teach children about the joys of dance though use of the imagination, physical embodiment of storytelling and building of dance skills.
- Saturdays (see schedule below)
- Age: 5-8 year olds
These hip-hop classes teach rhythm, coordination, musicality and choreography. Students are challenged to think on their feet while enjoying an energetic and creative dance class. These classes are intended to develop focus, strength, and agility while having fun. Participants are placed in age-appropriate classes.
- Fridays (See schedule below)
- Age: 5-17 year olds
A creative movement class designed for young children to explore concepts of space, time, weight, and balance. This class will stimulate your child’s intellect as thought and action work together in a creative atmosphere to make learning connections. Free play combined with structure and use of dance toys will engage your child in a class they will look forward to each week.
- Thursdays from 1-1:45pm or Saturday 10-10:45am
- For children currently in our Child Development Center, staff will escort the children to and from the class.
- Age: 3-4 year olds
This nine week long summer camp will have your child immersed in the fun and magic of fairy tales. Daily ballet lessons, choreography, and prop making are all part of the magic. Each week features a new princess or fairy tale story that has your child wanting to learn more. Your little dancer will believe she or he is a real ballerina or ballerino! Perfect summer camp for girls and boys, 3-12 years.
- 9 week summer camp from June-end through August-end
- Weekly session offer flexibility and variety
- Ages: 3-12 year olds
- Weekly theme highlighting princesses and famous characters
Children and caregivers are invited to enjoy an evening the old-fashioned way at the YWCA Princeton! Come dressed in formal wear, and enjoy the evening with Valentine’s Day cookies, juice and candy treats, in a fun and heart-warming way.
- Saturday before Valentine’s day in February
- Family event
- Ages: 4-12 year olds
Are you excited to learn dance forms and percussion from cultures around the world? The Drum & Dance Learning Center (DDLC) at YWCA Princeton is the perfect place to learn Belly Dance and West African and Middle Eastern Percussion. Our classes provide a fun & relaxed environment for both the casual student as well as a path for growth for life long learners and are a great alternative to your everyday workout. Sweat, learn to dance and have fun while doing it!
Discount packages and drop in classes available.
This dance class involves learning the fundamentals of the highly expressive Spanish dance. Students will explore the essential techniques such as proper posture, rhythm, footwork, hand clapping and hand, arm, and body movements. The engaging atmosphere will allow the students to focus on the basics while having fun.
- Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm
- Age: 16-adult
Dance Class Closings:
Saturday, 1/19; Monday, 1/21; Saturday, 2/16; Monday, 2/18; Friday, 4/19; Saturday, 4/20; Saturday, 5/25; and Monday, 5/27.
NOTE: No make-up classes are scheduled for class closings. Class closings are not included in class cost & fees. When the YWCA Princeton facility is closed, the dance classes are closed.
Girls: pink or black leotard, pink or black tights, pink or black leather ballet slippers.
Boys: black jazz pants (yoga pants), white t-shirt, black leather ballet slippers.
Hair must be up and off face secured in either a bun or ponytail.
*Note: Tutus or dance costumes are not permitted in class. Please do not bring any type of accessory or jewelry.
Boys and Girls: black jazz pants (yoga pants), leotard, camisole top, or t-shirt (color of your choice) and sneakers.
*Note: Jeans are not permitted.
For suggestions about where to purchase dancewear, please call the Information Desk at (609) 497-2100 x0