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Dance classes are led by our experienced Dance teacher and coordinator Ms. Jill Dextraze. Ms. Jill has an extensive background in dance and is a member of the Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey.

Dance has shown to be extremely beneficial to students by developing good posture, poise and grace, promoting friendships, self-esteem and confidence, stimulating creativity and encouraging the appreciation of the performing arts.

Program Director: Jill Dextraze
Email: jdextraze@hcymca.org
Phone: 908-782-1044 x 4949

Ballet dance

We offer 4 sessions of classes per year; Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, plus special mini-sessions. Please click button below for current program guide, which includes program times, prices, and schedules. Online registration will close at the beginning of each session, but please speak with a staff member at Welcome Center or call 908-782-1030 to find out about class availability.

A Chance To Dance — New Class

Ages 5-14 years
A ground-breaking rhythm & dance class created for individuals with learning differences & other special needs. To our students, it’s a fun & exciting activity that provides participation & socialization opportunities. Behind the scenes, our teachers work together with developmental teams to incorporate elements & strategies that best support your dancer’s needs & learning style. Parent, therapist, or sibling highly encouraged to participate as an assistive buddy for free! Class will be held Fridays at Round Valley 5:30-6:00.

Information Session December 13, 5:30-6:00pm at the Round Valley Branch. Instructor Jill Dextraze will be available to answer your questions. No registration necessary.

Dance with Me

Ages 1.5-3 years
Designed for youngsters with an accompanying adult. Children will build coordination, musicality, motor skills, balance, and more through creative movement and basic ballet. A fun introduction to the world of dance!

Pre-Ballet

Ages 3-4 years
A wonderful introduction to the joy of dance! Children will march, jump, and twirl as they learn ballet using props, imagery, and games. Children will develop grace and coordination in a fun, nurturing environment.

Ballet I/Tap

Ages 4-6 years
The perfect combination class for 4 to 6 year olds!   Ballet promotes coordination, balance, and grace while tap develops a sense of rhythm, timing, and musicality. An exciting introduction to dance!

Ballet II/Tap

Ages 6-8 years
This combination of ballet and tap dance will further develop the dance skills learned at the previous level. Focus will be on technique and strength. Tap basics learned in Level1 will be expanded.

Ballet III/Tap

Ages 9+ years
In this expanded 1½ hour combination class, the focus will be on classical ballet technique through barre, center, and across the floor work. In tap we will continue to build on the skills learned in level 2.   The first hour will be devoted to ballet, and the last 30 minutes will be devoted to tap.

Jazz/Hip Hop

Ages 5-7 years  | Ages 8-11 years
This class blends the techniques of Jazz dance with the basics of Hip Hop. No dance experience required for this fast paced, high energy class. Age appropriate music and moves used. Wear comfortable clothes/shoes. Class held in Fitness Studio (upstairs) at Deer Path Branch.

Hip Hop Kids

Ages 3-6 years
Fun filled class for kids who love to dance. Kids will work on motor skills, flexibility, strength, listening skills, and Hip-Hop dance basics. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Adult Tap

Is learning how to tap dance on your bucket list?  Did you tap dance as a child and want to get back into it?  Come join us to learn this classic American theater style of dance! Wear tap shoes and comfortable clothes.

Round Valley Branch
Mondays 7:30-8:30 pm-Beginner level

Deer Path Branch
Wednesdays 7:45-8:45 pm-Beginner level
Thursdays  7:30-8:30 pm-Intermediate

Never danced before?  Register for the Monday or Wednesday class. Those with tap experience try the Thursday class.

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december

14dec6:30 pm8:00 pmSecond Saturday - Teen Night

19dec10:00 am11:30 amBreakfast with Santa Holiday Celebration

19dec12:00 pm3:00 pmCoffee, Conversation & ConnectionHCYMCA Career Holiday Series

24dec5:00 am3:00 pmChristmas EveBranches close at 3pm

january

01jan8:00 am4:00 pmNew Year's Day!Branches are open 8am - 4pm

11jan6:30 pm8:00 pmSecond Saturday - Teen Night

16jan12:00 pm3:00 pmCoffee, Conversation & ConnectionHCYMCA Career Holiday Series

17jan6:30 pm8:00 pmFamily NERF Night

february

07feb6:30 pm8:00 pmFamily First Friday - Frozen Friday

08feb6:30 pm8:00 pmSecond Saturday - Teen Night

17feb8:30 am4:30 pmSCHOOLS OUT! NERF & Ninja Day

28feb6:30 pm8:00 pmFamily Paint Night

march

06mar6:30 pm8:00 pmFamily First Friday - Animal Kingdom

14mar6:30 pm8:00 pmSecond Saturday - Teen Night

20mar6:00 pm9:00 pmParents Night Out

may

30may10:00 am2:00 pmUltimate Field Day!New Date!

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