Schedule - August

Schedule - September

Class Descriptions

2017-2018 Parent Packet
2017-2018 Registration Packet
Private Lessons

About the Department

The James Family Prescott YMCA Dance program is a great opportunity for students to learn many forms of dance. We strive to maintain an atmosphere conducive to instilling the joy of dance in our students. Whether you are enrolled in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Rhythmic Gymnastics or Ballet, our goal is to provide a disciplined dance experience, with strong fundamentals, in an inclusive, nurturing, and fun environment. Students will participate in two performances to showcase what they have learned.

Instructors will guide participant’s creative thinking, as they learn technique, choreography and music. Teamwork, respect for others and dance room etiquette will be the cornerstone of each class while rehearsing and performing as a group.

Ballet follows a levels curriculum with Italian, French and Russian influence, starting with Pre-Ballet 1 (ages 5-6), Pre-Ballet 2 (ages 7-8) and progressing from Ballet 1 (ages 9 and up) through Ballet 6 to the pre-professional level. Regardless of future choices, Mrs.G guides students from a young age to learn correct ballet technique, develop a strong foundation and protect their health and their bodies.

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Most people usually do not associate ballet with athletes, but ballet dancers are considered by many to be the best athletes in the world.
Ballet helps to develop: speed, balance strength, stamina, flexibility, lateral movements and mental focus.
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Private and Semi-Private Lessons available.

Performances / Recital

The Dance Department will hold two performances a year. The Christmas performance will be held at the YMCA gymnasium and will consist of costume fees with free admission. The spring recital will have a performance package fee and will take place at the Ruth Street Theater at Prescott High School. Fees and details regarding each performance will be provided by your dance instructor closer to the event.

Christmas Performance 2017: "Nutcracker"/"Holly Jolly Christmas"
Saturday, December 9, 2017
4:00pm -8:00pm

Ruth Street Theater

Spring Recital 2018: "TBA"



Dance / Ballet

An annual non-refundable $30 registration fee per participant is required for enrollment. The registration fee is valid August 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. Parents will receive a Parent Packet upon registration. Please review this important packet with your dancer, before their first day of attendance.

YMCA Dance is a monthly, pre-paid program. Fees are due the first of each month. A $10 late fee will be attached for payments received after the 5th of the month. There are no refunds, transfers or credits. Credit is not given for absences, holidays or snow days. Tuition is based on four weeks. Fifth week classes are complimentary and in lieu of credit. Membership and program payments must be current with no balance due owed before gaining facility access or signing up for another program.

Registration Packet

A signed and completed registration form, acknowledgement of risk, parent agreement and behavior policy must be turned in on or before your first day of class.

Monthly Fees

1/2 hour/week classes YMCA Members: $ 18.00 Community Members: $ 25.00
1 hour/week classes YMCA Members: $ 35.00 Community Members: $ 50.00
2 hours/week classes YMCA Members: $ 65.00 Community Members: $ 80.00
3 hours/week classes YMCA Members: $ 95.00 Community Members: $110.00
4 hours/week class YMCA Members: $125.00 Community Members: $160.00

Multi-class Discount: $5.00 off second, third, fourth class


The YMCA provides financial assistance for those in need through the Y Scholarship Program. If you would like your child to participate in a Y program and cannot afford to pay the entire fee. Apply for a Y Scholarship today. No one is turned away for inability to pay. Qualifying is based on the needs of the family. Gymnastics / Dance Scholarship Application.

Dance Staff

Katy Gifford, Dance Program Coordinator

Katy moved to Prescott 12 years ago and has been a member of the Y since 2008. She has over 26 years in bookkeeping and managerial experience. She has been a class mom for dance at the Y since the program started in 2011.

Contact Katy at katy.gifford@prescottymca.org or 928-445-7221 x229

Ballet Artistic Director: Myrta George aka Mrs. G.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ballet teacher Myrta George started her dance training at age 5. After graduating from high school, she auditioned and was accepted at the prestigious School of American Ballet, the school for the New York City Ballet. Myrta’s first professional appearance, while still a student at the School of American Ballet, was with the Corps de Ballet at Radio City Music Hall. During her professional career, she danced with ballet companies in Puerto Rico, New York and London.

She later owned and managed profitable ballet schools in Puerto Rico and Phoenix, Arizona. These were sold when her husband’s profession necessitated moving to another state. Myrta also taught at various

Arizona dance schools in Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix. Myrta moved to Houston, where for five years she held the position of Ballet Mistress for the Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet, now Bay Area Ballet of Houston. She was a member of the teaching staff at the Houston Ballet Academy during her stay in Houston. From 2006 to the present, Myrta has owned and managed Elite Dance Academy in Peoria, AZ, where she continues to teach Master Ballet Classes.

Contact Mrs. G. at ballet@prescottymca.org

Miss Ynes

Ynes has 12 years experience as the National Director for Special Olympics for Rhythmic Gymnastics in her home country, Peru. Miss Ynes is also a psychologist specializing in Educational Psychology.

Miss Keelia

Miss Keelia began dancing at the age of five in ballet and tap. She moved on to competition dance when she was seven at Temecula Dance Company and continued competing for six years. Competition dance has allowed her to perform all throughout the United States, including New York City, Las Vegas, and Daytona Beach in Florida where her team won second in the nation for a musical theater number. When she was thirteen, she began solely focusing on ballet and pointe at The Ballet Studio. Here she was able to progress quickly to professional status within the company and was given roles such as the Autumn fairy in Cinderella, the Columbine Doll, Chinese Doll, Solider Doll, snow fairy and more within the annual Nutcracker performances. Keelia was also able to pursue her love for dance through teaching where she assisted and taught tiny tot classes and beginner level classes for ballet and tap. Miss Keelia is grateful that she can continue her passion for dance and begin teaching classes at the Prescott YMCA.

Miss Sara

Miss Christie

Miss Christie was born in a small town in Wisconsin and started taking Irish Dance lessons at age 12 at the YMCA in her hometown. A year later she started classes at a local dance studio taking Irish, Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical for the next 4 years. She went to Brigham Young University where she continued her dance studies and added World Dance, Clogging, Contemporary/Modern Jazz and Ballroom. While at BYU she performed with the Collegiate World Dance Team and went on to be its director later.

Miss Natalie

Ages 5-18, Natalie studied and performed dance at the Royal Academy of Dance in Flagstaff, AZ.

Ages 14-18 she attended the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy and studied many forms of dance including Ballet, Modern Dance, Improvisation, Tap, Middle Eastern, African Dance, Drumming and Capoeira. She choreographed and performed in several performances.

She attended multiple master classes, summer workshops and intensive training and studied with various dance companies including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Ballet Arizona, Nevada Ballet, Canyon Movement Company, Ballet de Folklorico, Liz Lerhmon Company, Stephen’s College and Vogue Modern Dance.

Character Counts - Values to Live by for YMCA Youth Sports
  • Caring
    • Putting others before yourself
    • Be thoughtful, considerate and helpful to others on your team
    • Thank your coaches and volunteers
    • Tell your family you appreciate their support
  • Honesty
    • To tell the truth
    • Follow the rules
    • Always set a good example by what you say and do
    • Be fair to other dancers
  • Respect
    • To treat others as you would have them treat you
    • Appreciate your coach
    • Be considerate and polite to the officials
    • Be a good listener & always be thoughtful of others
  • Responsibility
    • To do what you should
    • Be on time to practices & rehearsals
    • Always give your best effort
    • Keep your practice site clean and free of litter


Our goal for each athlete is:

  • To gain self confidence
  • To learn to be a team player
  • To learn to be competitive and have fun at the same time
  • To learn from successes and failures
  • To learn to budget free time wisely
  • To learn to have fun in a safe, educational program

Athlete Pledge

I pledge, win or lose, to practice/compete to the best of my ability. To be a good sport, to listen to my coach, to help when asked, to be honest, to be caring, to take responsibility, and to be respectful at all times.

Coach Expectations of Athletes
  • Be present at the appropriate number of practices per week
  • Get your school work done, on time. Don’t let things pile up.
  • Eat healthy and get enough sleep. Stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Arrive early to practice and meets.
  • Be honest.
  • Be responsible for yourself.
  • Do not talk when the teachers are talking.
  • Try your best at everything that is asked of you.
  • Encourage each other every day.
  • Be respectful of everyone around you (peers, teachers, assistants, volunteers, parents)
Bill of Rights for Youth Athletes
  • Right to participate in sports.
  • Right to participate at a level commensurate with maturity and ability.
  • Right to have qualified adult leadership.
  • Right to play as a child and not as an adult.
  • Right of children to share in the leadership and decision-making of their sports participation.
  • Right to participate in a safe and healthy environment.
  • Right to proper preparation for participation in sports.
  • Right to an equal opportunity to strive for success.
  • Right to be treated with dignity.
  • Right to have fun in sports.