Overview

Schedule - November 2018
Schedule - December 2018

Class Descriptions

2018-2019 Parent Packet
2018-2019 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, Musical Theater,  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.

Did you know??
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.
Try it out and improve your sport!

Private and Semi-Private Lessons available.


Discount Dance Supply

Performances / Recital

Winter Recital 2018: "Holly Jolly Christmas"/"Nutcracker Ballet"

Saturday, December 15, 2018
12:00pm and 4:00pm
Ruth Street Theater

2018 Winter Recital Packet

 

Registration/Fees

Dance / Ballet

An annual non-refundable $30 registration fee per participant is required for enrollment. The registration fee is valid August 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. Parents will receive a Parent Handbook upon registration. Please review this important handbook 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. Registration Packet

 

Monthly Fees - starting January 1, 2018

1 hour/week classes YMCA Members: $ 40.00 Community Members: $ 55.00
2 hours/week classes YMCA Members: $ 75.00 Community Members: $ 90.00
3 hours/week classes YMCA Members: $ 105.00 Community Members: $120.00
4 ½ hours/week class YMCA Members: $145.00 Community Members: $160.00

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

Scholarships

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 13 years ago and has been a member of the Y since 2008. She has over 27 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.

Mrs. G is currently teaching the Intermediate and Advanced Ballet classes as well as the Pointe and Paa de Deux (Partnering).

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 Briana

Briana started dancing at the age of 4 years ols, and what started as a fun weekend activity turned into a lifelong passion. She was trained through the Royal Academy of Dance at the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy in California. She has continued her dance training at the Acvademy of Classical Ballet and has trained with companies like Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Ballet Arizona. Briana has a passion for all forms of dance. She currently teaches Adult Ballet and Beginning Ballet, the Jazz classes, Tap, Advanced Lyrical, and the Dance Team.

Miss Celia

Celia has been dancing for quite a while. While in Chicago, she danced with the North Park University Dance Team, competing in D3 competitions around the state. She also spent 2 years co-choreographing for Lane Technical High School of Chicago's Pakistani Dance Club, when the team danced a mix of traditional middle eastern and hip hop styles. Celia has taught a variety of styles from hip hop to latin to ballroom. She is currently the teaching the Hip Hop classes on Saturday's.

Miss Laura

Laura began ballet at the Prescott YMCA at the age of 9. This past summer, she attended The School of Ballet Arizona’s Summer Intensive program. Laura is the teacher for Creative Dance and the Pre-Ballet classes. She is also the teacher's assistant for the Intermediate and Advanced Ballet classes. She has been homeschooled since kindergarten and is now in 11th grade. She enjoys baking, reading and choir.

Miss Brianna

Brianna has been part of the YMCA Dance program since she was 11. She is an avid dancer and choreographer. She currently teachs the Contemporary and Dance Conditioning (formerly Fit Ball) classes. She is also the teacher's assistant for the Advanced Ballet classes.

Miss Indiana

Indiana has been a part of the YMCA Dance program since she was 12. She is part of the ballet program as well as other dance classes, such as Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical. She is currently teaching the Beginning Lyrical class and assists with the Special Needs Jazz class.

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

Goals-Individual

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.