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.
Winter Recital 2018: "Holly Jolly Christmas"/"Nutcracker Ballet"
Saturday, December 15, 2018
12:00pm and 4:00pm
Ruth Street Theater
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our goal for each athlete is:
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.