Hamilton Area YMCA

Come Dance With Us!

Our dance program inspires people of all ages and abilities to express themselves creatively, build self-confidence, and try something new. Our session-based classes allow dancers to try a new class or advance their skills in a specific style. Our 32-week Studio program runs from September to April and culminates with the pageantry and drama of our annual recital! Both are taught by seasoned instructors with years of experience in a variety of dance styles, as well as musical theater. To find the program that is right for you, contact Christie Brayton at cbrayton@hamiltonymca.org or Tyler Koerber at 609.581.9622 ext. 121 or tkoerber@hamiltonymca.org.

Meet our Dance Instructor & Choreographer!

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Christie Brayton

Meet Christie Brayton! Christie comes to us with 28 years of experience in dance and musical theater. She's been a teacher, choreographer, theater director, performance team director, and competition judge. We can't wait to see the new and exciting programs Miss Christie will bring to our Dance Studio.

The Studio At The Hamilton Area YMCA 

Dancers as young as 2 ½ can build their skills and their self-confidence at the Studio at the YMCA! Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre are all taught at the Studio by instructors with years of experience in the industry. From September to April, your young dancer will learn new things, build self-esteem and have fun right up through our annual dance recital held in April.

Registration for the dance program is open now!

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Advanced Ballet/Jazz (ages 12+)

Provides an enjoyable atmosphere for the seasoned dancer. In this class you will work on ballet/Jazz technique and choreography.

*Must have at least 3 years of prior ballet/jazz training.

Ballet I (ages 5 - 7)

Children will learn barre exercises, ballet vocabulary, body alignment, rhythm, and level appropriate movement. Ballet is the foundation for all other dance styles. Each level is progressive.

Ballet II (ages 8 - 11)

Children will learn barre exercises, ballet vocabulary, body alignment, rhythm, and level appropriate movement.  Dancers must have had at least two years of ballet training, each level is progressive.

Ballet & Jazz (ages 6 - 9)

This is a combination class of 30 minutes of ballet and 30 minutes of Jazz. Technique is combined at this level and placement, posture, rhythm and motor skills are developed in both Ballet and Jazz.

Hip Hop I (ages 6 - 8)

This new Hip Hop class is combined with Jazz styles in a high energy class developing technique, self-confidence and stage performance. Dance to the latest hits while enjoying your favorite music! 

Hip Hop II (ages 8 - 14)

Sharpen your Hip Hop dance skills in this high energy class. Combining Hip Hop and Jazz dancers will improve their technique, self-confidence and stage performance. Dance to the latest hits while enjoying your favorite music!

Jazz I (ages 5 - 7)

Jazz is a fun-filled, fast paced class focused on improving technique, strength and flexibility which will enhance student’s jumps, turns, and stage performance. 

Jazz II (ages 8 - 11)

Jazz is a fun-filled, fast paced class focused on improving technique, strength and flexibility which will enhance student’s jumps, turns, and stage performance. 

Pre-K Ballet & Tap (ages 4 - 5)

You will learn a combination of ballet and tap. Technique is combined at this level and placement, posture, rhythm and motor skills are developed in both ballet and tap.

Studio Preschool Ballet & Jazz (ages 3 - 4)

In this class you will learn a combination of ballet and jazz. Technique is combined at this level and placement, posture, rhythm and motor skills are developed in both ballet and jazz.

Studio Preschool Ballet & Tap (ages 3 - 4)

You will learn a combination of ballet and tap. Technique is combined at this level and placement, posture, rhythm and motor skills are developed in both ballet and tap.

Studio Musical Theatre (ages 7 - 11)

In this class, you will learn to dance like a Broadway star. This is an energetic class that will sharpen your skills as a performer!

Tap I (ages 8+)

Great for developing gross motor skills, rhythm and coordination. Class will consist of warm-up exercise, across the floor exercises and extend rhythmic phrases and combinations.  The class will work on proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun!

Tap & Jazz (ages 6 - 9)

This is a combination class of 30 minutes of Tap and 30 minutes of Jazz. Technique is combined at this level and placement, posture, rhythm and motor skills are developed in both jazz and tap. Tap will be performed in the recital.

Tiny Tot Ballet (ages 2 ½ - 3)

A child only class with an introduction to ballet combined with creative movement and fun dancing activities.

8-week Fall Dance Classes

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Adult Dance (ages 18+)

Ever wanted to give tap a try but thought it was too late?  Here's your chance!  No experience required to join this beginner dance class.

Cheer Dance (ages 7 - 11)

Cheerleading moves, jazz technique, and a whole lot of enthusiasm…all rolled into one super fun dance class!
  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM 1DAJCD JKR -JKR Branch $75 / $53 / $12

Mommy and Me (Ages ages 2 ½ - 4)

Have fun and make memories with your little ones as you dance and learn creative movements together.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 1DAJMM JKR -JKR Branch $69 / $49 / $12