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YMCA of Long Island - Classes


At the YMCA, everyone has the opportunity to surpass their potential. From preschool and summer camp to swim lessons, youth sports, dance classes, and more, the possibilities are endless.

As a leading provider in swim lessons, the YMCA program focuses on keeping kids safe in and around the water with an emphasis on true progression of swimming.

The YMCA's sports and fitness programs are designed to build athletic, social, and interpersonal skills. Programs include basketball, boot camp, karate, soccer, street hockey, volleyball, yoga, and Zumba.

The YMCA believes that cultural arts education not only enriches a child’s mind, but also helps him or her develop confidence and character. YMCA arts programs include Act Out Theatre performed at the Y Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, art, ballet, cheer dance, hip hop, jazz, music lessons, and performing arts camp.

Check your local branch for exact offerings and schedule.

Find Your Awesome at the YMCA!



DiDa (District Dance) is a high-quality dance training program for kids in Lower Manhattan. Its purpose is to turn amazing, tiny humans into amazing, big humans (who also happen to be incredible dancers).

Dida's director/owner, Jacki Ford, knows dance and dance education well. She trained in an elite studio (founded by her mom) where Jacki and her classmates went on to dance professionally on Broadway, film, TV, with recording artists, and in companies across the globe. Not only does Jacki bring her unparalleled professional experience (including a decade as a Radio City Rockette) and teaching know-how as faculty for Pace University's Commercial Dance Program; most importantly, she's a mom of three, a member of the downtown community, and passionate about engaging kids with positive life skills through high-quality dance instruction.

DiDa offers ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tumbling classes to boys and girls ages 3 through 7.

Do you DiDa?

Blue Pearl Theatrics Children's Theater Classes


The Blue Pearl Theatrics theater program invites children ages 6-11 to fully engage their imaginations as they perform exciting dance routines, design and create beautiful set backdrops from scratch, and exercise their acting abilities. Students will have the opportunity to explore different facets of the arts such as visual arts/set design, dance, stage management, and drama. Blue Pearl's mission is to provide confidence-building techniques and encourage teamwork through the performing arts. The organization believe that every child deserves a chance to shine and develop his or her talents.

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Voice Academy NYC


If you’d like to sharpen up your vocal technique, prep for an audition, record a demo, or finally get the vocal training you deserve, Voice Acedemy NYC is the place for you. Voice Academy has top-notch instructors with professional experience (Broadway professionals, singer/songwriters, composers, former pop stars, jazz artists, and musicians), and all are positive and supportive while adapting to each student’s specific needs. Whatever your goals are, Voice Academy NYC is here to help you reach and surpass them. With locations in midtown Manhattan and Long Island, offerings include 1-on-1 private voice, piano, and songwriting lessons; group classes; studio recording; and customized workshops for international travel groups. Voice Academy also has a long track record of coaching adults, teens, and kids from beginners to professionals, specializing in modern musical styles including pop, rock, R&B, classical, musical theater, jazz, and beyond.

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BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange - Classes


BAX empowers young artists from tots to teens to tell their own stories and develop their skills in dance, theater, and tumbling. At BAX, students develop improvisational, compositional, and performance skills while working both independently and with collaborators.

Explore the wholistic, body centric and organic vocabulary of Umfundalai: Contemporary African Dance Technique to generate collective and self-expression. Discuss and dismantle gender archetypes and learn about Drag Performance’s rich cultural history and roots in queer performance traditions. And for tots, discover the concepts of body, space, shape, and time while cultivating individual expression using imagery, music, stories, and props in Creative Movement classes.

BAX offers school breaks programming for President's Week, Spring Break, and Summer in addition to year-round classes.

There’s something for everyone at BAX!


Playgrounded Improv


Playgrounded is a new improv program for kids and teens ages 7 and up in NYC.

All classes are taught by Aaron F. Brateman and Jordan Bialik, two friends and improvisers who have over 20 years of combined improv experience and 10 years of combined friendship. Aaron and Jordan are both directors at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, a theater camp in upstate New York, where Aaron has spent many years leading the Improv Troupe for teenagers, and Jordan recently created the Junior Improv Troupe for younger campers.

Playgrounded offers fun yet challenging classes. Players learn to take ownership of their improv skills while developing strong relationships with their peers and having a blast along the way. The program's style is based around creating grounded yet playful scenes. In other words, students are encouraged to Playgrounded!

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