Rhythmic Force Dance at the Y
Happy Fall and welcome to Rhythmic Force at the YMCA! We are so glad you are joining us. It is going to be a wonderful year.
Dance Class Descriptions
Petite Classes: This is a class for dancers ages 3 to 4 years old. Dancers will learn the fundamentals of each style at a beginner level to prepare for the recital. Tap and Ballet shoes will be required. Acro will be done barefoot.
Mini Stars Classes: This is a class for dancers ages 5 to 7 years old. Dancers will learn the fundamentals of each style at a beginner level to prepare for the recital. Tap, Ballet, and Hip Hop shoes will be required. Acro will be done barefoot.
Rising Stars Classes: This is a class for dancers ages 8 to 10 years old. Dancers will learn the fundamentals of each style at a beginner/intermediate level to prepare for the recital. Tap, Ballet, and Hip Hop shoes will be required. Acro will be done barefoot.
Jr. Elite Classes: This Class is for dancers ages 10 to 13 years old, or by teacher recommendation. Dancers will be learning the fundamentals of each style at an intermediate/advanced level to prepare for the recital. Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary shoes will be required. Acro will be done barefoot.
Elite Classes: This class is for dancers ages 13 and up, or by teacher recommendation. Dancers will be learning the fundamentals of each style at an advanced level to prepare for the recital. Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary shoes will be required. Acro will be done barefoot.
Dance Class Schedule
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Rising Stars Tap/Ballet combo class
6:05 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Elite Ballet
6:50 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. Elite Tap
7:35 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. Elite Jazz
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Rising Stars Hip Hop/Acro combo class
6:05 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Elite Acro
6:50 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. Elite Hip Hop
7:35 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. Elite Contemporary
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Jr Elite Ballet
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Jr. Elite Tap
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Jr. Elite Jazz
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Jr. Elite Acro
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Jr. Elite Hip Hop
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Jr. Elite Contemporary
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Adult Tap
6:20 p.m. – 7:05 p.m. Adult Hip Hop
10:00-10:30 a.m. Petite/Mini Stars Tap
10:30-11:00 a.m. Petite/Mini Stars Ballet
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Petite Acro
11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Mini Stars Hip Hop/Acro Combination
Location: Meriden YMCA Arts Center, 14-16 West Main Street. There is a parking lot off of Hanover Street. Parents and guardians will be asked to drop off and pick up/wait in the main lobby.
Please bring a snack and water for snack break. Dancers should wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. No jeans or skirts without leotards Please contact us if you have questions about dance shoes.
The dance program begins September 13, 2021 and goes into June 2022 when we will have a recital. We have ongoing enrollment through the Fall. Fees are drafted monthly out of a credit or bank account.
- Petite Tap / Ballet / Acro Combo Classes $75
- Mini Stars Tap / Ballet Combo $65
- Mini Stars Hip hop / Acro Combo $65
- Mini Stars Discount all four classes $120
- Rising Stars Tap / Ballet Combo $65
- Rising Stars Hip hop /Acro Combo $65
- Rising Stars Discount all four classes $120
- Jr. Elite Classes First class $65
Each additional class is $15 more per class
Jr. Elite Discounts All 6 class $130
- Elite Classes First class $65
Each additional class is $15 more per class
Elite Discounts All 6 class $130
How to register for programs:
1. If you already have an up to date membership - You can register online, by phone at 203.235.6386 or in person at the Meriden YMCA at 110 West Main Street.
2. If you do not have a membership yet or need to update your membership - Register in person at the Meriden YMCA at 110 West Main Street.
Meet our instructors
Amber Ganaros started her dancing career at a young age, training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary. She has performed at many dance competitions throughout the New England area, and was invited to International Dance Competition’s national competition. Amber received a performing arts scholarship upon attending Dean College in Franklin Massachusetts as a dance major. She graduated cum laude receiving her degree in the performing arts in the year 2013. At Dean, Amber perfected her technique in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. She also took extensive classes focused on working with and teaching children such as creative movement, and pedagogue for dancers. Amber also took a dance composition class, focusing on different styles of choreographing, dance history classes, and rhythmic analysis classes.
After college, Amber continued to share her passion for dance, teaching at many different schools across the New England area. She has taught Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Acro, Jazz, and Technique classes to children of all ages. She has also choreographed many competition pieces, four of which have received first place titles in their divisions. Amber has received two choreography awards at Nexstar National Talent Competition, one for Hip Hop and one for Contemporary.
Amber has attended the Pulse Annual Teacher Convention in New York City Twice. There she took classes perfecting her skills in dance and sat in on lectures with other instructors, learning different methods of teaching for all different styles of dance. She believes “as a dance teacher, you should never stop learning, and improving your art”. She has also attended several classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City for all styles of dance.
In 2016 Amber opened her own dance studio in Middletown Connecticut where she taught students of all ages Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Acro, Creative Movement, and technique classes. She has taken her students to multiple competitions around the New England area winning high scores at every competition. She has also invited other talented instructors to run workshops at her studio to help her students branch out and learn from other instructors and perfect their skills in every area of dance.
Amber continues to strengthen her technical skills by attending classes and workshops as much as possible. She is a well practiced teacher devoted to sharing her passion with her students.
Jaci Adams started taking dance classes in Hip Hop at a young age, and over the years gradually added on lessons in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Modern. In high school she participated in several dance competitions throughout New England performing group numbers and solos with Caffery’s Dance in Middletown.
At a young age she was a performer on the UFL Hartford Colonial Cheerleaders as well as the ABA Top Dancers. Jaci went on to study as a Dance Major at Dean College where she furthered her dance education at the collegiate level with performance and academic courses such as dance composition, dance history and more. She was selected to be a member of the Elite Hip Hop Dance Company and worked under Ricardo Foster Jr. who has choreographed for celebrities such as Jay-Z, Usher, NSYNC and more. During training sessions with him she was taught the understanding of hip hop culture and the various styles within hip hop. She received her degree in Dance Arts in 2014.
Following college she moved to the Boston area and performed with the hip hop company “The Expressive Movement” where they held several workshops as well as traveled around New England and Canada doing performances and competitions. At this time she began teaching hip hop and contemporary to students age 6 and up at two studios in the Boston area.
Following the year she lived in Boston, Jaci moved to Colorado where she furthered her dance training taking classes in downtown Denver and also teaching hip hop at a local studio for kids age 8 and up. For the past four years she has been teaching hip hop at Rhythmic Force Dance Studio in Middletown.
Jaci is passionate about teaching and getting to know each student, and being a good role model in the dance classroom. She also loves expressing her choreography and creativity!
Sydney Fluker found her passion for dance in 2016. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop. Sydney has attended many technique classes and workshops. For the past three years she taught to all ages in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and acro. Sydney also helped out during studio events like registration, workshops, parties and the recital.
When Sydney is not at the dance studio she works in a childcare center and has many years of babysitting for families. Sydney is always in the studio any chance she has to improve her skills.Contact the Meriden YMCA Today ›