Rhythmic Force Dance at the Y

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

Monday
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

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
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

Thursday
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

Saturday
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. Contact Amber at 860-550-1089 or aganaros@meridenymca.org with any questions you may have. 

Fees

The dance program begins September 13, 2021 and goes into June 2022 when we will have a recital. We have ongoing enrollment. 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. 

Contact Amber at 860-550-1089 or aganaros@meridenymca.org with any questions you may have. 

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Meet our instructors

Miss Amber 

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.


Miss Sydney

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.

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