The Youth Division provides classes and events to promote self and social growth for children
and teens in a positive, safe and fun environment. All programs build and promote self-esteem, creativity, physical fitness and social awareness while encouraging children to make new friends and participate in new activities.
Additional class information including registration, dates and times, can be found at CRgov.com/registration.
Facilitated by Dance Explorations, LLC All students registered in the winter / spring session will perform at an end-of-session showcase. This informal showcase allows parents to watch dances the children have worked hard on all session long! The Showcase will take place Friday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. There are not any additional fees to participate. All classes are taught at the Recreation Center.
Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ (ages 18 months-3 years)
Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ classes are a child’s first introduction to a structured dance and movement class. This 30-minute parent-participation class is designed as an interactive, play-time dance class, with a goal to introduce dance and movement to toddlers and preschool-aged children. Parents and caregivers will enjoy stretching, making noise, dancing and blowing bubbles with their little ones.
The class is designed based on the Dance to Learn!® curriculum, which is focused on the whole child and has been created around a child’s cognitive, language, social and motor development to form the 6 Methods of Dance™.
Day / time: Tuesday, 9:30-10 a.m.
Ballet / Tap Combo (ages 3-5)
Ballet / Tap Combo class is perfect for children who want to be soft and graceful, but also enjoy making a lot of noise! The Dance Exploration LLC Ballet / Tap Combo class follows the Dance to Learn!® Curriculum and is designed to teach the whole child through the 6 Methods of Dance™, which have been formed based on the stages of childhood development.
Like Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance, Ballet / Tap combo classes follow a themed class structure, which changes each month to keep class exciting. Dancers learn a ballet routine as well as a tap routine. Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and designed to encourage artistic and technical growth. Children get to share their dances with parents at select parent observation days throughout the session. (Tap shoes are required.)
Day / time: Wednesday, 4-5 p.m.
Day / time: Saturday, 9-10 a.m.
Creative Dance (ages 3-5)
Creative Dance classes are designed as an interactive play-time to introduce dance and movement to preschool-aged children. Each month, a new theme is introduced to keep the class fun and exciting. Parents are able to observe what their child has learned with several free observations and community performances throughout the session! Recommended attire includes anything the child and parent can move in, along with ballet slippers, socks or bare feet. Students are invited to participate in the Session Showcase.
Day / time: Tuesday, 10-10:45 a.m.
Princess Events (ages 3-5)
In these magical Dance Exploration classes, dancers will meet their favorite princesses while learning and mastering different dance moves, interacting with the characters during story time, completing obstacle courses and even getting autographs! Dancers will get to move to their favorite songs and have adventures, just like their favorite princesses!
Teddy Bear Hip Hop (ages 3-5)
Teddy Bear Hip Hop Dance™ is an introduction to the urban street styles of dancing known commonly as Hip Hop. What makes the class unique is in the execution of the deliverance of dance steps. Each move will be taught using a stuffed animal, like a teddy bear, or similar prop to easily teach break dance moves and other hip-hop genres. As classes progress dancers will be asked to perform dance moves that replicate a real life creature or event. The skills and movements taught will be age appropriate and test motor development as well as spatial awareness all part of the ‘Dance to Move!’™ Method. Each Teddy Bear Hip Hop Dance™ class will learn a combo or dance routine to be performed at the graduation.
Day / time: Tuesday, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Pre-Ballet (ages 5-7)
The Pre-Ballet classes follow a themed class structure, similar to Creative Dance, but places larger focus on beginning ballet movements as well as a greater emphasis on technique. Students will learn the five positions of the arms and feet, basic body positions, introductory ballet movements as well as ballet terminology. Props such as teddy bears, magic wands, hula hoops and scarves are used to make class fun, and to help children learn by association. All Pre-Ballet students are taught choreography to teach memorization, spatial awareness and self-worth! Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and designed to encourage artistic and technical growth.
Date / time: Saturday, 10-11 a.m. or Wednesday, 5:05-6:05 p.m.
Cheerleading (ages 6-10)
D-A-N-C-E Dance Exploration is where you wanna be! Dance Exploration’s Cheerleading program is a progressive exploration of chanting, stunting, dance and movement. Parents are welcome to watch the performance on the last day of class. Recommended attire includes anything the child can move in, along with tennis shoes. No boots, sandals, socks or bare feet. Students are invited to participate in the Session Showcase.
Day / time: Tuesday, 6:25-7:25 p.m.
Hip Hop (ages 6-10)
These Hip Hop classes explore the popular, urban street style dance! Each week we explore a new aspect of style, such as break dance and tutting. Parents are welcome to come watch a performance on the last day of class. Recommended attire includes anything the child can move in with tennis shoes. No boots, sandals, socks or bare feet.
Day / time: Tuesday, 5:20-6:20 p.m.
Ballet (ages 8-12)
In this Ballet class we will explore the classical and technical world of dance and movement with more advanced skills. All five positions of arms and feet will be studied, along with advanced combinations of movement. Students will share all they have learned with an end of session performance for friends and family.
Day / time: Wednesday, 6:10-7:10 p.m.
Register for one of our Dance Exploration classes
Youth and Adult Olympic Fencing
Discover the exciting sport of Olympic Fencing! Fencing is a centuries old art and is gaining in popularity each year. Fencing is a mental and physical sport that builds your agility, strength and stamina. It also teaches you focus, strategic thinking and problem solving. Our class fosters competition, confidence, respect and self-discipline in a safe and fun environment. This is great sport for parents and children!
This six-week program includes an introduction to the history of fencing, weapons, target areas and fencing technique. The use of equipment is included in the class fee.
Day / time: Monday, 5-6 p.m.
Family Style Acrylic Paint Class
Discover your artistic side as a family while you each create a 12X16 acrylic painting on canvas, finished and ready to take home for display! Each registration fee covers the cost of one adult and one child. No pressure, just relaxing good times while you paint and create with your child!
Day / time: Saturdays, 9:45-11:45 a.m.
Location: Rec Center Studio
Imagine! Weekly Drawing Class
Students “power up” their creative energy at KidzArt! Students are exposed to a variety of artistic styles, cultural interpretations and materials. Students will complete an original drawing and color it using different mediums each class time (all materials included). “If you can dream you can draw!”
Day / time: Thursdays, 4:45-6 p.m.
Painting & Pictionary Youth Paint Night
Kids enjoy a Friday night of acrylic painting on a 12x16 canvas with friends. This class will include step by step instruction for a new painting each month. At this two hour class kids are guaranteed to have a blast and feel a sense of accomplishment when they complete and take home their work of art. Friends will enjoy a showing off their completed work at a mini art presentation followed by a few rounds of the fun filled game "Pictionary" when their works of art are complete.
Day / time: Fridays, 5-7 p.m.
Spanish for Children
A Spanish speaking teacher will coach your child in everyday vocabulary, pronunciation of the alphabet and vowels, interactive exercises, games, songs and phrase of the week. This is a great way for your child to use basic Spanish with friends and family members. There is a materials fee of $10, payable to the instructor during the first class.
Location: Rec Center