EDWARDSVILLE YMCA

ESIC CENTER • MEYER CENTER • ALLISON CASSENS EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

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Current Session

Fall 1 (7 Weeks)
Aug. 28th - Oct. 15th

Arts & Humanities

Kids at dance recitalLET THE ARTS ENRICH YOUR LIFE

The Arts and Humanities program is very diverse; allowing individuals to explore their creativity and even bring out talents that they didn’t realize they possessed. Classes in areas such as art, dance, theatre and photography are available for different age and skill levels and can be found on the pages below. 

Art & More

WE BUILD ARTISTS

NOTICE: Not all classes are offered each session. Please check the schedules and fee listing to ensure that your class of interest is currently being offered. If you do not see your class of interest as an option, be assured it will be available at a later date.

YOUTH ART CLASSES

DRAWING & PAINTING (AGES 7+)
This class will focus on using a variety of mediums to learn to draw and paint!

Tuesday | 6:35 - 7:35pm | Meyer Center
Members $45 | Non-Members $65 | Material Fee $10

EXPLORING STORYTIME & ART (AGES 2 - 5)
Each week we will read a story and create a project to go with our theme for the week. Ages 2 and 3 will need a parent helper. 

Wednesday | 9:30 - 10:00am | Meyer Center
Members $33 | Non-Members $55

SEWING & FINGER KNITTING (AGES 7+)
This class will learn basic sewing and finger and arm knitting to create projects.

Tuesday | 5:00 - 6:30pm | Meyer Center  
Members $55 | Non-Members $75 | Material Fee $7

EDWARDSVILLE ARTS CENTER CLASSES

WHEEL THROWING (AGES 11+)
The Edwardsville Arts Center (EAC) invites your kids to spend some Mondays with Miss Brandy and learn the beginning techniques while also exploring the potter’s wheel. We will start the first class with making a plate, and then in subsequent classes we will build on those skills to make bowls, cups and maybe a spoon or two. Our final class will be spent glazing all of our pieces. This allows pieces to become food, dishwasher and microwave-safe. Our classes will be held in the Edwardsville High School in classroom D120 (one of EHS’s Art classrooms). Your child can pick up all of their finished pieces on the week following our last class at the EHS’s EAC.

NOT AVAILABLE THIS FALL

Dance

DANCERS START HERE

NOTICE: Not all classes are offered each session. Please check the schedules and fee listing to ensure that your class of interest is currently being offered. If you do not see your class of interest as an option, be assured it will be available at a later date.

YOUTH DANCE CLASSES

DANCE WITH ME (AGE 2)
Educational and explorative, this class brings parents and children together with active stretches, movement, coordination and learning skills. This class is not eligible for recital.

Tuesday | 9:30 - 10:00am | Meyer Center
Thursday | 9:15 - 9:45am | Meyer Center
Members $33 | Non-Members $55

MY VERY OWN BALLET (AGE 3)
A great way to gear up for Pre-Ballet, this independent class teaches basic stretching, barre, leaps, jumps, fun terminology and dance activities in a nurturing environment.

Tuesday | 5:00 - 5:30pm | Meyer Center
Wednesday | 9:45 - 10:15am | Meyer Center
Members $33 | Non-Members $55

LEVEL 1 BALLET (AGES 4 - 6 & 7 - 10)
Beginners will learn basic skills, terminology, coordination, dance discipline and practice.

Level 1 (Ages 4 - 6) 
Monday | 9:30 - 10:15am | Meyer Center
Tuesday | 10:00 - 10:45am | Meyer Center
Thursday | 4:30 - 5:15pm | Meyer Center
Level 1 (Ages 7 - 10) 
Thursday | 6:30 - 7:15pm | Meyer Center 
Members $45 | Non-Members $65

LEVEL 2 & 3 BALLET (BEG & INT - AGES 5 - 9)
Class will continue building on terminology and skills learned in Level 1, focusing on barre and combinations in center. Students entering level 2 should be able to demonstrate the five positions, a single pirouette turn, a pique turn and a changement. Level 2 must have 2 sessions of Level 1 or instructor approval. Level 3 must have 3 sessions of Level 2 or instructor approval. 

Level 2 (Ages 5 - 8)
Thursday | 5:15 - 6:00pm | Meyer Center
Members $45 | Non-Members $65
Level 3 (Ages 6 - 9) 
Thursday | 6:15 - 7:00pm | Meyer Center 
Members $45 | Non-Members $65

BALLET & TAP COMBO (AGES 3 - 8)
For those students who would like to try a bit of everything. Each class they will learn a new technique concentrating on the main areas of dance starting with ballet.

3 -4 Year Old Combo 
Monday | 10:15 - 10:45am | Meyer Center 
Thursday | 5:00 - 5:30pm | Meyer Center 
Members $33 | Non-Members $55
5 - 8 Year Old Combo Will Learn Tap & Ballet Each Week 
Thursday | 5:45 - 6:30pm | Meyer Center 
Members $45 | Non-Members $65

TAP (AGES 3 - 4)
This introduction to tap will teach balance, coordination, basic rhythm and beginner steps.

Tuesday | 10:45 - 11:15am | Meyer Center
Tuesday | 5:30 - 6:00pm | Meyer Center 
Members $33 | Non-Members $55

HIP HOP (AGES 9 - 12)
Dance your heart out as you learn hip hop moves that are simple and easy to follow.

Wednesday | 5:45 - 6:30pm | Meyer Center 
Members $45 | Non-Members $65

HIP HOP & JAZZ (AGE 5 - 8)
Dance your heart out as you develop strength, flexibility and coordination as we leap, turn and work on combinations.

Tuesday | 6:15 - 7:00pm | Meyer Center
Wednesday | 5:00 - 5:45pm | Meyer Center 
Members $45 | Non-Members $65

GYMNASTICS & DANCE COMBO (AGE 3 - 5)

This class gives your child the opportunity to take gymnastics and dance. Class will participate in 30 minutes of gymnastics and 30 minutes of ballet. ALL CLASSES WILL MEET IN LOBBY BY GYMNASTICS ROOM.

Wednesday | 10:30 - 11:30am | Meyer Center
  • 3 Year Olds | Gymnastics 10:30 - 11:00am & Dance 11:00 - 11:30am
  • 4 - 5 Year Olds | Dance 10:30 - 11:00am & Gymnastics 11:00 - 11:30am
Thursday | 10:00 - 11:00am | Meyer Center
  • 3 Year Olds | Gymnastics 10:00 - 10:30am & Dance 10:30 - 11:00am
  • 4 - 5 Year Olds | Dance 10:00 - 10:30am & Gymnastics 10:30 - 11:00am
Members $50 | Non-Members $75

ADULT DANCE CLASSES

BALLET FOR FITNESS (AGES 16 & UP)
Class will focus on beginner ballet and contemporary dance through stretching, strengthening and graceful movements. No dance experience required. 

NOT AVAILABLE THIS FALL!

Ballet Shoes

Music

WE BUILD STARS

NOTICE: Not all classes are offered each session. Please check the schedules and fee listing to ensure that your class of interest is currently being offered. If you do not see your class of interest as an option, be assured it will be available at a later date.

Music Kid

YOUTH MUSIC CLASSES

MUSIC EXPLORERS (AGES 6 MONTHS - 2 YEARS)
Parent and child will explore new and familiar songs, nursery rhymes, and finger plays. Discovering together ways to use voice, movement, and instruments to create music.

Wednesday | 10:00 - 10:30am | Meyer Center
Members $33 | Non-Members $55

MUSIC ADVENTURERS (AGES 1 - 4)
A fun music class for parents and children to enjoy together. Learning classic children’s songs and seasonal songs will be a fun time to share
together in class and at home. Class will include singing, playing rhythm instruments, and movement activities.

Monday | 5:00 - 5:30pm | Meyer Center
Members $33 | Non-Members $55

MUSIC DISCOVERERS (AGES 2 - 4)
This is the perfect next step for Music Explorers who are ready to move and shake on their own, gaining
independence with instruments and finding their own voice. Those new to music will also love this upbeat class. We will discover together more of the how’s and why’s in the music they love. Age 2 and 3 will need a parent helper.

Wednesday | 10:30 - 11:00am | Meyer Center
Members $33 | Non-Members $55

GUITAR (AGES 7 -12)
Learn guitar basics in this class as we learn cords and beginner guitar songs. Music will be provided, but students will need to bring their own guitar. We do have 2 guitars that are available for rental on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Natasha Howard at 618-655-1460 for more details.

NOT AVAILABLE THIS FALL!

ADULT MUSIC OFFERINGS

YMCA CHORUS: ‘60’S CHICKS (AGES 55+)
Come join this new ladies chorus & sing your favorites “It’s My Party”, “Stop In The Name Of Love”, “Johnny Angel”, “Please Mr. Postman”, plus Broadway tunes, holiday songs, patriotic and more!

Wednesday | 10:00 - 11:30am | Esic Center
Members & Non-Members $24 (For 2 Sessions)

YMCA Chorus '60's chicks 2

Theatre

WE PREPARE YOU FOR THE STAGE

NOTICE: Not all classes are offered each session. Please check the schedules and fee listing to ensure that your class of interest is currently being offered. If you do not see your class of interest as an option, be assured it will be available at a later date.

YOUTH THEATRE CLASSES

JR. THEATRE (AGES 4 - 7)
This is the perfect introduction to theatre for any young actor. Each week we will participate in exercises & games that will develop all the skills needed for the stage. As a group, we will take a favorite story & turn it into a play to be performed at the end of the session.

Monday | 5:30 - 6:15pm | Meyer Center
Members $45 | Non-Members $65

YMCA OPERA PROJECT PRESENTS: THE VERY MIXED UP FAIRY TALES *NEW* (AGES 8+)
Opera is all about storytelling through music. Though opera may seem intimidating or a little weird, this class will show how fun, exciting, and entertaining it is through familiar stories and tunes. You will be surprised how often you have heard opera in cartoons, movies, and commercials! Miss Caitlin is thrilled to
finally be sharing her love for opera at the Y! She has studied and performed opera for years, her favorite thing about it is how it combines theatre, music, art, singing, acting, and movement all into one show. The students will work together with her to create the story, add new words to classical tunes, and create
costumes and sets. All while learning more about music, fundamentals of singing, and becoming a confident singing actor on stage. There will be a performance of our Very Mixed Up Fairy Tale Opera at the end of the session.

Runs August 28th - November 6th
Wednesday | 6:30 - 7:30pm | Meyer Center
Members $45* | Non-Members $65
*Special Member Price: Take this class & Opera Project for $130!

Mulan

YMCA THEATRE PRESENTS... MULAN! (AGES 8+)
If you are getting serious about theatre or are curious to see what it takes to put together a show and be on the stage then this is for you! This fall we will be putting together a full scale play for a one night only offsite performance. Hone your acting skills with this full length acting only play. In a small village far from the Golden Imperial Palace, a young girl dreams that she can use her skills of horseback riding and
sword-fighting.

Runs August 28th - November 6th
Monday | 6:30 - 8:30pm | Meyer Center
Members $100* | Non-Members $125
*Special Member Price: Take this class & Opera Project for $130!

Theatre

Other Cultural Offerings

EXPANDING YOUR CHILDREN’S MINDS

NOTICE: Not all classes are offered each session. Please check the schedules and fee listing to ensure that your class of interest is currently being offered. If you do not see your class of interest as an option, be assured it will be available at a later date.

Safe SitterSAFE SITTER (AGES 11+)
Calling all baby-sitters 11 and up! This nationally recognized, medically accurate, hands-on class teaches boys and girls how to handle emergencies such as injury management and choking rescue while caring for children. Students will learn the basics of childcare through games, activities and role play. Course includes a Safe Sitters tote bag starter kit and manual ($30 value). Class size is limited. 

One Day Class! | Sept. 16th | Oct. 28th | Nov. 18th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Price: 
Members $60 | Non-Members $80
Location:
Meyer Center

JR. SPANISH (AGES 3 - 5)
Come explore the Spanish language in this class that teaches culture, words & phrases. Age 2 & 3 will need a parent helper.

Monday | 9:30 - 10:00am | Meyer Center | NOT AVAILABLE THIS FALL
Members $33 | Non-Members $55

JR. MATH & ALPHABET (AGES 3 - 5)

Get ready for school in this class that teaches math & letters through games & activities to get your child’s brain engaged. Age 2 & 3 will need a parent helper.

Monday | 11:00 - 11:30am | Meyer Center | NOT AVAILABLE THIS FALL
Members $33 | Non-Members $55