EDWARDSVILLE YMCA

NIEBUR (ESIC) CENTER • MEYER CENTER • ALLISON CASSENS EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

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Current Session

Fall 1 (7 Weeks)
Aug. 27th - Oct. 14th

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 $52 | Non-Members $75 | Material Fee $10

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 $65 | Non-Members $85 | Material Fee $7

SENSORY PLAY (AGES 6 MONTHS - 5 YEARS) *NEW*
For babies & families who want to experience sensory play. Class will focus on Jumbo Crayon coloring, baby musical instruments, sensory bottles/bags, finger painting, water play and other activities. Parent helper recommended until age 4.

Ages 6 months - 2 years: Tuesday | 10:30 - 11:15am | Meyer Center
Ages 2 - 5 years: Tuesday | 9:30 - 10:15am | Meyer Center
Members $52 | Non-Members $75

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

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 | 10:45 - 11:15am | Meyer Center
Tuesday | 5:00 - 5:30pm | Meyer Center
Saturday | 9:30 - 10:00am | Meyer Center
Members $38 | Non-Members $53

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

Level 1 (Ages 4 - 6) 
Monday | 6:45 - 7:30pm | Meyer Center
Tuesday | 9:30 - 10:15am | Meyer Center
Tuesday | 5:30 - 6:15pm | Meyer Center
Thursday | 4:30 - 5:15pm | Meyer Center
Level 1 (Ages 7 - 10) 
Thursday | 6:30 - 7:15pm | Meyer Center 
Members $52 | Non-Members $75

LEVEL 2 & 3 (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 (Ages 5 - 8) (MUST HAVE 2 SESSIONS OF LEVEL 1 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL)
Thursday | 5:15 - 6:00pm | Meyer Center
Level 3 (Ages 6 - 9) (MUST HAVE 3 SESSIONS OF LEVEL 2 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL)
Thursday | 6:00 - 6:45pm | Meyer Center
Members $52 | Non-Members $75

BALLET & TAP COMBO (AGES 3 - 8)
This class is for beginner students to explore dance in the areas of Tap & Ballet. 3 - 4 year old combo will focus on Ballet in the first class. 5 -8 year old combo will learn Tap and Ballet each week. 

3 - 4 Year Old Combo  
3 Years: Monday | 9:30 - 10:00am | Meyer Center
4 Years: Monday | 10:00 - 10:30am | Meyer Center
3 - 4 Years: Thursday | 5:00 - 5:30pm | Meyer Center
Members $38 | Non-Members $53
5 - 8 Year Old Combo 
Thursday | 5:45 - 6:30pm | Meyer Center 
Members $52 | Non-Members $75

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

Thursday | 10:15 - 10:45am | Meyer Center 
Members $38 | Non-Members $53

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

Monday | 5:45 - 6:30pm | Meyer Center 
Members $52 | Non-Members $75

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.

Monday | 5:00 - 5:45pm | Meyer Center
Tuesday | 6:30 - 7:15pm | Meyer Center 
Members $52 | Non-Members $75

CREATIVE MOVEMENT (AGES 6+) *NEW*
Class will focus on basic concepts of rhythm and movement along with spatial awareness, listening skills, group socialization and structure. Students will strengthen their bodies and learn coordination in this fun engaging class to introduce the love of dance.

Saturday | 10:15 - 11:00am | Meyer Center
Members $52 | Non-Members $75

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 | Dance 10:30 - 11:00am & Gymnastics 11:00 - 11:30am
  • 4 - 5 Year Olds | Gymnastics 10:30 - 11:00am & Dance 11:00 - 11:30am
Thursday | 10:00 - 11:00am | Meyer Center
  • 3 Year Olds | Dance 10:30 - 11:00am & Gymnastics 11:00 - 11:30am
  • 4 - 5 Year Olds | Gymnastics 10:30 - 11:00am & Dance 11:00 - 11:30am
Members $63 | Non-Members $88

NEW OFFERING

Y PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY (YPAC)
This class is performance based while using skills that have been developed and mastered through Level 2 Ballet. In order to participate in this company you should also be enrolled in the Thursday night Level 2 Ballet class. The group will focus on learning dance routines that will be performed throughout the community. For example: city events, nursing homes and other venues will showcase their dance abilities. The goal is to foster a deeper love of dance for those that are ready for the next level. Performers MUST be at least 6 years old, in Level 2 Ballet and mastered a majority of Level 2 Ballet skills from previous sessions. MUST BE DIRECTOR APPROVED. For more information, please contact Natasha Howard at nhoward@edwymca.com or 655-1460.

Thursday | 6:45 - 7:15pm | Meyer Center
Price for Fall 1 & 2 : Members $70 | Non-Members $95

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 $38 | Non-Members $53

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 $38 | Non-Members $53

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. 

Saturday | 9:00 - 9:45am | Meyer Center
Members $52 | Non-Members $75

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

YMCA THEATRE PRESENTS...THE JUNGLE BOOK (AGES 8 - 13)
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 performing the play The Jungle Book. Deep in the heart of the Indian Jungle, Bagheera discovers a Man-Cub. Only the wolves Akela and Raksha may save his life and raise him as their own. Bagheera teaches the boy all he knows about the Jungle. Baloo the lovable bear befriends Mowgli and saves him from the fearsome grasp of Kaa, the Python, and the wild Monkey-People. But who can save him from Shere Kahn?

30 HOURS OF REHEARSAL IN A 12 WEEK CLASS! 
RUNS AUGUST 29TH - NOVEMBER 28TH | NO CLASS OCTOBER 31ST & NOVEMBER 21ST
Wednesday |  6:00 - 8:00pm | Meyer Center
Members $100 | Non-Members $125

Theatre

UPSTAGE AT THE Y *NEW* (AGES 13+)
Whether you are just starting out in theatre or want to improve your existing skills, this class is great practice for the stage. We will be meeting twice a week to learn acting techniques and play improv games. There will be a showcase at the end of the 8 week session so your friendsa nd family can see what you can do! Come with an open mind, a sense of humor and join the fun! For more information contact Natasha Howard at 655-1460 or nhoward@edwymca.com.

Tuesday & Thursday | 7:00 - 9:00pm | Meyer Center
Members $135 | Non-Members $160

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. Pizza will be provided for lunch.

October 20th or November 10th 
8:30am - 4:30pm
Members $65 | Non-Members $85
Meyer Center