Welcome to the YMCA of Greenville Dance program. We are excited to be partnering with the Carolina Dance Collaborative! Dance classes are offered at the Caine Halter Family Y, Eastside Family Y, and George I. Theisen Family Y as an After School Enrichment option.

The GHS Family YMCA provides dance classes through the GHS Dance Academy

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Registration is open and done online here at the Carolina Dance Collaborative website. Visit their website, click "Enroll," create an account, add your child, and pick the class you wish to enroll in. All payments can be made online.

Dance Curriculum

This program educates dancers in multiple disciplines with an emphasis on proper technique and an appreciation of the art. Our youngest dancers begin by exploring movement, rhythm, spatial awareness and building their own creativity. These concepts create a foundation that we nurture as dancers grow within the program.

youth dance class at the Y is a great after school activityThrough the years, dancers will be introduced to discipline, specific terminology, body placement and movement that is appropriately challenging for their level. All dancers will be given the opportunity to join each quarter, showing off their development at at the end of each quarter for a studio showcase as well a year end performance for family and friends.

An additional part of every dancer's curriculum is gaining appreciation of the arts through understanding the history, experiencing the art as a spectator and even becoming a part of the creative process through self-expression. There are many in-class experiences that facilitate this understanding, but we also provide several extra-curricular enrichment opportunities, like our semi-annual Night at the Theatre, that dancers and their families can take advantage of.

As we educate dancers, our goal is to increase exposure and understanding of the art form, and also give dancers the opportunity to develop friendships, memories and an enhanced sense of self that will last a lifetime.

Dance Class Descriptions

Little Learners I (Ages 2-3) & II (Ages 4-5): This 45-minute class combines the elements of creative movement, ballet, and tumbling into one fun and exciting class. Students will learn basic floor tumbling techniques, coordination, strength, flexibility, and rhythm as they explore how to move in and through space with their peers. 

Ballet I (Ages 6-8) & II (Ages 9-12): This class will have an emphasis on body placement, proper technique, and ballet terminology at age appropriate levels. This class will benefit dancers continuing their dance training as well as those who wish to begin.The rigor and pace of the class will increase at the year progresses.

Jazz/Hip-Hop I (Ages 6-8) & II (Ages 9-12): This class is based on classical jazz dance technique, with influences incorporated from modern jazz, hip-hop, street jazz and Broadway styles. Our jazz/hip-hop class will build balance, extension, and strength through isolations, stretches, across the floor patterns, and dance combinations. This high energy class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move; no previous dance experience is required, however, Ballet classes are strongly recommended when studying Hip Hop/Jazz to help cultivate a full dance experience.

* At the discretion of the instructors with Carolina Dance Collaborative, dancers may be placed in classes based on their dance proficiency instead of age.

Class assessment and size

During the first two weeks of the quarter, each child will be assessed to make sure they are within an age and level appropriate class. On occasion, a class change may be appropriate to accommodate the needs of the student. Each class must have at least 4 students enrolled in order to stay on the schedule. For the benefit of the students, class sizes are limited.  If space is available., enrollment will remain open up to 2 weeks after quarterly registration (full tuition and registration fees are still required though).


The dance calendar year will consist of 4 quarters. Students will be given the opportunity to register for one or all quarters. 1st quarter is 7 weeks long while the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters are 8 weeks long.  If students wish to participate in the spring performance they must enroll for the 4th quarter, although, there will be an in-studio showcase at the last class of the first 3 quarters.

1st Quarter (7 weeks)

  • Quarter Begins: Week of August 29th, 2016
  • Labor Day- NO CLASSES September 5th, 2016 
  • Fall Break - NO CLASSES October 13-14, 2016
  • Quarter Ends: Week of October 10th, 2016

2nd Quarter (8 weeks)

  • Quarter Begins: Week of October 24th, 2016
  • Election Day- NO CLASSES November 8th, 2016
  • Thanksgiving Break - NO CLASSES November 23-25, 2016
  • Quarter Ends: Week of December 12th, 2016

3rd Quarter (8 weeks)

  • Quarter Begins: Week of January 9th, 2017
  • Martin Luther King Day - NO CLASSES January 16th, 2017
  • President's Day - NO CLASSES February 20th, 2017
  • Quarter Ends: Week of February 27th, 2017

Fourth Quarter (8 weeks)

  • Quarter Begins: Week of March 13th, 2017
  • Spring Break - NO CLASSES April 17-21, 2017
  • Quarter Ends: Week of May 8th, 2017
  • Spring Performance: TBD, May 2016

Summer Classes

Summer Dance classes for Little Learners I (ages 2-3) and Little Learners II (ages 4-5) will be offered at the Caine Halter Family Y and Verdae Y from June 5-Aug. 31, 2017.  

Little Learners I will meet 10:45-11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Verdae Y or 3:45-4:30 p.m. Wednsedays at the Caine Halter Family Y. 

Little Learners II will meet 10:45-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Verdae Y.  Visit CarolinaDanceCollaborative.com to register. 

Branch Schedules

Caine Halter Family Y

Verdae Y

Eastside Family Y

George I. Theisen Family Y


3:30-4:15 p.m. Ballet I

4:15-5 p.m. Jazz/Hip-Hop I


3:45-4:30 p.m. Little Learners I 
4:30-5:30 p.m. Jazz/Hip-Hop II


3:30-4:15 p.m. Little Learners II

4:15-5 p.m. Ballet I


10:45-11:30 a.m. Little Learners I 


10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Little Leaners I 

3:30-4:15 p.m. Little Learners II


3:30-4:15 p.m. Ballet I

4:15-5 p.m. Jazz I



10-10:45 a.m. Little Learners I

3:15-4:00 p.m. Little Learners II

4:00-5:00 Ballet II


3:45-4:30 p.m. Ballet I

4:45-5:45 Jazz/Hip-Hop II


3:15-4:00 p.m. Little Learners II

4-5:00 p.m. Ballet II

5-5:45 p.m. Little Learners I

Dance Attire

  • All students are required to wear appropriate dance attire. For the health and safety of the your child we require that they wear cover ups and street shoes to and from dance classes.

    For your convenience, we are working with The Sock Basket, a dance attire store located on the corner of Laurens Road and Woodruff Road (2433 Laurens Road om Greenville. We have picked out all the necessary attire that your child needs so that buying dance attire is simple and easy. Go into The Sock Basket and tell them that you are with the YMCA program and would like to purchase your required attire. They will give you the options we have chose and help you with shoe fittings.
    Must be secured off the neck and away from the face. Students in ballet class are asked to have hair pinned up in a bun or as secure as possible.

    Little Learners I and II: Girls must wear solid pink or purple leotards with pink tights. Individual tutu or skirts may be worn but are not a requirement. Boys should wear a white top with black dance pants.
    Ballet Levels I and II: Girls must wear solid blue or black leotards with pink tights. Skirts may be worn but are not a requirement. Boys should wear a white top with black dance pants.
    Jazz/Hip-Hop Levels I and II: Girls must wear solid blue or black leotards with black tights, dance pants/leggings, or shorts. Boys should wear a black top with black dance pants or shorts.

    Little Learners: Girls should wear pink split sole ballet slippers. Boys should wear white or black split sole ballet slippers.
    Ballet: Girls should wear pink split sole ballet slippers. Boys should wear white or black split sole ballet slippers.
    Jazz/Hip-Hop: Girls and Boys should wear black split sole jazz shoes and tennis shoes for hip-hop focused weeks.
    Tuition and Fees

A non-refundable $15 registration fee along with the flat quarter rate is due before a child is enrolled. Students, in communication with instructors, are more than welcome to make-up their class at another YMCA location if classes are missed due to a holiday, etc.

In preparation for the Spring Performance, a small costume fee of $35 will be required at the beginning of the last quarter in order to purchase costumes in advance for the performance. Any student with an outstanding balance from previous quarters will not be allowed to participate in the Spring Performance.

Tuition (per Quarter)
One, 45 minute class per quarter (once a week for 8 weeks)- $100
                              1st Quarter (once a week for 7 weeks)- $88
One, 60 minute class per quarter (once a week for 8 weeks)- $120
                               1st Quarter (once a week for 7 weeks)- $105

Registration Fee: $15 (due at first time registration, only 1x per year)
Costume Fee: For 4th quarter registrations, $35

*Scholarships are available for students interested in participating for the entire year (all four quarters), but are VERY LIMITED. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 10, 2016. Click here for the online scholarship application. 

Contact us

If you have questions about the dance program or registering your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Carolina Dance Collaborative


Email:  CDC.ymca@gmail.com

Phone: (864) 315-3732, ext. 3