We are excited to be partnering with the Carolina Dance Collaborative! Classes are offered at several of our YMCA of Greenville locations!
If you're located in the Simpsonville area, the Prisma Health Family YMCA provides dance classes through the Prisma Dance Academy. Read more below!
Click below for schedule information, and to sign up!
Classes Offered and Descriptions
Little Learners I (Ages 2-3) & II (Ages 3-4): 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.
Pre-Ballet (Ages 5-6), Ballet I (Ages 6-8): 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): 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.
Rec. Program 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.
Through 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 session, showing off their development for a studio showcase as well as a year end performance for family and friends.
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.
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, we are sorry for inconvenience this may cause in the future. 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).
All students are required to wear appropriate dance attire. For the health and safety of 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 on 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 Carolina Dance Collaborative and would like to purchase your required attire. They will give you the options we have chosen and help you with shoe fittings; they are open until 4pm on weekdays and 5pm on Saturday.
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 / Little Tappers: Girls must wear solid pink or purple leotards with pink tights. Individual tutu or skirts may be worn but are not a requirement. We recommend tank or cap sleeves. Boys should wear a white top with black dance pants.
Pre-Ballet-Ballet I / Tap I: Girls must wear solid pink or black 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 II: Girls must wear solid royal 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 pink or black leotards (level I) and solid black or royal blue (level II) 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.
Little Tappers and Tap 1: Girls and boys should wear black tap shoes
Registration is now open at CarolinaDanceCollaborative.org. All registration is done online by:
- Visiting CarolinaDanceCollaborative.org
- Click “Enroll”
- Create an account and adding your student
- Choose the class in which you wish to enroll
- Pay online or mail a check to their PO Box (listed on the website)
Tuition and Fees
45-Minute Classes: $100 per quarter
Annual Registration Fee: $20 (due once per academic year, per student)
Quarter 4 Costume Fee: $45
As part of Carolina Dance Collaborative's mission to offer dance to anyone regardless of ability to pay, we offer Scholarships for those dancers in need. This year's scholarships have been made possible by the Scansource Foundation and individual contributions. CDC will be accepting applications at the beginning of the spring session. Application can be found HERE.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us today!
Carolina Dance Collaborative
Session Dates: January 10 - March 18 *All Classes at the Prisma Health Family YMCA location.*
About Our Classes
Rhythm & Motion: (Age 3 - younger 4-year-olds)
This class is an introductory class to the world of music and dance. Dancer’s basic motor skills (walking, jumping, skipping, etc.) are expanded to emphasize rhythm, spatial awareness, movement quality, moving to music and dancing in groups. Each class will begin and end with a proper warm-up and cool down.
Ballet & Boogie (Ages 4-7)
These classes combine ballet and jazz to offer technique, basic terms and age appropriate choreography in both art forms. A proper warm up and cool down are included.
Hip Hop and Hip Hop Cheer (Ages 5-12)
This high energy, age appropriate class will teach fun hip-hop techniques to current age appropriate music. Current dance moves will be incorporated into routines that will teach students proper spacing and technique, but most importantly, confidence and team work while having fun. Hip Pop Cheer will use poms and do individual cheers with a shorter hip pop routine.
Musical Theater Dance (Ages 7-12) *when offered*
Fun show tunes inspired by popular musicals, with eye-catching, easy to learn Broadway moves. All music and movement is age appropriate. The Saturday “Hamilton” class is music from Hamilton.
Jump & Tumble Beginner Gymnastics (Ages 2-4)
An introduction to basic tumbling skills, body movement and just plain FUN! Good for both boys and girls. *Class size is limited so early registration is highly suggested.
- The YMCA wants this class to be a wonderful experience for both you and your child. Please help us by following these guidelines.
- Please watch your child participate from the windows in the hallway. The children remain engaged in the class and often participate more when the parents are not in the room.
- Please take your child to the restroom before class starts.
- Please arrive on time to allow for the least amount of disruptions as possible.
- Please remain on site at the YMCA while your child is in class.
- Hip Hop & Hip Hop Cheer require tennis shoes and comfortable clothing.
- All other classes require ballet shoes preferably that tie.
- Dress for ballet classes: Leotards not required but many wear them. Comfortable clothing with the ability to move is our suggestion.
- **Classes MUST have a minimum of 5 registered to hold class & participants MUST be in an age-appropriate class.
- Rhythm & Motion, Jump & Tumble & 4 year Ballet- $80-member, $120-non member (*35 min. classes)
- All Other Classes - $110-member, $160-non member (*45 min. classes)
Class Schedule & Other Information
- RECITAL: Friday night, March 18.
- Registration includes a ‘YMCA DANCE’ T-Shirt
- There are no hidden fees. Children wear their Y-Dance T-shirt for the recital. Teachers may ask for uniformity with their classes in the form of dark leggings, white turtlenecks, bows, gloves or something of the like. We want this to be as affordable as possible! *We do require proper shoes for each class.
Questions? Contact Lori Dredge at 864-963-3605 ext. 12 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.