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Dance classes at the Pat Jones YMCA offer a non competition setting for children to learn and engage in the benefits of a high quality program without the high prices of competitive institutions.


Recreational dance program focuses on teaching rhythm and creative movement as well as developing technique in ballet and tap for ages 3-12.


Cost: $30/Members; $60/Non-Members

Classes are subject to minimum enrollment numbers

Please contact  417-881-1599 with questions.


See our policy on staff conduct with minors.

Session Dates

January 7-31**

February 4-28

March 4-April 4

April 8-May 2

May 6-30*

June 3-27

July 8-August 1

August 5-29

September 3-26*

September 30-October 24

October 28-November 21

November 25-December 19

*3-week pricing for Monday classes

Creative Dance

Ages 3-4

This class focuses on developing gross motor skills through the basic loco motor and non-loco motor movements, as well as developing listening skills and how to follow the rules in a class setting. Class will include ballet and soft-shoe tap done with ballet shoes instead of tap to strengthen feet for handling tap shoes in more advanced classes. Class meets Mondays from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Dance 1

Ages 5-6

This class is a tap and ballet class that focuses on building beginning technique of both disciplines. We will go over all basic loco motor and non-loco motor movements, and apply those to ballet. We will learn basic articulation of the feet needed for proper technique and basic tap steps. Class meets Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Dance 2

Ages 7-10

Dancers will begin to form solid technique in ballet and tap. We will learn everything that the Dance 1 does, and go past that to further refine technique. More advanced ballet movement, and tap steps will be taught. Class meets Thursdays from 4:15-5:15 pm.

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