Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB) and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids are thrilled to announce a new partnership to offer a variety of dance classes for future dancers of all ages. Starting in October 2023, the community can sign up for beginner ballet classes with the experienced Grand Rapids Ballet School staff through the YMCA.
The new classes through this partnership open a wide range of courses for many ages, allowing anyone to participate. With hopes to inspire a new generation of dancers, members can sign up for Elementary Ballet (ages 6-9), Young Dancer Ballet (ages 10-14), and Adult Ballet (ages 15+) on Thursday evenings or a specific Boys Class (ages 5-8) on Friday evenings.
In the classes, dancers will be introduced to the fundamentals of classical ballet training, ballet technique, and terminology. These ballet classes are an excellent way for children to stay active, have fun, and build a community. Dancers will also learn fundamental skills such as flexibility, coordination, spatial awareness, musicality, and balance.
In addition to the traditional ballet classes offered, Grand Rapids Ballet School’s “Moving with Parkinson’s” program has been added to the schedule at the YMCA’s Mary Free Bed location on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. and is accessible to the public. Moving with Parkinson’s is a dance therapy class made specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease, geared towards mobility. This class allows dancers to focus on holistic and therapeutic movement while enjoying time in a growing, supportive community.