YMCA of Greater Erie

belly danceGet up and dance! Whether you are 2 or 92, dancing can be soul lifting and offer a great mind-body workout. Dance helps people of all ages to embrace their own individuality. From ballroom to ballet to salsa to jazz and hip hop dance we have a program to keep you moving at every age.

Many dance classes are FREE for Y members or offered at a discount.

Dance classes are offered at YMCA Camp Sherwin, Eastside Family Y and Glenwood Park Y.

Cheer & dance camps for youth and teens are held during the summer and holiday breaks. View schedule

Locations & Contacts:

Camp Sherwin
Tammy Crawford, tcrawford@ymcaerie.org

Eastside Family YMCA
Erica Kaliszewski, ekaliszewski@ymcaerie.org

Glenwood Park YMCA
Nancy Jo Foor, njfoor@ymcaerie.org

Dance Programs

Beginner Hustle Dance Lessons

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Hustle is a very exciting and energetic dance with the flexibility to look elegant and graceful, sultry and intimate, or funky and fun. It shares patterns and concepts with Salsa, including numerous wrap and turn patterns. More applicable and popular than ever, our curriculum focuses on a modern Hustle which is the contemporary evolution of the partner dance first popularized in the 1970’s.

The styling, movement, and musicality have evolved to reflect the latest music and trends. It also has options to travel and float on the dance floor like Waltz and Foxtrot. It’s danced to a syncopated rhythm creating a unique pulse perfect for pop, disco, jazz, and techno tunes. This powerful social dance can really make you stand out on the dance floor. Hustle is useful for regular dance parties such as weddings/receptions, live music night at the bar, charity events, etc.


View Schedule for: Camp Sherwin

Beginner Waltz Dance Lessons

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Waltz is as relevant and useful today as it has been for over a century. It’s perfect for classics, as well as many of today’s pop, country, jazz, and even rock ballads. There are a surprising number of contemporary songs that use a Waltz rhythm. Along with Foxtrot, it is a common choice for wedding dances and is popular with social dancers all over the world. Waltz music is recognized by its ¾ rhythm, meaning musical phrases are counted in six beats rather than the usual eight.

An elegant and graceful slow dance that glides across the floor, it can be intimate and romantic or formal and grand. Learning to Waltz will improve your posture, poise, balance, frame, and control.


View Schedule for: Camp Sherwin

Belly Dancing Class

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Each culture has its own style of dance. The way the music flows and the body moves depends on the culture it originates from. The dance can be social, religious, celebratory or supportive.  Program held throughout the year at the County Y and during the spring and summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin.

View Schedule for: County Y

Cardio Dance

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This class is a high energy cardiovascular infused group workout which combines top 40 music and many current styles of dance. Join in on the fun and energizing calorie burning workout! No experience necessary!

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

Happy Feet

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This class embraces movement and music for the differently-abled.  Led by a volunteer instructor, Happy Feet is appropriately titled – from the moment the class begins, until it ends, the room is full of happiness.  Class participants are welcome to bring support partners to class.  Appropriate for youth and adults.

Free and open to the community.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Line Dance

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  • Grab your BFF for a dance party to learn many of today’s popular line dances to R&B, Hip-Hop & Country hits. You’ll be leading the dance party this wedding season.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Youth Dance

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Our Ys offer Irish Step, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern depending upon location and student’s ability. This class teaches creative movement through dance techniques. Ages vary by location. Program offered during the summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin.



View Schedule for: Camp Sherwin, County Y, Glenwood Y


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Everybody and every body! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party.

Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

View Schedule for: County Y, Downtown Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y