Children & Youth

Dance Programs


We offer a full school-year class culminating in an optional, low-key recital currently scheduled for May 20, 2018. Approximately 25 classes per year; dance schedule and handbook provided at registration. Schedule may be revised based on enrollment. Classes taught or supervised by Kirby Shields, JCC Children’s Dance Director and owner of Higher Movement Dance Studio in Meriden. For more information, call Barbara Zalesch (203) 387-2424 x250.

Creative Dance


A pre-ballet and tap class to teach our tiny dancers the basics of each style. In class they will be doing things such as warm-up exercises, musical games, pat- terns across the floor and small dance combinations. Ballet and Tap shoes required, Recital participation optional. Class already in session; fee pro-rated based on start date. 


Creative Dance Rates and Dates

Member: $425 | Community: $525

Tues.       1-1:55 p.m.                     10/3-May

Wed.        4:10-5:05 p.m.                10/18-May

Ballet & Tap 1


Designed for our dancers to learn the basic placement of the hip and the line of the leg. We will be working on the positions of the feet and arms through developmental games and exercises and learning many new movements across the floor. Class already in session and currently full; call for availability.


Ballet & Tap 1 Rates and Dates

Member: $425 | Community: $525

Tues.        4:10-5:05 p.m.                10/3-May

Ballet & Tap 2-3


A continuation of our beginning class with an emphasis on strength, balance and flexibility. We will begin working at the barre and will have great fun combining movement patterns to go across the floor. Ages 8-10. Class already in session; fee pro-rated based on start date.


Ballet & Tap 2-3 Rates and Dates

Member: $425 | Community: $525

Tues.        5:10-6:05 p.m.                10/3-May

Broadway-Style Tap-Jazz Combo


Inspired by musicals such as “Anything Goes,” this class for young teens will focus on tap and jazz steps and corresponding music. Class already in session; fee pro-rated based on start date. 


Broadway-Style Tap-Jazz Combo Rates and Dates

Member: $599 | Community: $699

Wed.        2:30-4 p.m.                10/18-May


Little Scientists

An interactive preschool science program featuring hands-on learning. Explore the magic of the ocean, bubbles, volcanoes, and more.


Little Scientists Rates and Dates

Member: $230 | Community: $260

Mon.        1:15-2 p.m.                1/8-3/26*


Great Scientists


A comprehensive after-school science program for students in grades 2-5. Great Scientists exposes children to the thrill of scientific discovery and inquiry in a supportive, engaging and reinforcing environment.


Great Scientists Rates and Dates

Member: $175 | Community: $200

Mon.        4-5 p.m.                1/8-2/26*


Flour Power for Kids


Does your child love to bake? Or interested to learn how? Learn classic recipes and new tricks with local baker extraordinaire Jodi Seidner of Sweet Seidner’s! Take home freshly baked goodies and recipes to share at home.


Flour Power for Kids Rates and Dates

Member: $50 | Community: $60

Thurs.        4:30-6 p.m.                1/11-2/1

Special Interest

Cozy Crafternoon


Time to make winter a little cozier! Join us to decorate your own mug and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.


Cozy Crafternoon Locations, Rates and Dates

Member: $12 | Community: $15

Sun.        1-3 p.m.                2/4/18               The Clay Date, Woodbridge

Sun.        2-4 p.m.                3/4/18               Fired Up! Branford

Kidding Around Yoga


Kidding Around Yoga teaches children yoga basics in fun and engaging ways. Instructor Sherri Sosensky works with children of all ages to share the joy of yoga practices. Classes are "bring your own mat." Please let staff know if a mat needs to be supplied.


Kidding Around Yoga Location, Rates and Dates

Temple Beth David, Cheshire

Class: Member: $10 | Community: $12

Series: Member: $35 | Community: $45

Mon.        4:15-5:15 p.m.                1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5

Wed.        4:15-5:15 p.m.                2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21

PJ Library

Questions? Contact Stacey Battat:, (203) 387-2424, ext. 317

Mindfulness, Movement & Drumming

Friday, Feb 21 | 1-2 p.m. | JCC, Woodbridge | FREE

Move and groove to music, movement and drumming. Limited space of 10. RSVP required.


Monthly Playgroup

Sundays, Dates TBD | 4-5:30 p.m. | Alternating PJ Homes

A parent-led family monthly playgroup taking place at rotating homes. Contact Stacey Battat for details.


Ladino Author Sarah Aroeste (Shoreline)

Sunday, Jan. 14 | 2 p.m. | Guilford Free Library

Sarah Aroeste works to preserve Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) culture for a new audience. An international composer and performer and now children’s book author Aroeste has released several Ladino recordings combining traditional Mediterranean Sephardic flavors with her signature contemporary style. She offers her young children's book as a peek into the Sephardic culture and Ladino language.


Author Larry Epstein: Missing Matzah

Sunday, March 25 | 1 p.m. | Ezra Academy, Woodbridge


Fourth-grade best friends Betty Wendy and Sherri formed the Friendship League to help others and solve mysteries. Little did Betty know that their latest mystery would be at her own house during Passover. Hear a story and sing with us.

School Vacations

K-8 | M: $57 | Afterschool $47 | Kids Klub $47 | C: $67

MLK Day, Monday, 1/15 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Monday, 2/19 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 2/20 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 2/21 | 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, 2/22 | 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday, 2/23 | 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, 3/29 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday, 3/30 | 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. (early)

Monday, 4/16 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 4/17 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 4/18 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, 4/19 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday, 4/20 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.