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. *NOTE: winter/spring schedule will be provided by late December

Creative Dance

Tuesdays, Oct. 3 - May | 1-1:45 p.m. 

Tuesdays, Oct. 18 - May | 1-1:45 p.m. 


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. Ages 3-4 | M: $425 | C: $525

Ballet, Tap & Broadway

Training includes positions of the feet and body, placement, barre exercises, progressions across the floor and center floor combinations. Emphasis on the natural line of the body. Tap concentrates on rhythm, tempo, beats and accent while improving motor skills. Recital Performance; Ballet & tap shoes required.

Ballet & Tap 1

Tuesdays, Oct. 3 - May | 4:10-5:05 p.m. 


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. Ages 5-7 | M: $425 | C: $525


Ballet & Tap 2-3

Tuesdays, Oct. 3 - May | 5:10-6:05 p.m. 


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 | M: $425 | C: $525

Broadway-Style Tap-Jazz Combo

Wednesdays, Oct. 18 - May | 2:30-4 p.m. 


Inspired by musicals such as “Anything Goes,” this class for young teens will focus on tap and jazz steps and corre- sponding music. Ages 10-14 | M: $599 | $699


Kids Can Cook

Mondays, Sept. 11 - Oct. 2 | 4-5 p.m.


Who said kids can’t cook? Not us! This cooking class teaches kids how to make great food. Each class ends with a delicious meal with friends old and new! Grades 4-8 | M: $60 | C: $75

Family Fun Day at Massaro Farm

Sundays, Oct. 1 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.


Join us at Massaro Community Farm for a celebration of Sukkot - the harvest holiday! Children & families are invited to learn about farming and create a “garden in a box” to take home! Ages 3+ | M: $10 | C: $20

Little Scientists

Mondays, Oct. 16 - Dec. 4 | 1-1:45 p.m. | Ages 3.5-5 | M: $200 | C: $225


Great Scientists

Mondays, Oct. 16 - Dec. 4 | 4-5 p.m. | M: $175 | C: $200


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.

14th Annual JCC Holiday Craft & Gift Fair: Children

Sunday, Dec. 3 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 


The Holiday Craft & Gift Fair features artisans and vendors from our local area and all over New England. From 1-4 p.m. children can enjoy FREE movies and popcorn under the supervision of JCC babysitters while parents shop the fair. 

Woodbridge Fallapalooza: Open Pool & Playscape

Sunday, Oct. 22 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. 


Take part in the Town of Woodbridge’s month of special activities. Enjoy the pool and playscape, and take advantage of the JCC’s fall membership special!

International Festival

Sunday, Oct. 29 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Join us for our second annual International Festival to celebrate of the diversity of our region through performances, crafts, food, games, and more! 

New Year's Beach Party

Sunday, Dec. 31 | 2-4 p.m. | $5/$10 family max.


Bring in the New Year with a splash! Join us for swimming, crafts, snacks, and more! 

PJ Library


PJ Library & Temple Beth David present TOT Shabbat and New Year Celebration!

Friday, Sept 15 | 4-5 p.m. | Temple Beth David, 3 Main Street, Cheshire


PJ Library & Westville Library High Holiday Program

Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 4-4:45 p.m. | Westville Library, 37 Harrison Street, New Haven


PJ Library Blue Trails High Holiday Family Walk

Sunday, Sept. 24 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Woodbridge Town Hall, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge


PJ Library Barnes & Noble Sing-a-Long

Sunday, Dec. 17 | 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., & 6 p.m. | Barnes & Noble, 1735 Boston Post Road, Milford

School Vacations

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


Columbus Day Vacation Program

Monday, Oct. 9 | 7 a.m.-6 p.m.


November Vacation Day

Tuesday, Nov. 7 | 7 a.m.-6 p.m.


Vacation Program (New Haven)

Friday, Nov. 10 | 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.


Vacation Program (Bethany/Beecher)

Wednesday, Nov 22 | 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 


December Vacation Program

Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 26-29 | 7 a.m.-6 p.m.


MLK Vacation Program

Monday, Jan. 15 | 7 a.m.-6 p.m.