Dance Programs

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THRIVE, A YMCA Dance Team

THRIVE is a community dance team based at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA in Plainfield. As a part of THRIVE, dancers of all ages get the opportunity to:

  • Learn and develop skills across various dance styles, including ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary, among others.
  • Receive guidance from dance instructors who embrace the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
  • Perform at local events, community expos and the THRIVE Showcase.

We do more than just dance. We learn. We grow. We THRIVE.

THRIVE dance season is held year round. The THRIVE Showcase and Summer Recital are held in June and August respectively. Auditions are also held in August. New dancers may audition for one of the four performance dance level groups: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Experienced dancers are invited to audition for THRIVE’s competitive dance levels: Elite and Diamond Elite. More information can be found in the THRIVE Dance Team Manual below.

2017 Auditions: August 25-26

Friday, August 25 • 5:30-7 p.m.

  • For experienced dancers who would like to audition for competition levels. Solo choreography will be the focus.
  • Dancers will be required to present a 60-second solo in a dance style of their preference. They will have the opportunity to perform their sol0 piece and get feedback from THRIVE instructors.

Saturday, August 26 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • For dancers of all ages and skill levels.
  • Participants will learn a short choreographed piece and present what they learned in a group setting.
  • Competition dancers will present their solo pieces.
  • All participants make the team and will be placed in levels based on their ability.

Free and open to all. Registration is required. A YMCA Membership is not required to audition but is required for THRIVE dancers.

THRIVE Dance Team Manual


Private Dance Lessons

Dancers of all levels are invited to request private lessons with a YMCA dance instructor. In a one-on-one or small group setting, an instructor will identify the needs of each participant and subsequently help them improve their technique and dance styles, including but not limited to ballet, tap and contemporary dance.

Private Dance Lesson Request Form

Dance Programs

The Y offers a variety of dance programs year-round for beginners and advanced performers. Current offerings include:

  • Ballet and Pre-Ballet
  • Tap
  • Contemporary
  • Hip-Hop/Jazz
  • Tiny Dancers (Ages 2-3)
  • Dance Beginnings (Ages 3-5)

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