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YMCA and The Dance Cooperative Partner to Serve More Kids and Families through Dance

Published 06.05.19

The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina and the Dance Cooperative have recently partnered to serve even more kids and families through dance.  

The Dance Cooperative has been serving the Wilmington community since May 2001, and has served more than 600 families in its children and adult dance classes. The Dance Cooperative offers high quality classes at an affordable rate for all levels of dancers.

“We are looking forward to expanding our reach through the partnership with the YMCA and bringing the Dance Cooperative back toward the downtown area; the support and experience the YMCA will bring, and the new program offering at the Y is a win-win for this community,” stated Sue Meier, the Dance Cooperative Teach Liaison.

Every day, the YMCA of Southeastern NC works to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most through community programs, service, and outreach – such as providing safe and supportive environments for children and teens during out of school time, offering inclusive programming to help individuals become more confident, connected, and independent, and providing financial assistance for families and individuals to be able to participate in Y membership, programs, and services.

“Similar to how we develop our child care programs by offering a variety of opportunities for kids including sports, arts, fitness, education, team building, and more, the Dance Cooperative approaches dance by striving to build well-rounded artists by exposing dancers to several styles and techniques and train them to find their strengths and individuality,” explains Corey Maarschalk, YMCA Youth Branch Director.

The Dance Cooperative did a soft launch in offering Adult Classes at the Nir Family YMCA this April and May and continued registration and programming for teens and adults is now underway. Teen and adult classes are offered on a drop in basis and include ballet, modern, and jazz classes. Children’s classes will begin this fall for kids ages 3 to 12 at the Nir Family YMCA and will include creative movement, ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop classes.

Learn more about all of the dance offerings at www.ymcasenc.org/dance

About the Dance Cooperative

The Dance Cooperative is committed to nurturing the dance community by providing affordable classes, rehearsal space and performance opportunities for those under-served artistically, culturally, and economically in the greater Wilmington area. We create a safe and supportive environment for dancers of all ages. The Dance Cooperative offers Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary for ages 3+. We proudly produce The Wilmington Dance Festival, the Dorothy Nesbitt Community Dance Day, the Emerging Choreographers Showcase, and partner with Cucalorus on the special evening of Dance-a-lorus.