YMCA Dance Academy

The Y is committed to providing enriching programs that promote overall wellness of community members regardless of socioeconomic barriers. Over the past two decades, numerous studies have affirmed the benefits of the arts on the cognitive, academic, social, and personal development of children and youth. To this end, the Y offers dance classes to children ages 2 - 18 through its award-winning YMCA Dance Academy (YDA). All of our dancers participate in our annual performance, BRAVO, at the Mahaffey Theatre in June to display their talents for friends and family.



Y Dance Academy offers classes for various ages and skill levels in the genres of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop. There are also technique-only classes for ballet; stretch and tumble (acro); leaps and turns; and core strength. For a complete listing of classes, descriptions, age and skill level needed for each, please download and review our handbook.

2019-2020 YDA Handbook (.PDF)


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American Ballet TheatreYDA is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Pre-Primary through Level 3 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Kelly Homman.


Tuition & Registration

Tuition is based on 40 weeks per year, and is broken down into 10 monthly installments. We understand families like to travel, so YDA follows the Pinellas County school system schedule regarding closures for major holidays and spring break. Tuition is paid on a monthly basis and due the first of each month. We offer a discount for each additional class taken, as well as an unlimited class fee for those interested in a variety of classes. Y Memberships are available with a discounted dance fee so the entire family can enjoy all the YMCA has to offer. Download the program for a complete listing of prices.

Classes are limited to 10 - 12 students. If a class is full, you will be notified of wait-list placement. The studio reserves the right to combine any classes with three or fewer dancers. Regular class attendance is necessary for dancers to maintain progress and reserve their spot in a class. Absences that occur more than two times a month may result in a dancer being withdrawn from a class. Please note, students are expected to arrive for class punctually but we do understand that at times unforeseen events may keep a dancer from being on time.

To register for classes or for more information, please contact ydanceacademy@stpeteymca.org.


YDA Competition Team

The YDA competition team has received numerous awards and top honors for group and solo performances, including recognition for age appropriateness, technique, and original choreography, and has earned 31 awards at the largest competition in Florida, the Showstoppers Dance Competition.

This award-winning competitive team is for students who wish to take their dance training to the highest level. Team members attend at least three regional competitions, one dance convention, and have the opportunity to attend a national competition. Members are placed in their own classes to ensure proper training and technique. To become a member, dancers ages 6-18 must audition for a spot in June. Compete with the best to achieve goals that will pave the way for your future! To learn more about the competition team, or if you are interested in auditioning, please contact ydanceacademy@stpeteymca.org.


History of the Y Dance Academy

Launched in 2007, YDA housed in the Jim & Heather Gills YMCA is a national American Ballet Theater® certified school that comprises 65 classes per week including diverse dance styles from ballet, hip-hop, and jazz, encouraging students to pursue various genres. Under the direction of Kelly Homman, this nationally award-winning dance program is dedicated to developing talent at both a recreational and competitive level. The Y implements a specially designed curriculum that enables students to develop advanced dance techniques as they progress through each class level. We focus on terminology and technique, along with a strong foundation in Classical ballet.

In fall of 2016, the Y further expanded the YDA through the Tiny Dancer program offered at the Speer YMCA and Bardmoor YMCA Preschool Academies, enabling the Y to engage 60 children ages 2 - 5 from south St. Petersburg and Bardmoor communities. Annually, YDA serves more than 300 students through the Jim & Heather Gills YMCA and two YMCA Preschool Academies - 45% of which receive scholarship assistance from the Y to participate.