music and dance
Little Maestros: Exclusively on the UWS at the JCC


Children have natural rhythm, and there is no better way to stimulate movement and brain development than early exposure to music. Not only is it fun for the whole family, but through music children explore sound, rhythm, movement and they can explore their bodies in space as they dance and move to the beat. No matter what age, music is a great way to encourage growth, in a fun, playful way.

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Classes include:

  • Little Maestros (3 months-3 years): Exclusive to the Upper West Side! Named NYC's premiere infant and toddler music program by the New York Times and NBC's TODAY, Little Maestros takes children on a fantastic musical journey. You and your child will love our musical story times, imaginative play, language development activities, puppet shows, and "bubble music."


As children grow, dance and movement is a fun and creative way for children to learn about their place in space and how they can express their unique personalities through movement. Children can release energy, learn balance and coordination, develop gross motor skills, understand spatial relations, socialize and make new friends, and learn how to creatively express themselves in our fun and unique dance classes led by the beloved Miss Maria.

Classes include:

  • Ballet at the J (18 months-4 years): Get your child moving creatively. Children will be introduced to ballet positions and techniques through Miss Maria's innovative approach that encourages young dancers with big imaginations. An end of year celebration will take place on May 31st.

  • Lil Yogis (3-4 years):  This class will incorporate fun, playful, and creative ways for the children to exercise and explore their mind, body, and spirit. The use of animated poses and stretches will promote strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. Breathing and visualization techniques will help teach the children to focus, relax, and develop self-control. The children will express themselves, one pose at a time, using music, storytelling, and imaginary adventures to play and dance yoga!

  • Little Man Dance Jam (3-4 years): A movement class designed just for boys! In this class, we will discover rhythm with bongo drums, explore speed with a racetrack, develop coordination, and build teamwork with high-energy dancing. Boys can wear t-shirts, pants/shorts, and be barefoot.

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