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Youth Athletics Program at the JCC to offer Exciting Opportunities!

The JCC’s exciting Youth Athletics program offers children the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled fall. These classes provide numerous benefits, from improving health and fitness to forming new social connections.

Classes are open to the entire community and begin Monday, Sept. 9. Classes cater to children from preschool age through school age, and convenient before class care options are available. Transportation is also available for children in the F-M schools, all public schools within the Jamesville-DeWitt School Districts, and the Ed Smith School

“Sports offer children incredibly valuable lessons and opportunities to grow,” said Sherri Lamanna, director of gymnastics, dance, and the Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDP) physical education. “It helps them develop organization skills, teaches them how to stick to schedules, fosters sportsmanship, and so much more.” 

Here’s a list of Youth Athletics’ offerings:

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Children of all levels are welcome to learn the foundations of gymnastics, including floor, beam, bars, and vault. For more advanced gymnasts, the JCC also offers Team/Pre-Team Gymnastics which athletes are required to try out for or gain approval from a coach to join. Furthermore, the team competes against other local programs. 

Tumbling Tots 

Tumbling Tots is the JCC’s pre-gymnastics class for 3-year-olds. Children learn the basics of beam, bars, and tumble tracks.


Dance Program

Children of all ages can choose from a variety of dance classes including ballet, tap, jazz, and pre-ballet, for the youngest dancers. Dance classes allow children to express themselves in a unique way while working on flexibility, strength, and coordination. 


Children will kick into action in this program by learning the beginning ranks of CNY Karate Goju Ryu style. Offering a mix of hard and soft techniques, these Karate classes allow children to work on their fine motor skills and self-discipline. 

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Ninja Warrior

Like the popular competition show, Ninja Warrior classes put children’s skills to the test through the JCC’s obstacle course. Participants will work on their strength, agility, and problem-solving by jumping, swinging, climbing, and more. 

Rookie Sports 

Fun and sportsmanship are at the center of Rookie Sports. Children enhance their fine motor skills by practicing throwing, catching, kicking, and running. 

For more on Youth Athletics, contact Sherri Lamanna at [email protected] or 315-445-2040 x126. 


Everyone Can Run!

Presented by the Syracuse Chargers Track Club and hosted by the JCC of Syracuse, this FREE six-week program is designed to take you from walking to running! Everyone Can Run Beginners’ Program is a free training program lead by Greg Tuttle, a USATF certified coach.

Join us Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the JCC. Classes begin February 7 and continue February 14, 21, 28 and March 6, 13.


JCC Summer Ballet


at the JCC

This is an introduction to ballet techniques and terminology. Using imagination and creativity – students work on coordination, flexibility, strength, and the joy of movement! These classes range from toddlers to adults; for more options, check out of Children’s Sports Classes.

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Dance for Two

A class for toddlers and adults!

This class is designed for children 24 months – 3 years old to attend with an adult. Through song, movement and props, children will share a joy of dance and music. Children will learn to follow directions, take turns, basic dance vocabulary and teamwork.

Proof of COVID vaccination required.

  • Sundays from 10 am – 10:45 am
  • Beginning 6/26 to 8/21, excluding 7/3
  • $105 for members, $125 for non-members


A range of classes from 3 to 5 year old’s!

3 to 4 Year Old Class

  • Mondays from 1 pm to 1:45 pm
  • Beginning 6/27 to 8/16
  • Please bring ballet slippers
  • $105 for members, $125 for non-members

4 to 5 Year Old Class

  • This class if for those who have finished Pre-K
  • Tuesdays from 3 pm to 3:45 pm
  • Beginning 6/28 to 8/16
  • Please bring ballet slippers
  • $120 for members, $140 for non-members

3 Year Old Class

  • Sundays from 11 am to 11:45 am
  • Beginning 6/26 to 8/21, excluding 7/3
  • Please bring ballet slippers
  • $105 for members, $125 for non-members

School-Age Ballet

A selection of classes for students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade!

First and Second Grader’s Class

  • Thursdays from 4 pm to 4:45 pm
  • Beginning 6/30 to 8/18
  • Please bring ballet slippers
  • $120 for members, $140 for non members

Going into 3rd grade and Up

  • Thursdays from 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm
  • Beginning 6/30 to 8/18
  • Please bring Ballet Slippers
  • $120 for members, $140 for non-members

Adult Ballet

A class designed for adults who want to increase mobility, flexibility, and body alignment while sculpting and toning muscles. All levels welcome. Proof of vaccination is required.

  • Thursday from 7 pm to 8 pm
  • Beginning 6/30 to 8/18
  • Please bring ballet slippers
  • $120 for members, $140 for non-members