Essex Elementary After School Specialty Classes

Please take a look at these engaging afterschool opportunities. Your child does not need to be enrolled in the Y’s afterschool program to enroll in these activities.

Reach out to Melissa Werle, Youth Development Coordinator, 652-8150 if you would like to learn about potential financial assistance.

Please pack a healthy snack for your child that is attending an afterschool enrichment.


Do you want to explore another language?  Come learn German from a native speaker!  This class is playful and interactive, using storytelling, conversation, and songs to teach language skills and cultural exploration.  Students will learn basic German phrases and will have the opportunity to speak and engage with others.

When: Mondays, March 23rd – May 4th

Time: 2:45 – 3:45 pm

Where: Classroom 26/Seligman

Cost: $80


SPRING  FUN!  Make your own spring-themed dance prop to take home! We’ll choreograph a dance to cool, appropriate music while we learn to follow counts and patterns.  Each week will have a SPRING CIRCUS fun theme or activity that keeps you moving, such as HOOP DANCE, BUBBLE BOP, ANIMAL ACTS and more!!  We’ll use colorful, fun props like scarves, hoops, beanbags and parachute! Strengthening, dance, motor development and learning what your body and mind can do are the focus. GymShow for family and friends will be on the last day of class, starting at 3:30 pm. Kids will receive a special surprise to take home!

When: Tuesdays, March 24th – May 5th

Time: 1:45 – 4:00 pm

Where: Gym

Cost: $80


Join Evolution Family and Prenatal Yoga to practice yoga, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and get some wiggles out.  Yoga helps children become attuned to their bodies inside and out.  EvoKids Yoga helps to build self-confidence and self-awareness, manage emotions, and promote a healthy lifestyle.  The goal of this class is to leave your child relaxed and happy.

When: Wednesdays, March 25th – May 6th

Time: 2:45-3:45 pm

Cost: $105

Cheer Team

Pom-Poms!! Dance!! Great team experience!!  No Stunting!!  Get Strong!!

Hello Spring!!  This session we’ll learn a pom dance and new chants/cheers! We’ll perform at fun events including KIDS DAY and the HUMANE SOCIETY’S 5K WALK/RUN for the ANIMALS, both held at Waterfront Park!  Our team banquet will complete the year. All community building events are family friendly and fun for all!

This exciting program stresses fun, self-awareness and community involvement! What can your body do? How strong can we get? Participants in Cheer Team will learn dance, poise, arm motions, jumps, chants, cheers and some basic mat skills. Learn or perfect moves such as leaps, cartwheels/roundoffs, and work on flexibility! You will also learn teamwork, play games, and form groups to develop awesome 8-counts!  Practice is weekly.  All moves are appropriate and sharp looking, yet easy to learn.

Outreach to others is an important part of our work, and we often perform for seniors and charity events.  Do you have an idea for an event? Let us know!!

Uniforms/bodysuits can be purchased if desired for about $50 for the skirt, shell and bow. Bodysuit is about $16. All kids will need black shirts/shorts/leggings,white socks/sneakers.  There are also package deals that include everything for a reasonable price.

Want to try it out?  Set up a visit!

When: March 26th – May 28th

Time: 6:15 – 7:30 pm

Ages: 5-11.  Open to children in surrounding towns!

Where: The gym at Founder’s Memorial School in Essex

Cost: $110

Questions: Contact instructor Ila at (802) 233-6862

Pop-poms are available for use during the games and events for those that need them.  Price of class includes ALL events!


Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties