Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch

Arts & Humanities

Westerly Memoir Project at the Y!

A fun, inspirational workshop on the art and craft of writing personal narrative/essay/memoir, for all levels of writers. The workshop focuses on the fundamentals of creating a gripping, poignant narrative from your own life experiences. As part of a community of fellow writers, you will have a chance to share your work with the class and receive helpful, constructive criticism. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have written several short exercises and at least one (under 3,000 word) personal memoir.

SESSION I: Mondays, June 3rd, June 10th, June 17th, June 24th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00p.m. REGISTER HERE

SESSION II: Mondays, July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th, August 5th , 5:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. REGISTER HERE

Class Location:  Ocean Community YMCA Training Center 90 High Street, Westerly RI 

Learn more about Ethan Gilsdorf HERE!

Learn more about the Westerly Memoir Project HERE!

Program FEE: Members ($50)    Program Participants ($80)



Enrichment Class Proposal Form

Interested in teaching a subject that you are well versed in and want to share with the community?  Fill out the proposal sheet below and send it back to Colin Sheehan, Youth & Family Director either by email at csheehan@oceancommunityymca.org or by returning a paper copy to the Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch.

Enrichment Class Proposal

Adult Enrichment Programming

Adult Beginner Ballet (Ages 16+)

In this class we study classical ballet in its very basic form, moving through the fundamentals; barre, center, corner, and simple stretching. Through ballet technique we lengthen & tone while developing balance, strength, and grace. No previous ballet experience necessary. All ages welcome!

SATURDAY:     12:50pm-1:50pm      Register Here

Salsa & Swing  (Ages 16+)

Learn the basics of salsa and east coast swing dancing in a fun and friendly environment filled with music that we keep you on your feet. Couple prices

MONDAY       6:45pm-8pm    

COUPLES      Register Here             SINGLES       Register Here

ADULT ART CLASS: Water Color (Ages 16+)

Join award winning artist Burl Dawson Jr in class where adults will learn the very basics of the watercolor medium. Expect to create a small      watercolor technique book, a sunset landscape and an illustration of birds in their habitat.

Material recommended listed below:

  • Watercolor paints in tubes
  • Water color brushes
  • Paper- cold pressed size 11×15
  • Drawing board
  • Plastic palette
  • Masking tape, Pencil & Eraser

MONDAY:  10am-11:30am       Register Here

Scene of Providence RI painted by Burl Dawson Jr.

Music Education

GUITAR I (Ages 9-13)                                  

Strum and pluck your way to stardom in a small classroom setting.  Beginner players will learn the basics of holding a guitar, picking, tuning, chord progressions, and strum patterns.  Students must bring their own instruments for class.

WEDNESDAY 4pm-5pm              Register Here

SATURDAY 12pm-1pm               Register Here


GUITAR II (Ages 9-13)

Build upon previous skills and refine your play style while in a small group setting.  Students must receive permission from director or instructor to join.  Students must bring their own instruments for class.

WEDNESDAY 5pm-6pm              Register Here

SATURDAY 11am-12pm             Register Here



This small group setting allows student to focus on key elements of songwriting such as the formation of music, chord structures, lyrics, hooks, rhymes, riffs & melodies. Solo or collaborate on your first song, it is up to you! Instruments are recommended but not required.

THURSDAY 4pm-5pm               



This small group setting allows students to explore their singing voice. Classes will be spent reviewing singing basics, performing traditional vocal warm ups, and engaging in playful group vocal games.

THURSDAYS 5pm-6pm       Register Here


Youth Dance

Pre-Ballet for Ages 4-6

The goal of this introductory class is to foster creativity, freedom, and expression through movement to create a life-long love of dance.  We will explore movement with wonder and joy, discovering the magic of dance, while gaining confidence and poise every step of the way.

WEDNESDAY:    4:25pm-5:10pm            Register Here 

SATURDAY:        11:00am-11:45am       Register Here

Pre-Dance for Ages 3-5

Dancers will be introduced to fundamental aspects of dance including music & movement.  Dancers will learn basic dance skills in ballet, tap and jazz, while focusing on fine and gross motor skill development. 

 FRIDAY:      4:15pm-5:00pm    Register Here

Beginner Ballet for Ages 7-12

In this class, classical ballet positions of the feet and arms are studied along with fundamental movements at the barre and then in the center.  In the center, work on more complex movements, jumps and turns as students progress at their own pace.  No previous ballet experience necessary.

SATURDAY: 11:50am-12:50pm        Register Here

Hip-Hop for Ages 8-12

Dancers will learn to move to the hottest music, have fun and be energetic.  Dancers will learn age appropriate hip hop skills.

TUESDAY: 7:15pm – 8:15pm      Register Here



Join us in the community room kitchen where students will learn how to safely prepare nutritious and delicious foods. Foods include decorative
pancakes, noodle dishes, muffins and baked fruit concoctions.

THURSDAYS: 4:00pm – 5:15pm           Register Here




Introduction to Theater

Ages 7-14 
Mondays 4:30-6:00 pm


The Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch is pleased to be partnering with the Granite Theatre of Westerly to provide local youth with a performing arts experience. During the 10 week program, children will have a hands on opportunity to build props, costumes, tour the theatre and see first-hand management of sound and lights.

Students will learn:                                                                                                   – Appropriate body movement during an audition

– How to perform a cold reading with provided material

– Choosing the right piece to showcase your abilities

Members $90  Program Participants $120

Ages 12-14        Register Here

Ages 7-11          Register Here


Ages 18 – 36 months

Wednesday 9:30-10:15am

A great way to spend time with you child during this fun packed class. With your guidance, your child is introduced to a relaxed, but structured environment. The goal of this class is to increase your child’s gross motor skills: running, jumping, hopping and throwing.

Members $63 • Program Participants $97


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