Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch

Arts & Humanities

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

Teen Specialty Club

ACAPELLA CLUB (12 years -18 years)

Join our newest Y club opportunity for teens who like to sing!  Whether its pop songs from the radio, rock and roll, or any other style, all are welcome! Acapella club is an opportunity for singers of all skill levels to showcase their talents!  Acapella club begins in January and end the beginning of June.

WEDNESDAY:    5:00pm-6:30pm        Register Here


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

Adult Beginner Hip Hop ( Ages 16+)

Learn to move to the hottest music and pick up a few choreographed dances along the way in this fun and energetic class.

THURSDAY     7:30pm-8:30pm         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.

Youth S.T.E.A.M.

Silly Science (Ages 3-5)

Preschoolers will learn basic science, art, and color concepts in this hands-on class that will encourage and celebrate natural curiosity.

TUESDAY:        9:00am to 9:45am        Register Here

WEDNESDAY:  9:00am to 9:45am         Register Here

Fairytale S.T.E.A.M.   (Ages 6-9)

What is S.T.E.A.M. programming? These enrichment programs allow students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Join us in this weekly class where participants will create and build in order to problem
solve ways for characters to find their happy ending.

TUESDAY:          4pm-5pm        Register Here

SATURDAY:        9am-10am      Register Here

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                Register Here    



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:    4:30pm-5:15pm            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




Every Third Wednesday of the month @ 12:00 noon

The Garden club promotes the encouragement and advancement of gardening. Club meetings are held on the Third Wednesday of the month with a specific presentation. Events and activities are scheduled throughout the year.

Members FREE • Program Participants $30 Annually


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


To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.