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Ballet Class offers youth of all ages a disciplined and nurturing environment to learn the basics of classical ballet. Ballet teaches skill, grace, poise, self-discipline, and self confidence.

Winter/Spring 2019 

Saturdays, 1/5/19-5/18/19 (18 classes)

(No Class 2/9 & 4/20)

Youth Advance: 11:00am-12:00pm

Youth Intermediate: 12:05pm-1:05pm

Youth Beginners: 1:15pm-2:15pm

Youth Beginners: 2:25pm-3:25pm

Ballet does not offer online registration. Please contact Koey Zhou to sign up for this program at yzhou@ymcasf.org or call 415.748.3557.

Martial Arts

Our martial arts class incorporates a traditional Goju-Ryu karate program along with self-defense techniques. Our instructor Angela Swanson, holds a black belt and has over 10 years of experience teaching martial arts. She is dedicated to helping students build self-confidence, flexibility, concentration, self-discipline, self-esteem and have fun while getting in shape.

Winter/Spring 2019

Saturday Classes:

Dates and Times: Saturdays, 1/5/19-5/18/19 (18 classes)
(No Class 2/9 & 4/20)

Age: 6 - 15 years old

Intermediate: 3:30pm-5:00pm
Beginning: 2:30pm-3:30pm

Sunday Classes:

Dates and Times: Sundays, 1/6/19-5/19/19 (18 classes)
(No class 2/10 & 4/21)

Age: 6 - 15 years old

Intermediate: 3:30pm-5:00pm​
Beginning: 2:30pm-3:30pm

Martial Arts does not offer online registration. Please contact Koey Zhou to sign up for this program at yzhou@ymcasf.org or call 415.748.3557.


Dribble, pass, Shoot! Learn and work on your fundamentals here! We run drills and scrimmages with age appropriate groups that work on: dribbling, passing, shooting, and the importance of teamwork.

Winter/Spring 2019

Dates: Saturdays, 1/5/19 -5/18
(No class 2/9, 4/13, & 4/20)

Age 5-7, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Age 8-10, 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm
Age 11-13, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Young Artists

Art Instructor, Megan Conklin, graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2015 with a BFA in Illustration with an emphasis on watercolor painting. She has 2 years of previous art teaching experience, and 4 years of teaching here at the Chinatown YMCA. Megan is very passionate about teaching at the Y, she hopes that she can help inspire her students to embrace their creativity while fine-tuning their artistic skills. 

Winter/Spring 2019

Saturdays, 1/5/19-5/18/19 (18 classes)
(No Class 2/9 & 4/20)

Beginner: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Beginner: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Intermediate: 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Advanced: 10:00 am-11:30 am

Beginner Art - Basic Drawing and Sketching Skills
Saturdays 12:00 - 1 PM

Picasso is for our youngest artists who have just started to understand the basics of shapes, shadows and color. In this level, students will work on motor skill development by following guided lessons in drawing with pencil, tracing with outline, and finishing with color. Every student will walk out of each class with a finished artwork.

Intermediate Art - Study of Light, Shadow, Color and Focal Points
Saturdays 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Monet is a great class for our artists, both young and older, who have a basic understanding of drawing and painting but would like to further advance their skills. In this level, students will work on perfecting skills they already have by diving into a deeper and more technical understanding of their work.  In this class students will work on drawing (with charcoal and pencil), outlining and shading with ink, painting with acrylic, coloring with pastel, and studying key elements of a successful piece. Some of these key elements will include focal point, proportion, hierarchy, and light and shadow. Every student will walk out of each class with a finished piece of artwork. 

Advanced Art - Realism and Gallery Work
Saturdays 10  - 11:30 AM

Students will be evaluated and chosen for Michelangelo based on their understanding of the key elements of art, such as drawing, painting, light & shadow, focal points, hierarchy and realism. In this class, students will be encouraged to push themselves and to use critical thinking to solve issues in their work. We will work on creating realistic cityscapes, landscapes, portraits, and plein-air paintings. Students will also explore a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, watercolor, charcoal, acrylic, and clay. At this level there will be fieldtrips for plein-air painting and for studying other art work. 

*Some projects may take more than one class to complete. 


Denise Hung
(415) 748-3546

Growing up at the Chinatown Y, youth and teen work is Denise's passion. Youth have the potential to change the world and she is proud to help programs that foster ability. 

Jocelyn Chen
(415) 748-3547

Jocelyn leads the Community Programs team and collaborates with the enrichment, Reach & Rise, service connection, and SRO family support programs. These programs benefit youth and families by sharing a collective motivation to engage the community in Chinatown and spread the YMCA's core values of youth development, social responsibility and healthy living.