Youth Classes

Our community celebrates the joys of childhood and encourages the independence of youth. For decades, New Orleans families have trusted the JCC with their teens, and we have responded with a year-round mix of clubs, parties, dances, and activities. We offer classes at both of our locations.

Early Childhood Classes Uptown Only

Contact Eli Woods with questions.

ABCs and 123s

Ages: 4 to 5 (enrolled in PK4)
Early learners will explore the world of sounds, letters, and numbers. Through playful games and fun educational manipulative tools, children will begin to build the foundation of both early literacy and fine motor skills. Classes will focus on sound-letter recognition and basic story comprehension, as well as writing uppercase letters and numbers. ABCs and 123s is led by speech-language pathologist Lesley Brown from NOLA Speech and Language and Kimberly Bradley, an occupational therapist with Kim4Kids. No class October 31 & November 21.

Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM


Ages: 3 to 5
Our littlest dancers continue learning the fundamentals of ballet while also developing their balance and gross motor skills. Open to new and returning students. Ballet shoes are required. No class September 10 & 24, and October 1.

Mondays, 3:00 - 3:45 PM
January 14 - May 13  |  Register Now


Ages: 1 to 5
Boys and girls will learn progressive gymnastic skills that teach balance, strength, and agility. Develop new skills, be challenged, and have fun with instructor Jennifer Daley! 

Ages 2 to 3
Wednesdays, 2:45 - 3:30 PM
January 16 - April 17  |  Register Now

Ages 4 to 5
Tuesdays, 2:45 - 3:30 PM
January 15 - April 16  |  Register Now

Little Chefs

Ages: 3 to 5
Participants will expand their palettes by preparing and tasting a variety of healthy snacks and treats. Twelve total classes.

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
January 17 - May 9  |  Register Now

Little Yoga

Ages: 4 to 5
In Little Yoga, our youngest yogis will develop positive relationships with their bodies by practicing poses inspired by their favorite animals from the jungle, ocean, and farm. They will explore basic movements and teamwork through yoga story time and various yoga games, as well as learn relaxation techniques and breathing exercises they can try at school or at home to help them create peace and monitor their own energy levels. Most importantly, yogis will have fun! Twelve total classes. No class on November 23.

Fridays, 2:30 - 3:00 PM
January 18 - May 10  |  Register Now


Sports Hour

Ages: 3 to 5
Participants will be exposed to a multitude of sports as we learn the rules and basic skills that apply to each game. Sports Hour is a great introduction to the concept of team sports as well as individual skill development. Comfortable clothing with socks and shoes is required. Based on the weather, we will conduct the program both indoors and outside. Taught by Neal Alsop.

Mondays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
January 14 - May 13  |  Register Now


Contact Brigid MacArthur-Thompson with questions.

Dance Foundations 

Grades: K - 2
This introductory class focuses on classical ballet techniques with exposure to traditional jazz, modern, musical theater, and contemporary/lyrical dance genres. Students are taught the foundations of ballet alignment, basic positions, carriage of the arms, and class etiquette. This engaging class is a positive way for your young dancer to stay active and healthy while learning the art of dance!

Wednesdays, 4:15 - 5:15 PM
January 9 - May 1  (no class on March 6 and April 17)  |  Register Now  (coming soon) 

Emerging Artists

Grades: 2 - 4
The JCC art studio is a fun and encouraging place to explore creativity and imagination. You will discover a variety of mixed media such as collage work, India ink, drawing, painting, sculpture, and even poetry. We will also learn about famous artists and how they have influenced our love for art and life. And best of all, you will have the chance to get messy!

more information coming!

Innovative Improv

Grades: 3 - 5
Learn the basics of improv through games and activities and sharpen your creative acting skills during skits and mini scenes. This class will provide a place to express yourself through spoken word, movement, and group activities. It’s a perfect way to make friends, learn new skills and have fun.

more information coming!

JCC Performance Art

In Performance Art, children will develop musical performance skills and partake in singing, writing, and choreography. Throughout the course students will learn lyrics, gain stage presence, understand the mechanics of using a microphone, and learn how to sing along with an accompanist. At the end of six weeks students will present their final showcase on the big stage. Join us for a rockin’ good time at the J! 

Sundays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
February 10 - March 21 (No class March 3)  |  Register Now  (coming soon)

Young Adult Yoga

Grades: 5 - 7
In this class designed for emerging yogis, we will practice poses, breathing, and positive thinking. From your first Downward Dog to learning how to do Crow Pose, this class is for you. Treat yourself with a Savasana and essential oils at the end of every class.

more information coming!

Young Yogis 

Grades: K - 2
Through cooperative games, themed activities, music, and art, your young yogis will engage their natural energy and enthusiasm. We will explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery, and relaxation techniques with lessons in self-expression, social skills, and positive thinking.

Sundays, 1:00 - 1:45 PM

Zen and Friends Family Yoga

Ages: 4 and up
 This class features 30 minutes of yoga instruction for children and their adults, working together to incorporate movement, mindfulness, and basic yoga instruction. During the second half of class, adults participate in their own yoga class, while the children have quality active play on the playground or in the gym. Family Yoga is a wonderful way to bond with your young one, while being zen and making friends.

Sundays, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
February 3 - May 12  No class on March 3 or April 21  |  Register Now  (coming soon)



Contact Terrance Perkins with questions.


Ages: 3 to 10
Young dancers learn the fundamentals of ballet while developing balance, flexibility and grace. Open to new and returning students. Sign up for classes by the month. Classes begin September 4. No classes on September 10, September 24, or October 1. Make up classes will be held on September 13 and 27.

Mondays, 4:15 - 5:00 PM 

Bricks 4 Kidz

Grades: 1 to 4
These classes provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks. The activities are designed to trigger young children's lively imaginations and build their self-confidence.

Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM


Parent and Tot

This is a great class for you and your child to meet new friends and to have special one-on-one bonding time with each other! With your assistance, children learn gymnastics basics, improve their gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination, while also learning how to work well with others. Sign up for classes by the month. Classes begin on September 4.

Ages: 1 to 3
Tuesdays, 5:45 - 6:30 PM Register Now


Ages: 3 to 10
Children will learn progressive skills in gymnastics. Boys and girls are taught gymnastic skills that will teach balance, strength, and agility. They will learn new skills, be challenged, and have fun. Taught by Jennifer Daly. Sign up for classes by the month. Classes begin on September 4.

Ages: 3 to 5 
Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5:00 PM Register Now

Ages: 6 to 10
Wednesdays, 5:00 - 5:45 PM Register Now

Kids Night Out

Grades: K - 5
Spend Saturday night at the JCC while your parents have a night on the town. We will enjoy an evening of outdoor play and crafts, followed by dinner and a movie.


Beginner's Chess
Grades: 1 - 5
This class will give you all the tools you need to begin your love of the game of chess. The classes will feature group work, chess mini games, fun activities such as Chess Jeopardy, and guided gameplay. Enroll and begin your chess journey!

Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
December 24 - December 28 (no class on December 25)  |  Register Now

Intermediate Chess
Grades: 1 - 5
If you know how the pieces move but want to broaden your understanding of the game, this class is for you. We will go in depth into chess strategy; openings, positioning and end game strategy will all be covered. Turn chess from a hobby into a passion! Taught by Daniel Coman. 

December 31 - January 3 (no class on January 1)  |  Register Now


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