Dance at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

Cultivating an Appreciation for Dance in All Students

Dancing girlWelcome to dance at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA! With programs for recreational dancers to elite performers, we strive for a fun and constructive environment to provide a top-quality dance education. We are dedicated helping every student reach their own personal potential.

Benefits of dance include:

  • Physical fitness
  • Elevated self-esteem
  • Mind-body coordination
  • Outlet for artistic expression

Location and Contacts

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

200 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 920243
760-942-9622 ext. 1842
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Director: Donna Link | [email protected]


Our Programs

Introductory Classes

Designed specifically for our youngest dancers, ages 1-3years, introductory classes prepare students to move on to technique classes, including:

  • Grown-up & Me
  • Transitional Twos
  • Tiny Dancers


Technique Classes

Our fun and constructive environment provides high-quality dance education to both children and adults. We offer many classes each week in variety of dance styles. Youth technique classes are available for dancers ages 3 to 16, and adult classes ages 16+.

Our youth technique dancers participate in recitals that occur at the end of each 16-week dance session.

Taking part in a recital helps dancers to overcome shyness, fear, anxiety and stage fright. It gives students a chance to showcase all of their hard work, dedication and progress throughout the year. The experience of getting on a stage, performing for an audience, and being applauded for their efforts helps dancers gain self-confidence that will carry with them in all aspects of school and life!

Technique dance styles include:


Ballet is the foundation for dance. We focus on developing a solid ballet technique with emphasis on understanding correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body and use of arms.

Jazz/Hip-Hop Fusion

This class offers a blend of both jazz and hip-hop, often referred to a "smooth" hip-hop.

Hip-Hop Dance

High-energy hip-hop classes use the latest music and dance moves from music videos and dances.

Tap Dance

Tap classes emphasizes clarity of sound, rhythm, coordination and speed with special shoes that have metal plates on the toes and heels.


Pacific Rhythm Dance Team — Ages 10-16

Dancers may choose to be a part of our non-competitive dance team! Dancers must be enrolled in one technique class as well as team rehearsal class. Dancers will perform at community centered events. 

Adult Dance — Ages 16+

Our adult dance classes are tailored to welcome all levels, especially beginners. Step into the studio and see what all the fun is about! You can ‘drop-in’ for a single class or purchase a class card. Class cards valid all days, times and styles. (Class Cards are nonrefundable.) Ballet and Tap classes are offered. 

Contact Us

If you have questions about the dance program or classes at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, call (760) 942-9622 or contact Donna Link • [email protected].