JCC School of Dance 

Erianne R. Raib-Ptichkin
Artistic Director

Erianne Raib-Ptichkin is a well-trained and experienced local dance teacher collaborating with the JCC as the Artistic Director of the JCC School of Dance. In addition to over twenty years of dance training, Ms. Eri has studied extensively at the collegiate level, receiving both a B.A and B.S. from Youngstown State University. As an active member of Dance Masters of America, she continues to teach the art of dance at YSU, in many area studios, and local high schools. Ms. Raib-Ptichkin is so excited to share her enthusiasm and talent with the JCC, and can't wait to pass on her passion of dance to students at the JCC School of Dance!

The JCC School of Dance program teaches children the technique, artistry, and discipline of dance in a cheerful and positive learning environment. Children develop a variety of transferable listening and learning skills in a classroom setting, while being physically healthy and having fun!

Parents and caregivers have the perfect opportunity to socialize and build a lasting bond with their young children in our Parent & Me classes. From tummy time to make believe, these classes stimulate the child's brain and senses to nurture happy and healthy children.

Adults looking to learn a new hobby or dust off their old dance shoes are now welcome to join us for our Adult Dance Program offerings in Ballet and Tap. Classes range from beginner to advanced, and are a great way to wind down from a stressful day in a relaxed environment.

To register contact the JCC Bursar's Office:
505 Gypsy Lane
Youngstown, OH 44504
330.746.3250 ext. 195

School of Dance Pricing

# of Classes Member Price Non Member
1st Class $30 $40
2nd Class $26 $35
3rd Class $22 $30


Summer Sessions: 
Session II: July 30- August 22

Parent & Me Program

Music & Movement (18-36 months)
A 30-minute class that focuses on parent led activities that build coordination, listening skills and social awareness.  Learning based play with a variety of props and musical styles keep the tots active.  
Summer Session II: Mondays I 5:30 - 6:15 p.m

Creative Movement Program 

Creative Movement Tumbling Fun (Ages 4-6)
A 45-minute combined level creative movement class that teaches the beginning principles of jazz dance and tumbling in a safe and controlled environment. The fun includes somersault and backbend variations and stretching.
Summer Session II:
Wednesdays  I  4:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Dance Curriculum Program 

Ballet I & II (Ages 7-12)
A 45-minute class that emphasizes the basic principles of ballet like body positions and movements. This class introduces balance skills and challenges students to remember patterns and choreography. .
Summer Session II: Tuesdays I 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.

Jazz I & Jazz II (Ages 7-12)
A 45-minute class that teaches the art of classic jazz dancing focusing on body lines, coordination, proper technique, and flexibility. This class aids in the development of spatial and kinesthetic awareness.  
Summer Session II: Tuesdays  I  4:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Tap I (Ages 7-10)
A 45-minute class that introduces students to the percussive dance style known as tap. Dancers gain listening skills and develop rhythm while moving to the beat and creating music with their feet.
Summer Session II: Tuesdays  I 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Tap II (Ages 11-12)
A 45-minute advanced tap class that focuses on the technique of tap dance to improve sound quality and speed. In this class, variations of basic tap steps are learned and practiced.
Summer Session II:
Wednesdays I 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Adult Classes (16 yrs & up)
Adult Tap 
A 45 minute class for adults to explore the percussive dance style known as tap. Dancers gain listening skills and develop rhythm while moving to the beat and creating music with their feet. Class taught at the Intermediate level.
Summer Session II: Wednesdays I 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Adult Ballet 
A 45 minute class the introduces adults to the basic principles of ballet including body positions and movements. Improves posture and balance, and challenges students to remember patterns. Class taught at the Advanced Beginner to Intermediate level. 
Summer Session II: Mondays I 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.


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