Dustin Steinhoff, News Editor

Youth programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Recreation and Wellness Center are about to begin and this semester, kids can take part in two new programs: youth dance and youth swim lessons.

Beginning the week of Sept. 10 and lasting for six weeks, the Recreation and Wellness Center is offering youth dance lessons. The classes last from 4-5 p.m., making it an active after-school activity. Kids will be taught various types of dances, with a different dance being incorporated each different weekday (besides Wednesday). The kids will learn poms/jazz on Mondays, musical theater on Tuesdays, hip hop/krump on Thursday and contemporary on Friday. For members and camp participants, the cost is $24 while the cost for nonmembers is $48.

Beginning the week of Sept. 10 as well was youth swim lessons. These classes take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The classes meet one day a week and sessions are six weeks long, ending the week of Oct. 20. Those wanting to attend these lessons have multiple variations of classes to choose from.

Parent and child classes are offered for caregivers and children ages 6 months through 3 years to build the child’s confidence and basic skills in water. Preschool classes allow kids aged 3 through 5 to practice skills such as breath control, arm and leg actions, gliding and more. Youth classes offers kids aged 6 through 12 to either build basic skills or expand already established concepts. The last option is a class for teens and adults which after a skills assessment will develop their swimming skills. Prices vary depending on the class and whether one is a student, member or nonmember.

The Recreation and Wellness Center will also be offering a second fall session for swimming lessons, lasting from Oct. 20-Dec. 8.