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Activities and Programs

The purpose of the Class Programs Division is to provide energetic, fun, interesting and challenging classes to the citizens of all ages in San Juan Capistrano, while collaborating with local businesses and community entrepreneurs to share their expertise. The goal of this Division is to deliver affordable classes that are of interest to a diverse array of people and to generate revenue for both the City and contracted instructors. Below you will find a brief description of the current classes being offered. Please click on the link for pricing, dates, and registration information: Winter 2018-2019 Class Flyer.


Basic Horsemanship: (Age: 8 – 16 years old)

This class is a complete beginning lesson program. Students will be taught safety rules and step-by-step rules on how to groom, tack up and properly lead a horse. Parts of the horse, colors and markings will be studied. Simple first aid and proper technique with horses will be covered.


Horsemanship l:

Students must have completed Basic Horsemanship prior to registering for this class. Riding the horse is included in this training. Boots and helmets are required.


Horsemanship lI—Advanced Horsemanship:

Students must have completed Basic Horsemanship and Horsemanship I prior to registering for this class. Boots and helmets are required.


Karate for Beginners: (Age: 6 years – Adult)

This co-ed class teaches the basic Shotokan karate movements of blocks, punches, kicks, and stances while emphasizing traditional karate etiquette, manners and morals. This is a non-contact activity with the objective of increasing focus, concentration, body awareness and self-confidence.


Kindergarten Readiness: (Age: 3.5 – 7 years old) Children must be potty trained.

This excellent program serves families who seek an educational experience that is fun, unique, and academic. The planned lessons and activities are hands-on and exciting.


Beginner Ballet Folklorico: (Age: 5 - 15 years)

Come and learn different folklorico dances of Mexico. Students are not required to have any formal instruction. Girls should wear comfortable clothes, folklorico dance shoes, pin up their hait and bring practice skirts to class. Boys need to wear folklorico dance boots. There may be opportunities to perform.


Intermediate Ballet Folklorico: (Age: 7 - 18 years old)

Come and learn the various folklorico dances of Mexico while building confidence and self-esteem. There are opportunities to perform at various City and community events. All costumes are provided. Girls need to wear comfortable clothes, folklorico dance shoes, have hair pinned up and bring practice skirts to class. Boys need to wear folklorico dance boots.


Adult Ballet Folklorico:

Come and learn different folklorico dances of Mexico. There are opportunities to perform at various city and community events. Ladies need to wear comfortable clothes, folklorico dance shoes, and have hair pinned up and bring practice skirts to class. Men need to wear folklorico dance boots.


Adult Ballroom Dance:

This very popular dance class will invigorate your passion for dance. Come join in the fun while learning new steps and meeting people with your interest. Singles are welcome, partners are not required.


Manners, Character & Social Skills Classes:

The Etiquette Factory is a unique learning experience developted to change the world, one child at a time.  Over 50 different etiquette skills are taught using games, role play, props, music, stories and kind discussion.  Skills included: Dining Etiquette, Kindness, being a guest and so much more!


Relationship With Your Pets: NEW

In this course you will  discover how to deepen the relationship with your pets by understanding their wants and needs, learn what your animal companions typically think and feel, explore ways to address unwanted behavior/emotional concerns, find out about preparing for a beloved pet’s passing, and receive support for coping with loss, grief, and sadness when pets pass on.


Classical Ballet & Flamenco Dance: (Age: 5 - 17 years; 18 years and up) NEW

Spanish Flamenco Dance is known, practiced and admired worldwide for its emotion, temperament and powerful expressions. Learn footwork, body movement, choreography and rhythms from melancholic to strong and exotic. Classes are taught by Laura “Laviva” Vila, a Spanish Flamenco Dance Instructor & Performer. Beginner Classical Ballet is designed to help students learn basic dance instruction and form.


Little Potter's Story-Time & Clay Play: (Age: 3.5 - 6 years) NEW

Introduce your tot to the world of clay! We will read a short story and then instruct your child how to recreate one of the story   characters from a lump of clay. In two weeks, you may return and have your child paint their artwork with glaze for no additional charge. Every week will include a different story and creation. 


Ceramics for Kids: (Age: 7 - 11 Years) NEW

You + Clay + Master Teacher = Art + Creativity + Fun! Projects include wheel-throwing, glazing, & hard-built projects, such as coil pots, cube-craft, and sea animals. This is the perfect place to let your imagination play while learning the art of clay!


Ceramics for Teens: (Age: 12 - 17 years) NEW

Class is taught by Master Ceramist, Melissa Thompson! Projects include wheel-throwing & glazing as well as a variety of hand-built projects, such as lucky cats, alternative coil pots, and slab rain-sticks! Studens are encouraged to really expand their creativity and push themselves with this fun and inventive meduim.


Ceramic Wolves Camp: (Age: 8 - 15 years) NEW

Create fun and exciting projects like maracas, coil pots, & animals! You will also learn to throw on a real pottery wheel. With instruction from master ceramist, Melissa Thomson, this camp will melt away those winter blues!



Athletic Programs

The purpose of the Athletic Programs Division is to collaborate with youth/adult sport organizations to provide to San Juan Capistrano youth/adults a prototype of self-discipline, self-motivation, commitment, excellence, loyalty, cooperation and other desirable traits that are gleaned from participating in sporting activities. The Athletic Programs Division provides income to the City; and delivers a large population of sport participants to patronize San Juan Capistrano businesses, restaurants and hotels.

Youth Programs

This Division incorporates two programs for young children to teens – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and the Youth Advisory Board. The City contracts with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley to maintain a quality-based after-school program for the children of San Juan Capistrano under the attentive safeguard of the Community Services Department and the Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission. The Youth Advisory Board enables San Juan Capistrano teens to participate in local government, learn City structure, and be the voice of the needs and interests within their youth-oriented collective.

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