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. Currently, the three most popular classes are:
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.
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.
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.
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!
Relationships With Your Pets: NEW
Taught by Bonnie Taplin, M.A., Animal Communicator, this is a class for pet parents! You will discover how to deepen the relationship with your pets by understanding their wants and needs, learn what your animal companions think and feel, explore ways to address unwanted behavior/emotions, prepare for a beloved pet's passing, and receive support for coping with loss, grief, and sadness when pets pass on.
Classical Ballet & Spanish Flamenco Dance:
Spanish Flamenco Dance is 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 Vila, a Spanish Flamenco Instructor & Performer. Classical Ballet is offered to help students learn basic dance instruction and form.
Ceramics for Kids: (Age: 7 - 11 years)
You + Clay + Master Teacher = Art + Creativity + Fun! Projects include wheel-throwing, glazing, and 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! Please wear your old clothes.
Ceramics for Teens: (Age 12 - 17 years)
Class is taught by Master Ceramist, Melissa Thomson. Projects include wheel-throwing and glazing as well as a variety of hand-built projects, such as lucky cats, alternative coil pots, and slab rain sticks! Students will expand their creativity and push themselves with this fun and inventive medium. Please wear your old clothes.
Little Potter's Story-Time & Clay Play: (Age: 3.5 - 6 years)
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.