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Steel Works YMCA

The Legacy of Building Health, Happiness and Fellowship

Simone Lenzini & Marion Massey , Author
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Gymnastics and Dancing

Not only did the Y make sure that intramural sports were covered for those who liked athletics, the Y also reached out to those who expressed themselves through dance and gymnastic abilities.  On April 10, 1931 the Y began plans for gymnastic and dancing exhibitions for all members of the boys and girls physical department at the steel works club.  These plans were rapidly put into motion and completed.  These exhibitions would  consist of gymnastic work, drills, apparatus work and also gymnastic dancing. The athletic work was only out on by members of the classes that were taught by the physical director at the Y; his name was E.L Maxwell.  Dancing acts were staged by both boys and girls every year.   More than 100 children participated in these non-profit shows, this demonstrated the work the Y had done in their physical department and it also showed the compassion for how important a child's happiness is.  After the April 29, 1931 performance, the Y made these gymnastic and dancing exhibitions a yearly tradition, hosting many performances throughout its years.

Women's classes hosted by the YMCA had also cultural dancing classes, to promote culture in America.
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