Youth Work

Young People - Changing and Enhancing Lives


Children and Young People welcome on Saturday 10.30a.m. - 11.30a.m. at our North Road Premises.

King Academy Irish Dancing
29 years on from its very humble beginnings, with just 12 dancers, the King Academy is widely recognised as one of the most successful schools in the country, achieving 5 World Champions, 22 Major Champions and over 60 Regional Champions. Some of our dancers have toured Worldwide with Lord of the Dance, Riverdance and other shows!

At the King Academy we believe that every child is an individual and should be treated equally. Our expert tuition ensures the best is brought out in every pupil. We encourage them to believe in themselves and to focus on achieving their dreams. We develop the necessary skills of rhythm, elegance and movement – all vital elements in our art form.

Classes for beginners @ YMCA

Monday 6.00pm -7.30pm

Saturday 9.30am -11.00am

To enrol please contact Nicola King on 07899 937845 or email

The King Academy also provides displays for:

Wedding Receptions, Private Parties, Sports Awards/Presentations/Dinners, Corporate Events, St Patrick’s Celebrations, Ceilis and all other functions…


Horabin School Of Dance And Music

A well established school which has been based in the YMCA for many years.  We have classes for girls and boys from 3 years of age and for adults of all ages.

Private lessons can be arranged by appointment.
Our Saturday class for Pre School and Reception children is great fun!
We enter some dance festivals quite successfully and at the last one the children were awarded 9 Trophies and 26 medals. Our recent examination session was very successful with no child getting less than 70 marks! We do displays and concerts especially at some of the Care Homes around St Helens and we always have an Open Day at Christmas time for parents, friends and family.
DANCE CLASSES are held on Saturday and Monday or Friday evenings depending on age and experience.
ADULT TAP is at 2.30 on Monday for Beginners and our experienced tappers’ class is held on Tuesday evening at 8.00pm at the Old School (now a Nursery) at the top of Crank Hill.
ADULT BALLETCISE is at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening. Again this is gentle exercise based on ballet movements.
Everyone is welcome and we aim to have a happy atmosphere for both children and their parents who are encouraged to do their part for the good of the School.
I am a member of several Dance Associations and hold full DBS and first aid certificates.  We offer good teaching at a reasonable cost.
PIANO LESSONS are available for all ages from 6 years upwards.
TAI CHI is at 10.30 on Monday morning. It is a very gentle exercise. Heart problems, asthma, diabetes, stress are all helped by the calm atmosphere of the class. I am a fully trained teacher affiliated to the Health Improvement Team in St Helens.
Enquiries please ring YMCA St Helens 01744 455030 and ask for Activities Reception.
Leave your name, telephone number and the classes you are interested in and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Mrs Margaret Horabin M.A.D.A. A.B.T.D.A .A.R.A.D. M.P.T.D.