Summer Camp - Dance Intensives!
We have changed our age requirement for Breakin and Street dance. Both boys and girls can sign up for this exciting new class if they are 9 years old or older. Street Dance is taught by our stellar faculty member Ray F. Davis on Wednesday at 4:30: Street dance is a popular genre of dance created on the east coast and west coast of the united states. It will be a combination of popping, locking, house and basic breaking.
Due to popular demand, we are adding an additional Boys Dance I/II class taught by Stephen Ursprung on Friday's at 4pm.
Dance Improvisation is taught by Stephen Ursprung on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Dance Improvisation is a great way to discover new movement and to explore a wide range of physical expression outside of set choreography. The class will explore themes and ideas from Contact Improvisation, guided improvised studies, somatic practices, and Gaga Movement Language. This will be a great class to pair with the Choreography Lab class that immediately follows.
An additional Hip Hop I Class has been added on Friday at 5pm, taught by Stephen Ursprung
Evolve Dance presents the Y Dance Festival 2013 on March 22nd, 23rd and 24th, at The Claudia Boettcher Theatre, The Masters School, 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7pm; Sunday Matinee at 1pm.
The festival is a joyous celebration of dance by students, faculty and guest artists of the Y Dance Program at the Family YMCA at Tarrytown. An extraordinary onstage experience in this professionally produced concert that is fun for the whole family.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.evolvedance.org and click on Y Dance.
The YMCA is thrilled to announce the opening of a fourth dance studio in the Y Main Street Facility! Our first class on Thursday, June 21 in the new second floor studio at 62 Main Street, was HIP HOP, taught by new Y Dance faculty member Stephen Ursprung. The bright, spacious studio enables us to offer a multitude of new programming in Y Dance. Come check out the new dance studio, and while you are here, sign up for a class. Registration for Summer and Fall is ongoing.
Each student’s class schedule is based on a careful assessment of individual needs. Each new student is placed in class by a Y Dance Director; and placement classes are free of charge. Enrolled dance students move through the Y Dance Program at their own pace, according to their individual development and in consultation with their Y Dance Faculty and the Y Dance Directors.
Y Dance Office Hours:
Monday: 12 - 4 pm
Tuesday 3 - 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 2:30 - 4 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: 3 - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
All other times by appointment; appointments strongly encouraged.
The Y Dance schedule offers over 50 classes each week. The hallmarks of the program are:
-An early childhood program which begins at age 3 and is designed to engage the imagination of young dancers, to introduce group participation skills and to explore the pleasure of movement to music. As children reach school age, they are gradually introduced to basic dance movement and vocabulary which is appropriate to their growing concentration span and physical dexterity—all within a creative setting.
-The rigorous, progressive pre-professional training program which begins at age 7/8 and which forms the core curriculum of the Y Dance Program. By the time they graduate the Y Dance Program at age 18, our students are dancing at a level which allows a smooth transition into professional conservatory training programs, university dance programs, and professional dance company apprentice programs: 3-4 ballet/pointe classes/week; an additional 2-3 classes/week which provide a thorough grounding in techniques of both historical and contemporary modern dance and jazz; and familiarity and mastery of the ever-shifting, cutting edge genres which in recent years has included hip hop and rhythm tap.
-A recreational dance program which welcomes students—including complete beginners to dance class—to our introductory classes in ballet, jazz and modern dance and provides the opportunity to explore such ever-changing offerings as rhythm tap, hip hop and choreography. Each class is designed for the needs of its specific age group: children with children, teens with teens, and adults with adults.
-An annual Y Dance Festival at the Music Hall in Tarrytown. This Y Dance student performance is designed to teach: beginning with 8-10 weeks of rehearsals in addition to—rather than part of—dance classes so that students’ training is not interrupted; continuing through a full week of rehearsals in the theatre so that students are gradually acclimated to performance elements such as staging, sound and lighting; and culminating in a professional production.
-Our collaboration with Evolve Dance Inc., a
nonprofit professional dance company. The presence of Evolve Dance as
the dance company-in-residence at the Y provides a host of opportunities
for Y Dance students: access to special workshops on choreography and
with guest artists; opportunities to audition for Evolve’s various
apprentice and student performing groups; and performance opportunities
provided by Evolve’s production of Y Dance student performances. Above
all, it means that Y Dance students are part of the creative energy and
environment of a very active professional dance company.
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Y Dance Highlights:
Five Y dancers graduated from the pre-professional training program in June 2010. Each of these dancers spent 11-15 hours/week in class during the school year; each participated in additional hours of rehearsals for the Y Dance Festival, and four were also in the Evolve Dance teen apprentice company. These five dancers, each of whom was on the academic high honor roll in high school, were mentored by the Y Dance Directors and Faculty, especially during the college application process. They in turn served as Y Dance’s ambassadors to the wider community and as mentors to younger dancers in the Y Dance Program.
Colleen Cintron-Rivelli and Christina Neil have been appointed as the new Dance Program Directors. Alex Martin has taken on the role of Assistant Director.
Julie Johnson will be continuing her academic pursuits in the fall. She is enrolled in the PhD program at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We wish her all the best and look forward to her visits.
Our dance program is expanding and we have hired new faculty! Please welcome our new teachers Erica Moshman, Jessica Goldberg, Stephen Ursprung, Roman Baca, Ray F. Davis please check our fall schedule and come take class with these exceptional dancers and teachers.
TINY FEET: For ages 12-40 months, the child and their parent/caregiver will be introduced to the joy of dance through movement, music, motion, tumbling and song. The class promotes active listening, coordination, learning to recognize and execute short dances, developing gross motor skills and creative movement.
LITTLE FEET: For ages 3-4, a creative movement class designed to engage the imagination of young dancers, to introduce group participation skills, and to explore the pleasure of movement to music.
ELEMENTARY DANCE: For ages 5-6, an introduction to basic dance movement and vocabulary in a creative setting, building on the dancer’s growing concentration span and physical dexterity.
BOYS DANCE: For ages 5-7. An Elementary Dance class designed for the specific energetic and creative needs of boys.
BALLET I, II, III, IV, V: In 5 graduated levels of instruction, training in barre and centre work develops students’ dance vocabulary, alignment, coordination, core strength and musicality.
JAZZ I, II, III: These are technique-based, concert jazz classes consisting of a centre barre, progressions, and a combination based in any of the various jazz styles. Progressive levels build dancers’ awareness of body rhythms, coordination, performance quality, and the ability to master increasingly complex and intricate choreography.
MODERN I, II, III: Progressive instruction through 3 levels introduces dancers to the techniques of Graham, Horton, Limon and contemporary movement forms. Classes consist of a centre barre, progressions, and a combination as dancers explore movement through various shapes of the body, levels, directions through space, and weight transference.
HIP HOP: For ages 11 and
warm-up followed by combinations that focus on rhythm, energy, and
RHYTHM TAP: Dancers master tap vocabulary and techniques in classes which emphasize the development of musicality and exploration of a full range of styles.
ADULT BALLET I, II, III: A 45 minute barre, a 45 minute center; optional Pointe work is offered. Emphasis is placed on developing strength, flexibility, and technique.
ADULT JAZZ I, II, III: These are technique-based, concert jazz classes consisting of a centre barre, progressions, and a combination based in any of the various jazz.
ADULT MODERN I, II: Classes consist of a warm-up, movement combinations and choreography that is geared towards developing awareness of the body, enhancing strength and flexibility, and finding new ways to move.
Y Dance Student Handbook