Y Dance

Y DANCE provides excellence in dance education, accessible to all.

Excellence in dance education:

Y Dance  faculty holds extensive teaching, performing, and academic credentials.  Free placement classes, regular progress reports, and individual faculty/student mentoring are all part of a Y Dance education for children, teens, and adult dancers.  Dance Schedule is available on the Schedules page.

Accessible to all:

Y Dance is centrally located, culturally accessible, and charges tuition on a sliding scale according to need—because we believe that all children and adults should have the opportunity for a dance education.  All class schedules are located on the Schedules page on this website.  Here is the ADULT Y Dance Registration form with pricing for classes; here is the YOUTH Y Dance Registration form with pricing for classes.  Please visit the Schedules page on this website to see the Dance Class Schedule.

 

Y Dance Program Highlights include:

  • Early childhood classes beginning at 12 months of age for children with a caregiver. Our early childhood classes engage the imagination of young dancers, introduce group participation skills and explore the pleasure of movement to music.
  • A rigorous, progressive pre-professional training program beginning at age 7 - 8 that forms the core curriculum of the program. By the time of graduation from Y Dance at age 18, students are dancing at a level that allows a smooth transition into professional conservatory training programs, university dance programs, and professional apprentice programs.
  • An adult dance program that is unmatched in the quality, depth and variety of offerings and opportunities. Advanced dancers are able to continue their development as individual artists in our graduated classes that include ballet, jazz, and modern dance; those trying dance for the first time will find classes specifically designed to nurture their development.
  • Recreational dance classes that invite students—including complete beginners to dance class—to explore introductory classes in ballet, jazz and modern dance as well as such ever-changing offerings as tap, hip hop, and dance composition.
  • An annual student dance recital that teaches the art of performance: with rehearsals during dance classes; continuing through a weekend of rehearsals in the theatre introducing students to performance elements such as staging, sound and lighting; and culminating in a professional production.
     
  • Summer Dance Intensives for ages 5 - 18. Develop technique and artistry in a fun, nurturing and creative environment!  Y Dance  offers week-long summer intensives each Summer..

    Y Dance Faculty List:

    Y Dance Director, Cindy Guzman
    Teachers:  Almalin Cid, Kiana Davalos, Amanda Heckmann, Maria Jacobi, Jack Lazarus, Mirella McNulty, Lisa Raguso

    Read faculty bios here!

  • Y Dance  Performing Groups:
    • Teen Ensemble
    • Youth Ensemble
    • Ballet Repertory Company
    • Modern Lab Workshop
    • Adult Jazz Ensemble
    • Adult Ballet Ensemble
    • Tap Workshop

Attendance and Make Ups
Students who miss class may make-up class within the semester that the class was missed. Contact the Y Dance Office to schedule make-ups. 

Class/Studio Etiquette
Y Dance stresses and nurtures the development of proper dancers' etiquette in each of its students:  respect for the art form, the faculty, and for fellow students; a welcoming attitude towards every other student, especially those new to the program; willingness to help others learn, and to accept others' help; and a commitment to diligence and discipline in class.

Tardiness
Students are encouraged to arrive at least 5 minutes before class, dressed and ready to participate.  Students arriving more than 5 minutes after the start of class must have the instructor’s permission to join the class, in order to prevent injuries caused by inadequate warm-up.  At the discretion of the instructor, latecomers may be asked to observe, rather than participate in, class. If a student arrives more than 15 minutes after class, the student is to first report to the Y Dance office.

Important Dates:

Winter 2017 Performance - December 9th, 2017 at 4 pm

4 Week January Dance Workshops - Register by December 30

Priority enrollment for Spring semester - January 6th , 2018 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bring A Friend to Class – January 8th– 13th , 2018

Open enrollment for Spring semester - January 13th, 2018 -10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Spring Semester – January 29, 2018 – June 16, 2018

Free trials for our Spring Semester -   January 29th – February 3rd

Spring Performance -  June 2nd, 2018 at 4 pm 

Priority registration for Summer & Fall - June 9th, 2018 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bring A Friend to Class – June 11th – June 16th, 2018

Open enrollment for Summer and Fall – June 16th, 2018 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fall Semester 2018 – September 17th – January 26th , 2019

Winter 2018 Performance – TBD

 Office Hours:

Monday 4-7 pm
Tuesday 3:30-6:30 pm
Wednesday 3-6 pm
Thursday 4-6 pm
Friday 3-6 pm
Saturday 10-2 pm

For more information on Y Dance email us at ydance@ymcatarrytown.org or call the Y Dance office at 914.631.4807 x. 114.

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