Dance Classes September 2016


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YPT is the place for aspiring performers and those who simply want to build confidence and make new friends.

YPT classes, workshops and activities encourage students to actively explore the beauty, diversity, complexity and challenges of the world around them through the dramatic process. Our goal is that they develop their own unique creative voice, their imagination, and their understanding of drama and its role in society.

Why Dance?

Dance classes are beneficial to musical theatre actors (and everyone)! The benefits of dance class are not solely measured in switch leaps and triple pirouettes. Like any creative endeavor, dance demands discipline and determination and in return gives its devotee the lifelong opportunity to improve toward an unrealizable, ill-defined ideal. In this way dance class teaches you not just how to dance but how to live.

Plus, dancing is fun.

Why These Classes?

We would like to emphasize that the focus of these classes is on developing your performer’s skills as a dancer.

First, the choreography in these classes will not overlap with the choreography in Crazy For You. These classes will give a performer the opportunity to improve their abilities.

Second, unlike rehearsal experiences for a show or a recital, these classes do not build toward a specific performance. This is by design. When your performer learns a dance during the rehearsal process of a show, the focus of the dance is to support that show, not primarily to further his or her growth as a dancer. In class, the priorities are reversed: the only focus is on the young person, the dancer.

Without the pressure of a polished finished product for a recital or a show, both the instructor and the dancers have the freedom to invest class time exploring more difficult steps, steps that all members of the group may not yet be able to do. (In a show, we only choreograph the turns and jumps that everyone can do together; in class, each dancer can be pushed to the limits of his or her abilities and can be given the space to work on weak spots.)

One result of this shift in focus is that there is not a lot of opportunity for parents to experience a “finished product” of classwork. We will work to give you a glimpse of progress, but you will notice increased confidence and enthusiasm for dance and improvements in your dancers’ abilities in other shows.

Registration

All Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Complete Your Registration:
1. Fill out Online Registration Form and submit payment via Paypal.
2. Complete YPT Medical Form and Release and bring to first class session.

Location for All Classes:

YPT Studio

331 Metty Drive #3

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Our Instructor:  Erika Jost

Class Descriptions

Grades K – 4

Tap, K-4
This class will focus on hearing and expressing the rhythm in music. Students will be introduced to variations of the shuffle and will become familiar with the structure of a dance class. Based in this skill-building, students will explore learning short selections of choreography. We will explore the styles of both Broadway tap (widely performed in musical theatre) and rhythm tap (a more modern style that focuses on musicality). Students will be introduced to and practice tap improvisation at the end of each class.
Required attire:  Tap shoes.

Saturdays, 9:00-9:30a m, September 24, October 1,8,22,29*, November 5
(*October 29th Class:  2:00-2:30pm)
Ages:  Grades K-4
Class Size: 15-18 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $60

Ballet, K-4
Students will learn the basics of ballet–storytelling through movement–and will have the opportunity to explore and develop different characters.  Students will also be introduced to the ballet barre, including French terminology for steps and positions. Classes will include basic progressions in center and across the floor.

Required attire: Ballet shoes and form-fitting exercise clothes (leotard and tights encouraged but not required).

Saturdays, 9:30-10:00a m, September 24, October 1,8,22,29*, November 5
(*October 29th Class:  2:30-3:00pm)
Ages:  Grades K-4
Class Size: 15-18 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $60

Grades 5 – 12

Open Ballet Barre
A traditional ballet class set to musical theater music. Students will learn terminology for feet, arm, and body positions, as well as the basic structure of a ballet class that would allow them to drop into a ballet barre anywhere in the world. (Emphasis on Cecchetti style.) Ballet training improves jumps, turns, strength, flexibility, balance, grace, posture, and general stage presence.
Required attire: Ballet shoes and form-fitting exercise clothes (leotard and tights encouraged but not required).

Saturdays (6), 10:45am – 12:00pm, September 24, October 1,8,22,29* , November 5
(*October 29th Class:  3:45-5:00pm)
Ages:  Grades 5-12
Class Size: 12 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $85

Tap I
Students will learn beginning tap steps and their variations (e.g., shuffle, Maxie Ford, flap). Based in this skill-building, students will learn a new combination in every session to improve their ability to learn new choreography. We will explore the styles of both Broadway tap (widely performed in musical theatre) and rhythm tap (a more modern style that focuses on musicality). Students will be introduced to and practice tap improvisation at the end of each class.
Required attire: Tap shoes.

Saturdays (6), 10:00 – 10:45am, September 24, October 1,8,22,29*, November 5
(*October 29th Class:  3:00-3:45pm)
Ages:  Grades 5-12
Class Size: 18-25 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $85

Tap II Participation with approval of instructor
Students’ skill-building will focus on more advanced steps and their variations (riffs, pullbacks, wings, etc.). Based in this skill-building, students will learn a new combination in every session to improve their ability to learn new choreography. We will explore the styles of both Broadway tap (widely performed in musical theatre) and rhythm tap (a more modern style that focuses on musicality). Students will practice tap improvisation at the end of each class.
Required attire: Tap shoes.

Saturdays (6), 12:00 – 12:45pm, September 24, October 1,8,22,29*, November 5
(*October 29th Class:  5:00-5:45pm)
Ages:  Grades 5 – 12
Class Size: 15-20 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $85

We look forward to soaring with your young star as they experience new adventures and challenges through our performing arts offerings and take their next step as an actor and a person!