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Dance Summer Evenings with Erika Jost 2019

Dancers dream with their feet…

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.

Age category refers to student’s grade for Fall 2019.

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.
Wednesdays, 6:00-6:45pm, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7.
Ages:  Grades 5-12
Class Size: 22- 25 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $50

Musical Theatre Dance:  Learning Choreography  We will start with a warm-up for stretch and strength-building and then move into our focus: learning new choreography, exploring a new song from a different musical every week, in a variety of styles. Recent examples include “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin, “Dance at the Gym” from West Side Story, and “Brotherhood of Man” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. (Song suggestions from students are welcome.) Choreography can include prop work and individual improvisation. Students will have the opportunity to perform in small groups for each other, learning through both their own performance and through observation of their fellow classmates. This class is designed to improve students’ ability not only to learn choreography quickly but also to perform that choreography in a way that communicates the story and emotions of a song, similar to what is required in dance auditions.

Wednesdays, 6:45pm-7:45pm, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7.
Ages:  Grades 5-12
Class Size: 15 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $55

Tap II
Enrollment with approval of instructor – Email ypt@youngpeolestheater.com

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.
Wednesdays, 7:45pm-8:45pm, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7.
Ages:  Grades 5 – 12
Class Size: 22-25 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $60

Registration Details 

Register for all four Wednesdays… Or, pick 1 or 2 or 3 with the Drop In Option below.
All Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

1. Register and Pay Registration Fees all in one place:  Click Here for Link to Sign Up Genius Registration

2.  Complete and Send YPT Medical/Release Form; Must be Received for Registration to be Complete

YPT Medical Release Form – Click Here

Location for All Classes – YPT Studio
YPT Studio Address:
331 Metty Drive #2
Ann Arbor, MI  48103

Drop In Dance Sessions

1.  Available as space allows

2.  Registration and Sign Up on Sign Up Genius – Individual Links Below and on YPT’s Website

Summer Dance Wednesday with Erika:  July 17 

Summer Dance Wednesday with Erika:  July 24

Summer Dance Wednesday with Erika:  July 31

Summer Dance Wednesday with Erika:  August 7

3.  Drop In Registration Fee:  $15 per session

Our Instructor:
Erika Jost

Young People’s Theater
734-222-4006
youngpeoplestheater@gmail.com
www.youngpeoplestheater.com

 

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!