Dance Classes Summer 2018


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Spring into Dance Saturdays with Erika Jost!  Summer 2018

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 in fall 2018.

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 flap 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, 9:00-9:30am, June 23, 30 July 14, 21, 28, August 11, 18
Ages:  Grades K-4
Class Size: 15-18 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $75

Ballet/Musical Theatre Dance, K-4  Students will learn the basics of ballet and have the opportunity to explore and develop different characters and storytelling through movement.  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, 9:30-10:00am, June 23, 30 July 14, 21, 28, August 11, 18
Ages:  Grades K-4
Class Size: 15-18 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $75

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, 10:00-10:45am, June 23, 30 July 14, 21, 28, August 11, 18
Ages:  Grades 5-12
Class Size: 22- 25 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $90

Open Ballet Barre Plus Skill Building  A traditional ballet class with a twist: after the barre, we will focus on turns, jumps, and choreography with a focus on musical theatre dance. 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 (jazz shoes or bare feet are also OK) and form-fitting exercise clothes (leotard and tights encouraged but not required).
Saturdays, 10:45am-Noon, June 23, 30 July 14, 21, 28, August 11, 18
Ages:  Grades 5-12
Class Size: 15 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $100

Musical Theatre Dance  We;ll warm up, stretch, do progressions across the floor (jumps, turns, etc.), and then we’ll learn choreography.
Saturdays, Noon – 1:00pm, June 23, 30 July 14, 21, 28, August 11, 18
Ages:  Grades 5-12
Class Size: 15 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $90

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.
Saturdays, 1:00-1:45pm, June 23, 30 July 14, 21, 28, August 11, 18
Ages:  Grades 5 – 12
Class Size: 22-25 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $90

Registration Details 

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

1. Register and Pay Registration Fees all in one place:  On Sign Up Genius

2.  Print and Complete Attached YPT Medical/Release Form; Bring to Class

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 – Follow these links:

Saturday, June 23|
Saturday, June 30
Saturday, July 14
Saturday, July 21
Saturday, July 28
Saturday, August 11
Saturday, August 18

3.  Drop In Registration Fee:  $20 per session

Our Instructor:
Erika Jost
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!