Fall Dance Classes


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Fall into Dance Saturdays with Erika Jost!  Fall 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 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, September 15, 22, 29; October 13, 27; November 3
Ages:  Grades 5-12
Class Size: 22- 25 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $85

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, September 15, 22, 29; October 13, 27; November 3
Ages:  Grades 5-12
Class Size: 15 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $95

Musical Theatre Dance
Class starts with a warm-up for stretch and strength-building. We will then focus on progressions across the floor to improve skills like jumps and turns. The second half of class is dedicated to learning choreography, exploring a song from a different musical every week. Recent examples include “Opening Up” from “Waitress,” “Shine” from “Billy Elliot,” and “It’s Hard To Be the Bard” from “Something Rotten.” (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.
Saturdays, Noon – 1:00pm, September 15, 22, 29; October 13, 27; November 3
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, September 15, 22, 29; October 13, 27; November 3
Ages:  Grades 5 – 12
Class Size: 22-25 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $85

Registration Details 

All Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration Begins, Tuesday, August 28 at 7:45am

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, September 15
Saturday, September 22
Saturday, September 29
Saturday, October 13
Saturday, October 27
Saturday, November 3

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!