South Mountain YMCA

Youth Performing Arts Classes & Shows

PERFORMING ARTS AT THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN Y

Easy Online Registration or call (973) 762-4145

Winter 1 Session runs from January 4th - February 28th

The South Mountain YMCA, Maplewood New Jersey, youth performing arts classes and shows are created to encourage curiosity and creativity as well as to develop self-confidence and art appreciation in an inclusive, nurturing and supportive environment.

ADULT/CHILD CLASSES

NEW! Ballet Buddies (0 - 2 yrs)
Young dancers and their adults will develop the fundamentals of creative movement, explore free motion and grasp an understanding of dance language. A fun way to learn ballet together! Parents/chaperones participation required. 
Saturday
 9:00-9:30am   
Location: 
First & Trinity Presbyterian Church (111 Irvington Avenue in S. Orange)
Fee: 
$84 (Member); $105 (Community Member)*
Instructor: 
Miss Tina

Giggle & Groove (0 - 2 yrs)
Shake, rattle and roll to the beat with music that gets your toes tapping! Dress in comfortable clothing. Parents with infants in wearable baby carries are welcome to join the fun. Parents/chaperones participation required. 
Wednesday 9:30-10:00am   
Location:
 Program Center
Fee: $21 (Member); $52 (Community Member)*
Instructor: Miss Tina

Music & Me (Walking - 2 ½ yrs)
Explore melodies with instruments, stomp around on our Giant Piano Mat and soak up music vocabulary. We sing songs and play instruments in games and activities. Parent/chaperone required to stay.
Monday 9:30-10:00am 
Location:
 Program Center
Fee: $21 (Member); $52 (Community Member)*
Instructor: Miss Tina

*Adult/Child classes with an asterisk are classes that can be discounted to $0 if enrolled in a fully paid Adult/Child class. For each fully paid Adult/Child class, members receive 1 class discounted to $0 from those asterisked. "Fully paid" Adult/Child class refers only to those not asterisked. 

DANCE ATTIRE

Our dress code is designed so teachers can see the dancer's body lines, including posture, arms, legs and feet. Dancers get the most out of their classes when they are dressed appropriately. Girls are required to wear a leotard for all classes. Long hair is to be worn in a tight ponytail or bun and secured away from the face. For the safety of all our dancers, no jewelry is worn in class. Leg warmers are optional. T-shirts are to be worn during hip-hop class only. Boys wear shorts or jazz pants and a fitted shirt. No loose-fitting cargo pants or jeans.

YOUTH DANCE CLASSES

NEW! Dance/Gymnastics Combo I (3 - 4 yrs)
A perfect way to combine two classes into one! This combo class features a half hour of dance and a half hour of gymnastics. Participants will explore gymnastics skills on the bars, beam, floor and vault in addition to creative movement with dance technique, combinations and fun dance games and activities.
Monday
 11:15am-12:00pm   
Location: 
Y Gym
Fee:
 $134 (Member); $168 (Community Member)
Instructor:
 Miss Tina

NEW! Dance/Gymnastics Combo II (4 - 6 yrs)
A perfect way to combine two classes into one! This combo class features a half hour of dance and a half hour of gymnastics. Participants will explore gymnastics skills on the bars, beam, floor and vault in addition to creative movement with dance technique, combinations and fun dance games and activities.
Thursday
 11:00am-12:00pm   
Location:
 Y Gym
Fee:
 $147 (Member); $185 (Community Member)
Instructor: 
Miss Tina

Bitty Ballerinas (2.5 - 3 yrs)
Young dancers develop the fundamentals of creative movement, explore free motion and grasp an understanding of dance language. Mini Recital performance is at the end of the session. Attire includes a pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers (either leather or canvas).
Saturday 
9:30-10:00am
Location:
 First & Trinity Presbyterian Church (111 Irvington Avenue in S. Orange)
Fee: $84 (Member); $105 (Community Member)
Instructor: Miss Tina

Ballet I (3 - 4 yrs)
Young dancers develop the fundamentals of creative movement, explore free motion and grasp an understanding of dance language. Mini Recital performance is at the end of the session. Attire includes a pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers (either leather or canvas).
Monday
10:00-10:45am
Saturday 10:05am-10:50am
Location:
 Y Program Center
Fee: $105 (Member); $134 (Community Member)
Instructor: Miss Gail (Mondays); Miss Tina (Saturdays)

Ballet/Tap Combo (4 - 6 yrs)
Dancers move through steps at the barre, floor progressions and center. We introduce and incorporate terminology, musicality, rhythm, and creative movement. Dancers are kept on their toes exploring new vocabulary and establishing dance routines. Mini Recital performance is at the end of the session. This class is 30 minutes of Ballet followed by 30 minutes of Tap.
Wednesday
10:00-11:00am
Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm
Location:
 (Wednesdays) Y Program Center; (Saturdays) First & Trinity Presbyterian Church, 111 Irvington Avenue in S. Orange
Fee: $126 (Member); $158 (Community Member)
Instructor: Miss Gail (Wednesday); Miss Tina (Saturday)

Musical Theatre Jazz (7 - 10 yrs)
Dance and sing away with Miss Tina & Miss Juliette to your favorite Broadway tunes! This class will feature warm-ups, across the floor routines and combinations taken from actual Broadway choreography.
Not available for Winter 1.

YOUTH THEATRE CLASSES

Theatre Bugs (3 - 5 yrs)
What is theatre and how does it all work? Through games, warm-ups, exercises, art and various projects, theatre bugs will learn the basics of the stage. Miss Justine brings her wealth of knowledge and extensive background in theatre to our smallest performers. No class 11/28.
Not available for Winter 1.

Playwriting (3rd - 5th Grade)
Learn the basics of character building and story development with a seasoned playwriting expert. Miss Justine will take students on an adventure from a small idea to a big masterpiece.
Not available for Winter 1.

 

YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

ALL AGES THEATRE PRODUCTION: 5 years - 100+ years!

Be a part of the magic that happens at our Y as we produce our next production, this time getting the entire family on stage! At the Y, there is a place in the show for everyone who auditions. Professional costuming, sets, and sound are used to enhance the performance. All skills levels are welcome. No prior experience is necessary.
SHOW DATES:
 May 15th-17th
KIDS AUDITION WORKSHOP (12 years & under): Tuesday, February 11th & Thursday, February 13th from 5:30-7:30pm at the First Presbyterian and Trinity Church (111 Irvington Avenue, South Orange).
Video auditions may be submitted if you cannot attend the workshop, or to set up a time to potentially meet with the directors, please email Gail at gsprague@metroymcas.orgPlease register prior to attending the audition workshop!
TEEN & ADULT AUDITIONS (13 years & over): 
Sunday, February 16th 1:30-5:30pm (111 Irvington Avenue, South Orange) Register for a slot at tinyurl.com/smyshrekaud
REHEARSALS: Tuesday & Thursday evenings (typically 5:30-7:30pm); Sunday afternoons (2-5pm). **Not all cast members will be called for all rehearsals, amount of rehearsal depends on the size of the role. Adults 18 years & older will only be called for Sunday rehearsals, aside from tech week. We are very understanding of other conflicts, please reach out to Gail if you need to discuss potential major conflicts prior to auditions. All cast members are expected to be able to attend Tech Week, which takes place the week prior to the show (May 10th-14th).

YOUTH FEE (Under 18 years): Members: $211 Community Members: $263 (Financial Assistance available, please email Gail at gsprague@metroymcas.org for more information) REGISTER HERE
ADULT FEE (18 years & older): Members: $52 Community Members: $65 REGISTER HERE
All participants will receive their own script, a show t-shirt and two complimentary tickets to one of the performances as part of the fee.

TEEN THEATRE PROGRAM: SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP
(Grades 6th-12th)

9 Week Adaptation Workshop: Beginning January 20th, 2020.

Writing Seminar: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Staged Reading Performance: March 28th, 2020.

On the night of the storm, were the crashing waves caused by mother nature? Or perhaps, a magical intervention? How will we take The Bard’s final work and make it new again?

As a company, we will read through the script and begin working on our adaptation text. What does it mean to choose a theme? How do we build characters that have depth and relatability? How do we craft a new work with a clear beginning, middle and end that has both conflict and resolution? By using the Dramatic Story Arc, we will examine the 8 progressive steps to writing a perfect scene, workshop our drafts, edit re-writes, and share our finished product.

REGISTER HERE

For more information about the program, please read through our Program Handbook!

If you have any questions, please email Justine Evyn Saliski at jsaliski@metroymcas.org

 


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