South Mountain YMCA

Youth Performing Arts Classes & Shows

PERFORMING ARTS AT THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN Y

Winter 2   March 1 - April 26

Winter 2 Class Grid

Easy Online Registration or call (973) 762-4145

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

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
Free with Membership. Must register for each session
Instructor: Miss Tina & Miss Kayla

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
Free with Membership. Must register for each session
Instructor: Miss Kayla & Miss Justine

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

Bitty Ballerinas (2½ - 3 yrs)
A special class developed for toddlers ready for the 'next step' in a drop off class. Attire includes a purple leotard, pink rights, and pink ballet slippers (may be satin).
Tuesday 
10:15am-10:45am
Location:
 Y Program Center
Fee: $88
Instructor: Miss Tina

NEW! Hip Hop (2½ - 3 yrs)
Hip-Hop is a dance style where dancers learn cool, popular moves that they can perform with confidence. In this class, young dancers learn fun hip hop moves with Miss Tina. This class is perfect for dancers who want to step, stomp and shake it out to their favorite songs.
Tuesday 
11:00-11:45am
Location:
 Y Program Center
Fee: $100
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). No class 3/9
Friday
9:30-10:15am
Saturday 11:00-11:45am
Location:
 Civic House
Fee: Fridays $100; Saturdays $88
Instructor: Miss Juliette

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. 
Friday
10:30-11:30am
Saturday 9:50-10:50am
Location:
 Fridays Y Program Center; Saturdays Civic House
Fee: $125
Instructor: Miss Juliette

Beginner Tap (4 - 6 yrs)
Explore the sound combinations created in tap dance through a curriculum that keeps them moving. Work towards building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination and pace while developing proper tap technique and clear tap sounds. Mini Recital performance is at the end of the session. Attire includes a black leotard, pink tights and black patent tap shoes (with ties).
Wednesday 
1:00-1:45pm
Location:
Program Center
Fee: $100
Instructor: Miss Tina

 

YOUTH THEATRE CLASSES

NEW! 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 3/14.
Thursday 
11:00-11:45am
Location: 
Y Program Center
Fee: 
$88
Instructor: 
Miss Justine

NEW! Theatre 101 (1st - 5th Grade)
What is theatre and how does it all work? Step into the roles of Actor, Director, Playwright and Stage Manager in this immersive experience into the art of theatre. Participants will learn how to build a story and then tell that story through acting, staging and movement. SACC Participants from the Program Center/Civic House sites will be bussed to the church for class. No class 3/13
Wednesday 
4:30-5:30pm
Location:
 First Presbyterian and Trinity Church, 111 Irvington Avenue, South Orange
Fee: $105
Instructor: Miss Justine & Mr. Tommy

Musical Theatre (K-4th Grade)
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. Staff picks up SACC students enrolled at the Program Center and brings them to/from class.
Not offered in Winter 1

Playwriting 101(2nd - 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. Staff picks up SACC students enrolled at the Program Center and brings them to/from class.
Not offered in Winter 1

ADULT CLASSES

NEW! Adult Tap (16+)
Come to our Civic House on Saturday mornings to tap away with Juliette! Ideal for beginners, we will spend time learning basic steps and then work on combinations. Tap is a great way to burn some calories while learning a new skill!
Saturday 
9:00-9:45am
Location: 
Civic House
Fee: 
$56
Instructor: 
Juliette

YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

JUNIOR THEATRE PRODUCTION: The Lion King Jr. (Grades K-8th)

Be a part of the magic that happens at our Y as we produce our next youth production. 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 31st - June 2nd
AUDITIONS: February 23rd & 24th at the First Presbyterian and Trinity Church (111 Irvington Avenue, South Orange).
Sign up for an audition slot by clicking here. 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.org.
REHEARSALS: Tuesday & Thursday evenings (typically 5:30-7:30 or 6-8pm); Sunday afternoons (2-5pm). **Not all cast members will be called for all rehearsals, amount of rehearsal depends on the size of the role. 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 28th-20th).

FEE: Members: $200 Community Members: $250 (Financial Assistance available, please email Gail at gsprague@metroymcas.org for more information)
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
(Grades 6th-12th)

Shakespeare Adaptation 9-Week Workshop & Adaptation Performance
SHOW DATES:
May 3rd-5th
Rehearsal Schedule:  Mondays & Wednesdays, 5-8pm

MORE DETAILS

Fees: (6th-8th Graders may sign up for a free membership through our Middle School Initiative)
9-Week Adaptation Workshop $200 for Members, $250 for Community Members
Adaptation Performance $250 for Members, $300 for Community Members

Or, participate in the program from January through the May performance and pay $112 per month. This includes 4 complimentary tickets to the performance weekend and all workshops and masterclasses held.

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