Young People's Theater

Dance and Movement Classes Fall 2018

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 for 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, and 29; October 13 and 20; 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, 10:45-Noon, September 15, 22, and 29; October 13 and 20; 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:September 15, 22, and 29; October 13 and 20; November 3.00pm, 
Ages:  Grades 5-12
Class Size: 15 students
Instructor:  Erika Jost
Tuition: $90

Tap II
Enrollment with approval of instructor – Email [email protected]

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, and 29; October 13 and 20; 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 for Drop In opens Tuesday, August 28 at 7:45am

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

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 - Click Date to Link to Individual Dates 

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
[email protected]
www.youngpeoplestheater.com

Date: 09/14/2018 (Fri.)

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Tap I, 5-12 (25)

($85.00 each)

Saturdays, 10:00-10:45am; September 15, 22, 29; October 13, 20; November 3.

 
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Open Ballet Barre Plus, 5-12 (15)

($95.00 each)

Saturdays, 10:45am-Noon; September 15, 22, 29; October 13, 20; November 3.

 
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Musical Theatre Dance (20)

($90.00 each)

Saturdays, Noon-1:00pm, September 15, 22, 29; October 13, 20; November 3.

 
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Tap II, 5-12 (Enrollment with Instructor Approval) (25)

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