The Performing Arts

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Stand-up Comedy Workshop
Like to laugh or make others laugh? Learn the secrets of making people laugh while creating your own personal comedic routines from everyday life experiences. Includes the study of other working comedians’ styles while developing your own comic voice. Also helpful to overcome the fear of public speaking.
CE-THEAT 2009, 4 Sat., Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 10:00 am-1:00 pm. , Room TBD , $125. P Boyce.  #83498

New! Advanced Stand-up Comedy Workshop
For those who have taken the Beginning Stand-up Comedy Workshop or have some previous experience. Build upon your original lessons and expand your comedy material for performances.
CE-THEAT 2019, 4 Sat., Oct. 18-Nov. 8, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. P Boyce. #84030



NEW! Michael Jackson’s Thriller Choreography
Ever wanted to learn Michael Jackson’s Thriller choreography? This Halloween season, have some fun as you learn it step by step and then get ready as we put the complete dance together and dance The Thriller.
CE-DANCE 2035, 4 Fri., Oct. 3-24, 7:00-8:00 pm, AAB-218, $85. S Ramos. #83557

NEW! Dance Fitness Extravaganza

Ever wanted to dance like the stars of Fame? Have some fun and let loose as we incorporate fitness, hip-hop, basic ballet, ballroom, modern, and fusion dance steps and dance to some of the hottest 80’s hits.
CE-DANCE 2041, 5 Sat., Nov. 1-29, 5:00-6:00 pm, Room TBD, $50. S Ramos. #83556

NEW! Latin Fusion
Spice up your Latin dance as we incorporate other dances such as hip hop, ballroom, modern dance, and much more! Add spice, flavor, and attitude and let loose as you get ready to put a twist on Latin dance like you never have before.
CE-DANCE 2040, 5 Sat., Sept. 20-Oct. 25 (skip 10/4), 5:00-6:00 pm, AAB-218, $50. S Ramos. #83554

New! Do the Hustle
Do you like to dance and have fun? Let’s hustle! The hustle is a popular American dance which originated in the 1970’s and is now danced in almost all dance studios and clubs everywhere. Hustle is a member of the swing family, and is like the West Coast Swing in pattern. It has a distinct flavor, utilizing a variety of music styles from disco to contemporary pop music. The dance is designed to be highly dynamic, flashy, powerful, and fun.
CE-DANCE 2042, 6 Sun., Nov. 2-Dec. 7 (skip 11/30), 10:00-11:30 am, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & D Peng. #84013

Adult/Teen Beginner/Intermediate Ballet
Explore ballet’s foundations and learn the basics which, when combined, create “dance.” Class sessions will include barre work, center floor, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro and grande allegro. Emphasis is on correct body alignment and use of terminology; work on dance combinations to improve technical skill, memory and performance. Bring ballet slippers, tights & leotard or leggings.
CE-DANCE 2000, 10 Sun., Sept. 28-Dec. 21 (skip 11/2, 16 & 30), 11:30 am-1:30 pm, AAB-218, $215. I Kent. #83474

Hot Latin Dancing
Why should those dancers on TV have all the fun? Put on your dancing shoes and fancy threads and learn the Latin dances: salsa, cha cha, and meringue. The steps and turns are easy to follow. Past students have said how this course has changed their lives by meeting new people on the dance floor! No partner required.
CE-DANCE 2003, 6 Sun., Sept. 21-Oct. 26, 10:00-11:30 am, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & D Peng. #83528

Tribal Belly Dance
Learn how to adapt the belly dance technique needed into this modern style of belly dance. Learn alien arms, sharp moves and robotic steps. Get ready to have some fun as we also incorporate gothic steps for an eerie approach and learn to sharpen your steps for a more futuristic look.
CE-DANCE 2036, 4 Sat., Sept. 20-Oct. 18 (skip 10/4), 6:30-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $85. S Ramos. #83555

Dance It Off With Belly Dancing
Belly dancing workouts relax your mind and flatten your belly. Wear comfortable workout clothes and bring a bottle of water, hip scarf, veil and if possible, a pair of cymbals. Acceptable foot attire includes socks or dance slippers. For all experience levels.
CE-DANCE 2002, 6 Sat., Oct. 25-Nov. 29, 6:30-8:00 pm, AAB-218, $130 (+ $30 optional one-time materials fee, for scarf and cymbals, payable to instructor). S Ramos. #83553



Westchester Community College and the Y Dance Academy are pleased to partner to offer a variety of dance courses for community adults.

The Y Dance Academy, located at the Family YMCA at Tarrytown, provides excellence in dance education, accessible to all. A comprehensive weekly schedule offers a core curriculum in ballet, pointe, modern, and jazz dance, as well as wider offerings in tap, choreography, and more taught by a faculty with extensive teaching, performing, and academic credentials. Individual placement classes, regular progress reports, and faculty/student mentor are all part of a Y Dance Academy education.

All classes meet for 10 sessions, are $213, and meet at the Family YWCA in Tarrytown.
Classes include:
Adult Ballet
Adult Jazz
Adult Modern
Adult Rhythm Tap

For additional information on course schedule, go to or or call 914-631-4807 x 32



New! Breakfast with The Beatles
Discover the individual lives of each of the Fab Four. Follow the Beatles’ rise to success while intertwining that success with the events of the 1960’s in an attempt to grasp their incredible significance on the cultural changes in the U.S. and around the world.
CE-MUSIC 2064, 4 Sun., Sept. 21-Oct. 12, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #84024

New! The Music of Lennon and McCartney
Examine the genius of the songs written by the Beatles; follow the songs from their early years over time as their songs and music grew in complexity. Stories and quotes from the Beatles themselves about how or why each song was written will be a primary source of information.
CE-MUSIC 2063, 4 Sat., Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 1:00-4:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #84023

New! World Music
Famous American writer and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is often quoted for his remark “Music is the universal language of mankind…,” but is it really? While a case can be made that the practice of music may be universal, can the musical offerings of one culture be clearly understood and appreciated by those of another? This class will examine music from different world cultures and seek to answer this question, perhaps discovering some surprising answers.
Ce-MUSIC 2055, 4 Sat., Sept. 20-Oct. 18 (skip 10/11), 9:00-11:00 am, Room TBD, $80. S Volpe. #84075

New! Discover Your Inner Musician
Discover and experience your inner musician as you participate in the collective creation of a musical work under the guidance of an experienced composer and director of diverse musical aggregations. People have a natural sense of rhythm and harmony within themselves; we are connected and endowed with the potential and ability to function together. One of the ways we can realize this is through the collective creation and performance of music. Through a combination of lectures, listening to diverse styles of music, interactive class discussions, and small group break-out sessions, a foundation will be laid from which actual composition will occur, and collective performance will be realized in a final classroom session.
CE-MUSIC 2048, 7 Sat., Oct. 25-Dec. 13 (skip 11/29), 9:00-11:30 am, $175. S Volpe. #84076

Find Your Voice
A friendly, contemporary approach for finding your best speaking and/or singing voice. Using professional equipment, the class will be held in the instructor’s own studio/loft space. Learn the ins and outs of becoming a professional entertainer. Classes are held at the artist’s studio at 807 Central Avenue, Peekskill, Apt. #1, corner of Central and Nelson; park in the municipal lot across the street.
CE-MUSIC 2017, 3 Sat., Sept. 20-Oct. 4, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $65. S Purcell. #83655

Guitar Workshop
Learn to read music and play a melody together with a bass line. Discover shortcuts that can save you time. Room TBD. J Lorusso.
Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2001, 10 Thurs., Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 7:20-9:20 pm, $175 (+ $45 for Book 1 and companion CD, payable to instructor). #83729
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2015, 10 Tues., Sept. 16-Nov. 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, $175 (+ $55 for Book 2 and companion double CD set, payable to instructor). #83730

Folk Guitar
This course is designed for those who wish to strum chords as an accompaniment to songs. Chords, accompaniment patterns, and techniques will be the focus.
CE-MUSIC 2000, 10 Tues., Sept. 16-Nov. 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $175 (+ $30 materials fee, payable to instructor). M Lorusso. #83731

Piano for Adults

Individualized and group instruction. Access to a piano is required; practice outside of class time necessary. Room TBD. H Dutton.
Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2005, 10 Thurs., Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 6:00-7:30 pm, $175 (+ textbook). #83529
Advanced Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2062, 10 Thurs., Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 7:30-9:00 pm, $175 (+ textbook). #83526
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2020, (prerequisite: Beginner or equivalent experience), 10 Fri., Sept. 19-Nov. 21, 6:00-7:30 pm, $175 (+ textbook). #83524
Advanced: CE-MUSIC 2018, 10 Fri., Sept. 19-Nov. 21, 7:30-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $175 #83525

Acting & Playwriting Workshops at the Axial Theatre
These classes are offered through a collaboration with Howard Meyer’s Acting Program, a division of Axial Theatre, a professional theatre company dedicated to building community through education and engaging people of all ages in the creative process. Classes will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church Community House, 8 Sunnyside Road in Pleasantville. Questions? Please call the Extension Services Office at 914-606-6839.

Playwriting Workshop
Learn how to develop a play scene by scene. Students will bring scenes each week and exchange work with fellow students. Gradually, a project will develop for each playwright: scenes, one-minute plays, one-act plays and full-lengths. Come discover your voice in a safe environment and watch what develops.
CE-THEAT 2002PC, 6 Wed., Sept. 10-Oct. 15, 8:00-10:00 pm, $235. H Meyer. #83970

Basic Acting Technique

In this class we lay the foundation of the actor’s craft with a range of exercises developed by master teachers Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg. The exercises help develop the actor’s use of his/her senses and imagination and are practiced individually and in groups. Monologues and scenes are integrated as new exercises continue to be introduced.
CE-THEAT 2000PC, 12 Wed., Sept 10-Dec. 3, 7:30-10:30 pm, $395. R Jones. #83984
CE-THEAT 2001PC, 6 Wed., 7:30-10:30 pm, $245. R Jones
Sec. A: Sept. 10-Oct. 15. #83987
Sec. B: Oct. 22-Dec. 3. #83988

Basic Technique for Young Actors
In this 6-week session, we will look at all aspects of acting for the stage, with special focus on improvisation, monologues and discovering and using your voice! You will learn how to project your voice with clarity and build confidence, skill, and trust through fun improvisational exercises and pre-scripted and original monologues. For ages 10-12.
CE-THEAT 2013PC, 12 Wed., Sept. 10-Dec. 3,. 4:00-5:00 pm, $365. H Nicholson. #83971

Basic Technique for Teenagers

We believe that the right way to start acting is to focus on learning the techniques and principles of the craft. We focus on exercises which cultivate the imagination, the use of the senses, and expression of voice and body. Each student is encouraged to access their own uniqueness and point-of-view. Teachers foster a creative and safe environment for these explorations. For ages 13-15.
CE-THEAT 2014PC12, Wed., Sept. 10-Dec. 3, 5:15-6:45 pm, $385. H Nicholson. #83972