The Performing Arts

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Latin Ballroom 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 this course changed their lives by meeting new people on the dance floor! No partner required.
CE-DANCE 2003, 6 Sun., Jan. 17-Feb. 21, 10:00-11:30 am, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & M Smithwick. #12837

Do the Hustle
Do you like to dance and have fun? Let’s Hustle! Hustle is a member of the swing family, and is like the West Coast Swing. 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., Mar. 6-Apr. 17 (skip 3/27), 10:00-11:30 am, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & M Smithwick. #12673

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., Mar. 5-Apr. 9, 5:00-6:00 pm, AAB-218, $60 (+ $15 optional fee for hip scarf, payable to instructor). S Ramos. #12770

Belly Dance Drum Solo Workshop
Learn to use sharp movements and combine steps as you learn to distinguish the different beats of a drum solo while dancing to the powerful sounds and rhythm of drums.
CE-DANCE 2032, 1 Sat., Apr. 9, 6:30-8:00 pm, AAB-218, $20. S Ramos. #12771

Dance Fitness to 80’s Hits
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, 4 Sat., Mar. 5-26, 7:00-8:00 pm, AAB-218, $50. S Ramos. #12773

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., Mar. 5-Apr. 2, 6:00-7:00 pm, AAB-218, $50. S Ramos. #12772

Ballet for Adults and Teens
Explore ballet’s foundations and learn the basics which, when combined, create “dance.” Class sessions will include barre work, center floor, adagio, pirouettes, and petite 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. For beginners and intermediates.
CE-DANCE 2000, 10 Sun., Jan. 17-Apr. 24 (skip 1/24, 2/21, 3/20 & 27, 4/17), 11:30 am-1:30 pm, AAB-218, $215. I Kent. #12704




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 schedule offers a curriculum in ballet, modern, and jazz dance, as well as wider offerings in tap, hip hop, and more taught by faculty with extensive teaching, performing, and academic credentials. Individual placement classes, and regular progress reports are all part of a Y Dance Academy education.

 All classes meet for 10 sessions, cost $213, and meet at the Family YMCA in Tarrytown.

Adult Ballet
Adult Ballet 1 & 2: An introductory/slow intermediate class for adult beginners with little or some dance background, as well as those just returning to dance.

CE-DANCE 2007.
Sec. A: 9 Mon., June 20-Aug. 22 (skip 7/4), 7:00-8:30 pm. #5500
Sec. B: 10 Sat., June 25-Aug. 27, 9:30-11:00 am. #5501

Adult Ballet 2 &3: For intermediate to advanced dancers: a 45-minute barre, followed by center work.
CE-DANCE 2008, 10 Wed., June 22-Aug. 24,9:30-11:00 am. #5502


Adult Jazz
Technique-based, concert jazz classes consisting of a center barre, progressions, and a combination based in any of the various jazz styles. Progressive levels build dancers’ awareness of body rhythms, coordination, performance quality, and the ability to master complex and intricate choreography.

Adult Jazz 1 & 2:
CE-DANCE 2011, 10 Tues., June 21-Aug. 23, 6:30-8:00 pm. #5503

Adult Jazz 2 & 3:
Sec A: , 9 Mon., June 20-Aug. 22 (skip 7/4), 9:30-11:00 am. #5505
Sec. B: 10 Fri., June 24-Aug. 26, 9:30-11:00 am. #5504

Adult Modern Dance
Progressive instruction introduces dancers to the techniques of Graham, Horton, Limon, and contemporary movement forms. Classes consist of a center barre, progressions, and a combination as dancers explore movement through various shapes of the body, levels, directions through space, and weight transference.
Adult Modern 1 & 2: CE-DANCE 2013 10 Tues., June 21-Aug. 23, 9:30-11:00 am. #5506
Adult Modern 2 & 3: CE-DANCE 2013, 10 Thurs., June 23-Aug. 25, 7:30-9:00 pm. #5507

Adult Tap
Dancers master tap vocabulary and techniques in classes that emphasize the development of musicality and exploration of a full range of styles. Open level classes welcome all, regardless of previous experience or age. Family Tap welcomes adults and children who wish to explore tap dance together.

Adult Tap: CE-DANCE 2014, 10 Wed., 7:00-8:00 pm. #5508

Adult Hip Hop
An upbeat warm-up followed by combinations that focus on rhythm, energy and individual style.
CE-DANCE 2009, 10 Thurs., June 23-Aug. 25, 6:30-7:30 pm. #5511

All courses held at the Family YMCA at Tarrytown.
Reconfirm class schedules and requirements prior to registration by visiting or calling 914-631-4807 x 114

Acting & Theater

Acting for Seniors
With a focus on the development of original character using both acting and writing techniques, we’ll exercise the imagination and memory by employing in-class work and at-home assignments. We’ll aim towards the completion of original scenes and/or monologues. Help keep your mind, memory, and imagination in a healthy place and learn new methods to keep it that way.
CE-THEAT 2022, 3 Sat., Mar. 5-19, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-5, $95. B Cwikowski. #13131

Bring Shakespeare to Life
Bring Shakespeare to life: not by reading him or writing about him, but by playing him. Shakespeare was not meant to be read, but meant to be seen and heard. Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, Shakespeare’s works, when brought into live performance engage the whole body, the brain, and our emotional understanding. Through active script analysis and application of technique, you will learn to bring his words to life. Bring a Shakespeare play of your own choosing to the first class.
CE-LIT 2026, 6 Tues., Jan. 12-Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $175. J Bossio. #12637

NEW! Make Every Scene Count
Compelling scenes not only move the plot forward, but deepen character, create drama, underscore the story’s theme, and evoke an emotional response from the reader. Award-winning author Barbara Campbell will examine the fundamentals of scene design from its overall shape to its individual beats, and help students craft scenes that hook readers from the first line to the last. Students will receive a 100-page manual with course highlights, writing exercises, and scene studies. Internet access required to receive pre-class readings.
CE-WRITG 2072, 3 Sat., Apr. 2-16, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $90 (+ $12 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #13222

Learn Storytelling
Learn to tell 3-5 minute stories. Discover the use of creative drama exercises to help relax the body and increase self-expression. Learn verbal drills and recite poetry to help build up the voice. Tell short jokes for pitch and delivery practice. The goal is to build confidence and poise when speaking in front of others.
CE-LIT 2021, 6 Tues., Jan. 12-Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $125. J McGuire. #13140

Acting in the Afternoon, Part 1
We’ll focus on the basics of using sensory work and creating a character, while reading scripts from plays with assigned roles. Students will work on a scene with a partner and present a staged reading during the last class. No memorization is required, just a love of theatre!
CE-THEAT 2020VA, 6 Tues., Feb. 9-Mar. 15, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-2, $120. S Courtney. #12801

Acting in the Afternoon, Part 2
This class will build on skills worked on in Acting in the Afternoon Part 1, but is also for new students. Students will work on a scene with a partner and present a staged reading on the last class.
CE-THEAT 2021VA, 6 Tues., Mar. 29-May 3, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-5, $120. S Courtney. #12802

Acting & Playwriting Workshops at the Axial Theatre
Westchester Community College and the Axial Theatre are pleased to offer a variety of theatre courses for the community.

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.

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. For background on your instructor, go to
CE-THEAT 2002, 6 Tues., 7:00-9:00 pm. G Fox.
Sec. A: Feb. 9-Mar. 22, $265. #13036
Sec. B: Apr. 5-May 10, $265. #13037

Basic Acting Technique for Adults
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 2001, 6 Wed., 7:30-10:30 pm, $245. R Jones.
Sec. A: Feb. 10-Mar. 23. #13038
Sec. B: Apr. 6-May 11. #13039
CE-THEAT 2000, 12 Wed., Apr. 6-June 29, $395. #13040

Basic Acting Technique for Teenagers
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, in a creative and safe environment. For ages 13-15.
CE-THEAT 2014, 12 Wed., Apr. 6-June 29, 5:15-7:00 pm, $395. J Erick. #13041


Guitar Workshop
Learn to read music and play a melody together with a bass line. Discover shortcuts that can save you time.
10 sessions, AAB-104. J Lorusso.
Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2001, Thurs., Jan. 14-Mar. 17, 7:30-9:30 pm, $175 (+ $45 for Book 1 and companion CD with the “Songs of Book One,” payable to instructor). #12834
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2015, Tues., Jan. 12-Mar. 15, 7:00-9:00 pm, $175 (+ $55 for Book 2 and companion double CD with the “Songs of Book Two,” payable to instructor). #12835

Guitar is Fun
Always wanted to learn to play the guitar? Now is your chance! In the Beginner class, you’ll learn chords and strumming techniques. In the Advanced class, we’ll learn combination strums, fingerpicking, and more chords, with possible note reading in first position and barre chords if there is time. Students must bring their own guitar to class.
7 Tues., 1:30-2:30 pm, KNC-4. $70. D Moran
Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2057VA, Apr. 5-May 17. #12743
Advanced: CE-MUSIC 2066VA, Feb. 16-Mar. 29. #12742

Piano is Fun
Add the joy of music to your life. The Beginning class is designed for those who have never played piano before. You’ll learn to read music in a friendly supportive atmosphere. In the Advanced class, we learn new keys, transposition, new rhythms and expand our reading repertoire; you’ll receive personal as well as class help. Please bring your own keyboard with batteries in it.
7 Tues., 12:15-1:15 pm, KNC-4, $70. D Moran.
Beginning: CE-MUSIC 2060VA, Apr. 5-May 17. #12740
Advanced: CE-MUSIC 2067VA, Feb. 23-Apr. 5. #12741

Piano for Adults
Individualized and group instruction. Access to a piano is required; practice outside of class time necessary.
$175 (+ $20 for textbook, payable to instructor), AAB-110. H Dutton.
Beginning: CE-MUSIC 2005, 10 Thurs., Feb. 4-Apr. 7, 6:00-7:30 pm. #12663
Advanced Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2062, 10 Thurs., Feb. 4-Apr. 7, 7:30-9:00 pm #12664
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2020 (prerequisite: Beginning or equivalent experience), 10 Fri., Feb. 5-April 8, 6:00-7:30 pm. This course is for students who can play piano with ease but want to learn advanced technique and theory knowledge. #12665
Advanced: CE-MUSIC 2018, 10 Fri., Feb. 5-Apr. 8, 7:30-9:00 pm, Room TBD, (no book required; student will bring own music). This course is for students with advanced technique and can bring their own music which they want to learn and also get inspired from others. #12666