The Performing Arts


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 how this course has changed their lives by meeting new people on the dance floor! No partner required.
CE-DANCE 2003, 6 Sun., Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 10:00-11:30 am, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & M Smithwick. #82638

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 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. 1-Dec. 6, 10:00-11:30 am, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & M Smithwick. #82639

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., Sept. 19-Nov. 7 (skip 10/10 & 31), 7:00-8:00 pm, AAB-218, $60 (+ $15 optional fee for hip scarf, payable to instructor). S Ramos. #82662

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., Sept. 26, 5:00-6:30 pm, AAB-218, $20. S Ramos. #82664

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, 1 Sat., Oct. 3, 5:00-7:00 pm, AAB-218, $25. S Ramos. #82663

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, 5 Sat., Oct. 17-Nov. 21 (skip 10/31), 6:00-7:00 pm, AAB-218, $50. S Ramos. #82666

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., Oct. 17-Nov. 21 (skip 10/31), 5:00-6:00 pm, AAB-218, $50. S Ramos. #82665

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., Sept. 20-Dec. 13 (skip 10/4, 11/1 & 29), 11:30 am-1:30 pm, AAB-218, $215. I Kent. #82618


New! 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., Sept. 19-Oct. 3, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $95. B Cwikowski. #83068

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 first class.
CE-LIT 2026, 6 Sat., Oct. 3-Nov. 7, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $175. J Bossio. #82533

NEW! Learn Storytelling
Learn to tell short stories of 3-5 minute lengths. Discover the use of creative drama exercises to help relax the body and increase self-expression. Learn verbal drills and recite poetry out loud 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-THEAT 2023, 6 Mon., Sept. 14-Oct. 19, 1:00-3:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. J McGuire. #83083

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., Sept. 22-Oct. 27, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-3, $120. S Courtney. #83073

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., Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-5, $120. S Courtney. #83074

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., Sept. 29-Nov. 3, 7:00-9:00 pm, $265. G Fox #83091
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.
7:30-10:30 pm. R Jones.
CE-THEAT 2000, 12 Wed., Sept. 9-Oct. 14, $395. #83108
CE-THEAT 2001, 6 Wed., Sept. 9- Dec. 2, $245. #83109
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., Sept. 9-Dec. 2, 5:15-7:00 pm, $395. J Erick. #83092


Discover Your Inner Musician
Discover and experience your inner musician as you participate in the collective creation of a musical work. 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 Mon., Sept. 21-Nov. 9 (skip 10/12), 6:00-8:00 pm, $150. S Volpe. #82701

Guitar Workshop
Learn to read music and play a melody together with a bass line. Discover shortcuts that can save you time. AAB-104. J Lorusso.
Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2001, 10 Thurs., Sept. 24-Dec. 3 (skip 11/26), 7:30-9:30 pm, $175 (+ $45 for Book 1 and companion CD with the “Songs of Book One,” payable to instructor). #82908
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2015, 10 Tues., Sept. 22-Nov. 24, 7:00-9:00 pm, $175 (+ $55 for Book 2 and companion double CD with the “Songs of Book Two,” payable to instructor). #82909

Guitar is Fun
Always wanted to learn to play the guitar? Now is your chance! In the Beginning class, you’ll will learn chords and strumming techniques. The Intermediate class is meant as a continuation, where you’ll learn new chords, new strums, and more fingerpicking to familiar songs. Students must bring their own guitar to class.
7 Tues., 1:30-2:30 pm, KNC-2, $70. D Moran.
Beginning: CE-MUSIC 2057VA, Sept. 15-Oct. 27. #82742
Intermediate: Prerequisite: Guitar is Fun Beginning class or guitar experience. CE-MUSIC 2058VA, Nov. 3-Dec. 15. #82743

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 will learn to read music in a friendly supportive atmosphere. In the Intermediate class, join us as we explore new rhythms, keys and songs with fellow students. Please bring your own keyboard with batteries in it.
7 Tues., 12:15-1:15 pm, KNC-2, $70. D Moran.
Beginning: CE-MUSIC 2060VA, Sept. 15-Oct. 27. #82747
Intermediate: Prerequisite: Piano is Fun Beginning class or piano experience. CE-MUSIC 2061VA, Nov. 3-Dec. 14. #82751

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. 17-Nov. 19, 6:00-7:30 pm, $175 (+ $20.00 for textbook, payable to instructor). #82582
Advanced Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2062, 10 Thurs., Sept. 17-Nov. 19, 7:30-9:00 pm, $175 (+ $20 for textbook, payable to instructor). #82583
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2020, (prerequisite: Beginner or equivalent experience), 10 Fri., Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 6:00-7:30 pm, $175 (+ $20 for textbook, payable to instructor). #82584
Advanced: CE-MUSIC 2018, 10 Fri., Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 7:30-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $175 (no book required; student will bring own music). #82585