The Performing Arts
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. Sorry, no credit cards or phone registrations accepted for these classes. Payment by check only, payable to Axial Theatre; don’t forget to include the $3.25 student services fee and the $5.00 registration fee; mail to Extension Services Office at Westchester Community College, ADM-207, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY 10595. Questions? Call 914-606-6839.
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., 8:00-10:00 pm, $235. H Meyer.
Sec. A: Jan. 8-Feb. 12. #14285
Sec. B: Apr. 9-May 14. #14286
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.
7:30-10:30 pm. R Jones.
CE-THEAT 2000PC, 12 Wed., Jan. 8-Mar. 26, $395. #14287
CE-THEAT 2001PC, 6 Wed., $235.
Sec. A: Jan. 8-Feb. 12. #14290
Sec. B: Apr. 9-May 14. #14291
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., Jan. 8-Mar. 26, 4:00-5:00 pm, $365. J Erick. #14289
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 2014PC, 12 Wed., Jan. 8-Mar. 26, 5:15-6:45 pm, $385. J Erick. #14292
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 and ignite the spirit for both the performer and audience. The study of Shakespeare allows you to acquire all kinds of knowledge, explore personal re-creation, open doors to alternate viewpoints, and make the acquaintance with genius. Through active script analysis and application of technique, you will learn to bring his words to life. Students must bring a Shakespeare play of their own choosing to the first class.
CE-LIT 2026, 6 Sat., Jan. 25-Mar. 8 (skip 2/15), 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $175. J Bossio. #13967
Want to Make Others Laugh? Learn Improv!
Learn Comedy Improvisation 1
For both the actor and non-actor, to help build confidence, creativity, collaboration skills and spontaneity. With an emphasis on “improv tells a story,” learn to tell a story in each scene using listening and teamwork drills. Hone your skills with exercises like “Multi-Headed Expert” or “Last Two Words.” Relaxation techniques will also be taught, which benefit both the actor and non-actor.
CE-THEAT 2010, 8 Tues., Jan. 28-Mar. 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $175. R Jackson. #13790
Learn Comedy Improvisation 2
This course will expand on the foundations learned in the Comedy Improvisation class with more challenging exercises and drills. Comedy Improvisation I recommended prior to taking this class.
CE-THEAT 2012, 8 Wed., Jan. 29-Mar. 19, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $175. R Jackson. #13791
NEW! Improvisation 3
Use the skills learned in the beginning and intermediate improvisation classes. Explore character development and learn long form improvisation. Some improv experience required.
CE-THEAT 2017, 8 Thurs., Jan. 30-Mar. 20, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $175. R Jackson. #14238
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., Feb. 1-22, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. P Boyce.#13855
NEW! Learn Choreography
Learn various ways of creating dance movements and how to apply the concept of variation to your choreography while working collaboratively with peers.
CE-DANCE 2038, 10 Sat., Feb. 1-Apr. 5, 6:00-7:30 pm, Room TBD, $150. C Hamilton. #14232
NEW! Hip-Hop Dance
Discover where different hip-hop dance styles came from and learn the latest steps and choreography.
CE-DANCE 2039, 10 Sat., Feb. 1-Apr. 5, 3:00-4:30 pm, Room TBD, $150. C Hamilton. #14233
NEW! Dance Fitness Extravaganza
Ever wanted to dance like the stars of Fame? Well now you can. 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 and most popular 80’s hits.
CE-DANCE 2041, 5 Sat., Mar. 1-29, 5:00-6:00 pm, Room TBD, $50. S Ramos. #14275
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., Apr. 5-May 3, 5:00-6:00 pm, AAB-218, $50. S Ramos. #14242
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., Jan. 26-May 4 (skip 2/2 & 16, 3/16, 4/6 & 13), 11:30 am-1:30 pm, AAB-218, $215. I Kent. #13806
Dancing With the Stars, Shall We Dance, and Mad Hot Ballroom are all prime examples of this up-and-coming craze. Learn to fox trot, waltz, and lindy. No experience or partner required. A great way to meet people!
CE-DANCE 2001, 6 Sun., Jan. 26-Mar. 2, 10:00-11:30 am, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & D Peng. #13807
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 Fri., Jan. 24-Mar. 7 (skip 1/31), 6:30-8:00 pm, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & D Peng. #13808
Tango, Tango, Tango
Dancing With the Stars, and Shall We Dance? are prime examples of the craze of Argentine American International Tango. Learn the basics of how to lead and follow. This is a great way to meet new people! No partner required. Highly recommended for those just starting out!
CE-DANCE 2028, 6 Sun., Mar. 9-Apr. 13, 10:00-11:30 am, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & D Peng. #13809
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., Feb. 22-Mar. 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $85. S Ramos. #13805
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 Fri., Mar. 14-May 2 (skip 4/4 & 11), 6:30-8:00 pm, AAB-218, $130 (+ $30 optional one-time materials fee, for scarf and cymbals, payable to instructor). S Ramos. #13810
Modern to Mid-Eastern Belly Dance
Get in touch with your inner grace and femininity by learning all styles of belly dance from Modern American (modern dance moves, hip hop and basic ballet steps are incorporated) to Mid-Eastern dance (which includes both Turkish and Egyptian belly dance) and get a sense of both styles to identify which suits you best.
CE-DANCE 2027, 7 Sat., Mar. 22-May 3, 6:30-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $100 (+ $15 optional fee for hip scarf, payable to instructor). S Ramos. #13811
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 Fri., May 9, 6:30-8:00 pm, AAB-218, $20. S Ramos. #13812
Belly Dance Zill Workshop
Learn to play zills (Turkish name for finger cymbals), one of the most popular props in belly dance. Play alternates and doubles as you dance to basic belly dance steps. Discover the different zill patterns and rhythms as you play them to intense drill sets.
CE-DANCE 2033, 4 Sat., Jan. 18-Feb. 8, 5:30-6:30 pm, Room TBD, $50 (+ $15 materials fee for zills, payable to instructor). S Ramos. #13813
Spanish-Arabic Belly Dance Workshop
Learn to incorporate modern and traditional flamenco dance steps into belly dance by using sharp arms and hand twists, all while using a Spanish fan.
CE-DANCE 2031, 2 Fri., May 16 & 23, 6:30-8:00 pm, AAB-218, $45 (+ $5 materials fee for fan, payable to instructor). S Ramos. #13814
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 $262, and meet at the Family YWCA in Tarrytown.
Classes are based on a 45-minute classical ballet barre, followed by centre; optional pointe work may be offered. Emphasis is placed on developing strength, flexibility, and technique.
Adult Ballet 1 & 2: CE-DANCE 2007
Sec. A: Mon., Jan. 6-Mar. 31 (skip 1/20 & 2/17), 11:00 am-12:15 pm. #14077
Sec. B: Mon., Jan. 6-Mar. 31 (skip 1/20 & 2/17), 7:15-8:30 pm. #14078
Sec. C: Sat., Jan. 4-Mar. 15 (skip 2/22), 9:30 am-11:00 am. #14079
Adult Ballet 2 & 3: CE-DANCE 2008
Wed., Jan. 8-Mar. 26 (skip 2/19 & 3/19), 9:30-11:00 am. #14080
Classes are technique-based, concert jazz classes beginning with a 45-minute centre barre, followed by progressions and a combination based in any of the various jazz styles.
Adult Jazz 1& 2: CE-DANCE 2011
Sec. A: Fri., Jan. 3-Mar. 14 (skip 2/21), 9:30-11:00 am. #14081
Sec. B: Sat., Jan. 4-Mar. 15 (skip 2/22), 2:00-3:15 pm. #14082
Adult Jazz 2 & 3: CE-DANCE 2012
Sec. A: Mon., Jan. 6-Mar. 31 (skip 1/20 & 2/17), 9:30-11:00 am #14083
Sec. B: Tues., Jan. 7-Mar. 25 (skip 2/18), 7:00-8:30 pm. #14084
Classes consist of a warm-up, movement combinations and choreography that are geared toward developing awareness of the body, enhancing strength and flexibility, and finding new ways to move.
Adult Modern 1: CE-DANCE 2013
Thurs., Jan. 2-Mar. 13 (skip 2/20), 8:00-9:00 pm. #14085
Adult Modern 1 & 2: CE-DANCE 2013
Thurs., Jan. 2-Mar. 13 (skip 2/20), 9:30-11:00 am. #14086
Adult Modern 2 & 3: CE-DANCE 2013
Thurs., Jan. 2-Mar. 13 (skip 2/20), 8:00-9:30 pm. #14087
Adult Rhythm Tap
Dancers master tap vocabulary and technique in classes which emphasize the development of musicality and exploration of a full range of styles.
Adult Tap: CE-DANCE 2014
Thurs., Jan. 2-Mar. 13 (skip 2/20), 7:00-8:00 pm. #14088
Adult Tap 1: CE-DANCE 2014
Sat., Jan. 4-Mar. 15 (skip 2/22), 1:00-2:00 pm. #14089
Dancers explore choreography methods and skills to begin to create their own work.
Choreography Lab: CE-DANCE 2030
Wed., Jan. 8-Mar. 26 (skip 2/19), 6:00-7:30 pm. #14090
All courses held at the Family YMCA at Tarrytown.
Reconfirm class schedules and requirements prior to registration.
www.ymcatarrytown.org/dance; 914-631-4807 x 32
NEW! Private Music Lessons for Adults
We now offer private lessons for adults. Register for 10 weekly lessons per semester; each lesson is one hour. Individual lesson times, starting/ending dates, and locations will be determined between instructors and students on an individual basis. Call Dean Morville at 914-606-8890 for information and to register.
CE-MUSIC 2056, days and times TBA, $600.
Classical Piano faculty: MiWon Goldsmith
Jazz/Improv/Pop Piano faculty: Serge Volpe
Guitar faculty: Sam Raderman
Voice faculty: Valerian Ruminski and Martha Mechalakos
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., Jan. 25-Feb. 8,10:00 am-12:00 noon, $65. S Purcell. #13955
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., Jan. 16-Mar. 20, 7:15-9:15 pm, $175 (+ $45 for Book 1 and companion CD, payable to instructor). #13815
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2015, 10 Tues., Jan. 14-Mar. 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, $175 (+ $55 for Book 2 and companion double CD set, payable to instructor). #13816
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., Jan. 14-Mar. 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $175 (+ $30 materials fee, payable to instructor). M Lorusso. #13817
Piano for Adults
Individualized and group instruction. Access to a piano is required; practice outside of class time necessary.
10 Thurs., Jan. 16-Mar. 20, Room TBD, T Reardon.
Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2005, 6:00-7:30 pm, $175 (+ textbook). #13970
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2020, 7:30-9:00 pm (prerequisite: Beginner or equivalent experience), $175 (+ textbook). #13971
Advanced: CE-MUSIC 2018, 10 Wed., Jan. 15-Mar. 19, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $195 (+ textbook). #13972