The Performing Arts
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A collaboration between Westchester Community College and Rivertown Dance Academy
Rivertown Dance Academy, located at the TTUMC Arts Center in Tarrytown, provides excellence in dance education without cultural or financial barriers. A comprehensive schedule offers a curriculum in ballet, modern, tap, and jazz dance taught by faculty with extensive teaching, performing, and academic credentials. Individual placement classes and regular progress reports are all part of a Rivertown Dance Academy education.
All classes meet for 10 sessions, are $213, and meet at the TTUMC Arts Center in Tarrytown.
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, 10 Mon., Sept. 9-Nov. 18 (skip 10/14), 6:45-8:15 pm. #87566
Adult Ballet 2 & 3: For intermediate to advanced dancers: a 45-minute barre, followed by center work.
CE-DANCE 2008, 10 Wed., Sept. 4-Nov. 6, 9:00-10:30 am. #87567
Open Level Adult Ballet:
CE-DANCE 2043 10 Sat., Sept. 7-Nov. 9, 9:30-11:00 am. #87942
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 increasingly complex and intricate choreography.
Adult Jazz 1 & 2: CE-DANCE 2011, 10 Tues. Sept. 3-Nov. 5, 7:00-8:30 pm. #87568
Adult Jazz 2 & 3: CE-DANCE 2012, 10 Mon., Sept. 9-Nov. 18 (skip 10/14), 9:00-10:30 am. #87569
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.
CE-DANCE 2013, 10 Thurs., Sept. 5-Nov. 14 (skip 10/31), 6:30-8:00 pm. #87570
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–beginners welcome! Family Tap welcomes adults, their partners and/or their children who wish to explore tap dance together.
Sec. A: Adult Tap I/II: 10 Thurs., Sept. 5-Nov. 14 (skip 10/31), 7:30-8:30 pm. #87571
Sec. B: Open Level Family Tap: 10 Sat., Sept. 7-
Nov. 9, 9:00-9:45 am. #87572
Explore the fundamentals of hip-hop dance including isolation, rhythm, and improvisation or freestyle. The class draws on a fusion of dance styles including hip-hop, house, and West African dance. Students will practice body isolations that help develop personal style and freestyle. Students will learn new choreography each week. Each class will also include a (voluntary!) freestyle circle or cypher.
CE-DANCE 2047, 6 Sun., Sept. 22-Oct. 27, 5:00-7:00 pm, AAB-218, $150. J Green. #87839
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, 5 Sat., Sept. 21-Oct. 19, 2:00-3:00 pm, AAB-218, $60 (+ $15 optional fee for hip scarf, payable to instructor). S Everts. #87583
Gothic Belly Dance Workshop
This Halloween season experience a new side of belly dance like never before. Get ready as we combine basic belly dance steps, sharp hip movements and creepy arms. Get in touch with your dark side in this one of a kind spooky and eerie workshop.
CE-DANCE 2044, 1 Sat., Oct. 12, 3:15-5:15 pm, AAB-218, $25. S Everts. #87584
Holiday Belly Dance Workshop
Get in the holiday spirit with this festive workshop as we combine basic belly dance steps and belly dance to some joyful holiday music.
CE-DANCE 2045, 1 Sat., Dec. 14, 2:00-4:00 pm, AAB-218, $25. S Everts. #87585
Thriller Choreography Workshop
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. 19, 3:30-5:30 pm, AAB-218, $25. S Everts. #87586
Merengue, bachata, cumbia, salsa. No experience necessary; no partner required. Steps broken down to make it easy and comfortable for all to follow.
CE-DANCE 2003, 6 Sun., Sept. 22-Oct. 27, 10:00-11:30 am, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & A Akhu. #87317
Ballroom Dancing: Beginner to Intermediate
Dances include fox trot, waltz, tango, rumba, and cha-cha. No partner required. Steps broken down to make it easy and comfortable for all to follow.
CE-DANCE 2001, 6 Sun., Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 10:00-11:30 am, AAB-218, $130. F Elia & A Akhu. #87318
Ballet for Adults and Teens
Explore ballet’s foundations and learn the basics. Class sessions will include barre work, center floor, adagio, pirouettes, as well as 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 soft ballet slippers, tights, and leotard or leggings. For beginners and intermediates. For ages 14 and up.
CE-DANCE 2000, 10 Sun., Sept. 15-Nov. 17, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, AAB-218, $225. I Kent. #87320
Acting & Theater
NEW! Improvisation Classes for Everyone
Your instructor, Greg Sullivan, is author of nine books on improvisation and has been teaching improv for over twenty years. He founded and performed with the troupe KLAATU and has been featured in three BACK STAGE cover stories and was a substitute teacher at HB Studio in Manhattan for many years.
Improv for Everyone
Improvisation is an essential skill for actors but for non-actors it is also a great way to meet smart, fun people and enjoy lots of laughs. Improv classes will enhance your public-speaking, creative and teamwork skills. Each class is organized, fast-paced and offers plenty of positive, supportive feedback.
CE-THEAT 2032, 5 Thurs., 7:00-9:00 pm. Room TBD. $110.
Sec. A: Sept. 26-Oct. 24. #87908
Sec. B: Nov. 7-Dec. 12 (skip 11/28). #87909
Improv for Kids
Our improvisation class for kids is a great way to build your child’s social skills and confidence. We teach teamwork, listening, and public-speaking skills while helping creativity blossom. Each 90-minute class is fun, organized and fast-paced. The instructor has also written Improv for Kids: 24 Wacky Games, a copy of which is provided for free to each student. Greg is a long-time improv instructor/performer and dad to an eleven year old. At the end of each term, the students will put on an improv performance for family and friends. Recommended for children ages 10-14. A parent is required to attend each class.
CE-THEAT 2033, 6 Sat., Oct. 5-Nov. 9, 9:00-10:30 am, Room TBD, $125. #87912
Improv for Singles:
Join us for a new kind of single’s mixer! Looking for a fun, social event? Hoping to make new friends? Or just need some more laughs in your daily life? Try our monthly improvisation get togethers which alternate between Friday and Saturday nights. Improv is easy to learn, a fine way to flex your creative muscles and provides lots of laughs. Light snacks and beverages are provided. Greg keeps the evening moving along at a comfortable pace and adds positive feedback along the way.
CE-THEAT 2034, 8:00-10:00 pm. KNC-5.
$20 per section.
Sec. A: Fri., Sept. 13. #87914
Sec. B: Sat., Oct. 5. #87915
Sec. C: Fri., Nov. 1. #87916
Sec. D: Sat., Dec. 7. #87917
Play on Words: Playwriting Workshop
Playwriting is action. The writing jumps from the page to the stage and engages audiences in the moment. Come learn from award winning playwright, Gabrielle Fox, in a safe and fun environment. Writers will work on the basic structure of a play starting with short scenes and continuing on to larger works. All writing levels welcome and encouraged! Actors will attend the last session so writers can hear their words read out loud by theatre professionals. A public reading of selected work will scheduled in Spring 2020. For more information, visit www.GabrielleFoxWrites.com
CE-THEAT 2008, 6 Tues., 7:00-9:00 pm, KNC-4, $195. G Fox.
Sec. A: Sept. 3-Oct. 8. #87793
Sec. B: Oct. 22-Nov. 26. #87794
Acting in the Afternoon, Part 1
We will 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., Nov. 5-Dec. 10, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-2, $120. S Courtney. #87515
Acting Fun-damentals is for beginning actors or actors looking to strengthen the foundational skills of the craft. Drawing from a fusion of acting traditions, including improvisation, Meisner, and sensory work, students will focus on being truthful under imaginary circumstances and learn the art of listening (beat for beat) for rehearsal or performance.
CE-THEAT 2030, 6 Wed., Sept. 18-Oct. 23, 7:00-9:30 pm, AAB-512, $180. J Green. #87840
Intermediate Acting Technique
This course builds on beginner level skills and takes the student to the next level of their craft. Taking a holistic approach, which mixes the modalities of the beginner level along with a non-traditional approach to self-discovery for a whole performance.
CE-THEAT 2031, 6 Mon., Sept. 16-Oct. 21, 7:00-9:30 pm, AAB-304, $180. J Erick. #87892
Acting & Playwriting Workshops at the Axial Theatre
A collaboration between Westchester Community College and 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.
For more information on classes, please go to HMActing.org.
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.
CE-THEAT 2002, 6 Tues., 7:00-9:00 pm, $265. D Gill.
Sec. A: Sept. 10-Oct. 15. #87550
Sec. B: Nov. 5-Dec. 10. #87551
Basic Acting Technique for Adults
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 senses and imagination and are practiced individually and in groups. Monologues
and scenes are integrated as new exercises continue to be introduced. Choose 6 or
CE-THEAT 2001, 6 Wed., Sept. 11-Oct. 16, 7:30-10:30 pm, $245. R Jones. #87552
CE-THEAT 2000, 12 Wed., Sept. 11-Dec. 4 (skip 10/30) 7:30-10:30 pm, $395. R Jones. #87553
Intermediate Technique and Scene Study for Adults
Start each class with a relaxation exercise that creates a sensitive awareness of the body
and opens up your imagination. Learn how to build a believable character by taking risks and making choices. Refine your technique on stage in scenes and monologues. (Only offered for
CE-THEAT 2029, 12 Tues., Sept. 10-Dec. 3 (skip 10/29), 7:30-10:30 pm, $395. R Jones. #87554
Music Composition for Beginners
Learn how to create a melody line from a small cluster of notes and determine how melody lines can be created through rhythmic and harmonic patterns. Explore how harmony and rhythm are used to create and ease tension, and keep the piece moving. Learn to use dynamic and articulation markings. Many of these concepts will be played live in class to clarify these principles.
CE-MUSIC 2088VA, 2 Tues., Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD , $50. D Perkis. #87599
Setting Lyrics to Music
Learn several techniques to emphasize important words and express their essence as they are set to music as lyrics. Each student will bring in one very short text or poem to work on. A keyboard will be available in class so we can hear each other’s work.
CE-MUSIC 2095VA, 2 Tues., Dec. 3 & 10, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $50. D Perkis. #87922
Music calligraphy allows amateur and professional composers to write music without the use of a computer. Learn techniques for legible writing on staff/score paper, including notes, clefs, rests, accidentals, beaming, lyrics, and more. Also covered will be setting up pages, measures on a staff/page the order of instruments and parts in a score, and how to make a page as readable as possible for other musicians and performers. Please bring a 6” ruler and No. 2 pencils with erasers.
CE-MUSIC 2077VA, 2 Mon., Nov. 25 & Dec. 2, 7:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, $45. T Williams. #87575
Finale: The Global Standard for Music Notation
Finale software allows you to arrange, compose, and notate sheet music for any genre. Learn to use Finale’s powerful notation, recording, editing, even orchestration and arranging capabilities. Topics covered include setup of vocal and keyboard scores, using instruments in sections, and creating orchestra scores. Create a simple lead sheet, vocal score, and optional instruments. Bring a laptop with latest version of Finale (2014 or V25).
CE-MUSIC 2080VA, 4 Mon., Oct. 28-Nov. 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, AAB-304, $75. T Williams. #87576
Music Theory for Dummies
A brief and simple crash course overview of the components of basic music theory: notation, pitch, staves, meter, intervals, scales, chords, keys, triads, harmony, and structural form. Listening skills include identifying basic chords and intervals. Basic sight singing involves using solfege and simple score reading while following notation.
CE-MUSIC 2071, 2 Mon., Sept. 16 & 23, 7:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, $40. T Williams. #87577
Music Sight Reading Made Easy
An introduction to reading music, with an emphasis on following notes by reviewing sheet music and scores. Includes identification of basic elements of music such as locating the melody, themes, or motives which can vary; “ordering” scores according to instrument families; and examining structural forms including score reading across styles.
CE-MUSIC 2072, 2 Mon., Oct. 14 & 21, 7:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, $40. T Williams. #87578
Learn to read music and play a melody together with a bass line. Discover shortcuts that can save you time. Bring a guitar to class. If questions about type of guitar, please contact the instructor at 914-235-5676. 10 sessions. J Lorusso.
Beginning: CE-MUSIC 2001, Thurs., Sept. 12-Nov. 14, 7:30-9:30 pm, AAB-104, $210
(+ $45 for Book One payable to instructor). #87893
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2015, Mon., Sept. 16-Nov. 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, AAB-104, $210
(+ $55 for Book 2 payable to instructor). #87894
Advanced: CE-MUSIC 2081, Tues., Sept. 17-Nov. 19, 7:00-9:00 pm, AAB-104, $210
(+ $55 materials fee for Book Three,payable to instructor). #87895
Guitar is Fun
Always wanted to learn to play the guitar? Now is your chance! In the Beginner class, learn chords and strumming techniques. The Intermediate class is designed for those who have taken the Beginning class. Learn more chords and strumming techniques. In the Advanced class, we will 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., KNC-3. $80. D Moran.
Beginning: CE-MUSIC 2057VA, Oct. 29-Dec. 10, 1:30-2:30 pm. #87331
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2058VA, Sept. 10-Oct. 22, 1:30-2:30 pm. #87334
Advanced: CE-MUSIC 2066VA, Sept. 10-Oct. 22, 2:30-3:30 pm. #87333
Advanced Part 2: CE-MUSIC 2083VA, Oct. 29-Dec. 10, 2:30-3:30 pm. #87440
Piano is Fun
Add the joy of music to your life! The Beginning class is designed for those who have never played piano before. 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-3, $80 (+ textbook). D Moran.
Beginning: CE-MUSIC 2060VA, Oct. 29-Dec. 10. #87335
Advanced: CE-MUSIC 2067VA, Sept. 10-Oct. 22. #87441
Piano for Adults
Individualized and group instruction. Access to a piano and practice outside of class time are required.
$185 (+ $19 for textbook, payable to instructor), AAB-110. H Dutton.
Beginner: If you always wanted to play piano but never got around to it, this class is for you! Learn to read music and have fun with chords on familiar tunes. Each student will have a full size electric piano to play.
CE-MUSIC 2005, 10 Fri., Sept. 13-Nov. 15, 6:00-7:30 pm. #87592
Advanced Beginner: For students who have completed Beginner class or have knowledge of basic note reading.
CE-MUSIC 2062, 10 Fri., Sept. 13-Nov. 15, 7:30-9:00 pm. #87593
Intermediate: For students who have completed Advanced Beginner class or have musical note and chord reading skill.
CE-MUSIC 2020, 10 Thurs., Sept. 12-Nov. 14, 7:30-9:00 pm. #87594
Advanced Intermediate: For students with intermediate to advanced technique.
CE-MUSIC 2018, 10 Thurs., Sept. 12-Nov. 14, 6:00-7:30 pm. #87595