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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Fees/Tuition:
Class Fee: $575 (Dance)
Class Fee: $600 (Acting)
Costume Fee: $150/$190 (single dance class or double dance class, respectively.)
Registration Fee: $65 Includes Recital Video

You will receive an email confirmation detailing all costs!
Total fees will be paid over an 8 month period from September to April!

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Registration:
Register online or download registration and mail to Yorktown Stage, PO Box 877, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.  Credit cards are required for monthly billing.

Classes Begin:
Classes start on Monday, September 9.  Classes will be held weekly through May 22. In the event of snow, you will receive an email/text concerning our open/closed status. A calendar indicating dates when classes are closed due to holidays or school recesses will be emailed prior to each month.  Students are asked to arrive 5-10 minutes before the class to get ready.

Closed Class Schedule:
Classes will not be held on the following Holidays: (You will receive an email with the dates)
Rosh Hashanah Eve
Yom Kippur Eve
Columbus Day
Indigenous Peoples Day
Halloween
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Recess
Holiday Recess
Martin Luther Kings Day
Winter Recess
Spring Recess
Memorial Day

Terms:
Registration and costume fees will be paid over a 4 month period, September – December.
Class fees will be paid over an 8 month period, September – April.
A class may be canceled.  Monthly charges will cease the month following cancellation.
There will be no refunds of any fees at any time.
Each class will meet at least 30 times in the season.
A credit card will be required for monthly payments.

Mandatory Spring Recital Classes and Rehearsals:
Monday – Thursday, May 5-9. Classes will be held on the stage.
Monday – Thursday, May 19-22. Classes will be held on the stage.
Tuesday–Thursday, May 27–29, tech and dress rehearsals.

Mandatory Spring Recital Performances:
Friday, May 30 @ 7:00; and
Saturday, May 31 @ 2:00 pm.
Performances will be at Yorktown Stage.
Tickets will be available in January.

Teachers

Debbie Mellone (Hip Hop/Lyrical, Technique/Production, Tap/Jazz) been teaching dance for over 32 years. Debbie teaches a variety of dance classes including tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and tumbling. She has been teaching a competitive dance team for over 20 years. Debbie and her teams have attended many competitions and achieved many awards and placements. She is also certified to teach Zumba and Zumba for children. She currently teaches at a local gym and works with Yorktown’s town camps teaching Zumba and dance to the children at the camps. Debbie’s classes are filled with fun and structure but strives to get her students to their fullest potential.

Donna Scheer (Acting, Broadway). In 35+ years of teaching, Donna has been on the theatre and dance faculties of Long Island University CW Post and the State University of New York at New Paltz, the Director of the School for Performing Arts for National Dance Institute New Mexico in Santa Fe, and established a full dance program at Santa Fe High School. She has performed, directed and choreographed in regional theatres throughout the country. Her principal roles include those in major musicals (West Side Story), contemporary American drama (Angels in America: Perestroika), and Shakespeare (The Taming of the Shrew) as well as many others. Her choreography includes works in modern dance as well as musical theatre and has been seen in regional and stock theatres across the United States. She has directed or choreographed, among many others, Oklahoma, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, and A Little Night Music. She holds a BA in Theatre with a Dance Emphasis from Santa Clara University and an MA in Theatre from San Jose State University, and also studied at Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education with additional work in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero Program. She is a highly sought-after instructor for her extensive understanding of theatre and dance curriculum and teaching methodology.

Jenna Kelly has been dancing for 20 years and teaching ballet and jazz for the last 6 years. She studied at Dance for Joy for 12 years and holds a BFA in Dance and Performance from SUNY Brockport with a minor in English. She studied at American Academy of Ballet and Manhattan Youth Ballet Summer Intensives for 7 years. She has worked with Doug Varone and Dancers for 3 years at their Summer and Winter Workshops. She has worked with artists like Tammy Carrasco founder of WILD Beast Dance, Adam and Chelsea of Anatomiae Occultii, and Keith Johnson of Keith Johnson and Dancers, among others. She is excited to give all her students a strong foundation in ballet and create a safe and fun environment for them to express themselves.

Jenna Mastro trained at The Westchester Ballet Center for 10 years and has been teaching at YS Just Dance! since 2021. Jenna studied ballet, pointe, modern, tap, Broadway, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, Bollywood and Hawaiian and attended several WBC Summer Intensive programs. She was a member of Dance Theatre in Westchester which performed at Brooklyn College, West Point, the Yorktown Stage and The Paramount Hudson Valley. Jenna was a guest dance teacher for the Ossining Central School District’s Saturday Explore and Learn program for the Fall of 2022. Jenna was the dance instructor for several years at the Yorktown Stage Summer Camp and choreographed for the Yorktown HS Dance Company. Jenna is excited to share her love of dance in a structured, yet fun way, focused on technique, creativity and confidence.

Stefanie Mellone has been dancing for 17 years and teaching for over 5 years . Stefanie teaches a variety of different genres such as tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. She was a competitive dancer for 4 years. Stefanie has attended many competitions and achieved many different awards. Stefanie’s classes are all about having fun and letting your imagination run free on the dance floor giving her students the best experience possible. 

Class Description:

Advanced Ballet: Twice a week, 1 ½ hour class for those advancing in ballet. Ages 15-18.

Adult Ballet: Twice a week, 1 hour class for advanced beginner through professional dancers Welcome.

Beginner Ballet: One hour class for ages 6-10. Fun introduction to the magic of ballet.

BippityBop: Ballet based creative movement for ages 3-5. Fun and imaginative preparation for any form of dance. 45-minute class.

Broadway Dance: Starts with basic stretching, focusing on stretching our legs and hips. We will then move into basic across the floor activities including, leaps, chaînés and chassés. Throughout class we will focus on the dancers lines and making sure that the movements are executed to the best of the dancers abilities. Class will finish with a combination combining movements worked on.

Hip-Hop: A fun street style dance that is fast moving and high energy.

Intermediate Ballet: Twice a week, 1 ¼ hour class for ages 10-13.  Includes pre-pointe preparation and beginning pointe for those who are ready.

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet: Twice a week, 1 ½ hour class for those advancing in ballet. Ages 13-16

Jazz: Class covers all styles of jazz. Students learn isolations, combinations, turns and leaps through the utilization of various styles of jazz such as Contemporary, Lyrical, & Broadway. Class consists of Stretch and Strengthening during warm up, as well as dance combinations and progressions.

Lyrical: This class will focus on barre work and proper technique, placement and style of lyrical dance. Students will build a technical dance foundation for students new and old to lyrical.

Modern/Contemporary: This class will begin with a ballet warm-up focused on ballet technique and basic modern skills. Students will practice a variety of modern combinations and apply ballet technique to contemporary choreography.  A portion of each class is dedicated to floorwork and partnering.

Tap, Ballet: Introduction to movement and basic ballet and tap technique. This program helps to build a child’s development and confidence. Dancers will get a feel for all styles of dance.

Technique/Production: The technique portion of the class is the basic fundamentals of dance, from holding your body correctly while performing, to executing skills properly in a routine. The Production is the routine that they will perform in at our end of the year recital. For example, this class will be a part of the opening performance of our show.

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