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These are the types of classes that we offer throughout the year.
Not all classes will be offered in all locations. 
Exact benchmarks or class content may vary slightly. 
We reserve the right to adapt descriptions or learning benchmarks as needed.

Broadway Babies (ages 4-5)
Peanut performers will have a blast singing, dancing and moving as they explore theater appropriate to their age level. Our youngest actors discover movement, performance confidence, music, and dancing while building creativity and imagination through games and activities.
This age group is not eligible to audition for the session production. 


Little Rascals 1 (ages 6-7)
Let your imagination take flight into the world of theater through song, music and dance. The fun never stops in "Little Rascals" and includes theater basics while learning the foundations of performing in a safe, encouraging environment. We also take time for fun with games and crafts. Let your child take the spotlight!
This age group is not eligible to audition for the session production.


Little Rascals 2 (ages 6-7)
Pre-requisite: three Little Rascals classes
Now that you've mastered the basics of performing- it's time to take the next step! Learn how to prepare an audition for the big kids show and act like a character. Advanced singing, dancing and acting will have you headed down the road to Broadway.
This age group is not eligible to audition for the session production.
 
Musical Theater
For Kids

Musical Theater 1 for Kids (ages 9-12)
Pre-requisite: one dance class, one drama class, one voice class
Let your creativity take flight through dance, drama and singing. Jump into the magical world of musical theater by exploring dance choreography, vocal technique and how to portray a character. Become a triple threat through warm-ups, group activities, theater games and performance. By the end of class, you’ll be ready to take center stage and shine as one of the show-stoppers in the showcase!

Benchmarks:
  • Execute a series of basic vocal warm-up techniques when being prompted and guided by the instructor. Examples may include diaphragmatic breathing, lip trills, and scales incorporating various vowels and consonants.
  • Actively participate in group acting games and exercises that incorporate the body and voice, some of which focus on connecting with a single partner and others that focus on engaging an entire group.
  • Perform basic dance steps often incorporated into musical theatre choreography. Examples may include jazz squares, grapevine, step touches, step kicks, chine turns, step ball-changes, pivot turns, etc.
  • Engage their bodies and voices simultaneously through musical theatre numbers that call for them to act, sing, and dance.
  • Perform in a small group or ensemble musical theatre number from start to finish while beginning to show signs of confidence, focus, energy, and stage presence. 

Musical Theater 2 for Kids (ages 9-12)
Pre-requisite: one musical theater class; or three classes of dance, drama or voice
Take your singing, dancing and acting skills to the next level and be challenged while having a blast! Musical Theater II will explore a variety of popular styles in musical theater. Learn how to capture your audience when you sing a breathtaking ballad and how to keep your energy high while dancing in a big toe-tapping number. Everyone will get a chance to shine in high-energy small group numbers as well as show-stoppin’ ensemble numbers in our dynamic end-of-session showcase!

Benchmarks:
  • Execute a series of basic vocal warm-up techniques when prompted by the instructor. Examples may include diaphragmatic breathing, lip trills, and scales incorporating various vowels and consonants.
  • Effectively engage the voice and body while maintaining focus and commitment during acting games and exercises—whether engaging a single partner or a group.
  • Perform sequences of choreography with confidence and energy while striving for technical efficiency and fluidity.
  • Utilize the skills that they have learned in voice, dance, and acting training within the context of their musical theatre workshop pieces.
  • Perform in both small group and ensemble musical theatre numbers while showcasing a fair amount of technical efficiency, confidence, focus, energy, and stage presence.

For Teens

Musical Theater 1 for Teens (ages 12-18)
This class will help strengthen you as an actor, singer, and dancer while developing the confidence you need to succeed. We'll dive into some of your favorite musicals and tackle the numbers that you've just been dying to perform. You'll learn new techniques that will sharpen your skills, help you stand out at your next audition, and give you the confidence you need to take the spotlight.

Benchmarks:
  • Execute a thorough repertoire of vocal warm-up techniques when prompted and guided by the instructor.
  • Effectively engage the voice and body while maintaining focus and commitment during acting games and exercises whether engaging a single partner or a group.
  • Begin to tap into their personal life when playing a character in order to find the relevant emotional equivalents for people, places, and things that must have significant meaning attached to them.
  • Perform sequences of choreography with confidence and energy while striving for technical efficiency and fluidity.
  • Utilize the skills that they have learned in voice, dance, and acting training within the context of their musical theatre workshop pieces.
  • Perform in both small group and ensemble musical theatre numbers while showcasing a fair amount of technical efficiency, confidence, focus, energy, stage presence, and emotional honesty.

Musical Theater 2 for Teens (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two classes in dance, drama, voice or musical theater
Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity to sharpen your skills as a versatile actor, singer, and dancer. Get insight on musical theatre through the years and the differences between specific styles of shows and then showcase those differences in a variety of musical numbers and scenes. Gain new confidence, energy and emotional honesty while perfecting your performance technique. Explore solos, duets, small group scenes, and large ensemble numbers from a variety of genres. Get ready to broaden your horizons as a triple threat.

Benchmarks:
  • Execute a thorough repertoire of vocal warm-up techniques when prompted.
  • Effectively engage their scene partners with emotional honesty and technical efficiency.
  • Successfully tap into their personal life when playing a character in order to find the relevant emotional equivalents for people, places, and things that must have significant meaning attached to them. This applies to solos, duets, and scenes.
  • Execute all choreography within a musical theatre number with confidence and energy while maintaining technical efficiency and fluidity.
  • Utilize the skills that they have learned in voice, dance, and acting training within the context of their musical theatre numbers and scenes.
  • Perform solos, duets, small group scenes, and ensemble musical theatre numbers while showcasing strong technical efficiency, confidence, focus, energy, stage presence, and emotional honesty.

Musical Theater 3 for Teens (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two musical theater classes
All right, triple threats time to step out of the spotlight and jump into boot-camp! This class will challenge and stretch you in more ways than you ever thought possible in the realm of musical theatre. Get your solos and monologues in shape for auditions, your small group harmonies and dance technique ready for call backs, and your technique and approach ready for your dream role. This class is for serious performers only.

Benchmarks:
  • Execute a thorough repertoire of vocal warm-up techniques when prompted.
  • Effectively engage their scene partners with emotional honesty and technical efficiency.
  • Successfully tap into their personal life when playing a character in order to find the relevant emotional equivalents for people, places, and things that must have significant meaning attached to them.
  • This applies to solos, duets, and scenes. Execute all choreography within a musical theatre number with confidence and energy while maintaining technical efficiency and fluidity.
  • Perform solos, duets, small group scenes, and ensemble musical theatre numbers while showcasing strong technical efficiency, confidence, focus, energy, stage presence, and emotional honesty.
  • Complete a mock audition and call back process utilizing proper audition etiquette and technique while showcasing individuality and confidence. Perform a complete or extended musical theater showcase.

Musical Theater 10 for Teens: Musical Production (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two classes in dance, drama, voice, or musical theater and audition
This class is the first step to Broadway! Take your skills in dance, drama and voice and present a full length or extended musical theater production. Students will engage in a variety of opportunities from performance to production elements. If you're bound for stardom- this class is for you! Students will learn to complete an in-depth character analysis and incorporate in their performance. Participate in physicality, voice and character trait exercises. Perform group cohesion and team building games and activities. Assist with production aspects including props, sets, publicity, directing and costumes. Perform advanced songs and choreography in an extended showcase. Perform a full length or extended musical script.

 
Voice
For Kids

Voice 1 for Kids (ages 8-12)
Whether you sing in your church choir, along with Rock Band, or just in the shower, singing can be fun!  Learn how to put those pipes to use with good technique and style. In this interactive class students will learn the fundamental concepts and training of the voice. Learn proper posture and breathing techniques, phrasing and how to stay on pitch.

Benchmarks:
  • Identify the function of the diaphragm
  • Describe the vocal instrument, ie: how it works from diaphragm to producing sound
  • Demonstrate proper posture
  • Identify and demonstrate 6-8 proper warm up techniques
  • Identify and demonstrate proper breathing technique
  • Identify and describe use of diction and articulation when singing
  • Describe and demonstrate staying on pitch, how to not go flat or sharp when singing pitches
  • Identify and demonstrate phrasing
  • Identify different sensory elements that create a mood, emotion or idea in a musical selection
  • Prepare and perform two music selections using techniques learned in class

Voice 2 for Kids (ages 8-12)
Pre-requisite: one voice class
Take your vocal expertise to the next level and explore analyzing your character and how they would deliver a song. Whether you want to perform Bubble-gum pop, sweeping ballads or country blue grass, these techniques will strengthen your voice and performances. Incorporate acting/character skills in your songs and perform pitch-perfectly at showcase.

Benchmarks:
  • Review of Voice 1 Benchmarks
  • Identify different sensory elements that create a mood, emotion or idea in a musical selection
  • Develop character backgrounds on songs that are being prepared
  • Discuss and demonstrate stage presence and acting through song
  • Prepare and perform two music selections using technique learned throughout class

Voice 5 for Kids (ages 8-12)
Learn to sing a new song, read a new rhythm with sheet music! Embark on a journey into the land of reading music and sight-singing! This class will outline the fundamentals of music by identifying and teaching note values, pitches, the difference between melody and harmony and how to read music symbols. Learn how to identify Italian music terms and to accurately read and write rhythm patterns.  Through this class become a better sight-reader and more comfortable in all types of musical genres.

Benchmarks:
  • Identify time signatures and key signs
  • Identify and describe treble clef, bass clef, and a staff of music
  • Identify, describe and demonstrate note values (whole note, half note, eighth note)
  • Use various pieces of music to sight-read accurately; repeating this skill weekly
  • Indentify and describe tempo and dynamic levels
  • Identify melody and harmony in a given piece
  • Translate common (basic) Italian tempos, dynamics, and articulation into English (forte, cresendo, allegro)
  • Echo and read accurately rhythm patterns
  • Sing melodies accurately and expressively from a written score in treble clef.
  • Identify melody and harmony in a given piece
  • Identify notes on a piano by referring to a piece of music
 
For Teens

Voice 1 for Teens (ages 12-18)
Tackle one of the three pillars of musical theater in this introductory voice class. Explore how to find your vocal instrument and raise your voice with skill and precision. Phrasing, breathing, diction, and articulation will all help you make your voice performance ready.

Benchmarks:
  • Identify the function of the diaphragm
  • Describe the vocal instrument, ie: how it works from diaphragm to producing sound
  • Demonstrate proper posture
  • Identify and demonstrate 6-8 proper warm up techniques
  • Identify and demonstrate proper breathing technique\
  • Describe and demonstrate staying on pitch, how to not go flat or sharp when singing pitches
  • Identify and demonstrate phrasing
  • Identify and describe use of diction and articulation when singing
  • Identify different sensory elements that create a mood, emotion or idea in a musical selection
  • Prepare and perform two music selections using techniques learned throughout class

Voice 2 for Teens (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: one voice class, one musical theater class
Challenge yourself with this higher level of vocal instruction. You will explore developing your character through song with staying true to your vocal technique.

Benchmarks:
  • Review of Voice 1 Benchmarks
  • Describe and demonstrate solfege and how it is used to sight read music
  • Identify different sensory elements that creat a mood, emotion or idea in a musical selection
  • Discuss and demonstrate stage presence and acting through song
  • Discuss and demonstrate character acting through a song; a change in vocal pitch or pattern to demonstrate character
  • Develop character backgrounds on songs that are being prepared
  • Prepare and perform three music selections using techniques learned throughout course

Voice 3 for Teens: Duets and Harmonies (ages 12-18)
Harmonize together! This class breaks down the process of harmonizing with another vocalist. Learn solfege, blending, character relationships and creating basic chords within a duet or trio!

Benchmarks:
  • Review of Voice I and II Benchmarks – proper posture, breathing, articulation
  • Describe and demonstrate solfege and how it is used to sight read music
  • Listen for and demonstrate blending within a duet or trio
  • Create harmonies by identifying the Root, the 3rd and the 5th of given chords; progressing to more developed chords and more complex harmonies
  • Demonstration character relationships between characters in duet or trio
  • Prepare 1-2 duets or trios incorporating techniques learned throughout course

Voice 4 for Teens: Choral (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: one voice class
Choral music has existed for centuries and is one of the best ways to enhance your ear training and knowledge of music. In this class learn to sing more advanced choral pieces ranging from Baroque choral pieces to Broadway show-stoppers to American Spirituals.

Benchmarks:
  • Identify soprano, alto, tenor and bass lines in music
  • Describe and demonstrate solfege and how it is used to sight read music
  • Listen for and demonstrate blending within group singing
  • Demonstrate singing 2-4 part harmony
  • Create harmonies by identifying the Root, the 3rd and the 5th of given chords; progressing to more developed chords and more complex harmonies
  • Locate repeated patterns throughout music in your own voice part as well as other voice parts.
  • Demonstrate proficient articulation and diction
  • Identify and deomstrate the following: catch breathing, group dynamics, counter melody, Italian tempo, dynamic, and articulation markings
  • Describe the role of a conductor and identify their gestures
  • Prepare and perform 2-3 choral pieces, ranging in theme, voice parts, and musical genre.

Voice 5 for Teens: Sight-Singing (ages 12-18)
Learn to sing a new song, read a new rhythm with sheet music! Embark on a journey into the land of reading music and sight-singing! This class will outline the fundamentals of music by identifying and teaching note values, pitches, the difference between melody and harmony and how to read music symbols. Learn how to identify Italian music terms and to accurately read and write rhythm patterns.  Through this class become a better sight-reader and more comfortable in all types of musical genres.

Benchmarks:
  • Identify time signatures and key signs
  • Identify and describe treble clef, bass clef, and a staff of music
  • Identify, describe and demonstrate note values (whole note, half note, eighth note)
  • Use various pieces of music to sight-read accurately; repeating this skill weekly
  • Describe melodic movement – upward, downward, steps, skips
  • Indentify and describe tempo and dynamic levels
  • Identify melody and harmony in a given piece
  • Translate common (basic) Italian tempos, dynamics, and articulation into English (forte, cresendo, allegro)
  • Echo, read and write accurately rhythm patterns
  • Sing melodies accurately and expressively from a written score in at least one clef.
  • Identify melody and harmony in a given piece
  • Distinguish between major and minor keys
  • Identify notes on a piano by referring to a piece of music

Voice 9 for Teens: Specialties (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two voice classes
Love singing different styles of music?  Then this is the class for you!  Offered multiple times throughout the year, the focus of this class will change from session to session.  We will offer specific forms of vocal music, such as: Jazz, Blues, Worship, Country, Folk, International, Project Chorale Prep and more!  Class will focus on one specific style.

Benchmarks:
  • Research the period and history of selected genre of vocal music
  • Distinguish the specifics of this style as it relates to: lyrics used, mood, articulation style, dynamics, structure of song, storyline
  • If Project Chorale Prep, refer to Voice 10 Benchmarks as well and prepare accordingly.
  • Identify and demonstrate the following: catch breathing, group dynamics, counter melody, Italian tempo, dynamic, and articulation markings
  • Demonstrate proficient articulation and diction
  • Discuss and demonstrate stage presence and acting through song
  • Select 2-3 choral pieces of music or specific duets and solos to perform.

Voice 10 for Teens: Project Chorale (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two voice classes and audition
Set the bar higher and strengthen your vocal technique with this 3 session vocal class. The goal of PC is to elevate the quality of vocal training in CYT by creating a community of dedicated students and teachers who want to use their talents to glorify God through the art form of various choral styles. You will continue challenging music from each session while adding in more pieces in preparation for performances, including their collaborative performance with Project Dance at the end of the year.
Dance

For Kids

Dance 1 for Kids (ages 8-12)
5, 6, 7, 8! It's time to get up and dance! Step up to all the basic techniques that will prepare you to take on any form of dance. Beyond the standard ballet positions you'll learn how to chasse, channe, pirouette, kick, leap, and more. Whether you want to learn Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, or Ballroom, this class will give you the foundation you’ll need to succeed.

Benchmarks:
  • Understand and articulate the principles of dance, including grace, fluidity, discipline, strength, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute basic dance technique, including the following steps: Plie, releve, tendu, degage, ronde de jamb, battement, pique, chasse, outside pirouette, pique turn, channe turn, split leap, saute, change mots, pas de boure, balance, arabesque, attitude, positions of the arms and feet, grape vine, lindy, pivot turn, flap, shuffle, ball change, buffalo, cramp roll, and single time step.
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one's center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Pick up basic dance combinations and execute them from memory

Dance 2 for Kids: Jazz and Tap (ages 8-12)
Alright, dancers it's time to leap through Broadway's most popular forms of dance: Jazz and Tap. Kick up your knowledge of dance as you master more intermediate steps all the while strengthening your foundation in basic technique. Learn how to do drags, pencil turns, fan kicks, toe touches, paradiddles, riffs, pull backs, maxi-fords, and much, much more. This class will have a major focus on style as we will explore the differences between classic and contemporary and everything in between. Jazz and Tap shoes are required.

Benchmarks:
  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute beginner/intermediate dance technique, including the following Jazz steps: Plie, releve, tendu, degage, ronde de jamb, battement, pique, chasse, pas de boure, balance, outside pirouette, inside pirouette, pique turn, channe turn, split leap, stag leap, arabesque, attitude, positions of the arms and feet, grape vine, lindy, pivot turn, drag, pencil turn, triplet step, layout, fan kick, isolations, consecutive kicks to the front, side, and back
  • Execute beginner/intermediate dance technique, including the following Tap steps: Flaps, shuffles, flap ball changes, shuffle ball changes, running flaps, rolling shuffles, buffalos, cramp rolls, irishes, riffs, paradiddles, maxi-fords, flap turns, flap heel-heels, time steps single, double,and triple
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one's center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Demonstrate memorized Jazz and Tap combinations with a strong sense of technique, style, confidence, and personality

Dance 3 for Kids: Hip Hop and Modern (ages 8-12)
Explore two of the most popular forms of dance: Hip Hop and Modern. You will be stretched and challenged in this class as we continue to expand our knowledge and ability. Your creativity through dance will help us focus on technique, strength, control, flexibility, musicality, and style of Modern dance followed by funky fresh steps from the latest Hip Hop fads. We will spend a lot of time both on the ground and in the air…so get ready to let go! Gym shoes are required.

Benchmarks:
  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, flexibility, musicality, and style
  • Execute beginner/intermediate dance technique, including the following steps: Plie, releve, tendu, degage, ronde de jamb, battement, pique, chasse, pas de boure, balance, outside pirouette, inside pirouette, pique turn, channe turn, split leap, stag leap, arabesque, attitude, positions of the arms and feet, grand jete, tour jete, prance, walk, run, fan kick, pencil turn, drag, and lay-out 
  • Execute beginner/intermediate Hip Hop technique, including the following steps: Isolations, hip hop walks, pop n’ lock, body rolls, top rock, six step, slides, freestyle
  • Execute beginner/intermediate floor work, including the following movements: various types of rolls, bends, contractions, and spins
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; using focus; controlling a movement verses letting it go
  • Demonstrate memorized Hip Hop and Modern combinations and routines with a strong sense of technique, style, confidence, and personality

Dance 4 for Kids: Ballet and Lyrical (ages 8-12)
Ready for a challenge? This class will be sure to keep your mind and body active from start to finish! Put your knowledge, skills and eye for precision to the test. You’ll learn classical steps like glissades, assembles, pas de chevals, and tour jetes,   Ballet shoes and Lyrical Sandals or Paws are optional for Lyrical.     

Benchmarks:
  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute beginner/intermediate Ballet technique, including the following steps: Plie, releve, tendu, degage, ronde de jamb, battement, pique, chasse, pas de boure, balance, outside pirouette, inside pirouette, pique turn, channe turn, saute, split leap, stag leap, arabesque, attitude, positions of the arms and feet, glissade, jete, assemble, pas de cheval, grand jete, tour jete, tarantella, pas de basque
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Demonstrate memorized Ballet and Lyrical combinations and routines with a strong sense of technique, style, confidence, and personality

Dance 5 for Kids: Partner Dance (ages 8-12)
Pre-requisite: one dance class
What's more fun than dancing? Dancing with a partner! This class will teach you the basic skills of partnering that apply to all forms and styles of dance. Discover what it means to hold your center and maintain your side of the frame. You'll learn how to do supported poses, dips, turns, and spins; whether you're dancing with a girl OR a guy! And most importantly, we will focus on developing a strong sense of trust and commitment so that you can always approach a new partner with confidence.  Jazz shoes and Character shoes are recommended.

Benchmarks:
  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, trust, and give-and-take with a partner
  • Demonstrate basic partnering skills, such as holding their center, maintaining a consistent frame with their partners, being sensitive to their partners’ needs, adjusting and adapting to each new partner they dance with
  • Execute basic partnering steps, such as various supported turns, spins, jumps, leaps, poses, dips, and simple lifts with multiple partners

Dance 6 for Kids: Dance Styles (ages 8-12)
Up for a challenge? Take a whirlwind tour through the world of dance. This class focuses on discovering many different styles of dance, learning a new discipline each week. Styles may include Hip Hop, Bollywood, Modern, Interpretive, Ballet, African, Musical Theater, Fosse, Jazz, Latin and others. Be ready to get your grove on in this fast paced tour through creative styles of dance and movement.
 


For Teens

Dance 1 for Teens (ages 12-18)
5, 6, 7, 8! It's time to get up and dance! Step up to all the basic techniques that will prepare you to take on any form of dance. Beyond the standard ballet positions you'll learn how to chasse, channe, pirouette, kick, leap, and more. Whether you want to learn Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, or Ballroom, this class will give you the foundation you'll need to succeed.

Benchmarks:
  • Understand and articulate the principles of dance, including grace, fluidity, discipline, strength, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute basic dance technique, including the following steps: Plie, releve, tendu, degage, ronde de jamb, battement, pique, chasse, outside pirouette, pique turn, channe turn, split leap, saute, change mots, pas de boure, balance, arabesque, attitude, positions of the arms and feet, grape vine, lindy, pivot turn, flap, shuffle, ball change, buffalo, cramp roll, and single time step
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Pick up basic dance combinations and execute them from memory
  • Perform various audition combos with elements of confidence, poise, and personality

Dance 2 for Teens: Jazz and Tap (ages 12-18)
Alright, dancers it's time to leap through Broadway's most popular forms of dance: Jazz and Tap. Kick up your knowledge of dance as you master more intermediate steps—all the while strengthening your foundation in basic technique. Learn how to do drags, pencil turns, fan kicks, toe touches, paradiddles, riffs, pull backs, maxi-fords, and much, much more. This class will have a major focus on style as we will explore the differences between classic and contemporary and everything in between. Jazz and Tap shoes are required.

Benchmarks:
  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute intermediate dance technique, including the following Jazz steps: Plie, releve, tendu, degage, ronde de jamb, battement, pique, chasse, pas de boure, balance, outside pirouette, inside pirouette, pique turn, channe turn, split leap, stag leap, arabesque, attitude, positions of the arms and feet, grape vine, lindy, pivot turn, drag, pencil turn, triplet step, layout, fan kick, isolations, consecutive kicks to the front, side, and back
  • Execute intermediate dance technique, including the following Tap steps: Flaps, shuffles, flap ball changes, shuffle ball changes, running flaps, rolling shuffles, buffalos, cramp rolls, irishes, riffs, paradiddles, maxi-fords, flap turns, flap heel-heels, time steps - single, double, and triple
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Demonstrate memorized Jazz and Tap combinations with a strong sense of technique
  • Perform two routines—one Jazz and one Tap—while demonstrating appropriate levels of technique, confidence, style, and personality

Dance 3 for Teens: Hip Hop and Modern (ages 12-18)
Explore two of the most popular forms of dance: Hip Hop and Modern. You will be stretched and challenged in this class as we continue to expand our knowledge and ability. Your creativity through dance will help us focus on technique, strength, control, flexibility, musicality, and style of Modern dance, followed by funky fresh steps from the latest Hip Hop fads. Another emphasis of the class will be exploring the interpretation of a piece on an emotional level. We will spend a lot of time both on the ground and in the air…so get ready to let go! Gym Shoes are required.


Dance 4 for Teens: Ballet and Lyrical (ages 12-18)
Ready for a challenge? This class will be sure to give your mind and your body a great workout! Be prepared for some major stylistic differences when it comes to learning both Ballet and Hip Hop in the same class. You’ll learn classical steps like glissades, assembles, pas de chevals, and tour jetes! Ballet shoes and Lyrical Sandals or Paws are optional for Lyrical.     
  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, flexibility, musicality, style, and interpretation
  • Execute intermediate dance technique, including the following steps: Plie, releve, tendu, degage, ronde de jamb, battement, pique, chasse, pas de boure, balance, outside pirouette, inside pirouette, pique turn, channe turn, split leap, stag leap, arabesque, attitude, positions of the arms and feet, grand jete, tour jete, prance, walk, run, fan kick, pencil turn, drag, and lay-out 
  • Execute intermediate Hip Hop technique, including the following steps: Isolations, hip hop walks, pop n’ lock, body rolls, top rock, six step, slides, freestyle
  • Execute intermediate floor work, including the following movements: various types of rolls, bends, contractions, and spins
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; using focus; controlling a movement verses letting it go; using breath; allowing the musicality of a piece to guide the emotional interpretation and physical commitment to the choreography 
  • Demonstrate memorized Hip Hop and Modern combinations with a strong sense of technique, style, confidence, and personality
  • Perform two contrasting routines with an emphasis on musical interpretation and emotional commitment while maintaining proper technique and use of breath
  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute intermediate Ballet technique, including the following steps: Plie, releve, tendu, degage, ronde de jamb, battement, pique, chasse, pas de boure, balance, outside pirouette, inside pirouette, pique turn, channe turn, saute, split leap, stag leap, arabesque, attitude, positions of the arms and feet, glissade, jete, assemble, pas de cheval, grand jete, tour jete, tarantella, pas de basque
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Demonstrate foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Demonstrate memorized Ballet and Lyrical combinations with a strong sense of technique
  • Perform two contrasting routines—one Ballet and one Lyrical—while demonstrating appropriate levels of technique, style, confidence, and personality

Dance 5 for Teens: Partner Dance - Ballroom/Swing (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two dance classes
Grab your partner and dance on over. This class will get you tear; it up in the middle of the dance floor with your partner in no time! Jump into basic skills of partnering that apply to all styles of Ballroom dance.  You’ll learn the basics of Foxtrot, Rumba, Salsa, Cha Cha, Swing, Tango, and more!  And most importantly, we will focus on developing a strong sense of trust and commitment so that you can always approach a new partner with confidence—no matter what song they’re playing.  Ballroom shoes or Character shoes are recommended.

Benchmarks:
  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, trust, and give-and-take with a partner
  • Demonstrate basic partnering skills, such as holding their center, maintaining a consistent frame with their partners, being sensitive to their partners' needs, adjusting and adapting to each new partner they dance with
  • Execute basic partnering steps within the context of each style of Ballroom, such as basic footwork, various supported turns, spins, poses, dips, and various lifts
  • Freestyle in each form of Ballroom covered, including Foxtrot, Rumba, Salsa, Cha Chat, Swing, Tango, etc.
  • Identify what form of Ballroom is appropriate for each song in a varied musical play list

Dance 6 for Teens: Dance Styles (ages 12-18)
Up for a challenge? Take a whirlwind tour through the world of dance. This class focuses on discovering many different styles of dance, learning a new discipline each week. Styles may include Hip Hop, Bollywood, Modern, Interpretive, Ballet, African, Musical Theater, Fosse, Jazz, Latin and others. Be ready to get your grove on in this fast paced tour through creative styles of dance and movement.


Dance 9 for Teens: Specialties (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two dance classes
Alright, so you know basic dance technique but you want to spice it up a bit? Then this is the class for you!  Offered multiple times throughout the year, the focus of this class will change from session to session. We will offer specific forms of dance that you don't see every day. Irish Step Dancing, Square Dancing, Break Dancing, African Dancing, Project Dance Prep and more. Class will focus on one specific style.


Dance 10 for Teens: Project Dance (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two dance classes and audition
For seasoned students, Project Dance is a 3 session progressive dance journey. Students will receive intense training in technique and raise the bar on their dance performance. The goal of PD is to elevate the quality of dance training in CYT by creating a community of dedicated students and teachers who want to use their talents to glorify God through the art form of various dance styles.  Students are encouraged to attend a summer Project Dance Camp offering workshops and a dance concert.

Benchmarks:
  • Create a class of 12 - 16 students
  • Provide extensive training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop or tap
  • Develop skills such as spins, leaps, across the floor, and proper dance posture
  • Showcase the progression of technique, not so much a completed routine performance
  • Encourage the use of mirrors, ballet bars and dance studios if available to classes
  • Instructors encouraged to sub for each other when needed providing a variety of training
  • Prepare and perform 2-3 routines per year to be selected for camp (not a competition)
  • Review and build on the progression of learned techniques and routines
  • Attend Project Dance Camp the summer following spring session
  • Attend specialized workshops to sharpen skills taught by all  CYT  PD and some guest instructors, work with all instructors to incorporate an all county choreographed piece performed the last day camp

For Kids

Drama 1 for Kids (ages 8-12)
Become a character from head to toe. Explore the building blocks of acting through creative movement, story enactment, theater games, imagination journeys and more! You'll be able to use your whole body, voice, and facial expressions to portray everything from a swashbuckling pirate to a oompa loompa. Create your character from scratch and perform in scenes like Chronicles of Narnia, Treasure Island, Little Princess, Alice in Wonderland, and more.

Benchmarks:
  • Learn to memorize a script
  • Introduce and execute dramatic auditions
  • Understand and integrate stage directions in blocking scenes
  • Introduce concepts of physicality, diction, vocal quality and facial expressions in creating a characterization
  • Present and build on teamwork through various exercises and theater games
  • Stretch imagination and creativity through theater games
  • Introduce concept of stage business and how to integrate into a performance

Drama 2 for Kids (ages 8-12)
Pre-requisite: one drama class
Take your acting skills to the next level in this challenging drama class. Build on previous experience and create authentic emotion, genuine relationships, engage in environment and build dramatic tension in scenes. Learn how to get into a character’s head and make it your own or build a character from scratch. Engage in a variety of dramatic styles of skits, plays and more. This class is a great opportunity to stop pretending and start acting!

Benchmarks:
  • Learn how to interpret different dramatic scripts.
  • Learn and engage in sensory/emotional recall in creating believable scenes.
  • Understand differences between portraying "stock characters" and creating new ones.
  • Incorporate environment, relationships, stage business and conflict resolution into performances.
  • Advanced group activities such as group cohesion and improv.
  • Discover approaches to creating a character including character analysis, character improv, open scenes, physicality exercises.

Drama 3 for Kids/Teens: One Act (ages 10-14)
Pre-requisite: two drama or musical theater classes and audition
Expand your characterization and delve deeper into the world of acting. Discover how to create a dynamic character and bring the story alive. Using improv, drama games, and open scenes, students will learn how to find a character arc, incorporate environment, make strong creative choices and use sensory recall in creative believable scenes. All will present a one act production at the end of the session using their new skills.

Benchmarks:
  • Students will be able to use open scenes in a variety of exercises.
  • Understand conflict, resolution and dramatic action and how to utilize them.
  • Present a longer dramatic production (one act) keep sustained interest, energy and creativity.
  • Learn and engage in sensory/emotional recall in creating believable scenes.
  • Analyze and critique their and classmates performances
  • Make clear choices in character traits and behaviors.

Drama 4 for Kids/Teens: Readers Theater (ages 10-14)
Grab your storytelling skills, imagination, and energy while discovering Readers Theater. Stretch your creative acting skills and use your voice to paint vivid pictures and characters. Work with your classmates to create an ensemble dramatic piece.

Benchmarks:
  • Students will discover and articulate the differences between traditional theater and readers theater.
  • Students will gain an appreciation for how fiction and nonfiction can be adapted to Reader's Theatre form for a variety of uses.
  • Students will gain an understanding of both visual and oral communication techniques and how they are effectively utilized in the Readers Theatre setting to bring literature "to life."
  • Students will learn the critical differences between Readers Theatre and conventional stage theatre: adaptable scripts; multiple genres of literature employed; minimal costuming and props needed; accessibility to special needs students; lack of memorization; etc.
  • Recognize and learn how to adapt texts for readers theater.
  • Understand and execute vocal inflection and pacing in readers theater.

For Teens

Drama 1 for Teens (ages 12-18)
Jump into the world of acting and drama. Build the foundation of all theatrical performances by learning how to build a character and approach a scene. You'll also delve into the history of theater and trace it's roots to modern day plays. Whether you're portraying Miley Cyrus or Abraham Lincoln, every student will be prepared to act like a character!

Benchmarks:
  • Analyze movement and sound (both vocal and non-vocal) choices used to communicate mood and character.
  • Combine physical shape, level, and/or facial expression to communicate theme, emotion, mood, and/or character dynamics.
  • Identify conflict in a drama (e.g., man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. nature, man vs. supernatural, man vs. society).
  • Differentiate between improvisation and scripted drama.
  • Evaluate the choice of setting and character used in a drama.
  • Identify the message, theme, and purpose of a drama.
  • Analyze how different emotions affect an actor’s movement, facial expression, posture, walk, and gestures.
  • Recognize and articulate the historical roots of drama and its various forms throughout the years.

Drama 2 for Teens: Monologues and Scenes (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: one drama class
It's time to take the spotlight in your acting. Focus on portraying a believable, interesting character through a monologue. Learn to select and prepare pieces that are just right for your skills and talents. You'll get the chance to perfect and polish both a dramatic and comedic monologue and/or scene,  as well as focusing on dramatic audition fundamentals.

Benchmarks:
  • Learn how to select and cut dramatic monologues.
  • Practice monologues multiple times, and receive feedback for improvement. 
  • Learn proper placement, blocking and movement in performing a monologue.
  • Learn how to analyze flow, internal thoughts and story structure in a monologue.
  • Critique classmates performances.
  • Learn how to select a monologue or scene for different genres of productions/characters.
  • Focus on diction, vocal quality, breathing and emotion in a monologue.

Drama 2 for Teens: Monologues and Scenes (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: one drama class
It's time to take the spotlight in your acting. Focus on portraying a believable, interesting character through a monologue or scene. Learn to select and prepare pieces that are just right for your skills and talents. You'll get the chance to perfect and polish both a dramatic and comedic monologue and/or scene, as well as focusing on dramatic audition fundamentals.

Benchmarks:
  • Learn how to select and cut dramatic monologues.
  • Practice monologues multiple times, and receive feedback for improvement.  
  • Learn proper placement, blocking and movement in performing a monologue.
  • Learn how to analyze flow, internal thoughts and story structure in a monologue.
  • Critique classmates performances.
  • Learn how to select a monologue or scene for different genres of productions/characters.
  • Focus on diction, vocal quality, breathing and emotion in a monologue.

Drama 3 for Kids/Teens: One Act (ages 10-14)
Pre-requisite: two drama or musical theater classes and audition
Expand your characterization and delve deeper into the world of acting. Discover how to create a dynamic character and bring the story alive. Using improv, drama games, and open scenes, students will learn how to find a character arc, incorporate environment, make strong creative choices and use sensory recall in creative believable scenes. All will present a one act production at the end of the session using their new skills.

Benchmarks:
  • Students will be able to use open scenes in a variety of exercises.
  • Identify dramatic structure (exposition, rising action, climax, conflict/resolution.)
  • Present a longer dramatic production (1 act) keep sustained interest, energy and creativity.
  • Learn and engage in sensory/emotional recall in creating believable scenes.
  • Analyze and critique their and classmates performances
  • Make clear choices in character traits and behaviors.
  • Incorporate vocal techniques of volume and clarity and physical techniques of poise, posture, facial expression, and eye contact to create a character.

Drama 4 for Kids/Teens: Readers Theater (ages 10-14)
Grab your storytelling skills, imagination, and energy while discovering Readers Theater. Stretch your creative acting skills and use your voice to paint vivid pictures and characters. Work with your classmates to create an ensemble dramatic piece.

Benchmarks:
  • Students will discover and articulate the differences between traditional theater and readers theater.
  • Students will gain an appreciation for how fiction and nonfiction can be adapted to
  • Reader's Theatre form for a variety of uses.
  • Students will gain an understanding of both visual and oral communication techniques and how they are effectively utilized in the Reader's Theatre setting to bring literature "to life."
  • Students will learn the critical differences between Reader's Theatre and conventional stage theatre: adaptable scripts; multiple genres of literature employed; minimal costuming and props needed; accessibility to special needs students; lack of memorization; etc.
  • Recognize and learn how to adapt texts for readers theater.
  • Understand and execute vocal inflection and pacing in readers theater.

Drama 5 for Teens: Accents & Dialects/Voice & Diction (ages 12-18)
Unlock the voice of your character and broaden your acting abilities. You'll be able to portray every accent from a British gentleman to a Southern belle. Advanced skills will include proper vocal placement, diction, breathing, articulation, inflection and more.

Benchmarks:
  • Students will be able to produce a variety of accents including proper British, Cockney, New York, Southern, German, and others
  • Students will learn how to create a "character voice."
  • Learn proper vocal placement, resonance, and diction.
  • Practice a variety of vocal "styles" including newscaster, character, storyteller and others.

Drama 6 for Teens: Acting Approaches (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two drama classes
Stanislavsky. Adler. Hagen. Meisner. Shurtleff. Lugering. There are many methods of acting, and each one has valuable tools and techniques for actors to incorporate. Learn what the masters have to say about journaling, emotional preparation, sense memory, repetition, the 12 guideposts, and physical properties. This class will provide a variety of applicable approaches to analyzing a script, embracing your character, preparing to go on stage, and being in the moment.

Benchmarks:
  • Identify the major acting methods covered in the class, describe the principles of each one, and discuss the similarities and differences between them
  • Approach a script with any of the covered acting methods or a combination of methods in terms of analysis and execution of the text
  • Demonstrate a sound grasp of the techniques covered in the class through monologue work and scene work
  • Embrace techniques from various methods that resonate with them and incorporate them into their personal monologue work and scene work
  • Observe a scene or a monologue and identify what techniques were utilized to shape it and suggest other techniques that would help strengthen the piece

Drama 7 for Teens: Scene Study (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: three drama classes
Challenge yourself and your acting repertoire with this scene study class. Designed to prepare students to audition and perform in a Drama 10 Production, you'll be stretched and strengthened from all angles. Immerse yourself in a acting from character analysis to physicality. Practice and perfect cold reading techniques and discover how to engage your creativity. Discover how to analyze a scene and engage your senses in performing. Rehearse and perform scenes from a variety of classic theater and modern scripts.

Benchmarks:
  • Students will be able to use open scenes in a variety of exercises.
  • Present a longer dramatic scene and keep sustained interest, energy and creativity.
  • Learn and engage in sensory/emotional recall in creating believable scenes.
  • Make clear choices in character traits and behaviors.
  • Understand how to analyze a scene quickly and look for the story elements.
  • Practice cold reading techniques.
  • Learn how to create sustained dramatic tension or comedic timing through a scene.
  • Participate in physicality, voice and character trait exercises
  • Perform group cohesion and team building games and activities.
  • Understand and utilize acting skills to portray environment and relationship.
  • Perform a character based scene for showcase from a classic or modern play.
  • Invent a character based on personal experience or research.
  • Student direct a scene

Drama 8 for Teens: Meisner Method (ages 14-18)
Pre-requisite: three drama or musical theater classes
Required texts:  Sanford Meisner on Acting and Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actor’s Workbook
Okay, actors. Let's get real. We’ve all seen performances that gave us goose bumps and made us laugh and cry. How do they make it look so real? This class will not only answer that question but will teach you how to evoke the same reaction. Learn the principles of basic acting from a purely personal and realistic perspective. This technique will give you the tools to break bad habits, strip yourself free of artificiality, and embrace yourself and your scene partner completely. Welcome to the world of Sanford Meisner.

Benchmarks:
  • Actively listening to their scene partners.
  • Generate honest, instinctual reactions.
  • Live moment to moment through the reality of doing.
  • Observe two fellow actors engaged in a Meisner exercise and evaluate which principles they are successfully utilizing and which ones they still need to incorporate and further develop.
  • Verbally express the qualities of artificial acting and how the basics of the Meisner technique can lay the foundation for an authentic approach.

Drama 9 for Teens: Shakespeare (ages 14-18)
Pre-requisite: one drama class
To be, or not to be—that is the question. Come learn what it takes to be a Shakespearean actor. This class will tackle Shakespeare’s language and equip every actor to approach Shakespeare’s scripts with the proper knowledge and techniques. After laying the foundation through an intense, detailed script scoring process, we will approach Shakespeare’s language with specific acting techniques that will bring out the best in the text—and in you. Put your newfound skills to the test as we workshop monologues as well as scenes. After this class, you will never fear the great Bard again!

Benchmarks:
  • Score a Shakespeare monologue with proper scansion
  • Translate a Shakespeare monologue into contemporary language
  • Identify the beat transitions, words of emphasis, imagery, and alliteration in a Shakespeare monologue
  • Demonstrate clear comprehension, articulation, and projection of Shakespearean language
  • Incorporate variety in terms of vocal timber and tempo when delivering Shakespeare lines
  • Perform a memorized Shakespeare monologue and a memorized Shakespeare scene that reflects all of the above objectives

Drama 10 for Teens: Drama Production (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two drama classes and audition
Embark on an exciting acting challenge in advanced drama. Through producing an extended dramatic or comedic play, you'll discover how to create a in-depth character, engage in environment and create exciting scenes. Every cast member will have an important role in the production as an actor, as well as opportunities to assist with props, costumes, sets, publicity and directing. Past productions include Importance of Being Earnest, The Crucible, Play On, Midsummer Nights Dream, Wait Until Dark and The Matchmaker. This is an audition-only class with an additional fee requirements. Check confirmation for details.

Benchmarks:
  • Students will learn to complete an in-depth character analysis and incorporate in their performance.
  • Learn how to create sustained dramatic tension or comedic timing through a scene.
  • Identify "beats" in the script and build a character arc.
  • Participate in physicality, voice and character trait exercises
  • Perform group cohesion and team building games and activities.
  • Assist with production aspects including props, sets, publicity, directing and costumes.
  • Learn the importance of background including author research, period analysis and vocabulary.
  • Understand and utilize acting skills to portray environment and relationship.
  • Differentiate between vocal pitch, rate and volume in affecting articulation, meaning, and character.
  • Perform a full length or extended dramatic/comedic script.

For Kids

Improv 1 for Kids/Teens (ages 10-14)
Create drama, humor and stories on the spot. This class will give you the basic principles of improvisation and give you the confidence to embrace everything that is thrown at you when you don't have a script in your hands. Learn team building skills that will strengthen your ability to play with your partners on stage. In this class that solely focuses on short-form improv, you will learn how to live "in the moment" and confidently say "Yes!" to anything.

Benchmarks:
  • List basic improv terminology
  • Work within a cohesive ensemble of players
  • Establish the principles of location, relationship, and objective at the top of each new improv scene
  • Trust their fellow team members in group exercises and improv scenes
  • Confidently improvise onstage in front of an audience

Comedy 1 for Kids (ages 9-12)
Whether you feel like you are a natural comedian or enjoy telling puns, embark on the rules of comedy.  Come play with us as we learn what makes something funny on stage…and what doesn’t.  Learn the classic bits and gags and how to execute them.  Experiment with a variety of comic characters, discover your individual attributes and strengths, and create your own unique repertoire of characters within the context of various comedic monologues.  So come join the club, and let's "make 'em laugh."  

Benchmarks:
  • Identify a comedic monologue from a dramatic monologue
  • Describe what a comic bit is
  • Incorporate the general rules of comedy (such as the rule of threes) into their physical moments in a comedic monologue
  • Perform a memorized 30-60 second comedic monologue with specific character choices and at least three comic bits

For Teens

Improv 1 for Kids/Teens (ages 10-14)
Create drama, humor and stories on the spot. This class will give you the basic principles of improvisation and give you the confidence to embrace everything that is thrown at you when you don't have a script in your hands. Learn team building skills that will strengthen your ability to play with your partners on stage.  In this class that solely focuses on short-form improv, you will learn how to live in the moment” and confidently say Yes! to anything.

Benchmarks:
  • List basic improv terminology
  • Work within a cohesive ensemble of players
  • Establish the principles of location, relationship, and objective at the top of each new improv scene
  • Confidently improvise onstage in front of an audience

Improv 2 for Teens (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite:  one improv class
Ready to take your improv skills to the next level?  This short-form improv class will build on what you already know in terms of the basics. We will experiment with more layered, complex scenarios. Explore how to create unique individual characters. And most importantly, we will add more improv games to our repertoire. So get ready to broaden your horizons and strengthen your spontaneity!

Benchmarks:
  • Work within a cohesive ensemble of players
  • Create rich, believable characters that can exist onstage
  • Trust their fellow team members in group exercises and improv scenes
  • Stay true to the location, relationship, and objective established at the top of an a new improv scene and keep the ball rolling
  • Say yes to the ideas that come from their partners rather than contradicting them:  find a way to make it work

Improv 3 for Teens (ages 14-18)
Pre-requisite:  two improv classes
This class is for the seasoned improviser who wants to take on the ultimate challenge: long-form improv. This class will test your skills and stretch your abilities as you take your short-form improv fundamentals to a whole new level. We will focus most of our time on learning how to create and perform a standard Harold long-form piece. So if you think you're ready to tackle this unique art form, come join our advanced troupe!

Benchmarks:
  • Work within a cohesive ensemble of players
  • Understand the technical dynamics of what makes a long-form piece
  • Keep the overall story moving and developing from beginning to end
  • Be sensitive to other team players and be willing to share the stage
  • Be consistent with reoccurring characters and scenarios within a long-form piece

Improv 4 for Teens: Improvathon (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: two improv classes, eligibility for Improv Team
An amazing opportunity for improvisors! This class will prepare students to audition for the CYT Chicago improv team, rehearsing Spring 2010 and competing in San Diego in Summer 2010. Focus on creating characters, group think, playing off your teammates, incorporating activities, emotions and accepting offers while learning the official games for Improvathon 2010.

For more info on details regarding the Improvathon trip and eligibility, email lbranson@cytchicago.org.

Benchmarks:
  • Focus on agreement scenes and "yes and"ing
  • Learn all the games from the Improvathon handbook
  • Learn how to utilize teammates and play off each other; perform groupthink exercises.
  • Incorporate performing activities into improv.
  • Creating characters for improv.
  • Utilizing environment and silence in improv.

Comedy 1 for Teens (ages 12-18)
It's all in the timing: come fine tune your comedy skills in this energetic, invigorating class. We will strongly emphasize the give and take between scene partners on stage in this class.  We will learn new partner and group exercises that will keep you sharp and quick on your feet, as well as strengthen your on-stage relationships. We will experiment with bits and gags within the context of two and three-person scenes and learn how to make them…well, funny. And we will focus on pace, tempo, and timing in order to nail those moments just right. It's time to get serious about comedy!

Benchmarks:
  • Respond consistently and actively to their scene partners on stage within the context of exercises as well as scripted scenes
  • Demonstrate a solid grasp on appropriate pacing, tempo, and rhythm within a comedic scene
  • Determine the effectiveness and execution of comic bits within other students’ scenes and make appropriate suggestions for improvement
  • Incorporate the general rules of comedy into their physical moments within comedic scenes
  • Perform a memorized 3-5 minute, 2-3 person comedic scene that includes specific character choices and comic bits

Comedy 2 for Teens: Stage and Screen (ages 14-18)
Pre-requisite: two classes of improv and/or comedy
This class is not for the faint at heart. We're going to get down to the nitty-gritty details of comedy and learn how to play up our individual strengths and better our areas of weakness. We will explore different periods and styles of comedy for both the stage and screen. We will explore such styles as Musical Theatre Comedy, Shakespearean Comedy, Commedia Dell'Arte, Contemporary Comedy, Sit-Com, and Naked Gun. Our material will consist of monologues as well as two-person scenes. Get ready to be under the microscope as we evaluate one another work and finesse our skills in this advanced workshop. Come ready to play hard!

Benchmarks:
  • Identify many different styles of comedy and what their main characteristics
  • Apply the characteristics of each specific style of comedy covered in class within the context of a monologue or scene for stage or screen
  • Observe a monologue or scene performed live or on screen and identify what style or combination of styles it exhibits
  • Demonstrate control of physical exaggeration verses simplicity and make appropriate adjustments for either the stage or the camera depending on the material
  • Perform two memorized contrasting comedic monologues and two memorized contrasting comedic scenes of choice

100 Makeup

Specialty 101 for Kids/Teens: Makeup 1 (ages 10-14)
Create a masterpiece using an actor’s face as a canvas! Grab your makeup kit and brush to produce basic stage makeup as well as specialty features like old age, facial hair and dirty face. Stretch your creative even further when you learn how to make a person look like an animal.

Benchmarks:
  • Basic set up of work station and supplies
  • Prep work for make-up application
  • How to use a make-up brush and sponge
  • Basic application of "human" face make-up: base, blush, eyes, lips.
  • Extras and Add-Ons: Old age wrinkles/bags, Facial Hair: Beard/Scruff/Mustaches, Classic dirty face/smudge, Glamorous and movie star styles
  • Tips and secrets: How to get rid of eyebrows, make noses bigger/smaller…
  • BASIC animal features and techniques: (Colors, brush application, pattern)
  • Starting to look at an animal and see how to pick out the features/differences.
  • Basic clean up of brushes, tools and station

Specialty 102 for Teens: Makeup 2 (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: one makeup class
If you love to play with color, design, and texture, grab your brush for this advanced makeup class. Create face maps for each character, using shadowing, feathering and layering as well as create specialty techniques like scars, burns and tribal makeup.

Benchmarks:
  • In charge of station set up, prep work and clean up each week
  • Learn how to build and work from a “Face Map” for each character: Layout design/pattern, show/list colors needed, make notes for brush technique used.
  • Perfecting techniques in: Application of layers through uses of the brush/sponge,
  • Mastering the ability to transform a Human into an Animal/Character through a more detailed attention to brush work and layering: Furry/Hairy: Cats/lion, monkey, squirrel, bunny, raccoon, etc., Feathering: Birds, Flat: Turtle, fish
  • Other Make-Up Techniques: Scars/Burns/Deformities, Tribal/Tattoos
  • Create your own Make-Up Designs / Creature: Learning to imaging for yourself how to transform the face into whatever you see could be. (Make sketches and notes with Face Maps)

200 Costumes

Specialty 201 for Teens: Basic Costuming (ages 12-18)
Bring characters to life on stage through costumes. When costuming a show every detail is important such as: time period, choreography, resources, color balance, social status, and the artistic vision for the show. Take a journey through the whole costume process from concept, to design, to building to seeing your work live on stage. 

Benchmarks:
  • Research – read the book or script, watch the movie for ideas.  Learn about costumes and accessories for the time period of the play.
  • Director – speak to the director and learn director’s vision for the show.
  • Resources – what resources are available to use:  costumes already made, fabric and patterns available, what needs to be made.
  • Choreography –  how to speak to choreographer and find out what type of dancing will be done and how costumes should be made so as not to inhibit dancer’s movements.
  • Budget – learning to stay within budget yet still creating a visually appealing show.
  • Quality costumes – learn about quality fabric and quality construction.  Learning to make quality costumes for future productions.
  • Fast changes – learn how to make good quality costume when a cast member needs to change out of it quickly.  Learn how to help someone during a fast change during the shows (sometimes with limited lighting).

202- Costuming a Production Class


300 Props

301- Creating Props


302- Props for a Production Class


400 Backstage/Tech

401- Backstage Crew


Specialty 402 for Teens: Set Building and Construction (ages 12-18)
Make the stage come alive with set pieces! Set pieces add depth and dimension and help the audience relate to the action on stage. Learn practical techniques about what goes into building sets, from what materials to chose, how to hang a drop, and the fundamentals of assembling pieces.


403 Crew/Sets for Production Class


404 Behind the Scenes


Specialty 405: Lighting and Sound Workshop for Teens (ages 12-18)
Calling all techies, nerds, and geniuses! Have you ever wondered what all those buttons do on a sound board? Ever wish you could turn off somebody’s mic?  Or wanted to operate lights?  Then this class is for you. Come jump in with us to learn the basics of light design and sound board operation in a class that shows you how to run tech, one step at a time, one fader at a time.
  • Understand different types of lighting instruments and their function
  • Learn manual light board operation (not programming)
  • Basic Sound Board Operation and EQ to eliminate feedback
  • Learn operation of face mics, handheld mics, and CD Player
  • Have students operate tech for final showcase

Specialty 406: Lighting and Sound Workshop 2 (ages 13-18)
Pre-requisite: Lighting and Sound Workshop I
A natural extension of Lighting and Sound Workshop I, you'll take your skills and natural talent to the next level in this advanced tech training class.  From programming a light board to setting up and running stage monitors to advanced sound board techniques, this class will keep you on your toes and up to date with what you need to know to operate a live theater production.
  • Brief review of Workshop I
  • Learn how to program a light board
  • Advanced Sound Board Operation using groups, monitors, and multiple mic cues
  • Learn how to troubleshoot and repair minor microphone problems
  • Have students operate tech for final showcase


500 Audition & Callbacks

Specialty 501: Audition Workshop for Kids (ages 8-12)
Let's face it. Auditions can be scary.  We all get that feeling in the pit of our stomach right before we walk into the audition room. But if you're prepared and well-rehearsed, auditioning can be fun! Come join our team as we learn how to pick audition pieces that are perfect for us and how to shape those pieces into unforgettable performances. You will learn the techniques and tips that it takes to stand out, as well as the do's and don'ts in an audition situation. After this class, you'll be much more confident and prepared, so get ready to knock em dead!

Benchmarks:
  • Pick out songs that are strong choices for them
  • Shape an audition piece according to the principles covered in class
  • Understand the “do’s and don’ts” of auditioning
  • Have a sound grasp on audition etiquette
  • Demonstrate their skills in a mock audition at the end of the class

Specialty 502: Auditions/Conquering Callback for Teens (ages 12-18)
Discover how to create a character on the spot and showcase your best talents during callbacks.   Understand what makes you as an actor stand out and how to take creative risks in your callback performance. You'll gain invaluable tips, tricks, ideas and strategies in all areas to improve your chances of getting a character role.
  • Pick out songs that are strong choices for them
  • Shape an audition piece according to the principles covered in class
  • Understand the "do's and don'ts" of auditioning
  • Learn pre-callback research and preparation strategies
  • Understand and execute creative "risks" in voice and drama, and make a memorable performance
  • Learn how to analyze a song or scene quickly and identify key performance points.
  • Learn how to maximize performance in a dance audition
  • Understand how to use performance space, other auditioners, blocking, dramatic tension, pauses, vocal inflection, facial expressions in giving the character depth and creativity
  • Discover what casting directors are looking for and how to showcase their best talents
  • Understand the difference of performing a "stock character" and creating an original character and be able to create both
  • Understand key terminology and concepts students may hear from a director during callbacks
  • Practice combining character while singing
  • Learn how to follow music even if unfamiliar with the song

Specialty 503: Professional & College Audition Preparation for Teens (ages 16-18)
Are you thinking about making theatre your major in college? Do you plan on pursuing acting professionally? If you answered yes to either or both of this questions, then this class is essential for you. You will learn how to select songs and monologues that are right for you and what kind of material to avoid for college and professional auditions. By the end of this class, you should have four solid audition pieces either four contrasting monologues (contemporary, classical, comedic, and dramatic) or two contrasting monologues and two contrasting songs. We will workshop all of your pieces in class and evaluate and critique one another's work. We will also discuss proper audition etiquette, what to expect at the URTA auditions, and how to prepare for a college or professional interview.

Benchmarks:
  • Select appropriate audition material that is right for them
  • Conduct a thorough analysis of each audition piece
  • Articulate their character’s primary objectives, obstacles, tactics, and overall journey from the beginning to the end of the piece
  • Make purposeful, strategic, and affective choices regarding focus, timing, physicality, and use of space
  • Present themselves with professionalism and confidence in an audition/interview scenario

Specialty 504: Beyond CYT - Professional/College Theater for Teens (ages 15-18)
If you think you’re ready for the college theatre scene or plan on pursuing theatre professionally as a performer, director, designer, or stage manager, then you definitely need to take this class. You'll learn the raw facts and lots of details about what to expect in a college theatre program, cattle call auditions, working in a professional theatre circuit, what makes a good headshot, what should be on your resume, how to get representation, what AEA and SDC is all about, and much, much more.

Benchmarks:
  • Prepare for, apply, and audition for a college or university theatre program
  • Prepare for a cattle call audition and know what to expect
  • Prepare for an on-camera audition process
  • Prepare a portfolio as a director, choreographer, or designer
  • Describe what AEA and SDC are and understand the pros and cons of joining these unions
  • Articulate what agents, directors, and casting directors look for in a headshot and evaluate sample headshots accordingly
  • Put together a resume of their work and understand what training and experiences they still need in order to make them more marketable for the college or professional theatre scene
  • Describe the differences between different types of theatre scenes, including community theatre, children’s theatre, theatre for young audiences, equity theatre, college-level theatre, graduate-level theatre, summer stock theatre, regional theatre, etc.
  • Describe the differences between work in the theatre industry and work in the film/television industry.
* Note: The specifics that are covered in this class are going to vary slightly based on the class instructor and the experiences/knowledge that he/she brings to the table.


600 Production Class Support

Specialty 601: Behind the Scenes- Props, Costumes & Sets for Production Class


700 Physical Performance

Specialty 700 for Kids: Physical Performance - Stunts (ages 8-12)
Indulge your adventurous side and create realistic stage fights including falls, hand to hand combat, and bar room brawls.  Incorporating tai chi, akido, judo, martial arts, and self defense. Stunts for Kids is essential for every serious actor's toolbox. Discover how to channel energy and aggression into performing stunts while keeping yourself safe.
  • How to center yourself
  • Safety
  • Basics of self defense
  • Create fighting Energy
  • Life like fights
  • Learn basic elements of fighting
  • Stunt terminology, proper fight terms

 Specialty 701 for Teens: Combat 1 (ages 15-18)
Indulge your adventurous side and create realistic stage fights including falls, hand to hand combat, bar room brawls and medieval sword fights. Incorporating Tai Chi, akido, judo, martial arts and self defense Combat 1 is essential for every serious actors' toolbox. Discover how to channel energy and aggression into performing stunts while keeping yourself safe.
  • How to center yourself
  • Safety
  • Basics of self defense
  • Create fighting Energy
  • Life like fights
  • Learn basic elements of fighting
  • Stunt terminology, proper fight terms

Specialty 702 for Teens: Combat 2 (ages 15-18)
Pre-requisite: one stunts or combat class
Draw your sword and take your stage fighting skills to the next level. Become an advanced fighter using weapons and stunt routines. Combat 2 also highlights discovering a variety of weapons, their role on the stage, and creative uses. Focus on perfecting fighting using your character and integrating combat moves into a story.

Benchmarks:
  • Using weapons in stunts
  • History of fighting/weapons
  • Philosophy of fighting/role of Faith in fighting
  • Integrate fights with a character
  • Analyze and dissect fights to basic elements
  • Advanced terminology and terms

Specialty 703 for Kids/Teens: Stomp 1 (ages 10-18)
Explore hidden rhythm in the everyday world by using found instruments such as trash cans, drumsticks, brooms, containers, walls, and more. Stomp takes students on a journey through percussion, music, dance, characterization and performance. Feel the beat while learning basic groves and rhythms.

Benchmarks:
  • Learn basic drum patterns
  • Create drum groves
  • Incorporate rhythm, dance and creating music
  • Utilize items and body to create rhythm

Specialty 704 for Teens: Stomp 2 (ages 12-18)
Pre-requisite: one stomp class
Engage your voice, hands and body in creating stomp sounds and instruments. Turn "junk" into instruments in this advanced class while creating complex rhythms. Learn to improvise spot jams, play off other performers and create performance energy resulting in an explosive performance.

Benchmarks:
  • Creating energy in performance
  • Awareness of other cast members
  • Improvise beats and create spot jams
  • Use voice to create beats and rhythm

Specialty 706 for Kids/Teens: Theater Gymnastics 1 (ages 10-18)
Have you ever wanted to learn to walk on your hands, do a toe-touch, or a partner lift? Take your skills beyond singing and dancing in this Theater Gymnastics class. You will learn how to safely stretch, strengthen and condition your body, basic gymnastic skills, basic partner lifts, and group lifts/mounts.*

Benchmarks:
  • Improve flexibility including work on all 4 types of splits: left, right, both straddles – valuable for guys and girls
  • Learn front and back walkovers
  • Learn cartwheels, round-offs
  • Learn handstands and how to walk on your hands
  • Basic partner stunts and lifts: Shoulder Sits, Skates, Thigh stands. Cradles
  • Learn Wrap Arounds, Log Rolls, Flip outs
  • Begin to learn front and back handsprings
  • Misc. group stunts/mounts/pyramids
  • Learn safe spotting techniques
*Note: All skills dependent on instructor's comfort/skill level and student's abilities


Specialty 707 for Kids/Teens: Theater Gymnastics 2 (ages 10-18)
Pre-requisite: Theater Gymnastics 1
This class will build on the skills learned in Theater Gymnastics 1. You will learn more advanced tumbling moves, large group pyramids/mounts, advanced partner lifts, and some great tricks that are sure to wow the audience.*

Benchmarks:
  • Learn/Master Back Handsprings
  • Learn advanced tumbling skills (based on ability): Tumbling passes, Round-off Back Flip, Standing Back Flip, Russian Front Flip/American Front, Aerials, Dive Rolls
  • Learn advanced partner stunts: Toe-Pitches, Bird, Side Shoulder Sits, Shoulder Stands, Pencil Roll Downs, Back Arch
  • Advanced group mounts: Diamond Heads, Large Pyramids, Multi-faceted lifts, Basket Toss

*All skills dependent on instructor’s comfort/skill level and student’s abilities


800- Art

801- Art I


802- Art II


900- Misc

Specialty 901 for Teens:  Two Thumbs Up (ages 12-18)


Specialty 902 for Teens: Radio Drama (ages 12-18)
Engage your imagination in creating "theater of the mind" through radio drama. Students will learn how to act for radio and create compelling characters using only their voices.  Work towards creating a dynamic story using foley, live and recorded sound effects, production music, ambiance and walla effects. Discover the variety of styles in radio theater including Prairie Home Companion, Lake Wobegon, Adventures in Odyssey, Focus Radio Theater and more.

Benchmarks:
  • Students will learn about the different styles of radio drama.
  • Listen to and critique several different radio dramas.
  • Learn how to properly formate and notate a radio drama script.
  • Discover how voice acting differs from live acting and refine vocal acting techniques.
  • Learn basics of using foley, ambience, walla, sound effects (both recorded and live) in radio drama.
  • Write and produce an original PSA to be used in showcase.
  • Perform a live radio drama using actors, sound effects and music for showcase.

Specialty 903 for Kids: Puppetry (ages 8-12)
Through the use of puppets, you can become someone or something else! Let your imagination carry you away. While learning music and choreography for a puppet program, you will discover the ultimate role-playing experience that cultivates your imagination in a new way. This class will illuminate the great medium puppets can be for entertainment and ministry.

Benchmarks:
  • Students understand and execute proper mouth action and lip synchronization for puppets.
  • Utilize proper positioning, eye contact, and movement all within perspective to the location of the audience.
  • Execute song and dance numbers using up to 2 puppets at once.
  • Effectively carry out entrances and exits in proper form.
  • Perform with the use of both live and recorded voices/music.

Specialty 904 for Kids: Tricks & Illusions (ages 8-12)
Discover how to be a creative mastermind and superior showman. This class will teach you masterful tricks including slight of hand, illusions, stage tricks, card tricks and more, all while presenting a great spectacle for the audience. Stretch your creativity and acting skills in creating a one of kind showcase that demonstrates skill and imagination.


Specialty 905 for Kids/Teens: Juggling


Specialty 906 for Teens: Human Video (ages 12-18)
Combine music, theater, modern dance, drama, pantomime, props to creative a living, dynamic story. Similar to a live music video, students will be challenged to use their body to interpret the story in the music and create exciting stage pictures. This class will explore facial expressions, spatial relationships, meaningful gestures, interpretive dance, modern dance, artistic movements, classic mime, pantomime, and at times also use American Sign Language. This is an eclectic mix of theater performed without boundaries geared toward presenting a story in a very powerful way.


Specialty 907 for Kids/Teens: Film Making (ages 8-18)
Let's make a movie! That's just what you'll learn to do in this class aimed at future directors and filmmakers. Discover how to tell a story through film from beginning to end in this fun, challenging, and creative class.  From filming actors to editing with music, this class will take you through the entire process of making a simple movie so that by the end, you will have shot and edited your very own project!

Benchmarks:
  • Learn basic story structure
  • Discover camera angles and their purpose in telling story
  • Learn basic editing techniques like jump-cuts, cross fades, and underscore
  • Demonstrate ability to shoot, capture, edit, and output final product to DVD
  • Write and shoot a small film for final showcase
 

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