performing-arts

School of Performing Arts

  • Our School of Performing Arts programs are open and welcoming to all and encourage, nurture and provide a vehicle for creative process and an outlet for artistic product.
  • Dance invigorates the body, mind and spirit of all involved, participant and observer alike.
  • When people dance, they feel healthier, hold their heads higher, and walk with a poise that comes hand-in-hand with the grace of self-confidence. The Arts leave an indelible mark on youth, inspiring self-expression, self-esteem, and critical and creative thinking.
  • The Madison Area YMCA’s Performing Arts programming serves as a platform to showcase the breadth and commitment of arts programming in youth development.
  • Performances held in January and June for all levels of performing arts programs.
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  • Dance/Performing Arts

    • Creative Movement Classes
      Creative Movement I (2-3yrs.) This class is a great introduction to dance arts and gives children the opportunity to move in new ways while developing fine and gross motor skills in a thematic and loosely structured class. Creative Movement II (4-5yrs.) Through movement and musical exploration, children will develop their own personal style and explore how to express themselves creatively. Class mixes dance vocabulary with locomotion development in a thematic environment that encourages children to discover that there can be more than one creative solution to a question or problem.
    • Creative Movement Kirby Classes
      Creative Movement Kirby (2-3yrs.) Class is offered exclusively for children enrolled at our F.M. Kirby Chidren's Center. This class is a great introduction to dance arts and gives children the opportunity to move in new ways while developing fine and gross motor skills in a thematic and loosely structured class. Creative Movement II Kirby (Ages 3-4yrs.) Through movement and musical exploration children develop their own personal style and explore how to express themselves creatively. Class mixes dance vocabulary with locomtion development in a thematic environment that encourages children to discover that there can be more than one creative solution to a question or problem.
    • Movement & Make Believe
      Move with Me (2-3yrs.) This parent/child class allows toddler and partner to experience the joy of creative movement and make believe together! Through free dance, music and imagination participants will discover the delight of movement while developing creativity, fine and gross motor skills as well as building confidence.
    • Singalong with Me Classes
      Singalong with Me (2-3yrs.) Children love learning through song and they learn most from their parents. Tom Sellwood will work on the foundations of singing for you and your little one teaching you the songs that the two of you will be singing together for the rest of their childhood. Tom will use nursery songs, silly songs, Disney classics and even familiar TV theme tunes to help your child sing loudly, clearly, in tune and in time. There will be movements and clapping to help develop senses of rhythm and timing too. This is about enjoying the songs and enjoying singing them.
    • Ballet Preschool Classes
      Pre-Ballet (3-4yrs.) What a wonderful way to introduce your little one to the fundamentals of classic ballet technique where they will begin their love of movement. Participants must be toilet trained. Ballet shoes required. Ballet Beginner I (4-5yrs.) (Prerequisite-Pre Ballet) This beginner level class focuses on grace, poise and the beautiful lines of classical ballet. Students will develop proper alignment, learn dance vocabulary and build self confidence while boosting concentration and an understanding of music and rhythm. Ballet shoes are required. Prima Ballerina (4-6yrs.) By invitation only - This ballet class is for the young dancer that shows an eagerness to dance, a clear body awareness and the ability to focus and concentrate.
    • DanceKids I Classes
      DanceKids I (3-4yrs.) Students are introduced to the primary styles of ballet and tap. Participants must be toilet trained. Ballet and tap shoes required.
    • DanceKids Kirby Classes
      DanceKids I Kirby (3-4yrs.) Class is offered exclusively for children enrolled at our F.M. Kirby Children's Center. Transportation to the Family Center is provided. Children are introduced to the primary styles of ballet and tap. DanceKids II Kirby (4-5yrs.) Class is offered exclusively for children enrolled at our F.M. Kirby Children's Center. Transportation to the Family Center is provided. This class is a great introduction to the primary dance styles of ballet and tap. Ballet and tap shoes required.
    • DanceKids II Classes
      DanceKids II (4-5yrs.) This calss is a great introduction to the primary dance styles of ballet and tap. Ballet and tap shoes required.
    • Drama for Kids Classes
      Drama for Kids (4-6yrs.) This early introduction to the art of acting will develop confidence and speaking skills. Children will use their imagination to act and explore through role playing activites and participating in acting games in an environment set for all out dramatic fun for all!
    • Little Singers Classes
      Little Singers (4-5yrs.) Students will work on the foundations of singing while focusing on fun and building confidence. Tom will use great kids favorites, silly songs, Disney classics and even familiar TV theme tunes to help your child sing loudly, clearly, in tune and in time. There will be movements, simple choreography and clapping to help develop senses of rhythm and timing too.
    • Little Singers Kirby Classes
      Little Singers (4-5yrs.) Class is offered for children enrolled at our F.M. Kirby Children's Center. Students will work on the foundations of singing while focusing on fun and building confidence. Tom will use great kids favorites, silly songs, Disney classics and even familiar TV theme tunes to help your child sing loudly, clearly, in tune and in time. There will be movements, simple choreography and clapping to help develop senses of rhythm and timing too.
    • Mini Hip Hop Classes
      Mini Hip Hop (4-5yrs.) Does your child start moving as soon as they hear the beat? If yes, then this the class for them!
    • Mini Hip Hop Kirby Classes
      Mini Hip Hop Kirby (4-6yrs.) Class is offered exclusively for children enrolled at our F.M. Kirby Children's Center, transportation to the Family Center is provided. Does your child start moving as soon as they hear the beat? If yes, then this the class for them!
    • Mini Musical Theatre Classes
      Mini Musical Theatre (4-5yrs.) This upbeat class explores dance in the wonderful world of Musical Theatre. This is the perfect class where children who love to sing, dance and act will have fun learning jazzy, funky rhythmic dances similar to the ones seen on Broadway.
    • Mini Musical Theatre Kirby Classes
      Mini Musical Theatre Kirby (4-5yrs.) Class is offered exclusively for children enrolled at our F.M. Kirby Children's Center, transportation to the Family Center is provided. This upbeat class explores dance in the wonderful world of Musical Theatre. This is the perfect class where children who love to sing, dance and act will have fun learning jazzy, funky rhythmic dances similar to the ones seen on Broadway.
    • Ballet School Age Classes
      Ballet Combo (5-7yrs.) This is a progressive class with multiple levels that teaches classical ballet, tap and jazz. Ballet and tap shoes required. Ballet Beginner II (6-8yrs.) Building on the skills learned in Ballet Beginner I, students will learn more advanced concepts of body placement, musicality, technique and combinations of jumping, leaping and turning while promoting physical strength and agility. Ballet shoes required. Ballet I & II (8-12yrs.) This ballet class emphasizes ballet barre, center and across the floor work incorporating more challenging movement combinations. Students will develop strength, proper alignment, musicality, flexibility and confidence as they learn proper ballet technique. Ballet shoes required. Ballet III/Pre Pointe (10+yrs.) By invitation only.Students will be challenged by more advanced ballet technique and learn strengthening exercises to prepare for pointe shoes. Ballet IV/en pointe (11+yrs.) By invitation only. This class meets twice a week and will focus on advanced ballet barre and floor techniques that build strength, endurance, speed and agility for more challenging adagio, allegro and grand allegro movements. This class is for students who show strength in their ankles and feet for pointe work.
    • Choir School Age Classes
      Kids Choir (5-7yrs.) New! Students will work on the foundations of singing while focusing on fun and building confidence Tom will use great kids favorites, silly songs, Disney classics, some Broadway theatre and even familiar TV theme tunes to help your child sing loudly, clearly, in tune and in time. Students will also learn the rudiments of breathing for singing, tone, tuning and most importantly, how to really enjoy singing out. We will also start to explore harmonies and even get used to singing solo lines! Junior Broadway Song Choir (8-12yrs.) New! Students will work on the foundations of group singing. Focusing on fun and building confidence Tom will use Broadway theatre songs, movie hits and even some contemporary pop (a la Glee) to help your child sing loudly, clearly, in tune and in time. They will also learn the rudiments of breathing for singing, tone, tuning and most importantly, how to really enjoy singing out. We will also start to explore harmonies and even get used to singing solo lines. Broadway Song Choir(13+yrs.) New! Tom Sellwood will bring big Broadway chorus numbers both old and new to life (Les Mis, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma, etc.) in this group singing session. Students will work on vocal technique and the rudiments of breathing for singing, tone, tuning and most importantly, how to really enjoy singing out. We will harmonise and there will be solo singing involved. Music reading is a plus but not essential.
    • Hip Hop School Age Classes
      Hip Hop I (5-7yrs.) Students will ahve fun in our exciting and energetic classes that will focus on the most popular 'cool' moves all while developing coordination, body awareness and self-esteem! Hip Hop Choreography (7-12 yrs.) Students must be currently enrolled in a Hip Hop class. This class will teach students the basic techniques of Hip Hop Choreography where they can become the Choreographer and create their own dances! Hip Hop II (7-12yrs.) Students will have fun in our exciting and energetic classes that will focus on the most popular 'cool' moves all while developing coordination, body awareness and self-esteem! Hip Hop III (10+yrs.) Class is designed to teach students more advanced dance moves to the most current music. Hip Hop Performance Troupe (By invitation only) This 30 minute choreography class is for members who are enrolled in a Hip Hop class, students will have additional performance opportunities during the year.
    • Irish Dance Classes
      Irish Dance - Beginner (5-9yrs.) Students learn the basic movement of traditional Irish Dance in a high-energy while falling in love with the rich dance heritage of Ireland! Irish Dance - Intermediate/Advanced (8-12yrs.) In this mixed-level class students will build on the skills they mastered in the beginner level class, further developing steps and moving their feet toa Celtic beat! (Instructor recommendation required)
    • Tap School Age Classes
      Tap I (5-7yrs.) This beginner level tap class will teach the tapping basics and will focus on core steps, dancers will laern to create rythmic patterns and timely beats with their feet! Tap II (8-12yrs.) Students are sure to get a work out in thsi upbear, high entergy class that will focus on the technique, rhythm and musicality of Tap. Flaps, Wins, and Paradiddle will be just some of the exciting steps learned in this class!
    • Broadway Jazz School Age Classes
      Broadway Jazz (6+yrs) This class focuses on the technique, stylization, rhythm and musicality of jazz, the key element in the development of musical theater. Students will love this theatrical style of dancing! (Jazz shoes required)
    • Musical Theatre School Age Classes
      Musical Theatre (6+yrs.) This upbeat class explores dance in the wonderful world of Musical Theatre. Thsi is the perfect class where children who love to sing, dance and act will have fun learning jazzy, funky rhythmic dances similar to the ones seen on Broadway. Musical Theatre Performance Troupe (By invitation only) Members must be enrolled in a Musical Theatre class and will have additional performance opportunities during the year.
    • Acting School Age Classes
      Acting for Kids (7+yrs.) In this exciting class students will learn how to project their voices, create characters and deliver lines through fun exercises and theatre games while at the same time developing confidence and speaking skills. Acting Skills & Improv (10+yrs) Students will focus on more advanced acting techniques, performance styles and be introduced to script writing for the stage and screen. (Students must have comleted a session of Acting for Kids or be currently enrolled in Acting for Kids class.) Improv (10+yrs.) Students will explore the fundamental principles of improvisation through exercises in agreement, commitment, spontaneity and listening. They will learn to create improvisational pieces through personal exploration, the creation of characters, scene work and group games. Whether students are destined to be a cast member of 'Whose Line Is it Anyway', 'SNL', 'The Second City' or just a well-rounded theatrical performer, this class is the place to be. Come be daring, zany, goofy, witty but most of all, ready to laugh out loud!
    • Adult Ballet Classes
      Adult Ballet (Ages 18+yrs.) This multi-level is ideal to stretch, strengthen and tone your body like no other class! Inspire your inner ballerina! Class includes ballet barre, floor work and stretching.
    • Adult Tap Classes
      Adult Tap (18+yrs.) This class is all about developing agility, rhythm and learning classic tap technique while gettign a great cardio workout.