fundamentals

Fundamentals

Act I: Inspiring the Growing Performer (Grades Pre-K-4)

Engaging the imagination is at the heart of every PYT experience, and our Fundamentals classes allow students to unlock their unique, theatrical creativity. PYT’s Fundamentals classes help the youngest performers discover how their bodies and voices bring comedic or dramatic situations to life.

BENEFITS:

  • Self-confidence
  • Self-expression
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Friendships

SKILLS EXPLORED:

  • Improvisation
  • Ensemble Building
  • Voice / Breath control
  • Projection
  • Coordination & Balance
  • Stage Presence

Playmakers (Ages 3-4/Preschool)

Friday: 4:30-5:30 PM

The young artist in your family will find inspiration as they explore storybooks through creative drama, movement and art. These Playmakers will create characters and the world of the story using a multitude of props, costumes and crafts. Children will perform in an end-of-the-year showcase, as well as informal “sharings” throughout the year.

Enrich Your Experience: A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality and expressiveness–add PRE-BALLET.

Kinderplay (Ages 4-5/Pre-K/Kindergarten)

Friday: 4:30-5:30 PM

Munchkins, monsters, mermaids and dinosaurs spark your young explorer’s imagination as they enter the storybook worlds of fantasy and adventure. Creativity and self-expression are nurtured through a fun mixture of drama, movement and art. Children will perform in an end-of-the-year showcase, as well as informal “sharings” throughout the year.

Enrich Your Experience: A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality and expressiveness–add PRE-BALLET, INTRO TO JAZZ/TAP or BEGINNING BALLET.

First Stage (Grades 1 and 2)

Tuesdays: 4:30-6:30 PM

Jump into the joys of storytelling through dramatic play in a creative environment in First Stage. Working with their classmates, young performers explore imaginary worlds, while developing basic skills in character development, movement and voice. Using theatrical techniques, students will explore stage presence, basic dance techniques and body coordination.

Enrich Your Experience: A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality and expressiveness–add INTRO TO JAZZ/TAP, BEGINNING BALLET and/or BALLET I.

Second Stage (Grades 2 and 3)

Thursdays: 4:30-6:30 PM

The spotlight shines on the body, the voice and the imagination in Second Stage. Artistic energy will be focused on the exploration of dramatic structure and new creative movement techniques. Together, the young performers continue to develop language skills, unique characters, balance, coordination, and stage presence.

Enrich Your Experience: A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality and expressiveness–add JAZZ/TAP I and/or BALLET I.

Third Stage (Grades 3 and 4)

Thursdays: 4:30-6:30 PM

Tapping in to the excitement of theatre games, creative drama, and music, Third Stage takes students on a high-octane tour through the world of performing arts. In groups, students will devise short scenes suggested by literature and art using the body as an essential tool. Their journey continues with vocal training, movement techniques, and improvisation.

Enrich Your Experience: A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality and expressiveness–add JAZZ/TAP I, HIP HOP I and/or BALLET I. The voice is a vital tool for a performer and proper training in singing is important–add PRIVATE or SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS. 

Fourth Stage (Grades 4 and 5)

Tuesdays: 4:30-6:30 PM

Fourth Stage is our most advanced Fundamentals class with emphasis on complex movement and acting techniques. Students will be introduced to script analysis using familiar stories, plays, and musicals. Improvisation will also be key as the class works together to discover how the imagination inspires acting choices.

Enrich Your Experience: A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality and expressiveness–add HIP HOP I, BALLET I and/or JAZZ/TAP I. See the Dance Division for other class options. The voice is a vital tool for a performer and proper training in singing is important-add PRIVATE or SEMI-PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS.

Musical Theatre Jam (Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-6)
(Formerly Imagination and Imagination Plus)

Saturdays Only: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Fall Session: September 16th – November 4th
Winter Session: January 6th – February 24th
Spring Session: March 4th – April 28th
(8 weeks each)

Delve into the world of musical theatre in these intensive sessions! Your favorite songs, scenes and characters come to life in Musical Theatre Jam! Over the course 8 weeks, students will experience classes in acting, singing and dancing, plus master classes on a variety of subject, helping to bring the modern american mural to life. Our emphasis will be on the wonderful world of body, mind, voice and imagination. Children will perform in an end-of-the-session “sharing.” Students may pair these sessions with any of the applicable Stages classes.

Enrich your experience (Grades 1-3): A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality and expressiveness – add INTRO TO JAZZ/TAPJAZZ/TAP IBEGINNING BALLET and/or BALLET I.

Enrich your experience (Grades 4-6): A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality and expressiveness – add JAZZ/TAP IIBALLET IHIP HOP I and/or add PRIVATE or SEMI-PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS.