The Geyer Family YMCA School of Performing Arts (SOPA) hopes you’ll check out their classes for kids ages 2 through 8 at their Open House next Wednesday, Dec. 19. Register then, and you can grab a 10 percent discount on their fun dancing and acting offerings. Click to the jump for the details.
The wonderful and talented program director, Amy Costa, told me more about what’s going on right now at the Family Y. Read on to find out about their affordable fees and hassle-free recitals.
KK: What will happen at the Open House?
AC: It will informative for parents to learn about our classes while kids can take part in a demo dance with our great staff. We offer Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Break Dancing and Acting as well as Mommy and Me classes.
KK: What is unique about your program?
AC: Students cam learn from professional teachers at a non-profit price. Our classes average $78 to $100 per 8 weeks depending on the length of the class. Registration is now open for the Winter Session. Register on the night of the open house and receive a 10 percent discount.
KK: Can you tell me more about your performing arts?
AC: Our classes range from the traditional to the very creative. Lots of choices! Storybook Ballet is awesome for the imaginative kid. In that class a different fairytale is read each week, and the kids act it out while learning traditional ballet. Lots of props, crowns, wands, magical mirrors, ribbons and fairy wings help drive the creativity and story forward. Our other ballet classes are still creative and fun, the students learn about rhythm and poise, classroom etiquette is explored, and excited young dancers leave our studios each week telling their parents about new steps they have learned like Plie and Saute. Our brand new combo classes can give students a hight energy experience in two different methods, like Tap & Ballet or Hip Hop and Tap.
AC: In the Fall and Spring, we offer Recital classes. This spring, there will be a 16-week session which ends in a show. Our shows are unique, and there is no additional fee for the show, no expensive costumes and no tickets have to be purchases. Costumes are provided by the Y. Recitals last only an hour, which is awesome because a lot of year-end dance shows tend to be very long, like 3-plus hours. The kids have such a great experience performing for their parents and families. June will be our fifth bi-annual show, which I am already excited to be planning for! Our goal is to give students a strong and professional introduction to the performing arts in a welcoming, fun and creative atmosphere.
Who: Parents of kids ages 2 to 8
What: An overview of the Family Y’s dance, acting and Mommy and Me classes including a demo class for kids
Where: The Family Y
159 Glenridge Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042
When: Wednesday, December 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Cost: Free–and Amy Costa welcomes you to email her with your questions