Classes at YTI

YTI provides a range of structured dance, theatre, and music classes for young people in the culturally diverse population of Yonkers. Classes are conducted in a supportive environment and taught by experienced instructors. We accept students from the ages of six through nineteen years old. All students must have the support of their families to study with us and must be serious about their desire to develop skills in the performing arts. At YTI students are promoted to the next level when the instructor feels that the student has evidenced significant growth. Improvement is measured by ability to understand and execute technique, attitude, motivation and, of course, attendance. All students are evaluated at the end of each semester.

 

Youth Theatre Interactions operates three terms per year:

  1. Fall (September – December)
  2. Winter-Spring (January – June)
  3. Summer (July – August)

During the school year (September – June), YTI is open for classes Monday through Friday from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Enrollment for the Fall term takes place in August and September and enrollment for the Winter-Spring term takes place in December and January. The Summer term is an intensive 6-week offering consisting of three distinct programs created to respond to the needs of students of various ages with diverse artistic interests. Students ages 6 – 11 take part in a performing arts camp between the hours of 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM while students ages 12 – 19 take part in either a Theatre or Dance focused program between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

 

All classes are taught by highly qualified professional artists (see Youth Theatre Interactions’ Instructors below). YTI is proud of the fact that it employs an international faculty of outstanding performing artists from the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa. At YTI, we prize artistic excellence above all.

2016-2017 Class Schedule

Time / DayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
08:00am
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09:00am
Rehearsal as scheduled
08:00am
-
08:00pm
Instructor TBA
10:00am
-
11:00am
Mommy & Me
10:00am
-
10:45am
Instructor TBA
11:00am
-
12:00pm
Mommy & Me
11:00am
-
11:45am
Instructor TBA
03:00pm
-
04:00pm
Intro to Dance Pre-Hip Hop
03:30pm
-
04:15pm
Priscilla Lomotey
Intro to Dance Pre Ballet
03:30pm
-
04:15pm
Chelsea P. Freeman
04:00pm
-
05:00pm
Keyboard 1A
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Andrea Rohlehr
Drama 1
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Danie Steel
Drama 2
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Paul Kwame Johnson
Steel Band
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Alston Jack
Ballet 1A
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Chelsea P. Freeman
Hip Hop Dance 2
04:30pm
-
05:30pm
Priscilla Lomotey
West African Dance 1
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Vado Diomande
Latin Dance
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Aixa Rosario-Medina
Ballet 1B
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Chelsea P. Freeman
Tap Dance 2
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Jimmy Tate
Keyboard 3
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Andrea Rohlehr
Keyboard 2
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Andrea Rohlehr
05:00pm
-
06:00pm
Ballet 3
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Juan Michael Porter II
Keyboard 1b
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Andrea Rohlehr
Intimate Realities
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Paul Kwame Johnson
Hip Hop Dance 1
05:30pm
-
06:30pm
Priscilla Lomotey
Intro to Guitar
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Nick Flammia
Vocal
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Andrea Rohlehr
West African Dance 2
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Vado Diomande
Ballet 3
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Juan Michael Porter II
Tap Dance 1
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Jimmy Tate
The Spoken Word
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Ricardo Lima
06:00pm
-
07:00pm
Hip Hop Dance 3
06:30pm
-
07:30pm
Priscilla Lomotey
07:00pm
-
08:00pm
Ballet 3
07:00pm
-
08:10pm
Juan Michael Porter II
Intro to Guitar
07:00pm
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08:10pm
Jim Koppel
Musical Theatre
07:00pm
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08:10pm
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs
Hip Hop Rep
07:30pm
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08:30pm
Priscilla Lomotey
Ballet 3
07:00pm
-
08:10pm
Juan Michael Porter II
Beat Box
07:00pm
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08:10pm
Nick Flammia

Our Instructors

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Aixa M. Rosario Medina (Latin Dance)

Native of Puerto Rico, Aixa M. Rosario Medina, has been living in N.Y. for the last 24 years performing regionally and internationally. Professional experiences include: Broadway, regional and international theatres; industrials, t.v., film, commercials, choreographer, assistant choreographer, dance and pilates instructor. Today she owns a Pilates studio in Yonkers, NY where she lives with her much-loved husband Paul, son Aidan, and daughter Ana.

Alston Jack (Steel Band)

Mr. Alston Jack of Tobago is our instructor of Steel Drums and Director of the YTI Pan Band.  In addition to playing the steel drum, Mr. Jack is an arranger and composer.  He has worked with Moods Steel Orchestra, Bamboo Steel Band, Harlem All Stars Orchestra, Tobago All Stars Steel Orchestra, Desperadoes Steel Orchestra and Renegades Steel Orchestra.  He has appeared at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Apollo, Birdland and the Village Gate, as well as on tour in Finland and Mexico.

He conducts lecture/demonstrations with the YTI Pan Band as well as composing, arranging and directing for our touring Steel Band.  In addition to his love of Steel Band, Mr. Jack also enjoys acting, singing, songwriting, and percussion.

Andrea Rohlehr (Keyboard and Vocal Choir)

Independent music artist, Andrea Rohlehr, (pronounced Rolere), currently resides in Yonkers, NY with her husband and two children. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Andrea is an entertainer, vocalist, songwriter, musician (piano & Flute), visual artist, private vocal coach, aspiring motivational speaker, and self-published children’s book author. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Kansas and taught middle school music in St. Louis before relocating to New York. She has worked as a facilitator for songwriting workshops and CD projects with Young Audiences/ New York as well as free-lanced with numerous music ensembles. As an independent artist she performs with her husband as Andrea & James and The AndJam Band (formerly aj). They have 9 CD’s available via their website www.andjam.com. Andrea’s debut eBook ‘The Grandchild’, a middle grade children’s magical realism story, is available via Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Chelsea P. Freeman (Ballet and Tap Dance)

Chelsea has been training in dance from a very young age and was a student at The Ailey School, BalletHispanico, The School at Steps, and Youth Theatre Interactions, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with honors from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and is currently enrolled in graduate school for her Masters of Business Administration. At UMD she was a founding member of Prima Dolls Dance Team, a now thriving dance team in the Washington, DC area. Since graduating, she’s had the wonderful opportunity to work in music videos, commercials, and photo shoots with acclaimed directors and artists. Chelsea has also been a company member of Full Force Repertory Theater, VashtiDance Theater and Some Dance Company. She’s worked with David Fernandez, Soraya Lundy, A. R. Kadeem, and Devon Smith, to name a few New York City- based choreographers. Currently, you can catch Chelsea dancing with The Knicks City Dancers and performing as a freelance artist in the New York City area. As a proud YTIalumna, Chelsea is thrilled to be back teaching such passionate students for another year!

Danie Steel (Drama)

Danie Steelbegan training in theatre at Geva Theatre in her hometown of Rochester, NY.  She has her B.A from The University at Buffalo and her MFA from The New School for Drama where she consistently played the leads in shows such as, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, The Country and The Blacks. Daniehas appeared in a viral video for Elite Daily and also hosts her own show on YouTube. She can be seen playing Dina in Abigail, Official Selection of The Cannes Film Festival and on the latest season finale of The Perfect Murder on Discovery ID. She continues to do commercial and voice over work and will star in the upcoming animated short Disc Zero. Danieloves teaching as much as she loves to perform and is thankful for the opportunity to teach and learn from her students.

Hillary-Marie Michael (Tap Dance)

Hillary-Marie has made her mark in the dance community as an artist who specializes in one of America’s greatest art forms, tap dance. An acclaimed soloist and ensemble member, Hillary-Marie has been featured at some of the most prestigious venues on the east coast and her high energy classes and performances have brought her to studios and stages around the world. She has worked with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (Cotton Club Sophisticated Ladies), Jason Samuels Smith (A.C.G.I.), Derick K. Grant (Rhythm Is Our Business), Maurice Chestnut (The Above Ground Project), NJTAP Dance Ensemble (since 2006), Awoye Timpo (Sonnets on Tap),Boston Tap Company, (Rhythm in the Night), Christopher Scott (W-L-U-V), Marvin Hamlisch, Nat Adderley Jr., both the Princeton and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, among many others. As seen in dance editorials, Hillary-Marie is one of the youngest accomplished producers and directors on the tapscene as the Founder and Director of Jersey Tap Fest, New Jersey’s sole dance festival featuring world-class tap faculty and extravaganza. Hillary-Marie is thankful for the artists of the past and present who have provided and continue to provide abundant inspiration and encouragement www.Hillary-Marie.com

Jennifer Owusu (Step Dance)

Born in Accra Ghana, Jennifer Owusu moved to New York at the tender age of 1 and began dancing by the age of 8. A former student at YTI, Jennifer began her formal training in African dance and Hip-Hop. She is an aspiring dancer/performer and one day dreams of starting her own dance company. In addition to her love of dancing, Jennifer loves to teach and inspire other youth in the arts of dance. Jennifer has been a part of many competitions and showcases which include going to Texas with the ACT-SO Program, 106 & Park’s Wild-Out-Wednesday, World of Dance, Beyoncé’s “Move Your Body” campaign, Dancing in the Spotlight, Hot 97’s Battle of the Big Apple, and The Apollo. Jennifer was a member of dance troupes WRT (We Run This) the collective and The Professionals Dance Company both based in New York City. She has trained with Youth Theatre Interactions, Kelly Peters, Jona Biddle, David Thomas, and Tweetie, and is currently teaching the youth of Yonkers.

Juan Michael Porter II (Ballet)

Juan Michael has worked with H.T. Chen & Dancers, Michael Mao Dance, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The New York City Opera, Balasole Dance, Flexicurve Dance/Pascal Rekoert, Genesis Dance Company, and Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. In 2008, Mr. Porter II founded The Moving Beauty Series, an independent art production collective that presents artistically provocative yet commercially viable new work. From 2010 until 2013 he worked at Webster Hall as The Director of Dance for The Quarterly Art Soirée. His creative work has been commissioned and presented by Creative Concepts Productions, Dixon Place, newSTEPS/Chen Dance Center, The White Box Gallery, and Webster Hall. In 2013 Mr. Porter II served as the guest artist in residence for Sangre de Cristo Art Center where he danced under the direction of Stephen J. Wynne, taught ballet, and created new choreographic works. Mr. Porter II studied on scholarship at STEPS on Broadway with David Howard, Jeff Shade, Milton Myers, and Troy Powell (whom he also assisted) and at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance with Yung Yung Tsaui and Lone Larson. Outside of art, Mr. Porter II served as the Regional Coordinator of The New York Road Runners Foundation, where he worked with thousands of students throughout NYC, training them in running. Mr. Porter II joined YTI, Inc during the 2014 Summer Intensive.

Mamie Duncan-Gibbs (Theatre Jazz)

Duncan-Gibbs has been dancing for over 40 years and has had an extensive career in Theatre,Television and Film. Broadway Credits Include: Chicago, Cats, Jelly’s Last Jam, Kiss Me Kate, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Liza Steppin’ Out at Radio City Music Hall. Off-Broadway, she was featured in Radio City’s productions ofThe Christmas Spectacular and The Easter Extravaganza and in performances at City Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. She worked directly with Bob Fosse on the national tour of Sweet Charity and starred inSophisticated Ladies in Atlantic City and Chicago in Las Vegas. In her spare time, Duncan-Gibbs travels around the country judging competitions, helping young, aspiring dancers reach their goal of performing professionally.

Paul Kwame Johnson (Drama and Intimate Realities)

Co-Founder and founding Artistic Director of Youth Theatre Interactions, Inc. Founder and Artistic Director of “The YTI Mime Time Players” and the “Intimate Realities “ Theatre Company of YTI. MFA in Acting andDirecting from Sarah Lawrence College; William Henry Danforth Scholar/Fellow in Educational Theatre; Five times Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Director including directing productions at Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Center Out of Doors; Awarded the keys to the City of Detroit and a High commendation from the City of Los Angeles for work in theatre in those cities; Acting Instructor and Director for The City of Newburgh Youth Bureau, The City of Peekskill Board of Education, the Theodore D. Young Community Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, the Boys Club of New York. Presently directing the production “American Moor” written and performed by Emmy award nominated actor and former YTI instructor Keith Hamilton Cobb.

Priscilla Lomotey (Hip Hop Dance)

Priscilla Lomotey first began her training at the age of 8 in ballet, tap and jazz. Priscilla is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. She also studies at Alvin Ailey, Peridance Capezio, and Broadway Dance Center. Her love of dance has driven her to become as versatile as possible and she has expanded her repertoire to many different genres of dance such as hip hop, contemporary, street jazz, funk, modern, African, and Latin. Priscilla has performed in pieces from numerous noted choreographers such as Tweetie (Hip-Hop), Angelica Burgos (latin jazz, of Ballet Hispanico), and Robert Taylor (contemporary/street jazz, of So You Think You Can Dance). She has also competed and placed in nationally and internationally known dance competitions such as “Starpower,” “Showstoppers,” and in “West Coast Dance Explosion.”

Vado Diomande (West African Dance)

Born into the sacred stilt-dancing tradition of the Mahouka people in northwest Ivory Coast, Vado was born to dance. His father and uncle taught him the sacred ways, and soon Vado demonstrated rare excellence in the age-old customs. Discovered as an adolescent by talent scouts, Vado joined the budding Ballet National de Cote D’Ivoire in Abidjan, training in the traditional dances of over 60 ethnic groups of the Ivory Coast. Hailed as a captivating performer internationally, Vado’s career as a principal dancer spanned 15 years in the Ballet. Most impressive were his acrobatic dances of the Tall Mask, “God of the Sacred Forest”, Gue-Pelou. In 1989, Vado established his own dance company, L’Ensemble Kokiegna d’Abidjan, in Abidjan, touring Ivory Coast and Australia. He re-established his company in New York City in 1994 as KotchegnaDance Company, developing a corps of multicultural dancers and a repertoire that is widely loved and admired. Choreography began for Vado at the Ballet National. He has been commissioned by dance companies, theatre companies and schools to create powerful traditional dances, and has inspired many students and teachers to integrate his culture into their dances. Vado is a guest artist with many illustrious performers, artists and dancers. He has been a part of Tamango’s Urban Tap ensemble for many years, touring the USand Europe. He has contributed to Maimouna Keita, Umoja, Les Merveilles de Guinee, Seventh Principle, Les Ballets Africains, Ballet Djoniba, Masabo, Spirits SOA, Ancestral Messengers, as well as Haitian, Brazilian, tap and modern dance companies. As the heartbeat of all West African musical traditions, the drum is an integral part of Vado’s artistic life; he has drummed all his life. He often creates drum pieces for performers of all kinds, and is a beloved drum teacher. As a master dance teacher, his inspiration leads his students to pursue both dancing and drumming, in true African tradition. He has taught at the Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre since 1994, as well as at Alvin Ailey, Fareta, and Ifetayo, PMT Studio, New Dance Group and Black River Studios and gives workshops to schools and colleges worldwide