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.

2018-2019 Class Schedule

Time / DayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
09:00am
-
10:00am
Guitar 2
09:30am
-
10:40am
Jim Koppel
Ballet 1B
09:30am
-
10:40am
Elisha Ivory
10:00am
-
11:00am
Hip Hop Dance 1
10:45am
-
11:55am
W. J. Nicholas
Vocal
10:45am
-
11:55am
Kim Dorsey
04:00pm
-
05:00pm
Keyboard 1A
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Chantal Balestri
West African Dance 1
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Vado Diomande
Steel Band
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Alston Jack
Hip Hop Dance 2
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Jessica Parris
Keyboard 2
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Chantal Balestri
Latin Dance
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Emiliz Santiago
Break Dance
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Michael Okoasia
Tap Dance 2
04:15pm
-
05:15pm
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs
Ballet 2
04:30pm
-
05:40pm
Azucena Rollan
05:00pm
-
06:00pm
Keyboard 1B
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Aixa Rosario-Medina
Intimate Realities
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Paul Kwame Johnson
African Drumming
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Vado Diomande
Hip Hop Dance 3
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Jessica Parris
West African Dance 2
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Zan Myers
Intro to Musical Theatre & Drama
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs
Tap Dance 1
05:15pm
-
06:15pm
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs
Guitar 1
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Janette Beham
Ballet 1A
05:45pm
-
06:55pm
Azucena Rollan
07:00pm
-
08:00pm
Hip Hop 4/Rep
07:00pm
-
08:10pm
Jessica Parris
Musical Theatre
07:00pm
-
08:10pm
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs

Our Instructors

  • A-H
  • J-V

Chantal Balestri (Keyboard)

Italian/Swiss pianist Chantal Balestri is a versatile classical musician active in the European & American music scenes. Highlights of her recent career include a solo appearance with the NYU Symphony Orchestra and her debut with the violinist Lucilla Mariotti at Carnegie Hall. She is recipient of numerous scholarships and competition awards, most recently the Miami Piano Festival 2017. She has concertized through Europe and North America at venues including in Lincoln Center, DiMenna Center, Wiener Saal (Austria), Sala Piatti (Italy), Kaisersaal der Historisches Kaufhaus (Freiburg, Germany), Auditorium de Lalonja. More…

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. More…

Mamie Duncan-Gibbs (Musical Theatre and Tap)

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.

Chelsea P. Freeman (Ballet, Tap, and Hip Hop)

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. More…

Elisha Ivory (Ballet)

 

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. More…

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; More…

 

Nicholas (Hip Hop)

Michael Okoasia (Breakdance)

Michael Okoasia is an African American Hiphop / Afrobeat dancer. Raised in Nigeria and inspires others with his Choreography. Michael has a strong passion for teaching, he believes in having the basic knowledge in dance and it’s culture. He shares his skill with the Youth and teenagers who aspire to become choreographers themselves. More…

Jessica Parris (Hip Hop)

Jessica’s love for dance began at the age of 5, while attending Thomas Pullen, a performing arts school in Maryland.  Once she reached 5th grade she began taking Ballet, Tap, Jazz, African and Hip-Hop classes.  She continued dancing in high school, and throughout her college career at Salisbury University, where she studied Psychology and dance. More…

Jessica Pitt (Hip Hop)

Jessica Pitt. Originally from Long Island New York has been training since the age of 2. Throughout her childhood she trained at many different schools, this helped her to become very diverse and skilled in many different styles. Training in Ballet , Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, African, Salsa etc. Jessica has also danced professionally as a dancer for the Ny Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Knicks City Kids/Dancers). More…

Azucena Rollan (Ballet)

Emiliz Santiago (Latin Dance)

Born on January 18, 1979 in Humacao, PR. From 1996 to 1998 Emiliz Santiago traveled to Pasadena CA to develop herself in the art of the Classical Pantomime with Todd Farley in Mimeistry College. As co-founder of Classic Pantomime School (CPS) and Mimodia troupe, she had lots of opportunities to perform in many countries such as Puerto Rico, Italy, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Singapore, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and United States. More…