A Message from the Director,
It’s hard to believe that 2018-19 marks 48 seasons! This is the time when hundreds of students of all ages join our dance programs, preparations for performances and another school year unfolds. We are fortunate to have the best faculty engaged in teaching and inspiring students of all ages, levels and aspirations. Since my mom started the school in 1971, we have always been about THE FUTURE OF DANCE and about sharing our LOVE OF DANCE. As our community’s 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we hope you will take advantage of our passion and DANCE YOUR LIFE! We house both recreational and pre-professional intensities of study in a joyful and professional atmosphere. Our fine tuned programs allow students to express themselves and to study a broad range of styles with a solid foundation in Ballet and Dance. Be assured that we have the knowledge and offer the support that can take you to your dreams. Our main educational goal is to provide inspiration and education to our students in an environment of health. As you explore our programs, you will learn about our schools of dance: The School of Early Childhood, The School of Ballet and The School of Commercial Dance. At Greater York Dance, you will choose your schedule based on what styles of dance you enjoy.
I am happy to share that we have several local, national and international partnerships in place in order to give you the best the dance world has to offer such as: We are fortunate to have professional ballerina, Marena Perez from Puerto Rico, as Artistic Advisor to the Midstate Ballet. Marena consults with artistic staff, coaches for YAGP and visits the school several weeks each year; American Ballet Theatre with Lauren Yentzer (certified to teach the ABT® National Training Curriculum) is the basis for the School of Ballet. Our Early Childhood faculty are Twinkle Star Dance™ Curriculum certified along with the Leap ’n Learn Syllabus training.
The School of Commercial Dance boasts Disney Musicals, Disney performances and has talented and educated instructors like Amanda Klotz who also creates original musicals for the Midstate Musical Theatre. Amanda attended the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and The New School University and has a BFA in Musical Theatre. We are blessed to have NFL Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader, Jennah Motter, on our faculty. Jennah brings the latest in Jazz, Ballet, Conditioning and Contemporary.
Wellspan Ortho keeps our dancers safe with their frequent visits and free consultations. Their trainers and physicians consult with key faculty and evaluate the pre-professional dancers to keep them in optimum shape and guide their health and fitness.
Our PERFORMING COMPANIES (Midstate Ballet, Midstate Musical Theatre and the GYDance Crew) are very active throughout the community, plus this is the season for our Disney World Performance Tour where our dancers get to perform there on New Year’s Day! Join a company for next season and your dancer may join in this performance.
Many of our young dancers will have their first performance at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts in the Nutcracker Ballet along accompanied by the Midstate Ballet Orchestra or enjoy dancing in The Hip Nut. Our tiniest tots along with all the students of the school will dance for their parents in December’s Visitor’s Week, and in the June Show. Through these opportunities, we celebrate and share family joy and student achievement. Thousands will watch our dancers and be taken away with the arts and applaud a well-deserved “thank you” for a job well done as our 2018-19 performance season unfolds. It all starts with small beginnings and ends as we proudly watch our students thrive in dance when they graduate to go onward and reach for their life’s goals. We are equally proud of those who may only study with us for a brief period of time. You see, our joy is to share this extraordinary art form. I look forward to the coming season with our dance family!
Our Programs & Classes
The Midstate Ballet, since 1982, is the region’s premiere ballet company.
Under the direction of Lori Vancura with Lauren Peate as Ballet Mistress, the company provides both technical and performance training to aspiring dancers. Most youth ballet dancers are also college-bound or wish to pursue professional careers. Performance Training through Midstate Ballet membership develops the versatility in dancers that is needed to excel at leading universities and with professional choreographers and companies. Dancers are placed by audition of the choreographer into appropriate pieces for their level and abilities. Not all dancers are cast in every piece.
* We recommend that Prep Level students enroll in a Level 4 Variations Class to guarantee a ballet performing place in the June Show as Prep level is not guaranteed a ballet piece.
CONTEMPORARY FOCUS – Open to Level 6/7, Ballet Proficient
Choose at least 1 Ballet, 1 Acro, 1 Modern or Contemporary classes/wk plus rehearsal of the 5 classes/wk that are required.
Summer Requirement: Half of the Summer Intensive
PREP LEVEL* – Open to Level 4+, Progressive Intensity or higher
Choose at least 2 Ballet, 1 Acro, 1 Modern or Contemporary class/week plus rehearsals of the 4 classes/wk that are required.
Summer Requirement: Summer Intensive
JR, Open to Level 4/5 Elite or Pre-Pro Intensity
SR, Open to Level 6/7 Elite or Pre-Pro Intensity
Choose at least 3 Ballet, 1 pointe, 1 Acro, 1 Conditioning, 1 Contemporary or Modern classes/week plus rehearsals of the 8/classes that are required.
Summer Requirement: Summer Intensive
GYDance Crew, headed by Allison Smith, is about Hip Hop & Breakdance and performs at the Hip Nut, Light Up York, June Show, York Halloween Parade and at professional sporting events plus are invited to entertain at special events throughout our community.
JR & SR Must be enrolled in 1 other Hip Hop class and a class of choice/wk and 1 Hip Hop Crew reh/wk
Summer Requirement: 1-2 Weeks of Commercial Intensive or 2 other Weekly Classes plus Hip Nut Boot Camp for everyone required.
Triple threat performers under the skillful direction of Amanda Klotz and Jennah Motter, Midstate Musical Theatre performs a Disney Kids musical theatre production each season; all members will be included and are cast in the production by audition. These entertainers will perform at Light Up York and at other appropriate community events.
JR, Open to Level 4/5 Young Artist or higher Intensity
SR, Open to Level 6/7 4/5 Young Artist or higher Intensity
Must choose at least 1 Jazz Class/week plus 1 reh/wk; A min of the 2 classes/wk are required.
Summer Requirement: 1-2 Weeks of Commercial Intensive or 2 other Weekly Class required
Performing Company Details
To enroll in a performing company, just add the company or companies of your choice.
Then add the Sunday GYDance Performing companies “class” that is listed under Sunday (which doesn’t mean you attend on a Sunday).
Membership or Business Sponsor $200 for one or all performing companies due 11/1
Volunteer Deposit – $200 ($100 due 12/15 and 5/15);
Earn a voucher to offset this fee by volunteering.
Hip Nut / Nutcracker Ballet / Musical Theatre Participation Dues $100 (for one or all shows; must be in the show if in that co); due 10/1
Midstate Musical Theatre members may need to provide costuming, depending upon role; Hip Hop Crew needs to purchase uniform top/leggings/jacket
Touring/Travel is optional and additional $
Our performances have included~
October York Halloween Parade, Trip to New York City,
Light Up York, The Hip Nut, The Nutcracker Ballet, Miss York County Pageant, York Revolution, June Show & more!
PERFORMING COMPANIES STUDY YEAR-ROUND