This is an exciting time for dancers at Greater York Dance. It is the time when hundreds of students of all ages join our dance programs 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. The combination of music and movement allows students to express themselves and to study a broad range of styles with a solid foundation in Ballet (ABT® National Training Curriculum) and Dance (partnership with Studios from LA).
Our main educational goal is to provide inspiration and education to our students in an environment of health. We are fortunate to have the physicians of Wellspan Ortho to watch over and guide our dancers. 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. And don’t forget to check out our PERFORMING COMPANIES (Midstate Ballet, Midstate Musical Theatre and the GYDance Crew) along with TRAVEL & TOURING opportunities this season. Watch for FLASH FRIDAYS which will have one time or short term dance classes based on popular demand. Greater York Dance has partnered with a group from Los Angeles, CA that will offer LIVE-STREAMING CLASSES from LA with world famous instructors as part of a MASTER CLASS SERIES for those who want a little more. Since my mom started the school in 1971, we have always been about cutting edge and about 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!
Many of our young dancers will have their first performance at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in the Nutcracker Ballet or the Hip Nut. Our tiniest tots along with all the students of the school will dance in the December Visitor’s Showcases, and in the June DanceFest. We will 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 performance season unfolds. And, did you know that we have several students currently on college scholarships up to $30,000 per year for dance at top universities across the country? Be assured that we have the knowledge and offer the support that can take you to your dreams. We even house the DANCE IT FORWARD Outreach program that provides dance training to students with no regard to their ability to pay.
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!
Standards of Excellence
Imagine being a part of a passionate, organized and current center for dance with a mashup of opportunities for the entire family. Well, that is what you get and more at Greater York Dance! The school’s curriculum meets the needs of the casual dancer or theatre arts student as well as the student on a college or professional track. Greater York Dance maintains a staff of recognized professionals who combine their experience and technical expertise to offer superior training and encouragement to all participants.
Artistic Talent Development
Whether you dream of performing on the stage, street or just for yourself, you will be led by superior teachers who make all the difference.
Value Since 1971
To put it simply, our programs are based on years of experience. Our family friendly pricing gives discounts for multiple classes taken. Parents have 24-hour access to their online accounts through the online account management system.
New Opportunities, More than Dance Classes
We offer over 70 classes per week for your dancing convenience. No two students are alike, either physically or cognitively; therefore, we also offer Private, & Semi-Private Instruction or Coaching according to the dance interest and priority of each student. Students wishing to advance at an accelerated pace are encouraged to take classes and supplement with private instruction when possible. Focused private or semi-private instruction can change a student’s dance experience altogether. Students may also wish to work on competition or special performance material and be coached.
We are constantly adding new experiences. We like to call them dancexperiences. We have connections that will help you to reach your goals.
Need help selecting your classes? Schedule a meeting or contact one of our directors by emailing CustomerService@gydance.org.
- Midstate Ballet
- The Midstate Ballet, since 1982, is the region’s premiere ballet company.
Under the direction of Lori Garling 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 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 17: 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 17: 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 17: Summer Intensive
- GYDance Crew
- GYDance Crew, headed by Allison Smith, is about Hip Hop & Breakdance and performs at the Hip Nut, Light Up York, June DanceFest, October, 2017 – York Halloween Parade and at professional sporting events such as a Philly 76er’s game 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 17: Hip Nut Boot Camp and 1 other Weekly Hip Hop Class required.
- Midstate Musical Theatre
- 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 17: Musical Theatre Camp & 1 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 / Disney Musical 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
Touring/Travel is optional and additional $
Our performances include~
October York Halloween Parade, Invitations to perform in the Orange Bowl, Italy Performance Tour, Trip to New York City,
Light Up York, The Hip Nut, The Nutcracker Ballet, Miss York County Pageant, York Revolution, Philly 76er’s, June DanceFest & more!
PERFORMING COMPANIES STUDY YEAR-ROUND