Programs & Classes

2020-21 Class Line-Up

Summer 2021 Programs & Classes

A Message from the Director,
Lori Garling

Lori 5-19The FUTURE OF DANCE is really HERE!  We have been dancing for 50 seasons! There isn’t anything better than to be taught by the best faculty who live to love and inspire their students! Since my mom started the school in 1971, we have always been 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.
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 school divisions: 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:
American Ballet Theatre with Lauren Yentzer (certified to teach the ABT® National Training Curriculum) is the basis for the School of Ballet.
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 as often as possible.
Our Early Childhood Program is taught by Allison Smith and Niki Zengerle, certified to teach in our early childhood curriculum.
The School of Commercial Dance boasts Disney Musical 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, 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 COMPANY EXPERIENCE brings you pre-professional Performance Training through the Midstate Ballet, Midstate Musical Theatre and the GYDance Crew, all very active in our community.
Many of our young dancers will have their first performance in the Nutcracker Ballet (usually held at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts) or enjoy dancing in our Holiday Show. We love to 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. 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 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. We look forward to Season #50 with our dance family!


Performing Companies

The Midstate Ballet, since 1982, is the region’s premiere pre-professional ballet company. Under the direction of Lori Garling, 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. In addition, select dancers are invited to educational trips/conventions and solo competitions.
* We recommend that Prep Level students enroll in a Level 5 Variations Class to guarantee performing in a Ballet in the June Show.

CONTEMPORARY Open to Levels 7/8/9, Must be proficient in Ballet.
Choose at least 1 Ballet, 1 Acro, 1 Modern or Contemporary class/wk plus rehearsal of the 5 classes/wk that are required.
Summer: Half of the Summer Intensive

PREP LEVEL*, Open to Level 5+, 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: Summer Intensive

JR & SR Open 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 required.
Summer: Summer Intensive

GYDance Crew under the leadership of Allison Smith is all about Hip Hop and performs at the Holiday Show, June Show, York Halloween Parade, York Revs plus are invited to entertain at special events throughout our community.  In addition, select dancers are invited to educational trips/conventions and solo competitions.

JR & SR Must be enrolled in at least 1 Hip Hop class and a class of choice/wk plus Hip Hop Crew rehearsal.
Summer: Hip Hop Boot Camp and Commercial Dance Intensive required.

Triple threat performers under the skillful direction of Amanda Klotz, Midstate Musical Theatre performs a Disney Kids or original musical theatre production each season; all members will be included and are cast in the production by audition. These entertainers will perform as called upon by our community and at the June Show. In addition, select dancers are invited to educational trips/conventions.

JR & SR Must be enrolled in at least 1 Jazz class/wk plus rehearsal.
Summer: Commercial Dance Intensive & 1 other Weekly Class required.

Performing Company Details


To enroll in a performing company:
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)

Summer Tuition is charged for the required minimum whether member attends or not.

Membership or Business Sponsor $200 for one or all performing companies due 11/1

Basket or gift card donation to the Holiday Gala or Fundraiser ($25 minimum).

Volunteer Deposit  $200 ($100 due 12/15 and 5/15)
Earn a voucher to offset this fee by volunteering; may be earned in full or partially depending upon levels of volunteerism.

The Holiday Show / Nutcracker Ballet / 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; GYDance Crew needs to purchase uniform top, sneakers, leggings.
All Performing Company members must have a GYDance official jacket and specific items listed in the Performing Company Handbook.

Touring/Travel is optional and additional $
. We plan to attend at least 1-2 conventions this season.
Solo competitions will be offered to select dancers. See Performing Company Handbook & Private Lesson Under Tuition.