Thank you so much for giving me the gift of Rising Stars. I honestly don’t know what I would have spent my time doing during high school if it wasn’t for RRS. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and for the faith you have had in all of us.Participant theater
- Summer Stage Menu
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Rising Stars Summer Stage
Ages 6 – 16
Get in on the act with Riverdale’s premier theater arts intensive camp. Young artists, develop creatively in a collaborative, experiential environment. Industry professionals from Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV and film lead master classes and interactive workshops. Adults and teens from our renowned Rising Stars program mentor campers throughout the summer. We’ve opened up two new programs for younger children as well as kids interested in technical roles.
All Campers Enjoy
- Voice, Dance, and Acting Coaching
- Field Trip to a Broadway Show
- Daily Recreational Swim
- Instructional Swim
Summer Stage: Scene Stealers
Ages 6 – 7
Our camp offers basic training in the arts to budding performers entering 1st or 2nd grade. Campers receive Singing classes, Dance classes and Acting classes.
The 6 week summer intensive for our Scene Stealers will conclude with a performance for friends and families. (and the older campers!)
Campers will swim each day and participate in activities that include photography, puppetry, fitness & exercise, theatrical design, visual arts and more.
Summer Stage: Main Stage
Ages 7 – 14
Performers develop voice, dance, and acting skills culminating in a full scale musical production.Young artists, develop creatively and take an active role in performing a full-scale musical theater production in a collaborative, experiential environment. Industry professionals from Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV and film lead master classes and interactive workshops.
Summer Stage: Stage Craft
Ages 11 – 16
Kids entering 7th grade thru 10th grade who have an interest in all of the technical aspects of theater work with professionals to learn the basics of Lighting Design, Set Building, Sound Design, Prop Building, Stage Management and more. The second 1/2 of the session will be spent putting some of those skills to use in assisting with the production that the Summer Stage campers are performing in. There will be daily swim and electives that include Photography, Puppetry, Design, Visual Arts, Sports and more.
New to Summer Stage in 2020
Tracked Classes vs. Age Groups
In the past, classes have been grouped by age. All 4th graders would have danced together, 5th graders would have acting together, etc. While this model offered certain positives, we have decided that tracking classes by skill level rather than by age will create an environment where students’ skills will be able to be adequately challenged and nurtured, providing the most rewarding results. To determine the class level, the first two days of our intensive will be dedicated to auditions, both for our mainstage musical as well as for classes. On day three, each student will receive their schedule with the class placements that we believe will most benefit them.
New Classes and Electives
With our new focus on rigorous training, we will be shifting a number of our classes. Students will now participate in jazz and ballet classes as required studio dance classes, seeing as these are the two main styles of dance that influence musical theatre choreography. In these classes, students will learn the technique as well as choreography. Other dance classes (tap, hip-hop, modern, etc.) will be offered as electives. Additionally, students will no longer be required to swim every day. Instead, swim will be offered as an elective that students can choose to take.
Master Class Fridays
This summer we will be bringing back the Master Class Fridays that Summer Stage offered in the past. These can include audition workshops, Broadway guests, stage combat training, Shakespeare, and more.
- Full Summer: June 29 – August 7
- First Session: June 29 – July 17
- Second Session: July 20 – August 7
- Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm
- Early Drop Off 8:00 am
- Late Stay up to 6:00 pm
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The arts have the power to transform people and communities. There has never been a better time in our country to have an outlet for discovery of your own self-expression. The Riverdale Performing Arts Center is home to vibrant performances and professional training. We nurture passion for theater, music and dance in people of all ages and skill levels.
Building upon the strength of our thriving programs, we have added some incredible theater arts professionals who are not only working Actors, Directors, Dancers and Musicians, but a faculty committed to bringing professional training to those who want to keenly develop their performing skills or to provide an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie to those who simply want to have fun!
New This Year:
- All participants in Jr. Rising Stars and Rising Stars will receive individual evaluations and class recommendations from our faculty, based on our Fall Audition Process.
- All Jr. Rising Stars and Rising Stars will be taking a Theater Dance class as part of their rehearsal process
- The formation of THE TROUPE, our new traveling performance group. The Troupe will be selected from among our Theater, Dance & Music School students. We will create 30-45 minute revues with both original music/dance as well as featured songs from Broadway musicals. The Troupe will be available to entertain at area hospitals, senior centers, street fairs, community gatherings, special political events or wherever they can brighten someone’s day!
- New music classes that include Vocal Ensembles, Beats & Buckets, Group Guitar, Womans’ Choral Group celebrating music of the 1960s & 1970s.
- Focus in the music department in Voice, Drumming & all Orchestra Instruments, in addition to Piano, Violin & Guitar
- Acting Classes in Film/Television, Improv, Commercials, Scene Study, Stage Acting Basics –highlighted by Guest Artists who will offer Master Classes that will culminate in auditions for Casting & Talent Agents.
We remain dedicated to bringing quality performances to the Bronx. We are tremendously excited about the season ahead and what these new enrichment opportunities will bring to our community. This array of Performing Arts classes for children of all ages AND adults promises to raise our award-winning program to another level.
Dedication is key
We are so sad when we say goodbye to Seniors but there has always been one thing that has remained the same…your dedication and devotion to the kids. I wouldn’t be the person I am without you.Participant theater
My 5 year old’s lesson
My daughter loves her piano teacher and the relaxed family atmosphere in the music program at the Riverdale Y. We think the level of instruction is top flight too, and her progress has been amazing!Erich Schneiderman Music School