We will be closed on Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18 for Shavuot. Our back parking lot will be closed on Wednesday, May 19 to allow our renovations to be completed (find out more).

Summer Stage

Welcome to Summer Stage 2021!

Our Summer Stage program has undergone a full makeover. These shifts were put on hold last summer, but we can’t wait to implement them this year. We are so excited to share the changes that are coming! Camp will run from June 28 to August 6. This year we perform Legally Blonde Jr.

New and Improved: Summer Stage Performing Arts Intensive

This summer we will be redirecting the goals of Summer Stage from those of a camp to those of a musical theatre training intensive. Along with this shift in focus, comes a number of other changes.

Tracked Classes vs. Age Groups

In the past, classes have been grouped by age. All 4th graders would have dance 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’ individual skills will be able to be adequately challenged and nurtured, providing the most rewarding results. In order to determine 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 own personal 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 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 opt into.

Master Class Fridays

This summer we will be bringing back the Master Class Fridays that Summer Stage used to offer in the past. These may include audition workshops, Broadway guests, stage combat training, Shakespeare and more.

We are thrilled to bring these changes to Summer Stage, and cannot wait to provide these young artists with an optimal musical theatre training experience.

Yanniv Frank

Program Director, Summer Stage

Yanniv Frank is a New York-based actor, puppeteer, and visual artist. To date, Yanniv has performed in a total of 39 productions, including both plays and musicals. Some favorite roles…

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Dates

  • Full Summer: June 28 – August 6
  • Session II: July 19 – August 6

Number of Days / Hours

  • 5 Days: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Early Drop Off starts at 8:00 am
  • Late Stay up to 6:00 pm

Rates

  • Full Summer: General Rate: $3,990; Member Rate: $3,590.
  • Summer Session I (6/28 – 7/16): General Rate: $2,590. Member Rate: $2,330.
  • Summer Session II (7/19 – 8/6): General Rate: $2,590. Member Rate: $2,330.

 

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Ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and more, taught by working professionals.

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Music

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Camp

A summer spent preparing and performing a full-scale musical production.

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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.

Laurie Walton

Director, Performing Arts

(347) 913-4430

Laurie Walton is the founder of the Riverdale Rising Stars, the Y’s renowned teen theater group, and the Riverdale Repertory Company, The Y’s adult theater program. Under Laurie’s guidance, the…

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Shawn Renfro

Managing Director, Performing Arts

(347) 913-4430

From kindergarten in Staten Island, to high school in the Bronx, and from elementary school kids at the 92nd street Y to eighteen to twenty year old adults at Rikers…

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Performing Arts Faculty

Laurie Walton

Director, Performing Arts

Shawn Renfro

Managing Director, Performing Arts

Karin Rendelman

Dance Faculty

Rachel Mazur

Dance Faculty

Marisa Post

Dance Faculty

Allison Podolsky

Dance Faculty

Svitlana Syrtsova

Piano Teacher

George Nazos

Guitar Teacher

Jessie Sector

Dance Faculty

Joe Berger

Guitar Teacher

Kara Tatelbaum

Dance Faculty

Julia Salleres

Voice Teacher

Paul DeSilva

Piano Teacher

Beulah Cox

Violin Teacher

Magdalena Garbalinska

Violin Teacher

Justin Fischer

Director, Music

Bob Walton

Theater Staff

Brittany Dozario

Theater Staff

Mason Taub

Theater Staff

Michael Brown

Theater Staff

Eric Zoback

Set Designer

Yanniv Frank

Program Director, Summer Stage

Jon Berger

Drums and Percussion Instructor