Session: Summer 2020
Chapter:  Dance-ST
Location:  ONLINE
Time:  12:00am - 12:00pm
Day:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Starts:  06/01
Ages:  12-18
Tuition:  $165.00

Camp Description

Intermediate/Advanced Track (Completed a full year in any Level 2 (Ages 12-18) class) - The Intermediate/Advanced Level Dance Track is for any dancer who has taken at least one full year in a Level 2 dance class. This track will include in depth training on all the core dance styles as well as push you in styles you may have never worked on before! 
  • Monday @ 2:15  (June 1, 8, 15) - Ballet - Hope (Ages 12-18) - This ballet class will move at a fast pace while focusing on intermediate level technique. Placement: You must have completed a full year in any Level 2 (Ages 12-18) class.
  • Tuesday @ 4:45 (June 2, 9, 16) - Fosse - April (Ages 12-18) - Robert Louis Fosse was an American dancer, musical-theatre choreographer, and theatre and film director. This class will focus on his style of dance. Placement: You must have completed a full year in any Level 2 (Ages 12-18) class.
  • Tuesday @ 6:00 (June 2, 9, 16) - Advanced Musical Theatre Tap - April (Ages 12-18) - This is an advanced  level class that is designed to continue with more complex tap skills and performance value. Placement: You must have completed a full year in any Level 2 (Ages 12-18) class.
  • Wednesday @ 6:00 (June 3, 10, 17) - Jazz- April (Ages 12-18)- Dancers will learn to develop strength, flexibility and coordination while continuing to work toward more complex dance and performance skills. Placement: You must have completed a full year in any Level 2 (Ages 12-18) class.
  • Thursday @ 4:45 (June 4, 11, 18) - Strength and Conditioning - Chelsea (Ages 12-18) - This class focuses on the body's center; the core is where all movements begin and end. Improving balance, flexibility, body alignment, and strength allows a dancer to perform at their full potential. 
  • Saturday @ 2:00 (June 6, 13, 20) - Contemporary - Bekah (Ages 12-18) -  This class will encourage dancers to express emotion through a free-flowing, interpretive style similar to lyrical. 
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Hope Goertzen

Hope Goertzen began dancing at age 6 with AngelFeet Dance Studio in south central Kansas. Here she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointé and was member of the touring Ministry Team. After interning at The Washington Ballet at THEARC in Washington D.C., Hope found her calling to teach dance while assisting with the DanceDC program. While pursuing her bachelors at Kansas State University she performed at many venues including the Kansas Dance Festival in 2013, The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, the Kansas State Fair, and many others. Hope was a member of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, the Kansas State Theater Organization and received her bachelors in theater with a concentration in dance. Hope has taught for CYT in the dance studio since 2015 and has choreographed four CYT shows: James and the Giant Peach, Wizard of Oz, Annie Warbucks & Madagascar. She looks forward to growing with the CYT family and whatever opportunities come in the future!


April Okken

April has been dancing since she was in preschool. She received a BS in Math and a minor in Dance from Missouri State University. While attending Missouri State, she was a member of the Sugar Bears Dance Team. As a Sugar Bear, she danced in Spain, at the Macy's 2001 Thanksgiving D ay Parade, and the National Dance Competition at Walt Disney World which aired on ESPN. April has also performed in Las Vegas, 1996 Summer Olympics, and Theater in the Park's Singin' in the Rain. She has choreographed shows for CYT as well as high school musicals and dance teams. April choreographed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Seussical, The Musical for TTIP and won the Demi Award for Best Choreography for the 2009 season. She became a certified Jazzercise Instructor in the spring of 2014 and enjoys motivating people to achieve their fitness goals. This fall she will being teaching Musical Theater Dance at MidAmerica Nazarene University. April has been married to Brett since 2003. They have 3 children: Jeremiah, Kathleen, and Matthias. She is blessed to be teaching at CYT sharing her love of dance for the Lord!


Chelsea Shaffer

Chelsea started dancing at the age of four, competing with various studios until she started training at Studio J School of Dance under the direction of Stephanie Judah and Crysti Miller in Independence, Missouri. She attended many competitions competing in tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theatre. During this time Chelsea also trained in ballet 3 times a week and took pointe. She was invited to various dance intensives including GoPro, a pre-professional summer workshop where she was able to take class from renowned choreographers such as Don Mirault, Helene Phillips, and Janet Langer while performing at the Clay Cooper Theatre in Branson, Missouri. She also attended a ballet intensive, Ballet JG, in Chicago directed by Jennifer Grapes. Chelsea recently graduated from the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment at Oklahoma City University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Dance Management with a double minor in Business Entrepreneurship and History. She trained in ballet five days a week under Jo Rowan, Kay Sandel, Veronica Wilcox, Jessica Fay, and Ty Love. Chelsea also trained in jazz under Brian Marcum, Alana Martin, Tiffany van der Merwe, Tiffany Warford, Kelli Stevens, and Kari Shaw. And tap training under Diana Brooks, Brian Marcum, Sherri Hayden, Cassandra Mora, Patricia Oplotnik, Kari Shaw, Tiffany Warford, and Aaron Pomeroy. Chelsea hopes to pursue a career traveling the world as a professional dancer. She feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to share her passion for dance with so many young minds and looks forward to the CYT dance season!


Bekah Acosta

Bekah has been dancing for 16 years, and has been teaching for a total of 4 years. Bekah trained at Kansas City Ballet, The Culture House, and has performed with Storling Dance Company for many consecutive years. Her greatest passion is choreography and watching her students excel and grow during each class session. She feels truly blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the CYT family & looks forward to spending many years in the future teaching!