Youth Dance Theatre and Music

DANCE WITH A DIFFERENCE!

Dedicated to building a strong foundation in the arts, Studio 691 School of Dance is a non-competition institute focused on EDUCATION and EXPOSURE to all dance forms for children and adults. Studio 691 offers distinctive dance programs that motivate students through rewarding, challenging, and energetic classes.

Developing disciplined students, concentrating on dance fundamentals, emphasizing vocabulary, exploring choreography, and positively motivating dancers to excel are the core values of the YMCA Dance Program. Classes include Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Irish Step, and more for ages 2 through adult. Studio 691 focuses on individual student growth. Students who show potential for professional careers in dance are carefully prepared in our Dance Companies for high school conservatory and college acceptance.


CHILD & ADULT PROGRAM CLASS REGISTRATION OVERVIEW:

NEW THIS YEAR!  Registration for Session I AND Session II are OPEN!

ONLINE AND IN PERSON REGISTRATION is OPEN!

Session I Class Dates:

  • Monday: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, (no 9/30), 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
  • Tuesday: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29
  • Wednesday: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, (no 10/9), 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6
  • Thursday: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, (no 10/31), 11/7
  • Friday: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1
  • Saturday: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, (no 10/5, Buddy Walk), 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9
  • Sunday: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3
  • Break Week: November 4 – 10

Session II  Class Dates:

  • Monday: 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, (no 12/23), (no 12/30), 1/6, 1/13
  • Tuesday: 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, (no 12/24), (no 12/31), 1/7, 1/14
  • Wednesday: 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, (no 12/25), (no 1/1), 1/8, 1/15
  • Thursday: 11/14, 11/21, (no 11/28), 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, (no 12/26), 1/2, 1/9, 1/16
  • Friday: 11/15, 11/22, (no 11/29), 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, (no 12/27), 1/3, 1/10, 1/17
  • Saturday: 11/16, 11/23, (no 11/30), 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, (no 12/28), 1/4, 1/11, 1/18
  • Sunday: 11/17, 11/24, (no 12/1), 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, (no 12/29), 1/5, 1/12, 1/19​
  • Break Week: December 23 – January 1   /   Make Up Week:  January 20 – 26 

REGISTER TODAY!


Session I & II Offerings:

Music Education:

Studio 691 School of Music and Theatre Education offers opportunities for individuals to explore and refine their talents musically and dramatically through private instruction. The accomplished faculty includes musicians and educators currently working in the field of classical music and musical theatre. 

Private Music Lessons: Sess. I-II

Piano, Voice, Guitar Ages 5 & Up 

Studio 691 offers private and semi-private instruction by accomplished musicians and qualified instructors. Students are invited to perform in an end of semester recital in January.

Contact: [email protected]

Package of (15) 30min. Lessons/ Once a week 

Full Member: $599      Program Member: $620


Dance: 

Studio 691 School of Dance provides an environment where your child thrives as a dancer and grows as a young individual with qualities including discipline, respect, responsibility, and grace. We commit to providing high level instruction at low prices all year long. The Y’s Performing Arts wing includes four dance studios where practice is perfected to perform on the Y’s in-house stage. We instill self-confidence and poise through performance.

Pre-K:

Baby Ballerinas 

Ages 2 – 3 w/ Adult 

Sess. I-II Tue. 9:30-10:15am, Wed. 9:30-10:15am, Thu. 9-9:45am, Fri. 9-9:45am

Emphasize both fine and gross motor skill development, coordination, and balance in a safe and nurturing environment that encourages parent involvement. Participants will perform in “The Wee Little Nutcracker” on Dec. 14.

Full Member: $210  Program Member: $230

 

Pre-Ballet 

Age 3-4 Location: Franklin Lakes Community Center

Session I: Thu. 2:15-3pm

Be creative through movement, music, and mime. Learn and practice basic ballet skills, terminology, rhythm, and coordination in a supportive and supervised environment that fosters independence and self-confidence.

Full Member: $100    Program Member: $120

 

Pre-Ballet I 

Age 3 

Tue. 10:30-11:15am, Thu. 1-1:45pm,  Fri. 12:15-1pm, Sat. 9-9:45am

Be creative through movement, music, and mime. Learn and practice basic ballet skills, terminology, rhythm, and coordination in a supportive and supervised environment.

Full Member: $540    Program Member: $600


 

Pre-Ballet 2 

Age 4 

Mon. 1-1:45pm, Wed. 2:45-3:30pm

Thu. 4-4:45pm, Sat. 9:45-10:30am

Be creative through movement, music, and mime. Learn and practice basic ballet skills, terminology, rhythm, and coordination in a supportive and supervised environment.

Full Member: $540    Program Member: $600

 

Gr. K:

Kinder Ballet

Mon. 5-5:45pm, Sat. 10:30-11:15am

Learn barre exercises, vocabulary, body alignment, and level-appropriate movement for ballet, the foundation for all other dance styles.

Full Member: $540    Program Member: $600

  

Kinder Tap 

Wed. 5-5:45pm

Posture, rhythm, and motor skills are developed alongside self confidence in movement. Beginning tap concepts, patterns, and vocabulary are taught.

Full Member: $540    Program Member: $600


Gr. 1 - 2:

Ballet I 

Tue. 4-5pm, Sat. 11:15am-12:15pm

Develop the concepts of ballet including proper turn out, coordination, and spatial awareness with a specific focus on class etiquette.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Irish Dance I 

Wed. 6:15-7pm 

Establish familiarity with the music while learning the fundamentals essential to traditional Irish Dance, including foot placement, timing, body alignment, and basic steps in the reel and jig. 

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Jazz I 

Thu. 5-6pm 

Enhance body positions, vocabulary, and stage performance in this class focused on introducing technique, coordination, and flexibility.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

 

Modern I 

Thu. 4-5pm

Build strength, body alignment, and musicality through modern dance where floor work will also be introduced.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Tap I 

Tue. 5-6pm, Fri. 4-5pm

Great for developing gross motor skills, rhythm, and coordination. Tap I consists of warm-up exercises, across the floor combinations, and rhythmic phrases.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620


Gr. 3 - 4:

Ballet 2 

Tue. 5-6pm 

Learn proper placement, alignment, balance, technique, and control. Focus is on improving strength and body positioning in barre and center work, as well as learning the vocabulary.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Irish Dance 2 

Wed. 7-8pm

Evolving mastery of traditional movement concentrating on technique, proficiency, speed, and carriage, with a focus on timing and listening skills. Traditional céilí group dances will be introduced.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Irish Hardshoe 2 

Wed. 8-8:45pm Irish Dance 2 Required

For those in their first (upon Director Approval) and second year of hardshoe training: Technique for producing trebles and basic percussive rhythms will be introduced and strengthened. Dance tempos will include treble reels, jigs, and hornpipes including traditional set pieces.

Full Member: $360    Program Member: $420

 

Jazz 2 

Wed. 4-5pm 

Understanding body awareness, opposition techniques, and pirouettes are an integral piece of this discipline. Complex movement patterns challenge the dancer’s mind and body.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

 

Modern 2 

Mon. 6-7pm

Develop full body integration with strength and dynamic quality for performance in a creative, energetic, and positive environment.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Tap 2 

Tue. 4-5pm 

Explore coordination, time steps, beginning turns, short combinations, and showmanship along with rhythm and timing within a wide range of musical accompaniment.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620


Gr. 5 - 7:

Ballet 3 

Tue. 6-7:15pm

Develop movement sequences, port de bras, and balance while learning proper extension of the legs and shape of feet. Increase core strength and flexibility.

Full Member: $580    Program Member: $640

 

Irish Dance 3 

Thu. 6:15-7:15pm 

Continue to learn more intricate rhythms and steps while maintaining proper posture. Focus on increased stamina, lift, and improved foot placement. More complex céilí dances will be taught.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Irish Hard Shoe 3 

Thu. 7:15-8pm Irish Dance 3 Required 

For those who have mastered the basic technique of trebles, toes, and clicks while keeping time with the music. More complex rhythms will be taught to reel, jig, and hornpipe music with added focus on foot placement, clicks, spring with proper posture, and more movement across the floor.

Full Member: $360    Program Member: $420

 

Jazz 3 

Tue. 5-6pm 

Focus on flexibility, body alignment, core strength, and increased body awareness. Introduction to components of the Advanced Jazz warm-up are incorporated. Pirouettes, opposition techniques, and complex across the floor patterns challenge the dancer’s mind and body. 

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Jazz 3 Advanced 

Mon. 4-5pm Dir. Approval & Ballet 3 Req.

Develop proper jazz technique through kicks, leaps, turn variations, jumps, and multiple pirouettes. Precision style jazz is taught incorporating strong lines and quick, sharp movements.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

 

Modern 3 

Thu. 5-6pm

Explore movement and understand the alignment of the body, the importance of technique, and quality of performance. Floor work, partner work, and full body movement integration is incorporated.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Pre-Pointe 

Wed. 5-6pm Dir. Approval 

Dancers must be 12 years of age and enrolled in two ballet classes per week. 

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Tap 3

Mon. 5-6pm 

Instill a strong skill set by developing technique and sound clarity with an added focus on increasing speed and building vocabulary. Personal responsibility in memorization of steps and using energy and enthusiasm is expected.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Tap 3 Advanced 

Mon. 6-7pm Dir. Approval 

Fast paced class requires knowledge and skill level to perform and perfect Tap 3 vocabulary. Increased speed, musicality, timing, rhythm, and clarity are emphasized.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620


Gr. 8 - 12: 

Ballet 4 

Tue. 7:15-8:30pm, Wed. 4-5pm

Emphasis on multiple pirouettes, fluidity of movement, and the intricacies of small and large jumps which are essential in continuing to improve as a ballet dancer.

Full Member: $580    Program Member: $640

 

Ballet 5  Dir. Approval 

Tue. 6-7:15pm, Wed. 6:15-7:30pm

Emphasis on multiple pirouettes, fluidity of movement, and the intricacies of small and large jumps which are essential in continuing to improve as a ballet dancer.

Full Member: $580    Program Member: $640

 

Jazz 4 

Thu. 4-5pm 

Take risks and explore unique choreographic style while refining technique. Emphasis on improved flexibility, warm-up, kicks, turns, jumps, and complex combinations.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Jazz 5 Dir. Approval 

Sat. 9-10:30am

Take risks and explore unique choreographic style while refining technique. Emphasis on improved flexibility, warm-up, kicks, turns, jumps, and complex combinations.

Full Member: $600    Program Member: $660

 

Modern 4 

Mon. 4-5pm 

Build a technique balanced by correct alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, and musicality. Express yourself through movement.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

 

Modern 5 Dir. Approval 

Mon. 7-8pm 

Build a technique balanced by correct alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, and musicality. Express yourself through movement.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

 

Pointe Dir. Approval 

Tue. 7:15-8pm & Wed. 7:30-8:15pm

Dancers must be enrolled in two ballet classes per week.

Full Member: $600    Program Member: $660

 

Tap 4 

Thu. 5-6pm

Intricate rhythmic patterns, sound clarity, and increased speed and vocabulary are the focus for continued progress.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

Tap 5 Dir. Approval 

Wed. 5:15-6:15pm

Intricate rhythmic patterns, sound clarity, and increased speed and vocabulary are the focus for continued progress.

Full Member: $560    Program Member: $620

 

NEW! Intro to Tap 

Wed. 4-5pm   Sess. I 

Intro to Tap starts at the beginning with a goal of quickly moving students to a level where they can comfortably integrate into faster paced classes. Learn Studio 691 tap class warm up components, commonly used tap dance vocabulary and technique while dancing across the floor and in combinations of moves at increasing levels of difficulty. 

Full Member: $140    Program Member: $160

 


Studio 691 Dance Company 

Character, discipline, hard work, and technique are important attributes that Company Members possess. These dancers are challenged in their technique and pushed to the next level. A large commitment of time is required for these groups. Master classes, trips, and performance opportunities are available. 

Company dancers are required to take two ballet classes, one modern class, one jazz class, and two rehearsal periods in assigned levels. Two companies are formed each school year and every dancer is assigned appropriate level classes after the audition process.

Director approval only. 

Company Rehearsal A:

Mon. 6-7pm  

Full Member: $460    Program Member: $520

 

Sat. 10:30am-12pm 

Full Member: $500    Program Member: $560

 

Company Rehearsal B:

Mon. 5-6pm  

Full Member: $460    Program Member: $520

 

Sat. 12-1:15pm  

Full Member: $480    Program Member: $540