Phoenix, Mesa & Glendale


Spring 2018 classes begin the week of February 19th.  Class showcases will be held the week of April 23rd. 

CYT Phoenix is dedicated to the training of young performers through our classes offered each session. Weekly classes run for ten weeks. A variety of classes are offered for 5-18 year olds in drama, voice, dance (ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical), and specialty classes that vary per session. Most of the classes are small to ensure personal attention and growth. At the end of a CYT session, students will come away with improved skills in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy Showcase is presented by each class to demonstrate to other students, family, and friends what they have learned.
Note: Showcase may be scheduled for a different day of the week than the actual class.

Compounding discounts are available for students or siblings taking more than one class. The first class is full price, the second class is $20.00 off, the third class is $40.00 off, and so on up to 10 discounts! Prorated refunds for withdrawing from class are available through the second week of classes only. Students who audition for the main stage show are not eligible for a tuition refund. 

Please contact the Managing Director if you are interested in setting up a payment plan.

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Day: Time: Start: End: Area: Location:
Advanced Voice for Teens 13-18 Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:50pm Feb 21 Apr 25 Phoenix
(Spring 2018)
CYT Studio
Basics of Acting 8-18 Friday 4:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 23 Apr 27 Phoenix
(Spring 2018)
CYT Studio
Basics of Musical Theater 8-18 Thursday 4:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 22 Apr 26 Phoenix
(Spring 2018)
CYT Studio
Basics of Musical Theater - Mesa 5-18 Tuesday 4:30pm - 6:20pm Feb 20 Apr 24 Phoenix
(Spring 2018)
Charis Christian Church
Beginning Jazz 8-18 Wednesday 6:10pm - 8:00pm Feb 21 Apr 25 Phoenix
(Spring 2018)
CYT Studio
Comedy Scene Work and Monologues 8-18 Friday 4:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 23 Apr 27 Phoenix
(Spring 2018)
CYT Studio
CYT Phoenix Improv Team 12-18 Tuesday 4:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 20 Apr 24 Phoenix
(Spring 2018)
CYT Studio
Intermediate Dance Technique 12-18 Thursday 6:00pm - 7:50pm Feb 22 Apr 26 Phoenix
(Spring 2018)
CYT Studio
Intermediate Tap 8-18 Wednesday 4:10pm - 6:00pm Feb 21 Apr 25 Phoenix
(Spring 2018)
CYT Studio
Voice for Young Singers 8-18 Wednesday 4:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 21 Apr 25 Phoenix
(Spring 2018)
CYT Studio

Current Teachers:

Alexandra Biggs

Alexandra Biggs is a graduate of Grand Canyon University, with a degree in Dance Education. She is a recent Phoenix transplant, arriving from Las Vegas, and originally from New Mexico. She has been dancing since the age of three, and throughout her training enjoyed multiple successes in the competitive realm. She has had the opportunity to study at the prestigious dance department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, as well as spending two wonderful years at Grand Canyon University. She feels fortunate to have spent time with many teachers over the years that have made a lasting impact on her life, and looks forward to continuing the tradition of excellence in dance education she has received to all of her students in the future.


Bertha A. Cortes

Bertha A. Cortes received her Bachelor's in Theatre Education from Grand Canyon University in 2015. She currently teaches Pre K through 6th grade Drama at BMES in Cave Creek. She is also a company member at Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale. She is thrilled to be working at CYT!


Isaac Wilson

Isaac Wesley Wilson- Was born and raised in Arizona where he began his Musical Theatre education with school and community theatres, various local choirs, and Take Five Dance Academy, where he trained in Musical Theatre, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ball Room, and Tap. After high school, he joined a performance and education based group in California called The Young Americans. While there, he had the opportunity to work with troubled youth from drug rehabilitation centers, juvenile detention facilities, and homeless shelters. He also performed with such stars as Hugh Panaro, Michael Arden and Tony Award Winner Brian Stokes Mitchell. He then took part in a 3 month teaching and performing tour through Germany. He continued his education in the performing arts here in Arizona where he received his degree. He has been performing professionally for years in the Phoenix area as well as on the national level. He has lived and danced in Phoenix, New York, and Los Angeles and he has taught for colleges, theatres, studios, and private individuals. He loves the performing arts, and has loved working with the great students of CYT.


Rachel Stoddard

Rachel has worked in the Valley as a music educator for the past 23 years, directing choirs of all ages, teaching voice and piano lessons, directing musicals and performing in various choral groups and musical theater productions. She works as the Director of Vocal Music for Productions at Dream City Church, sings with the Sonoran Desert Chorale, and serves on the Valley of the Sun NATS Board as a Vice President of Programs. Past choral directing and teaching experience includes Arizona Christian University, Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale Christian Academy, Explorer Middle School and Mountain Trail Middle School in the Paradise Valley Unified School District and the Phoenix Boys Choir. Rachel received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education (Emphasis in Voice) from Susquehanna University and a Master of Music Education from Arizona State University. Professional affiliations include the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS), the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) and the Arizona Music Educator's Association (AMEA).


Sara McDermott

Sara graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a BA in Music with emphasis in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California. Sara has performed in various operas, musicals, choirs, gospel groups, and as a concert soloist. Sara has been a private voice instructor for over 15 years and has been involved with CYT Phoenix as a voice teacher, music director, and show director for over 12 years.


CYT is a one of a kind organization in that it accepts kids just as they are, and not only includes them but builds them up through encouraging them to do things that they never thought they could do – the confidence and self-esteem that this instills in them is priceless.  The topping on the cake to all of this, is it is done through a Christ centered atmosphere.  This is what I really love about CYT – is that it gives all the credit to Christ and makes Jesus and His efforts the central focus.  I don’t think there is another organization in the valley that offers this.  God is blessing CYT and it is an honor to be a part of it. 


Emmy, parent

Teachers

A CYT Teacher’s mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. CYT Phoenix teachers are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals.  All CYT teachers have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our teachers truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn.

Curriculum

CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence and make friends! CYT is currently teaching over 50 different curriculum in a variety of musical theater areas. Please note these classes vary per session.

Showcase

Parents, friends, and relatives are invited to attend CYT's Showcase performance free of charge! Showcase is the grand finale of each session of classes, at which every class makes a presentation of something they have learned and rehearsed during the session. It is each student's opportunity to shine! Don't miss the action!