Classes at YTI

YTI provides a range of structured dance, theatre, and music classes for young people in the culturally diverse population of Yonkers. Classes are conducted in a supportive environment and taught by experienced instructors. We accept students from the ages of six through nineteen years old. All students must have the support of their families to study with us and must be serious about their desire to develop skills in the performing arts. At YTI students are promoted to the next level when the instructor feels that the student has evidenced significant growth. Improvement is measured by ability to understand and execute technique, attitude, motivation and, of course, attendance. All students are evaluated at the end of each semester.


We are currently in the process of moving and renovating our new space. This term’s Classes will temporarily be held at the Museum School 25.


All classes are taught by highly qualified professional artists (see Youth Theatre Interactions’ Instructors below). YTI is proud of the fact that it employs an international faculty of outstanding performing artists from the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa. At YTI, we prize artistic excellence above all.

Schedule Monday Tuesday Thursday Schedule
3:30 / 4:30
Ballet PreK->2nd Grade (Second Class Offered @ 4:30pm)
Azucena Rollan
3:30 / 4:30
4:30 / 5:30
African Drums
Vado Diomande
IR Repertory Co (Audition Only – 2 hrs)
Paul “Kwame” Johnson
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs
Zawadi Hunter-Rahman
Nick Flammia
4:30 / 5:30
5:30 / 6:30
African Dance
Vado Diomande
Traci Timmons
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs
Nick Flammia
5:30 / 6:30

Vado Diomande (West African Dance)

Born into the sacred stilt-dancing tradition of the Mahouka people in northwest Ivory Coast, Vado was born to dance. His father and uncle taught him the sacred ways, and soon Vado demonstrated rare excellence in the age-old customs. Discovered as an adolescent by talent scouts, Vado joined the budding Ballet National de Cote D’Ivoire in Abidjan, training in the traditional dances of over 60 ethnic groups of the Ivory Coast. Hailed as a captivating performer internationally, Vado’s career as a principal dancer spanned 15 years in the Ballet. Most impressive were his acrobatic dances of the Tall Mask, “God of the Sacred Forest”, Gue-Pelou. In 1989, Vado established his own dance company, L’Ensemble Kokiegna d’Abidjan, in Abidjan, touring Ivory Coast and Australia. More…

Mamie Duncan-Gibbs (Musical Theatre and Tap)

Duncan-Gibbs has been dancing for over 40 years and has had an extensive career in Theatre,Television and Film. Broadway Credits Include: Chicago, Cats, Jelly’s Last Jam, Kiss Me Kate, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Liza Steppin’ Out at Radio City Music Hall. Off-Broadway, she was featured in Radio City’s productions ofThe Christmas Spectacular and The Easter Extravaganza and in performances at City Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. She worked directly with Bob Fosse on the national tour of Sweet Charity and starred inSophisticated Ladies in Atlantic City and Chicago in Las Vegas. In her spare time, Duncan-Gibbs travels around the country judging competitions, helping young, aspiring dancers reach their goal of performing professionally.

Paul Kwame Johnson (Drama and Intimate Realities)

Co-Founder and founding Artistic Director of Youth Theatre Interactions, Inc. Founder and Artistic Director of “The YTI Mime Time Players” and the “Intimate Realities “ Theatre Company of YTI. MFA in Acting andDirecting from Sarah Lawrence College; William Henry Danforth Scholar/Fellow in Educational Theatre; Five times Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Director including directing productions at Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Center Out of Doors; Awarded the keys to the City of Detroit and a High commendation from the City of Los Angeles for work in theatre in those cities; More…

Nicholas Flammia (Keyboard and Vocals/Songwriting) 

Azucena Rollan (Ballet)

Traci Timmons (Acting)