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 Friday Schedule
4:30 / 5:30
African Drums
Vado Diomande
IR Repertory Co (By Audition Only)
Paul “Kwame” Johnson
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs
Hip Hop
Keyboard 1
Nick Flammia
Vocal Music
4:30 / 5:30
5:30 / 6:30
African Dance
Vado Diomande
Traci Timmons
Keyboard 2
Nick Flammia
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs
Songwriting Workshop
Nick Flammia
Musical Theater
Traci Timmons
Ev McFall
5:30 / 6:30

Chantal Balestri (Keyboard)

Italian/Swiss pianist Chantal Balestri is a versatile classical musician active in the European & American music scenes. Highlights of her recent career include a solo appearance with the NYU Symphony Orchestra and her debut with the violinist Lucilla Mariotti at Carnegie Hall. She is recipient of numerous scholarships and competition awards, most recently the Miami Piano Festival 2017. She has concertized through Europe and North America at venues including in Lincoln Center, DiMenna Center, Wiener Saal (Austria), Sala Piatti (Italy), Kaisersaal der Historisches Kaufhaus (Freiburg, Germany), Auditorium de Lalonja. More…

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.

Alston Jack (Steel Band)

Mr. Alston Jack of Tobago is our instructor of Steel Drums and Director of the YTI Pan Band.  In addition to playing the steel drum, Mr. Jack is an arranger and composer.  He has worked with Moods Steel Orchestra, Bamboo Steel Band, Harlem All Stars Orchestra, Tobago All Stars Steel Orchestra, Desperadoes Steel Orchestra and Renegades Steel Orchestra.  He has appeared at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Apollo, Birdland and the Village Gate, as well as on tour in Finland and Mexico. More…

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 (Hip Hop)

Azucena Rollan (Ballet)

Emiliz Santiago (Latin Dance)

Born on January 18, 1979 in Humacao, PR. From 1996 to 1998 Emiliz Santiago traveled to Pasadena CA to develop herself in the art of the Classical Pantomime with Todd Farley in Mimeistry College. As co-founder of Classic Pantomime School (CPS) and Mimodia troupe, she had lots of opportunities to perform in many countries such as Puerto Rico, Italy, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Singapore, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and United States. More…