Opened in September 2022, The School at MMAC is a new pilot training program for high school students to explore a multidisciplinary dance curriculum, as well as voice and acting, during the school day. The only program of its kind in New York, the Kanyok Arts Initiative, led by Broadway veteran Laurie Kanyok, and the Manhattan Youth Ballet, founded by Executive Artistic Director Rose Caiola, will partner to realize this exciting initiative, changing the scope of dance education to meet today’s professional and college demands.
Aimed at students in grades 9 through 12 and offered during the school day to complete a distance or alternative high school program, the MMAC school offers a multidisciplinary, intimate and hands-on education taught by the most experienced and the most sought after by the industry. teachers. Students will have daily access to an intensive dual-track program that offers a focus on ballet technique and performance, or will expand to also include modern, jazz, hip hop, tap, acting , voice and more. Both tracks will take young performers from studio to stage with a unique, collaborative training philosophy that gives students more tools, more focused studio time, and more one-on-one support to achieve their goals. Unrivaled professional and academic advice, audition workshops, performance and casting opportunities will also be offered throughout the year.
“As the demands of the professional industry continue to demand increased versatility from the next generation of performers, it is time to offer high school students a place to focus their training and goals and provide them with the tools and network to achieve their dreams,” says Kanyok. “Merging the philosophy and curriculum of Kanyok Arts Initiative and Manhattan Youth Ballet’s premier ballet training, this pilot program will invite teachers from both programs to offer more classes throughout the day in a codified program unlike anything else in or around the city.”
“Whether new students entering the MMAC school wish to focus their studies on ballet technique and performance, or take a more versatile approach to their training, we are thrilled to open our doors to the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center to welcome this pilot program and help build a home for the artists of tomorrow as they graduate from high school,” Caiola adds.
The MMAC school is located at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center at 248 W 60th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
For more information or to inquire about registration, visit https://kanyokartsinitiative.com/shool-mmac. Classes will start in September.