Students Enjoy Free After-School Workshops
at the Catskill Community Center

Sign up at the Catskill Community Center front desk or online at online.

Classes meet every Monday, except school holidays.
No experience is required.

September 18, 2017 – June 11, 2018:

  • 4pm to 4:50pm for ages 13-16
  • 5pm to 5:50pm for ages 9-12


Classes include:

  • Acting
    with Oliver Wadsworth
  • Contact Improvisation
    with Colleen Thomas
  • Choreography
    with David Parker
  • Puppetry
    with Nehprii Amenii
  • Clowning
    with CB Goodman
  • Hip Hop
    with Ernest Baker
  • Contemporary/Modern Dance
    with Paul Singh
    and Adam Weinert
  • African Diasporic Dance
    with Efeya Sampson
  • Capoeira
    with Michael Goldstein and Zach Leo
  • Music
    with William Catanzaro
  • Acting/Performance
    with Daniel Alexander Jones
  • Dance/Performance
    with LMN03

LUMBERYARD Young Performers is a series of free weekly after-school workshops in the performing arts, in collaboration with the Catskill Community Center. Greene County School District students in grades 4-10 will learn about various types of performance with Melanie George, LUMBERYARD’s audience educator and dramaturg, and other celebrated professional performing artists.

With the significant cuts to funding in 2008, Catskill offers few opportunities for students to benefit from free training or exposure to the arts of any kind. LUMBERYARD is helping to fill that void in Greene County.

LUMBERYARD Young Performers will learn about a new form of performing arts every Monday afternoon throughout the school year at the Catskill Community Center.  The final few weeks of the program will focus on performance-making. LUMBERYARD will work collaboratively with students towards the creation of new work. LUMBERYARD Young Performers will culminate in an optional showing at the Catskill Community Center in mid-June 2018.

Information on free transportation to and from LUMBERYARD Young Performers is available upon request. Please contact the Catskill Community Center.

Students do not need to attend every session to be a part of LUMBERYARD Young Performers.


Melanie George is an educator, choreographer, scholar, and certified movement analyst. She is the Audience Educator and Dramaturg at LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts. Previously, she was the dance program director at American University, and Assistant Professor of Dance and Dance Education Program Coordinator at Kent State University. She has an extensive teaching history in k-12 settings, including faculty and administrative positions at the The Roeper School for the Gifted and Talented, The Washington School of Ballet, and Levine School of Music. Melanie is the founder of Jazz Is... Dance Project, and has presented her choreography and research on jazz dance improvisation/pedagogy throughout the U.S. and in Canada and Scotland. She holds a BA in dance from Western Michigan University, an MA in dance and Graduate Certificate in Secondary Teaching from American University.

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