COVID-19 and CYT Classes

Even though Covid-19 has affected how we meet in groups, the fun is not ending with CYT! CYT students are sure to develop community, build their character, and grow in their craft!

CYT SA-NB is mask optional. You are welcome to wear a mask if you so desire, but masks are not required at CYT for Staff, Teachers, Volunteers, and Students. The exception would be if we have a performance venue that requires masks for entrance.

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Ballet for Teens 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 29 Feb 07
Find Your Voice in the Crowd 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Dec 02 Feb 10
Jazz for Kids 8-12 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:15pm Dec 02 Feb 10
Lyrical Dance for the Stage 8-12 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:15pm Nov 29 Feb 07
Music Video Choreography 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Dec 02 Feb 10
Musical Theater for Kids! - Monday 8-12 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:15pm Nov 29 Feb 07
Musical Theater for Kids! - Thursday 8-12 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:15pm Dec 02 Feb 10
Our Gang! 6-7 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:15pm Dec 02 Feb 10
Sell a Song 11-13 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 29 Feb 07
Stage Combat 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Dec 02 Feb 10
Stage Makeup for Kids 10-13 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:15pm Nov 29 Feb 07
Taking Center Stage 8-12 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:15pm Nov 29 Feb 07
Wiggles and Giggles 4-5 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:15pm Dec 02 Feb 10
Your Playground - Improv 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2022)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 29 Feb 07

About

CYT offers classes for students ages 4-18 throughout the school year. Classes include drama, voice, dance, and behind-the-scenes training in makeup, costumes, tech, and more. Classes are held for one and a half to two hours once a week and run for ten consecutive weeks in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Class sizes are small and offer supervision both inside and outside the classroom. Each session culminates in a high-energy showcase to demonstrate to family, friends, and fellow students the skills acquired.

Parents send their children to CYT classes to learn, and that's exactly what they will do! At the end of a CYT session, your student will come away with a new or improved skill in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy Showcase is presented by each class to show other students, family, and friends all that they've learned.

CYT registration fees cover the whole session. We think that's pretty cool! Sibling discounts are also applied on multi-sibling registrations. The session calendar can be found as a pdf at the top of this page. 

Showcase

Parents, friends, and relatives are invited to attend CYT's Showcase performance on the last day/evening of classes, free of charge! Showcase is the grand finale of each session of classes, at which every class makes a 5-8 minute presentation of something they have learned and rehearsed during the session. Don't miss the action!

Curriculum

CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence and make friends! Our curriculums are developed by teachers, directors, and performers both at our local branch and from CYT HQ in California. These classes vary per session!

Some of our classes include:
Wiggles and Giggles - An Introduction to the arts (4-5)
Our Gang - Theater Basics for Kids (6-7)
Acting 101 (8-12)
Voice for Kids (8-12)
Musical Theater for Kids (8-12)
Tap for Kids (8-12)
Hip Hop for Kids (8-12)
Voice for Teens (13-18)
Theatrical Street Jazz (13-18)
Shakespeare for Teens (13-18)
Off the Top of Your Head - Improv (13-18)
CYT Players - A One Act style acting class (13-18)
Set the Stage - an introduction to theatrical design (13-18)

Teachers

A CYT Teacher (or as we call them, Teaching Artist) has a mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. Teaching Artists  are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. Many of them actively performing and working in the performing arts industry, or working as educators outside of CYT either in the education system or in dance studios, private studios, and more. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals. All our Teaching Artists at CYT have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our Teaching Artists truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn!

We strive to not just teach theater arts skills in our classes, but life skills through the arts. All of our instruction is tailored to the students in our classes, and each instructor brings something different to the classes we offer. No two CYT classes will ever look the exactly the same!

FAQ's for Classes

How do I register for a class?
Set up a Family Account before you register for classes!
  1. Click on the "person" icon at top right corner of our website (to right of "DONATE" on any page).
  2. Click on "NEW ACCOUNT" in the pop up window.
  3. Fill out the information required, with the parent's info first.
  4. To add a child to the account, click on the +Family Member button.
If you are already have a Family Account, then (while logged in) follow these steps:
  1. Register for Classes- Go to the "Classes" page
  2. First select your "Student's Age"
  3. Click on the Class Name of your choice
  4. Click on the "Register Now" button
  5. Select the family member that will be in the class.
Are parents allowed to sit in during classes?
While we love to have parents involved at CYT, classes are closed. This is for several reasons. Some students do not perform well with parental supervision, and other students sometimes get nervous when another related parent is in the room. We also want the Showcase performance to be an awesome surprise for you and your family! If you feel like you need to sit in on a class for any reason, please contact our Class Coordinator.

What should we expect on the first day of class?
When you arrive, you'll be greeted by our staff and our HYPE team! We'll make sure we have you registered in the right class, then all parents and students will head into our Main Studio Room for a brief welcome meeting before the students head to class. If it is you first time in a CYT Class, one of our HYPE Students will be available to answer any questions and help your student feel at home! Our Class Coordinator will send out an email with specific instructions for the first night of class, so be on the lookout for that!

What does my child need to bring to class?
A water bottle, a pencil, closed toe shoes, and good attitude are all good things to have! If your child needs anything specific to their class (especially for dance classes) you should receive an email from your instructor detailing what you need.

What is the refund policy?
Refunds are not issued once classes begin. Classes cancelled two weeks before start date are subject to a $25 cancellation/processing fee. For any questions, please contact our Managing Director at md@cytsanantonio.org

I've already registered for a class, but I want to switch to a different class. Is that ok?
We are totally fine with students moving to another class. HOWEVER, any requests to move to another class must be submitted and approved two weeks before the class begins. If you need to switch classes in that two week time period, a $25 fee will apply.

Current Teachers:

Bobby Tschoepe

A native Texan, Bobby Tschoepe is recent graduate of Texas Lutheran University receiving his Music Education degree with Vocal Emphasis. Bobby has performed in many environments, including church dramas, choirs, and several worship teams, including his home church, Northpoint. Bobby is currently an active performer at the Magik Theater in San Antonio and has also been seen at the The Public Theater of San Antonio (Newsies as Crutchie) and has also recently performed at the Zilker Hillside Theater in Austin in The Little Mermaid (Jetsam) & Shrek the Musical (Pinocchio). As a CYT alumni, Bobby has been in shows including Peter Pan Jr. and Seussical the Musical, and he has assisted with several seasons of CYT shows in multiple capacities, including directing, choreography, music, green room, tech and backstage crew. He enjoys helping kids develop the gifts and abilities God has given them. Bobby looks forward to working further with our awesome CYT students and parents this year, and looks forward to an awesome season of classes and shows! Psalms 92 and 103


Chelsea dePaula

Chelsea dePaula is a performer and instructor whose passion is discovering other people’s strengths and creating opportunities for them to meet their potential. She earned her BFA in Dance from Texas State University and has performed in various productions across the UK and USA. Chelsea is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Talent Development and Exercise Sport Science, and trains with The Broadway Collective, an elite musical theatre academy. Chelsea is so excited to share her knowledge and coach musical theatre students with CYT!


Cheyenne Welch

Cheyenne is a CYT alumni, performer, cosplayer, and coffee aficionado. She is so excited to be back working with CYT in both teaching and tech areas. Cheyenne is an active actress and cosplayer in the New Braunfels/San Antonio area, where some of her favorite shows include Beauty and The Beast (Belle), The Sound Of Music (Liesl), Peter Pan The Musical (Wendy), and Tribes (Sylvia). Cheyenne lives in New Braunfels and works for 2Rivers Coffee where she serves as a Barista and for My Once Upon A Party where she serves as a character actress.


Devon Zukowski

I'm a mother of 3 and wife to Joe! I have a vocal performance degree from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and LOVE jazz and blues and musical theatre! I sing on the praise team at FBCNB. I'm so glad to be back teaching at CYT and to have my son and daughter try out for shows! We love our CYT family and think this is a very special safe place for kids to learn theater skills, music and dance. I was recently the musical director for Aladdin Jr. and am the upcoming Director for The Little Mermaid!


Emma de Kiewiet

Emma is a CYT alumni who is currently going to school at Northeast Lakeview College. She is passionate about everything theater, and looks forward to sharing that passion with students!


HannahBelle Gamble

HannahBelle Gamble has always had a love for storytelling. Her theatre journey began at the age of fourteen, when she wrote her first play and produced it at a private school. Since then, HannahBelle has written, directed, and acted in, and worked tech for many shows, including Lincoln’s Little Jewly, Narnia, Pride and Prejudice, Steel Magnolias, The Brothers Grimm: Out of Order, and The Little Mermaid, and CYT's productions of Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz. Her life passion is to bring God’s light to the entertainment industry through theatre and film. When she’s not at theatre, HannahBelle can often be found writing, doing art, exploring American history, watching movies, and running two Etsy stores. She is honored to have the opportunity to work with CYT and share her love of theatre with students!


Ivy Cantu

Ivy Cantu is a recent graduate from Texas State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She is an accomplished soprano, with several world premieres and well known opera roles under her belt, including Mother in Hansel and Gretel, 1st Lady in The Magic Flute, Mrs. Gleaton in Susannah, Queen Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and a soloist in Howl (world premiere). She made her debut with Alamo City Opera in their production of Maria de Buenos Aires (2016),Texas Concert Opera Collective in their production of Susannah as Mrs. Gleaton (2019), Austin Opera in their production of Everest (2019), and Local Opera Local Artists (LOLA) in Dido and Aeneas as the lead, Queen Dido (2019). She recently won first place in the Edward Baird Singer of the Year competition at Texoma NATS in 2018 and third place in the Meistersinger Competition at AIMS in Graz, Austria in 2019. Miss Cantu had her own voice studio for two consecutive years of high school students at San Marcos High School in San Marcos, TX. She also has worked as a freelance make-up artist and has worked make-up backstage for several operas. She loves to create and is known for her bright spirit and encouraging demeanor.


Jeremiah Jordon

Jeremiah is so excited to be teaching at CYT again this session! He has taught at CYT the past three sessions, has aided the choreographer for CYT's production of Shrek, and most recently choreographed Fame Jr., CYT's Summer Intensive Production. Jeremiah has taught dance all over the state of Texas and has a passion to help students grow.


Karlina Hindman

Karlina joined CYT when she was fifteen and continued to pursue her love for the arts after graduating from high school in 2019. She is currently studying art and design at Texas state. She hopes to use her passion for theatre and the arts to cultivate Christ-centered relationships at CYT.


Raye Zahn

Raye Zahn grew up dancing from a very early age. In college, she was a member of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes where she had many opportunities to perform in places such as the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Cotton Bowl Halftime Classic, as well as the Dallas Cowboys Halftime Spectacular with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. In 2005, Raye married her high school sweetheart, Matthew. They now have two amazing little boys, Maddix, 7 yrs, and Paxton, 5 yrs, and a sweet little girl Jovie Lucille, 1 yr. Raye was the proud owner of The Element New Braunfels Dance Center for over seven and a half years where she had the privilege of instructing students ranging in age from 2-18. She began working for CYT in 2012 and has choreographed CYT shows including The Little Mermaid, Freckleface Strawberry, and Honk! Raye has not only judged CYT’s “Dancing with the Stars of New Braunfels” for several years, but has also choreographed many numbers for the show. Raye cannot wait to work with students and share with them her love of the performing arts!