CYT offers classes over the course of three sessions during the school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Weekly classes last for two hours and run for ten consecutive weeks. A variety of classes are offered in drama, voice, dance, and specialty classes that vary per session. Most of the classes are small to insure personal attention and growth.

At the end of a CYT session, students will come away with improved skills in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy showcase is presented by each class to demonstrate to other students, family, and friends what they have learned.

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Breaking the Mold 12-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 13 Jan 29
Broadway's Golden Age 13-18 Williamson County
(Spring 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 12 May 21
Our Gang 4-7 Williamson County
(Spring 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 12 May 21
Our Gang 4-7 Williamson County
(Winter 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 13 Jan 29
Sing it Out 8-12 Williamson County
(Spring 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 12 May 21
Soundtrack to the Future 13-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 13 Jan 29
The Other Broadway Dance Styles 13-18 Williamson County
(Spring 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 12 May 21
Triple Threat Beginner Dancing Technique 8-12 Williamson County
(Winter 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 13 Jan 29
Writing the Perfect Scene 8-12 Williamson County
(Winter 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 13 Jan 29
[i] Team 12-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 13 Jan 29
[i] Team EXPO 12-18 Williamson County
(Spring 2019)
Christ Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 12 May 21

Curriculum

CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence and make friends!

There are currently over 50 different curriculum materials available in a variety of musical theater areas. For a complete listing click here. Please note these classes vary per session.

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 5-10 minute presentation of something they have learned and rehearsed during the session. Don't miss the action!

Teachers

A CYT Teacher’s mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. CYT teachers are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals.  All CYT teachers have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our teachers truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn.

Current Teachers:

Elise Horecka

Elise Horecka grew up in Nashville and began her dance training at the age of 4. Her theatre training started a few years later, and she eventually found a true passion in creating and teaching. After working as a choreographer and dance teacher in various theatre and dance programs since she was 16, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment Industry Studies and Theatre at Belmont University. She loves her CYT family, and is so happy God led her here.


Hillary Talken

Hillary Talken is a CYT Kansas City Alumni who moved to Nashville to study Commercial Music at Belmont University. Hillary is passionate about educating the next generation of performers. As she completes her degree, she is so excited to be teaching at CYT Nashville!


Jeff & Clara Martinez

Jeff and Clara met on stage at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California! They performed in multiple shows together while in college and were married in 2001 after graduating with degrees in Communications with a focus in theater. They ran a non-profit theatre company for 3 years where they produced professional productions for the community as well as running a youth arts academy for kids. Together they have Produced, Directed and Choreographed over 90 productions for multiple schools, companies and churches in the Los Angeles area. They have two children, Anthony (age 14) and Ella (age 11), and they moved to Tennessee almost 4 years ago when Jeff got a job working for Ramsey Solutions. They are very excited to be working with CYT Nashville to continue on in their love for the arts and children.


Jessie Rodriguez

Jessie Rodriguez graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2013 with degrees in Elementary Education and Theatre. While at Vanderbilt, she found her passion for theatre, acting in multiple productions with Vanderbilt Off-Broadway and Vanderbilt University Theatre. When not working with CYT, she teaches 3rd grade with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. She has been involved with 5 CYT productions, having served as Vocal Director for Annie Jr., Shrek the Musical, Oliver! and a member of the directing team for two Winter Galas. She is glad to have found CYT, a perfect melding of her passion for faith, education, and theatre.


Juan Alban

Juan Alban


Peter Horecka

A 2017 graduate of the Lutheran affiliated Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), I am currently a freelance Audio Engineer in the greater Nashville area. Growing up in Franklin with current CYT Leadership Team member Elise Horecka, I spent my childhood performing with the Starbright and Pulltight community theatre programs, developing a passion for musical theatre and performance. After a quick, two-year stint playing junior hockey in central Canada, I spent the next four years at Gustavus, earning a degree in Communication Studies while also studying vocal performance and performing with the premier concert choir. Joining CYT Nashville is an exciting opportunity as I get to rekindle my passion for musical theatre and performance with the bright, talented young performers here in my hometown. Looking forward to a fun ride!