Kids Academy

Meet Our Teaching Team

Jalyn Courtenay Webb

A favorite performer and vocal coach throughout Colorado for the past 20 years, Ms. Webb has worked with Midtown Arts Center ( LES MISERABLES- nominated for True West Best supporting actress, voted audience favorite, Henry nominated for best musical and best musical direction ) SOUTH PACIFIC- Henry nominated for best supporting actress, Bloody Mary, Broadway World Nominee for Best Supporting Actress ) Mrs. Lovett ( Sweeney Todd ), Justice ( Rock of Ages ) .. Starkey Theatrix ( LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, ALWAYS PATSY CLINE), The Union Colony Dinner Theater, Greeley Stampede Troupe, Little Theatre of the Rockies and the Greeley Philharmonic.

Ms. Webb has a BA in Music Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. Ms . Webb also was the National Anthem Singer for the Colorado Avalanche from 1996-98. Ms. Webb has taught throughout Colorado, and teaches all ages. She began teaching as an assistant to the director of the Colorado Academy of the Arts, and continued to teach there for over 10 years. Read More

Michael Lasris

Michael has been with the Academy since it’s inception over 6 years ago. Currently serving as Midtown Arts Center’s Resident Choreographer, he is thrilled to be expanding the Academy’s tap program!

Michael has appeared in over 25 productions at Midtown Arts Center and Carousel Dinner Theatre, most recently as Bellomy in The Fantasticks. Favorite roles include Enda (Hairspray), Lord Farquaad (Shrek), and Andy Lee (42nd Street). Prior to his time in Fort Collins, Michael has worked at Papermill Theatre, Charleston Stage, and Peach State Summer Theatre among others. He is a graduate from Catawba College with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance.

Kristi Vogel

Kristi comes to the Midtown Arts Academy with a vast array of knowledge in performing arts. She has been dancing and performing for over 30 years, teaching and choreographing for more than half of those years. Although the stage is where she feels at home, she has found teaching to be her true passion. She attended the University of Northern Colorado and received her degree in Social Science with an Emphasis in Elementary Education. Teaching in a traditional classroom setting has sharpened her skills as a dance teacher. She finds so much joy in watching students learn and grow as performers while in class. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 5 children.

Emily Erkman

Emily has been performing professionally for over 15 years. She got her start doing regional musical theatre in New York before relocating to Colorado. After spending a number of years working in theaters, Emily began singing for corporate bands who perform across the country. You might say she has a passion for growth and versatility in performance.

Emily has run her own vocal studio for more than 8 years. She has taught group and private classes throughout Colorado. She has training in classical and musical theatre styles, and greatly enjoys singing and teaching popular music. Believing that learning should never stop, she currently studies with New York Vocal Coach Justin Stoney. Miss Emily not only aids students in understanding their voices, she also helps them build the confidence they need to succeed.

Dylan Shelofsky

As the program director of elementary school musical theater at the Pineda Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Dylan Shelofsky worked with hundreds of kids in a variety of shows including Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS, Seussical​ ​the Musical, Dear Edwina, Into the Woods JR., Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.

She also had pleasure of teaching kids ages 4-14 in weekly musical theater classes. She loves sharing her love and passion for musical theater with the next generation of performers!

2017 Spring Sessions

January 16th – April 12th

Mondays: Studio Two –
$279 by 12/15, $329 after 12/16
4:30-5:30pm MT Dance: Grades 3 – 5 with Kristi Vogel
5:30-6:30pm MT Dance: Grades 6 – 8 with Kristi Vogel
6:30-7:45pm MT Dance: Grades 9 – 12 with Kristi Vogel

Mondays: Theatre One –
$279 by 12/15, $329 after 12/16
4:30-5:30pm Beginning Tap: Grades 3 – 7 with Michael Lasris
5:45-6:45pm Advanced Tap: Grades 8 – 12 (or by invitation) with Michael Lasris
7:00-8:00pm Beginning Tap: Grades 8 – 12 with Michael Lasris

Tuesdays: Studio Two –
$299 by 12/15, $349 after 12/16
4:30-5:45pm Disney Magic, Part 2: Grades 3 -5 with Emily Erkman
6-7:15pm The Music of Hamilton, Part 2: Grades 9 – 12 with Jalyn Courtenay Webb
(Audition only – or approval by instructor – must also take MT DANCE in their grade level,
10% discount for dual-enrollment.)

Tuesdays: Theatre One –
4:30-5:15pm Disney Magic Part 2: Grades K-2 with Jalyn Courtenay Webb – $249 by 12/15, $299 after 12/16
6-7:15 Pitch Perfect: Grades 6-8 with Emily Erkman – $299 by 12/15, $349 after 12/16

Wednesdays: Studio Two
4:30-5:45pm Disney Magic Part 2: Grades 3-6 with Emily Erkman – $299 by 12/15, $349 after 12/16
5:45-6:30pm Disney Magic Part 2: Grades K-2 with Jalyn Courtenay Webb $249 by 12/15, $299 after 12/16

Wednesdays: Theatre One
$299 by 12/15, $349 after 12/16
4:30–5:45pm The Music of Hamilton, Part 2: Grades 6 – 8 with Jalyn Courtenay Webb (Audition only – or approval by instructor – must also take MT DANCE in their grade level, 10% discount for dual-enrollment.)

* Classes are refundable up until the class start date, excluding a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Refunds can no longer be issued after a class has started.

This fast-paced combination class will cover the ABCs of dance for the performer. Students will learn everything from basic ballet, jazz and musical theatre, all taught at a fun pace that is appropriate to each age level. This class is required for enrollment in Music of Hamilton.

Come and meet those dancing feet while learning a classic American art form! Taught by Midtown’s Resident Choreographer, Michael Lasris, this class will introduce students in grades 3-12 to beginner level tap skills. Soon, your young dancer will be shuffling off to Buffalo in the next tap-dance Broadway smash!

This class, for intermediate/advanced tappers, is available to experienced tappers in 8-12th grade (or by invitation). In this class, students will learn advanced trick steps, develop complex syncopation skills, and establish the foundations of rhythm tap dance. This is the perfect class for students who excel at dancing and want to learn a new fun challenge.

You will want to be in “the room where it happens” this Spring at Midtown Arts Center! Join Jalyn Webb in learning and performing the “hits” of the incredible Broadway Sensation “Hamilton, an American Musical”. Continuing to tell the story, this class will work through 6-8 songs from this incredible Broadway show, including “Washington on Your Side“ , “Satisfied”, the rap battles, and more … and concluding with the closing number of the show, “ Who lives, who dies , who tells your story “ . this class will learn the Broadway vocal arrangements as well as some original Broadway choreography and staging from the show. This class culminates with a performance that is open to the public. (It is a requirement to take MT dance to enroll in this class. Available in two sessions, 6-8 grade and 9-12 grade.)

Join us as we celebrate the best of Disney with songs, choreography, and plenty of Disney Magic. Go “Under the Sea” and “Be our Guest” as we learn the best of Disney that Broadway has to offer! “Can you feel the love tonight”? “We’re all in this Together” …so sign up today as space is limited! This class culminates with a performance open to the public.

Improve your pop skills and have some fun!
As we all know, versatility in performance is crucial. “Pitch Perfect” is your guide to cultivating different vocal styles, learning proper microphone use, and mastering solid choreography. Learn to maintain excellent vocal technique while singing songs from some of your favorite artists.

Private voice lessons available with Jalyn Courtenay Webb and Emily Erkman
Private Dance Coaching available with Kristi Vogel and Michael Lasris
Private Drum Lessons available with Corey Hatch.

For Private coaching, please contact Jalyn at 970-980-4795 or email Jalyn@midtownartscenter.com to schedule a time with any of the teachers.

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