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Dance & Acting 

Offering Privates, Semi Private & Small Group Classes


Private Dance Lessons 

Meet Miss Kristen

Kristen Barnes started dancing at the age of 2 and at 9 years old was accepted into the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts Pre-professional program for ballet.  In addition, she continued to train in jazz, tap, lyrical and Musical Theatre at various dance studios.  

Directly after graduation, Kristen was hired by Celebrity Cruises for the inaugural run if the MV Mercy. After her contract was up, she was hired by Jean Ann Ryan Productions and began another tour on the Japan Cruise Line.  Her dreams came true when she became a Radio City Rockette.  From there her career took off, performing on several episodes of SNL, MTV music awards (which also featured Kristen's choreography) and on A Night of Too Many Stars with John Stewart.  From there she booked national & international commercials for Coca Cola, TV Land, Papa Johns Pizza, Bloomingdale's and many more!

Kristen has hung up her professional dance & performing shoes and excitedly shares her knowledge with future aspiring entertainers! 

Ballet Shoes

Pre Screen Prep &


Many BFA's require ballet and musical theatre routine submissions.  This isn't something that can be learned overnight!  Cant fake technique.  Prepare before the audition!

Tap Dance Performance

Musical Theatre Audition Prep 

Recognize Retain Perform 

To book more auditions, you need to dance. Its not too late to start. Learn technique and routines!

Dancers in Shadow

Private Lessons

All ages.  

Any genre.

Pageant routine prep

Help with a school musical number 

Catch up to join a certain class

Master technique

Audition prep

Any thing you need!

Wedding Party

Wedding Dance

Getting married?  Shock your guests with a fun first dance routine. 

Bridesmaids, groomsmen bring them all or just a few! 

We will come up with a dance just for you & Supply the champagne for rehearsal!

Private and semi private lessons for Acting


 SMALL GROUP CLASS & SEMI PRIVATE    Description & Calendar below * please note there is a yearly $20 registration fee This will be applied after enrollment paperwork is filled out as a separate charge.

Tap Technique & Audition Steps 

Limited Spots! 

Every Musical Theatre performer needs to tap!   There are certain things you cant fake and this is it!

Some experience is a bonus, but will work with all levels.  

Age is not a factor in this class.  

Dedication and the desire to learn in a judgement free zone is! 

If brand new we recommend taking a few private tap lessons to learn the basics first! 

recommend age 13 through adult 

or *Level Really thinks this could be there thing, or is a beginner who is dedicated!

Tuesdays 6:15 -7:15pm 


if a younger student is interested they must be evaluated

Invite Only

Coming back this Spring! 

At BYA, we believe when put together like minded students, with the same dreams and goals, they automatically begin to push each other, and find a non competitive network to support each other.  

This class is for students we have worked with and showed interest in leveling up their craft. They are selected based upon what is seen in classes, workshops, camps or lessons. T

This class is only open to a select BYA students.  Auditions for this class are possible but open spots are rare once filled.

Age varies. Semester class with showcase & opportunities to perform for Manager and Talent Agency.

Thursdays for LV2 

Vocal Performance & Intro to Vocal Performance 


Coming this Spring!

Want to take singing lessons but are not sure?  

Want to learn how to perform a song and not just sing the lyrics?  

Then this quick class is for you!  

Intro to Vocal performance will focus on finding their voice, not yelling while singing  & projection and stage presence 

1st - 3rd grade 

Vocal Performance is slightly more advanced.  

This group will:

Each month work on a 16 to 32 bar cut of music that will be able to be used at Auditions! 

Students will learn what a cut of music is, make sure they sing the song on key, will learn simple vocal warmups, and will develop stage presence when they sing. This class is limited to only 5-7 students

4th to 6th grade *3rd depending one experience

Level: You think this could be your thing, or is a beginner who is dedicated!


Private Lessons 

1:00 Cabaret Workshop & Rehearsals 


Private Voice &

Acting, Dance Lessons 



  • 6:30 Tap

  • Private and semi private dance and acting lessons


Private Voice lessons 

Private Dance lessons 


  • 5:00- 6:00 MT intermediate




All day Private lessons 

Why take classes & privates  at BYA ?
  • Customized 1:1 attention even in small group classes

  • Contemporary training methods with a classical  foundation, allowing us to connect deeply with the social media generation

  • We have a 100% honesty policy with our students, giving constructive feedback, teaching them to appreciate critique 

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