Spring Registration is LIVE!

CYT Dallas Fort-Worth 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 ensure 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.

Enrolled students, ages 8 – 18, have the opportunity to audition for a CYT Broadway-style musical! Younger students may serve as ushers at CYT shows, and students ages 13 and up may work on a backstage crew.

Classes may include but are not limited to:
  • Wiggles (Ages 4-5)
  • Our Gang (Ages 6-7) 
  • Dance/Movement
  • Drama 
  • Voice
  • Musical Theater
  • Auditions and Callbacks 
  • Comedy and Improv 
  • Technical Theater; such as Makeup, Set Design, etc.
  • Stunts and Combat.
Classes are held once a week for two hours and run for ten consecutive weeks. During the tenth class week, a showcase is presented in which each class performs a brief prepared presentation, showcasing what they have learned over the session. Every CYT student participates in the Class Showcase!  

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Acro 11-18 Denton County
(Spring 2023)
Lamb of God Lutheran Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 28 May 09
Acting and Puppetry 14-18 Denton County
(Spring 2023)
Lamb of God Lutheran Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 28 May 09
APEX: Dance 12-18 Denton County
(Spring 2023)
Lamb of God Lutheran Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 28 May 09
APEX: Improv 12-18 Denton County
(Spring 2023)
Lamb of God Lutheran Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 28 May 09
APEX: Voice 12-18 Denton County
(Spring 2023)
Lamb of God Lutheran Church Sat 3:15pm - 4:45pm Mar 25 May 13
Intermediate Acting for Kids 8-11 Denton County
(Spring 2023)
Lamb of God Lutheran Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 28 May 09
Music Mania! - Youth Voice 8-11 Denton County
(Spring 2023)
Lamb of God Lutheran Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 28 May 09
Our Gang: Minions Unleashed 5-7 Denton County
(Spring 2023)
Lamb of God Lutheran Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 28 May 09
Perfect Harmony - Teen Voice 14-18 Denton County
(Spring 2023)
Lamb of God Lutheran Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 28 May 09
Taking the Stage 11-14 Denton County
(Spring 2023)
Lamb of God Lutheran Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 28 May 09

The Class I Want is Full!

Our CYT classes can fill up quickly and we want to make sure you're on the waiting list for the class you want. Students will be added to a class in the order in which the class waiting list form is filled out.
We highly suggest signing up for your second class choice class while you remain on the waiting list.
You will only be notified if you are being moved off of the waiting list and into the class. Please submit a form for each student wanting to be added to the waiting list.

CYT’s Triple Threat

Each class will be infused with character development and arts training for each student. Our goal is that every student leaves our classes feeling more confident in who they were created to be as well as their performing arts skills. CYT is recognized for excellence in theater arts training. Our uniqueness, however, goes beyond our programming and instead lies in our dedication to CYT’s Character, Culture, and Craft. These three elements comprise CYT’s Triple Threat.

CYT Character

CYT believes in building character on and off the stage, and that character is rooted in CHRISTIAN values such as love, joy, peace, kindness, perseverance, and dedication. Every instruction is rooted in these values.

CYT Culture

CYT’s culture is one of inclusiveness. We welcome all and remain committed to providing a vibrant and fun atmosphere with our focus on YOUTH. With this commitment comes a promise of providing family-friendly productions that are appropriate for young audiences.

CYT Craft

CYT is committed to providing excellent training in our THEATER craft by staying informed of National VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) standards. CYT hires qualified Teaching Artists and Artistic Teams who consistently elevate our students’ knowledge of theater arts.

Have Questions?

Don't worry, we have answers! Just follow the link below to read through our Frequently Asked Questions. You can also send an email to contactus@cytdallas.org  and we will get back to you promptly!

Inquiring about scholarships?

CYT is pleased to offer financial assistance to families who would otherwise not be able to participate in our programs.  Click below for our scholarship application.  

I cannot even begin to describe the impact that CYT has had on my life. There I was, welcomed with open arms, despite all of the flaws I thought made me so undesirable.

Alexandra Gandy, CYT Student

Current Teachers:

Amber Holden

Amber Holden, a native of Arkansas, is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and has taught Vocal Music at the Jr. and High School levels for nineteen years. Amber’s choirs have performed in Branson, MO, as show openers for The Twelve Irish Tenors, The Haygoods, and SIX and in Dallas, TX, at “Celebration of the Arts.” UIL competitions have always been a top priority to this director, and her choirs have consistently received superior ratings in both performance and sightreading. She has been recognized as the Jr. High Director of the Year for five years and was chosen as the 2016 Sherwood “Educator of the Year” in Sherwood, Arkansas. She has been a presenter at professional conferences and is an active adjudicator at Arkansas Choral Performance Assessments. She resides in Frisco with her husband of seventeen years, David. They have two children, Jackson, Elaina, a couple of Schnauzers, a cat, and a bird. Amber is the adult choir director and praise singer in her church, Victory Life Church of Corinth.

Cassie Chisum

Cassie holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where she directed, stage managed, acted in, and served as a technician for over 10 productions, and served as the president of the campus drama club. She has been involved in theatre and in ministry both for as long as she can remember, and her greatest passion is using the powerful tool of the arts to advance the Kingdom of God.

Elise Dolan

Elise Dolan is originally from Rockford, Illinois. She has trained in various types of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Modern. Prior to moving to Dallas, she danced at Steps to Grace Dance Academy and performed with their ensemble team for 7 years. Elise was involved with CYT Rockford and performed in musicals at her high school and a community theater. She trained and toured the country with Ingredients Dance Company from 2010-2012. She has also been teaching dance for 6 years at A Time to Dance Studio in Hickory Creek, TX. Elise has loved being back with CYT this last year and has had the honor of choreographing their first four shows! She is always thrilled to get the chance to instruct other dancers on how to grow in their movement and technique and to help them learn what God has called them to do with their gifts and talents. And most importantly how to worship God in everything they do! She loves being apart of the CYT family and is excited to continue to watch it grow!

Haley Lent

Haley grew up in Denton, TX. She has danced for 16 years and is in her 3rd year of teaching. She teaches a variety of classes such as ballet, acro, jazz, and modern at A Time to Dance, located in Corinth, TX. Teaching has allowed her to help dancers grow in their movement but also in their walk with the lord. She has worked on the artist team on 3 CYT production, and they have been an exciting adventure!

Je'Lisa Brown

Je'Lisa Brown grew up in the DFW area. She graduated from Texas Woman's University with a bachelor's degree in Family Studies. Je'Lisa has a passion for the non-profit industry, dedicating several years serving children and families in a variety of settings. Je'Lisa is excited to serve CYT families by providing a safe place for children to explore the arts while glorifying Jesus!

Karlee Cummings

Karlee Cummings began her musical studies on the piano at age five, and the violin at age eleven. She has performed in masterclasses, concerts, and orchestra pits, including with the UConn Symphony Orchestra, UConn Concert Choir, and various chamber ensembles. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, a B.A. in Music, and a B.S. in Music Education. Formal training includes music theory, ear training, vocal techniques, choral methods, and more. She implements a variety of pedagogical approaches to foster exploration, musical literacy, and artistic choice. Cummings enjoys serving on the worship team as a soprano and pianist at Victory Life Church, as well as practicing guitar, ukulele, and songwriting. She served as music director for School of Rock the Musical and currently teaches general elementary music at Mount Auburn STEAM Academy.

Michele Thrasher

Michele Thrasher has been in love with the theatre since she was a little girl. Being on stage is what makes her feel alive, and she feels her adoration for the stage and gift of performing in front of people is a gift that the Lord has blessed her with. She enjoys making people laugh and excels in comedy and improv. She wants to use her talents to make much of the Lord and loves encouraging students that that they can be strong artists and have strong faith, believing you do not have to compromise what you believe in order to excel. She has traveled nationwide with the Christian company, Clear Vision Drama Company, and has performed with Dare to Share in front of audiences as big as 10,000 as a part of their drama team. She has performed alongside big name Christian artists such as Propaganda and Shane and Shane. She has also been the spokesperson for The Container Store in their Facebook Live Videos. When she is not acting she enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee and exploring nature with her husband.

Rebekah Williford

Rebekah is a Dallas, Texas, native whose early love for the stage brought her to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in New York City where she graduated as the valedictorian for the class of 2019 with a degree in Film & Television Performance. She began performing from a young age, dancing from age 5 to 18 in a variety of styles: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, & contemporary. In 2016, she attended an acting workshop that lit a match to pursue theatre. By 2017, Rebekah had earned a scholarship to attend the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Since then, she has worked on both film and stage projects. Short films include: “Mr. String”, "The Door", "Dream Catcher" and "Eve Was Star". Stage credits include "Towards Zero" with Richardson Theatre Center. When she isn’t spending time on her own projects, Rebekah is leading and teaching others how to take ownership of the stage. She currently resides in Dallas, TX. When Rebekah has time off, she can be found next to a pool with a good book or spending time with her husband and fur baby, Hazel