Fall 2020 TERMSEP 26–JAN 30 Class Catalog
HSA offers a well rounded complement of classes to fit every age, level, and ability.
We believe in the benefits of exposure to a variety of art forms to encourage interdisciplinary learning and development. Whether your child is a beginner just testing the waters, or desires a full immersion experience in the arts, we encourage you to review what we offer. If you would like a consultation to discuss your child’s goals and artistic development, please contact us to arrange a consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2020 Registration is now open, and we’re excited to welcome your young artists back for another year of fun! With the health and safety of our community in mind, we have decided to continue to host our fall programming online. In person classes will be gradually added when it is safe to do so.
Aubrey Lynch II
Chief Education and Creative Programs Officer
“To touch, to move, to inspire, this is the true gift of dance.” ~Aubrey Lynch II
Though Aubrey Lynch II’s life experiences and wide-ranging career has taken him from Woodhaven Michigan and an unfinished Chemistry degree from the University of Michigan, well outside of the world of dance, through a deep understanding of music, theater and visual design, this quote sprinkled all over the internet, captured many years ago, while still a student, is one he lives by today. As Chief Education and Creative Programs Officer at the prestigious Harlem School of the Arts HSA, Mr. Lynch manages all of the organization’s creative content exemplifying that touching hearts, moving souls and inspiring children and adults is the true gift of The Arts.
Before discovering his first language and love, dance, he played the violin, clarinet and flute until moving on to the richness of singing, theater and visual design. Though he ultimately danced with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, his mentors pushed him to always strive to be more than a dancer. He created a line of one-of-a-kind wearable art, Aubrey Designs and was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Disney’s The Lion King acting as the production’s Associate Choreographer and then Associate Producer. He authored the original manual used by their creative team to remount the production twenty-five times since its opening in 1997.
Mr. Lynch coached professional and pre-professional actors and singers in television, film and Broadway. He worked on some of the early designs of Disney’s Cub School, a training camp for young Broadway hopefuls, ultimately mounting the program to accompany other productions in scores of countries around the world. He was a part of creating the foundation of The Lion King Experience KIDS/JR. and led their first workshops and pilots as well as piloted child adaptations of Frozen KIDS and Finding Nemo KIDS/JR.
He has co-designed and co-led workshops and programs for the NYC Department of Education and Theater Development Fund, mentored for Young Arts Week and is currently a mentor for Theater Development Fund’s Wendy Wasserman Project. He partnered with Harlem Children’s Zone, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, co-producing a production for eighteen NYC schools. He has written, choreographed and directed seven original productions at HSA, each with a unique life lesson, creating young, black and brown heroes to inspire communities of every color. Aubrey is Founder of Aubrey Lynch Extra Essential Arts AL-EEArts born out of the belief that “The arts aren’t extracurricular; they’re extra-essential.” ®
Yolanda Wyns is currently the Chair of Music at Harlem School of the Arts. She served HSA for 7 years under several titles including Director of Music, Chair of Voice and Voice Faculty, building the Music Department to be one of excellence in training and performances. She made her Broadway debut in The Color Purple. She later joined its First National Tour. Ms. Wyns is a veteran performer on the New York and international music scene, with decades of performance experience including Classical, Pop, R&B, and Gospel genres.
In addition to her acting roles, recording projects and performances, she works with artists to develop their vocal and performance skills through vocal coaching. Ms. Wyns has been recognized by various media including among the top 30 Influencers on Musical America.com.
Leyland Simmons was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He began his formal dance training with Barbara Devereaux of the Royal Academy School of Dance in Anchorage, Alaska and the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy. He later studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Miami City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, The Ailey School and Ballet Divertimento in Montreal, Canada.
Leyland is a Graduate of the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City and a former member of Ailey 2 and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Mr. Simmons has also performed with the New York City Ballet, Peridance Ensemble, Forces of Nature Dance Company, Nathan Trice’s/Rituals, George Faison and Ballet X. Leyland has also performed at Jacob’s Pillow, the Cincinnati, Moscow and Miami International Ballet Festivals. Leyland is also a sought after teacher having taught at notable institutions like the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Harlem School for the Arts, Steps on Broadway, NYU, and the Ailey School. Mr. Simmons is also a graduate of the Workshop in Business Opportunities Program and a member of the School of American Ballet’s Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. He is also a certified teacher in the American Ballet Theater Pre-Primary to Level Three Curriculum, and an American Ballet Theater Affiliate teacher.
Leyland holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Masters’ Degree in Dance Education (K-12 concentration) from NYU. Leyland’s choreography has been presented at the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington DC, and E-moves 18 at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. In 2017 at Harlem School of the Arts Leyland became the resident choreographer, in 2020 he was appointed to Director of Dance, and in 2020 the Chair of Dance. For more information visit www.LeylandSimmons.com