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 email@example.com
Chief Education Officer
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
Media & Design Chair