CYT Alumni Jason & Danica Russell want to share the ABC’s of Activism

Jason and Danica Russell are not just CYT alumni, they’re CYT lifers. Jason is the son of CYT co-founders Paul and Sheryl Russell, and Danica was a CYT student starting at the ripe ol’ age of six. Their journey began 30 years ago on the CYT stage with a best friendship (and dance partnership)…fast forward to today and they’ve been married for 10 years and have two kids.

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Jason is the Chief Creative Officer at Invisible Children, a non-profit organization that exists to stop a brutal rebel group of abducted soldiers in central Africa (the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA) which is overseen by the warlord Joseph Kony. Danica is the jack-of-all-trades wife/mother/writer/artist/first lady of Invisible Children who dabbles in anything and everything creative.

They’ve spent the last decade devoted to their “firstborn child” Invisible Children, teaching people to fight injustice by taking action (cc: KONY 2012). They’re now applying all they’ve learned and writing a children’s book aimed at anyone who wants to get involved and give back, but feels overwhelmed about where to start.

They say it best on the book’s Kickstarter page:

We wanted to write this book for our own children, Gavin Danger & Everley Darling, as a way of explaining to them what we believe is worth fighting for, while teaching and empowering them to do the same. That they may realize: We are doing our best as parents – to give them the world, and we are doing our best as people – to make that world something worth having.

Take a look at their project page and consider making a pledge to support their efforts. And then watch the video below and join me in hoping they adopt us all.

Save the date for CYT EXPO 2015!

CYT Santa Cruz student Tisha Hulter made this video about her experience at CYT EXPO 2014. We’re going to go ahead and use this as a Save the Date reminder for the next EXPO: June 22-24, 2015. Mark your calendars!

This video can also be found on YouTube HERE.

If only CYT could do Frozen…

I came across this video from a Princess Party and it’s a perfect reminder why CYT loves:

1. Kids
2. Musicals
3. Disney
4. Kids

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And I think I speak on behalf of every CYT student & parent when I say I cannot wait until Disney releases the rights to Frozen.

(Video credit: Danny Nelson)

CYT Tucson getting some press for The Addams Family!

CYT Tucson is premiering The Addams Family on October 17th, and they’ve been making press rounds in anticipation of the opening.

Members of the cast were recently featured on a morning talk show in Tucson. Check them out in the video below!

Tickets for The Addams Family can be purchased HERE.

The amazing turnout for CYT Sacramento summer camps!

CYT Sacramento is new-ish, but it has been downright amazing to see what God has done there in just two short years.

Over the course of two weeks this summer, they had 197 campers attend their camps! That is more than triple the number of kids they had when they launched CYT Sacramento in 2012.

The video below shows footage from their two camps – Camp Side Story and Pirates & Princesses. Enjoy!

CYT Atlanta teens spent a week on an island

Summer is coming to an end, and that means most of the CYT Summer Camps around the country have wrapped. But we can relive the super fun weeks through recap videos. Like the CYT Atlanta Teen Summer Camp (theme: Once On This Island Jr.) video that they posted on their Facebook page. Looks like they had a blast!

Honorable mention: CYT Atlanta’s Fall Classes just started — check ‘em out to register!

CYT presents: Video Curriculum

Wanna learn a triple time step from the comfort of your living room? How about learn how a CYT director prepares for callbacks? Or a helpful game to hold the attention of students and keep them quiet?

Enter CYT Video Curriculum.

CYT thinks it’s important for everyone to have access to arts education, so they started a small library of dance, theater games, and director videos via a playlist on their YouTube channel.

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 3.49.36 PM They want to develop more and more instructional videos so CYT students can work on their craft whenever they have free time. In the future, CYT plans to incorporate these videos with registration software so students can automatically have access to them when they register for a CYT class.

Making quality videos takes time and resources, and if you’d like to contribute toward making them possible, please donate at: http://donate.cyt.org

I’d write more but I’m going to go learn how to do the buffalo.