The School of Performing Arts (SOPA) at the Madison Area YMCA is proud to welcome two premiere instructors to our talented staff: Eli Kababa and Abby Prem.

“Eli and Abby both bring valuable experience to enhance our talented staff team,” said Teen and Family Program Director Liz Kryznefski.

Eli Kababa’s dance career began when he discovered his love of hip-hop culture while earning his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Studying under Souljerz Crew, he explored other techniques such as gliding, waving, popping and locking. Soon after graduating the County College of Morris with a degree in Fine Arts, he was hired by New York City Ballet's Education Department where he worked as a Teaching Artist for 11 years in their Nutcracker, Ballet Bridges and Project Ballet Programs. During this time Eli co-founded Garden State Dance Project, a successful dance company devoted to cultivating community through various arts and entertainment projects. As the company in residence at the YMCA in Wayne New Jersey from 2007 to 2011, Eli and his dancers hosted school assemblies and taught in their School of Dance.

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“Quality arts experiences and hip-hop is in my DNA,” said Eli. “I look forward to teaching hip-hop at the Madison Area YMCA beginning with the Late Fall session.”

Abby Prem is a performer, choreographer, and artist, originally from Rochester, New York. She is a 2018 graduate of Nazareth College where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical theatre and a minor in dance. Abby has been dancing, performing and competing since the age of four. Her favorite credits include Pauline in Saturday Night Fever (The Engeman Theatre), Helene in Sweet Charity (Parker Esse) and Cleopatra in The Addams Family (Robin Levine). Abby has experience working with on and off-Broadway choreographers, directors, casting agents and performers. Abby looks forward to creating a space where young dancers can dip their toes into the industry.

“We will have lots of fun meeting your child’s dance goals at the School of Performing Arts at the Madison Area YMCA!” said Abby.

The Madison Area YMCA is accepting registrations for the Late Fall 5-week session that begins the week of Monday, November 23 for classes yet to reach capacity. Visit www.madisonareaymca.org/programs-and-schedules/fall-2020 for more information.

As a mission-driven charitable organization and community wellness center, the Madison Area YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of our youth, providing a safe space for teens, improving the community’s health and well-being, and giving back by providing support to our neighbors.