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The Madison Area YMCA Proudly Introduces School of Performing Arts Premiere Instructors Eli Kababa and Abby Prem

Nov 19, 2020

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The Madison Area YMCA Proudly Introduces
School of Performing Arts
Premiere Instructors Eli Kababa and Abby Prem

2020-11-18 Programs- Eli Kababa SOPA
Caption 1: SOPA Instructor Eli Kababa shows off some “cool” hip-hop dance moves that are not only fun, but also help develop coordination, body awareness and self-esteem. 

2020-11-18 Programs- Abby Prem SOPA

Caption 2: SOPA Instructor Abby Prem is an award-winning musical theatre performer who leaps with joy when choreographing for musicals, music videos, and competitive teams. 

(Madison, NJ) November 18, 2020 – 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. 

“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 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.   


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  • Y Ninja Fit—It’s a Hit!

    Mar 02, 2020

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    Friday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. are a blast for 13 boys enrolled in Y Ninja Fit for Teens at the Madison Area YMCA. The Gymnastics Center is abuzz with the boys running, climbing and jumping over and under obstacles. (Where are you, girls? This is open to you too!)

    Teens experience the best of both worlds in this one-hour combination class of obstacle course training and fitness training. The first 30 minutes takes teens through a classic Y Ninja class—climbing towers of mats, scaling the warped wall, dropping down to hit the ground running to race through courses that build coordination and motor control, test physical strength, instill discipline and push agility to new heights. In the second half hour, teens hit the circuits and learn fitness skills that enhance their Ninja skills and start them on the path to life-long healthy living. 

    “I like Y Ninja Fit because it's fun and I get to hang out with my friends,” says Dylan Gregory, 13, of Madison. The equipment is really cool—the foam pit is my favorite—and the teachers are really nice.”

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