Acro is the Art of slow controlled stunts using the flexibility of the back, legs and shoulders. Each class begins with a proper flexibility warm-up and basicfundamentals are taught: backbends, handstands, elbowstands, chinstands, limbers, walkovers on both the right and left. As students advance they add all variations of these basics and when ready they will begin aeriel work to execute each trick without hands.
Acting I - The Basics of Acting
Improvisation, creative play, group scene work, and story making. During Semester 2 we will rehearse and perform an original play.
Acting II & III - Acting and Production
A continuation of Acting I with an emphasis on character development through improvisation. Physical and vocal techniques of acting, mental and emotional aspects of acting, and the creation of character through interpretation of monologues and scenes. During Semester 2, we will rehearse and perform scenes from a published play.
Acting IV & V - Return to Improv! / Acting & Directing
Using improvisational exercises to explore, create, and develop your range as an actor. The last few months of the class we will focus on monologues and group scene work. Directing techniques explored as a means to enhance your acting skills.
Classical technique with a strong emphasis on placement, alignment, coordination, and movement quality. Class is structured with exercises at the barre, floor, and center; across the floor work; and combination work to enhance performance with majesty and grace. Develop artistry of movements as well as experience the joy of dance in each class. Ballet is the foundation for almost every dance style and is critical for a well rounded dancer!
Emphasis on self-expression & rhythm. The class uses creative ways to challenge the child both mentally and physically by using props, games, and cooperative learning techniques. Learn fun dances, play wonderful dance games, and experience the joy of movement in every class!
High-impact and eclectic, covering a wide range of styles, including breakdancing, popping and locking, and funk.
Improv and Production
Semester 1 focuses on Improv skills and techniques such as agreement, scene and relationship building, playfulness, and listening. We will use these skills in Semester 2 as we rehearse for a published comedic play.
Warm-ups include balance work, contractions, core work, stretching, and conditioning. Across the floor includes jumps, leaps, and turns with a focus on agility and style and supports the work in the combination.
Lyrical is a style of dance created from the fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. It is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and story telling. Choreography is commonly set to popular music with dramatic vocals / rich instrumentation expressing deep personal emotions.
With a strong classical ballet influence, in its purest technical sense, the movement is generally very fluid and balletic, although it does include the dynamic highlights and tricks of jazz dance, with isolations, kicks and leaps. Many movements are very weighted and to the earth.
Musical Theater (age 3 thru grade 2)
This class introduces child appropriate musicals to our youngest stage stars. Learn the very basics of singing, dancing, and acting while having fun being imaginative and creative! We strive to encourage confidence both on stage and off in this class!
Musical Theater I and II
Each class begins with a proper physical, vocal, and dramatic warm up. Dance combinations are taught and set to age appropriate music from Broadway shows of yesterday and today. Vocal technique and coaching is included in each class using material from the Great White Way. Improvisation, group scenes from musicals, and basic acting technique is discussed and explored. Stage presence and confidence are greatly emphasized.
Musical Theater III and IV
We will study a variety of musicals through challenging choreography, vocals, and scene work from dynamic Broadway musicals. Focus on auditions, tackling a role once you've been cast, acting a song, building a strong vocal and monologue repertoire, vocal coaching, dance technique, improvisation, and cold readings.
Pointe is the advancement of ballet class to hard boxed pointe shoes. Most students are ready for pointe when they can hold their turnout from the hips while performing center combinations, hold a proper ballet position (straight back, good turnout, etc.), pull up correctly in the legs, and balance securely in releve. This depends greatly on the muscular and skeletal development, as well as their dedication to practice.
Tap is the only form of dance that incorporates sound. Elementary steps and basic rhythms are taught first, then more intricate patterns and fancier footwork are added in each class. Both traditional and contemporary tap techniques are covered in our lesson plan.
Designed to introduce students to all types of dance seen in musical theater. From jazz, Fosse, tap, and, yes, even hip-hop, contemporary & classical Broadway musicals feature a wide array of dance styles that are essential for actors to be familiar with!