All Evening Classes and Special Workshops are for
June 13-August 15
Bust a move with the signature style of Artistic Director and Broadway veteran Mark Ruhala! Strong warm ups keep the dancers injury free, and across the floor drills keep the technique tight and focused. Learn about how to integrate emotional truth into your dancing. This class will challenge the dancer at intermediate and advanced levels from where they are. Various styles of music and choreography will keep the class fresh and vibrant, from Pop to Funk to Broadway, to Blues, and more! These classes MOVE!
June 14-August 16
Bring your best formal personality and feel the flow of the most beautiful dancing. Classical dance requires high expectations of discipline and dedication for those wishing to study ballet at this level. Each class includes full barre, center, and/or choreography. The emphasis is on advanced technique such as beats, multiple pirouettes, greater turn-out, higher extension, and longer variations. Contemporary music is used in tandem with classical music in order to connect this classical form to present culture. The joy is in the hard work and focus – fun stuff when the desire is there.
June 15-August 17
Our Glee classes are so fun and energizing, full of spontaneous joy and life. Continuous development of the fundamental acting, singing and movement skills of Broadway musical theatre are the focus. Group songs and scenes are staged and ensemble energy and unity are the teaching focus. Projection, diction and stage presence are emphasized in solo work. Songs, dances, monologues and scenes are selected from the broad range of classic and contemporary Broadway.
SPECIAL EVENING WORKSHOPS
THURSDAYS, 6:30-9:30 PM; Tuition $54
AUDITIONING FOR SINGERS, ACTORS, & DANCERS
June 16 OR July 28
Auditioning is a specialized activity so important to all performers. When performers know how to audition well they have a much greater chance to succeed. This auditioning seminar will cover the basics as well as helping students find their individual strengths for auditioning. Student questions will be answered. Mock auditions will be included. Come learn how to put your best foot forward and get that job! Performers should bring in an auditioning piece to work on.
THE NEW SCIENCES OF CO-CREATING
The new sciences of quantum physics, epigenetic biology, cognitive science and self-actualization psychology all point to the co-creative potential of all people. No longer are we victims and restricted by our genes, our pasts, or a mind-set of “that’s the way things are”. Learn how these scientific break-throughs show us how to understand that our thoughts and actions are directly interacting with our perceptions and environment to create our individual realties. This is a very exciting way to approach life! No longer held back by limiting thoughts and ideas, people can take charge, direct their lives as they desire and learn how to expand their awareness and see their results embody their intentions. Want to change? This is the class for you!
SINGING WITH FREEDOM SEMINAR
Liberate your voice and your expression while perforLiberate your voice and your expression while performing! Singing with freedom is the ultimate goal of singing and can be yours in the making through learning how to open your throat, open your mind, and open to your performing impulses. Singers should bring a short piece to work on. Singers will also learn a short piece together and will work on it individually. Use this seminar to explore what you want and need to become a better singer with more freedom! Singers will warm-up toward freedom, sing toward freedom, and watch each other throughout. Find your true joy in song!ming! Singing with freedom is the ultimate goal of singing and can be yours in the making through learning how to open your throat, open your mind, and open to your performing impulses. Singers should bring a short piece to work on. Singers will also learn a short piece together and will work on it individually. Use this seminar to explore what you want and need to become a better singer with more freedom! Singers will warm-up toward freedom, sing toward freedom, and watch each other throughout. Find your true joy in song!
FREEDOM TO MOVE SEMINAR
Come have some fun looking at movement with new eyes! This unique seminar will explore the new sciences in regard to movement. The all-knowing field of imagination, aligned with the quantum soup of interconnectedness brings freedom of movement. This work is about connecting the impulse to move with the role of “allowing” movement to come through you and not be of you per say. “Opening” to intuitive voices and instincts to move will bring a whole new approach to movement, be it walking, stretching, dancing, or any form of exercise. Bring your own ideas and questions, obstacles and desires, and move in ultimate freedom!
Improvise your way through a movement based dance class emphasizing impulsiveness and freedom! No need to be a dancer, all movers are welcome. The goal here is to find a more authentic, and comfortable way to move and experience the joy inherent in improvising! We will explore many rhythms, images, movements styles, and music selections on our way to individual freedom of movement. Be ready to have an experience of connected fun!
MOVEMENT CONNECTION WORKSHOP
Experience the deep process of connecting your life’s narrative to movement. Feel the opening and freedom that comes from aligned movement and story. We will draw on our own unique, individual life experiences to create outlines for movement. Through exercises of connecting our stories to our movements we will create therapeutic, liberating, mini-performance pieces that express our unique paths of living. Be inspired! Make connections! Enjoy of process of insight and change while moving!
BRAIN-BODY CONNECTION SEMINAR
Brain Body Connection Seminar will offer a very unique and exciting learning opportunity for teens and adults! The brain-body connection has become well-known in the past couple decades and is changing the way we look at learning and healthy living. Participants will be both very active and at other times learning through discussions, readings, and video presentations. Material covered includes: how the brain functions optimally, how our thoughts affect the body and how our bodies affect our thoughts, the constant feedback loop of body-brain, how our genes can be turned on or off (expressed or unexpressed) through our actions, how food affects the brain-body connection most deeply and other topics that will inform students about how to become more successful in all the areas of their lives. Participants will learn how to take charge of their actions and thoughts and co-create their days and nights. This is cutting-edge information that is sweeping higher learning and alternative educational approaches that help students master themselves.
BROADWAY DANCE SEMINAR
This seminar will explore what character-driven dance means. Broadway dance has the unique opportunity and responsibility to move the story forward through character and narrative. Great choreographers have brought us many ways to move the story forward in a musical and we will learn about some of those shows and dances. This seminar is designed for dancers who want to learn more about telling the story of their dance in shows, as well as for aspiring choreographers who want to explore the forms of choreography that tell clear stories and move Broadway dance further. Our stories are the connective tissue of culture; learn about this essential quality for Broadway dance!
ACTING WITH FREEDOM SEMINAR
This is a safe and supportive class to try new things and enjoy being free. In school we think before we act, but we act before we think! We use music and pantomime and props to bring lots of characters into scenes. Learn how to create a good scene that entertains and cracks up an audience! Come jump in and have some fun. Think on your feet, react, and improvise! Learn the fun and generous skills of improvisation in a high energy environment. This class will free the spirit, loosen the muscles, and engage the brain in grounded team work. In our over scheduled lives, this class will balance you by showing the value of no planning. All performers need these skills, especially the ones who are terrified to try. Come face your fears and have fun and grow. Freedom is the key to great performing and living. Trying new things is how the brain develops and remains fresh and active. We will provide the safe atmosphere and teach the skills you need to know and you will bring your imagination and spark!