workshops will include an introduction to dance in the context
of musical theater performance including the importance of facial
expression, intent, size and quality of movement. Each class will
include various theatrical movement exercises and will conclude
with a phase of fun and upbeat musical choreography geared to
the individual ages and levels of the students.
Theater Dance: 6-8 year olds
introduces the young dancer to the basics of musical theater dance.
Lessons focus on covering simple vocabulary and developing musicality
and expressivity. The importance of music is emphasized and students
develop their sense of musicality through different exercises
involving listening, improvising, and creating. Improvisational
exercises are used regularly to keep students actively and creatively
engaged. Classes include simple choreography to music from age-appropriate
shows such as Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and Wizard of Oz.
Note: this class does not include vocal instruction.
Theater Dance: 9-12 year olds
focuses on building a solid foundation of musical theater vocabulary,
musicality, and knowledge of various musical theater dance styles.
Students learn the importance of facial expression, size, and
quality of movement. Lessons include a dynamic warm-up, theatrical
exercises, dance technique, and phrases of musical theater choreography.
Theatrical and improvisational exercises are used to help teach
students musicality and emotional expressivity within their movement.
We will work with songs from a variety of musicals such as Chicago,
Hairspray, and Cats. Note: this class does not include vocal instruction.
Theater Dance: 13-17 year olds
In this class
students cover and discuss the broad range of styles labeled as
musical theater dance. Common musical theater vocabulary
and dance terminology are reviewed while students focus on learning
the diverse movement skills needed for dancing in shows; while
a jazzy style of dance is emphasized in many musical productions,
knowledge of other stylessuch as ballet and modern danceis
extremely helpful for students to be diverse and well-rounded
performers. Lessons include a dynamic warm-up, theatrical/improvisational
exercises, and movement technique (including elements of various
dance styles). Lessons usually conclude with choreography to a
variety of different music from shows such as Hairspray, Cats,
and West Side Story. Note: this class does not include vocal instruction.