Class Descriptions




ACT

Beginning Play Production (Ages 6 - 9) 

Thursday 4-5pm

This class is a complete workshop for the young actor. Students will learn acting technique and theater terminology in a fun and focused environment. This class will work on developing each individual's skill set at their current level and will culminate in a mini-production of scenes from Jane and the Beanstalk. Each actor will be assigned a role and will spend part of our session developing a character and memorizing lines to present at the end of the semester. Actor's will also learn about the entire process of putting on a production, including:  the Jobs of the Theater, prop & set design, backstage crew work, and make-up and costume theory.

Intermediate Acting for Camera & Stage (Ages 10 & up)

Thursday 5-6pm


This class is designed to train young students in professional acting technique. The class will have a complete syllabus with acting terminology, and will focus on preparing students to audition in both theatrical and commercial/film contexts. Actors will be assigned scene work, stage and film monologues, as well as commercials. Training will focus on building confidence in a supportive environment and on developing a greater depth of knowledge and skill. Actors that complete the semester will have the opportunity to participate in our January workshop in which students create and produce a short-film with a camera crew on a live set in the Lamorinda area.
 

 

Stage Combat for Theatre, TV, and Film (Ages 10 & Up) 

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This workshop is a movement orientated class for stage, film, and TV. The emphasis is on movement and acting for scenes that call for theatrical violence. This course aims to provide the actor with the tools, techniques, and skills to be safe onstage for skills such as falls, punches, kicks, and slaps.

Students must wear appropriate clothes and covered shoes to move in class. No bare feet, sandals, or Crocs allowed.


SING

Introduction to Group Voice (Ages 4-6)

Monday 2:45-3:30pm

In this fun filled class students will exposed to the world of singing in a group setting.  The class will focus on breathing technique, posture, diction & characterization.  Students will also learn basic music theory. (No pre-requisite)


 

Beginning Group Voice (Ages 6-9)

Monday 3:30-4:30pm (Miss Rena) & Tuesday 4-5pm (Miss Kelsey)

Students will learn the fundamentals of singing in a group setting.  The class will focus on breathing technique, vocal placement, posture, diction & characterization.  Students will also learn basic music theory. (No pre-requisite)

Intermediate Group Voice (Ages 10-13)

Monday 4:30-5:30pm

Students will continue to work on fundamental vocal technique as well as music theory, sight singing and harmony.  This class will prepare students for singing as a soloist as well as an ensemble.  (No pre-requisite)

Advanced Vocal Performance (Placement Required)

Monday 5:30-6:30pm

Students will work on their vocal technique, music theory and sight singing skills.  This class will also have students presenting solo material every week in class for one-on-one coaching.  This class will prepare students for auditions, solo and ensemble singing.  (No pre-requisite, but approval/placement by instructor required)



DANCE

 

Creative Dance (Ages 2-3.5)

Friday 10:30-11:15am

This class is a wonderful introduction to dance, music and creative expression! Kids use their imagination while developing excellent motor skills! All classes begin with a warm-up of stretches and groups exercises. The remaining portion of class is full of games and activities using props, story telling, dance, and singing. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and feel free to express them selves through movement and voice. Skills taught: independence, taking turns, listening to directions, developing self-discipline, body awareness, gaining confidence in a group, using your imagination, coordination, and rhythm. Only if necessary parents & caregivers can attend the class with their child, but we encourage working towards independence. No dress code, just be comfortable.
 

Ballet: First Position (Ages 3.5-5)

Saturday 9-9:45am

Basic ballet skills, terminology, rhythm, flexibility and coordination are taught.  The class offers an atmosphere of creativity and discipline so the children can gain a sense of accomplishment as well as exploring their love of dance and music. DRESS CODE: black leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes, and hair pulled back. Ballet skirts and tutus are optional.

Ballet: Second Position (Ages 6-8)

Saturday 10-11am

Ballet for this age group reinforces the basic concepts taught in First Position and then gradually moves the students into the traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises. Moving in time with the music becomes more important, as well as memorization of ballet terminology. More complex combinations are given as students progress. DRESS CODE: black leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes, and hair pulled back in a ballet bun.


 

Beginning Jazz/Hip-Hop (Ages 6-9)

Monday 4:30-5:30pm

Learn basic Jazz technique mixed with the flair and performance quality of contemporary hip-hop. This high energy class starts with a short warm-up incorporating pattern, isolation and stretch, followed by a brand new routine each week. Students will be coached on picking up choreography quickly and performing full out every time. Come and see yourself improve as a dancer, actor, and athlete!

Intermediate Jazz/Hip Hop (Ages 10 - 12)

Monday 5:30-6:30pm

Expand your ability in both Jazz and Hip-Hop with this high energy class. Warm up will include Pirouettes, Jumps and stretch combined with the style and flair of contemporary hip-hop. More than just a technique class, students will be coached in freestyle, given freedom to explore dynamics and encouraged to individualize themselves as dancers. Each week will also feature a brand new routine meant to stretch the limitations of the body and mind while encouraging a playful performance quality. Learn from this professional environment what it means to 'Leave it all on the dance floor.'



 

Song and Dance

Level I (ages 5-9) - Friday 3:30-4:30pm

Level II (ages 10 & up) - Friday 4:30-5:30pm

Level III (placement required) - Friday 5:30-6:30pm

If you love to perform, you're going to ADORE training as a "triple-threat"!  Musical theatre performers have to sing, act, and dance. Learning to do these skills at the same is it's own special challenge- we aim to strengthen the individual techniques and then put them together!   Weekly students will receive a physical and vocal warm-up. Over a period of a few weeks students will work on a musical theater ensemble piece together, learning the vocals first and then putting choreography with it. The purpose of this class is to give students ensemble vocal and dance technique in a supportive, fun, and challenging classroom setting. Skills taught will include harmony, blending, picking up and retaining choreography, stamina and breathing.

Tiny Tappers (Ages 3-5)

Tuesday 2:45-3:30pm

If you have a young child who can’t stand still and loves to make noise, try TAP! Tap dancing will teach students how to make their feet and body into a musical instrument. Miss Renee has a wonderful and positive energy with students that will make them feel comfortable and willing to learn. Skills taught: basic tap terminology and technique, coordination, rhythm, and body control. * 


Beginning Tap (Ages 6-9)

Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm

In every class students will start with a warm-up routine, do across the floor exercises, and finish with a combo. You and your student will be surprised how fun and quickly new steps can be taught and mastered! Miss Renee has a wonderful and positive energy with students that will make them feel comfortable and willing to learn. Skills taught: tap terminology and technique, coordination, rhythm, sequencing of steps, tap history, and body control. No previous dance experience required. * 

*ALL TAP CLASSES: Feel free to try a class without tap shoes first, and then once you decide to continue, tap shoes are sold at the Lamorinda Music store directly under our studio.

Int Adv Tap (placement required)

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm

In this class students will be improving their tap terminology, speed, rhythm, quality of tap sounds, and ability to pick up choreography. The environment is engaging, structured and professional at all times. Students will learn how to execute intermediate advanced tap steps and sequences using proper technique, body alignment, terminology and performance skills.

*ALL TAP CLASSES: Feel free to try a class without tap shoes first, and then once you decide to continue, tap shoes are sold at the Lamorinda Music store directly under our studio.


OTHER

Mommy and Me (Ages 1 - 3.5)

Mondays 9:30-10:20am and 10:30-11:20am

Over an 8 week session children and their caregivers explore seasonal themes through arts and crafts, storytelling and music! The goal of the class is to establish a routine so children become familiar and comfortable in a classroom environment, model ways to communicate clearly and effectively, and enjoy time together.
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