For the beginner to the experienced, students of all levels are able to attend group Dance & Movement classes in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Tap and more! Dance classes are a great way to strengthen coordination, balance and physical expression. This is your weekend to design for your needs and talents so peruse the offered classes below to find the right class level or levels. Please note that all classes are subject to change due to enrollment or schedule availability.
DANCE & MOVEMENT Class Requirements: Rehearsal dance wear. No jeans or any other clothing that restricts movement. Please have Jazz shoes, Jazz sneakers or Character shoes. For Tap Classes, please have tap shoes or some other hard soled shoe. Students may also be asked to go barefoot for Contemporary. Please dress accordingly.
BROADWAY HIP-HOP 1: Recommended for beginner to intermediate students who have never studied Hip-Hop or have only studied one to two years of Hip-Hop dance. This class will focus on basic warm-ups and combinations using old and new school trendy dances in order for students to gain an understanding of the Hip-Hop culture all while using the movement of street dance to interpret the music of musical theater. Hip-Hop is just one of the many different influences of dance that has found its way onto the Broadway stage with such great shows as Aida, Bombay Dreams, Spamalot, and the off-Broadway smash, The Altar Boyz. If you’re interested in learning about Hip-Hop, this class is for you!
BROADWAY HIP-HOP 2: Recommended for intermediate to advance students who have studied 3+ years of Hip-Hop. This class will focus on enhanced warm-ups and house isolations, infused with commercial style jazz funk and street dance. Students will be taught the musicality of accents and dynamics while learning a full out dance all while using the movement of street dance to interpret the music of musical theater. If you’re interested in Hip-Hop Theatre shows such as In the Heights, Legally Blonde, or Bring It On: The Musical, this class is for you!
BROADWAY JAZZ 1: Recommended for beginner students who have never studied Jazz dance or have only studied one to three years of beginner to beginner/intermediate Jazz dance. This class will consist of basic warm-ups, across the floor exercises and combinations and is geared to students who want to learn the basics of Broadway Jazz in a laid back environment while experiencing the joy and fun of Jazz Dancing.
BROADWAY JAZZ 2: Recommended for intermediate to advanced students who have studied three or more years of intermediate to advanced Jazz dance and who have a good ballet foundation. This class will strengthen basic skills and enhance technique through proper stretching for core and flexibility, turns and leaps, center work and combinations. This faster paced class will inspire students to become strong, dynamic Broadway Jazz dancers.
CONTEMPORARY 1: Recommended for beginner students who have never studied Contemporary dance or dance in general. Students will learn a basic repertoire at a slower, repetitive pace while learning the art of connecting to the music and lyrics.
CONTEMPORARY 2: Recommended for intermediate students who have never studied Contemporary but have studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, etc. OR have only studied one to three years of Contemporary/Lyrical/Ballet/Jazz. Students will learn a basic repertoire at a medium, repetitive pace while learning the art of connecting to the music and lyrics.
CONTEMPORARY 3: Recommended for advanced students who have studied three+ years of Contemporary dance and have studied five+ years of Ballet or Jazz. Students will learn complex choreography at a rapid pace while expressing emotional feelings and connection to music and lyrics.
TAP 1: Recommended for beginner students who have never studied tap or have studied only 1-3 years of Tap and are still learning the basics. This class is an introduction to various tap steps and vocabulary through combinations, across the floor work and exercises with an emphasis on building a solid foundation of technique and musicality.
TAP 2: Recommended for intermediate students who have studied four or more years of Tap and have a good understanding of the basics. This class will focus on developing and expanding technique through higher levels of tap steps and exercises, as well as strengthening musicality by exploring various rhythms, across the floor work and combinations.
TAP 3: Recommended for advanced Tap Dance students looking to develop personal style and performance as well as audition technique skills. Students will learn to develop eye and ear coordination at a very fast pace with a focus on rhythm exercises, across the floor work, turns, special tricks and mock audition combinations right from your favorite Broadway Tap Dance shows.
BROADWAY SHOW AUDITION 1 – HAIRSPRAY: Recommended for beginner to beginner/intermediate dancers as well as actors and singers with some dance training. In this mock audition class, students will experience what a Broadway show audition is really like! Using songs and dances from the musical Hairspray, students will learn a dance combination, followed by callbacks to sing and read (time permitting). It’s a great way to begin learning what it takes to get noticed!
BROADWAY SHOW AUDITION 2 – CHICAGO: Recommended for intermediate and advanced dancers as well as actors and singers with good dance training. In this mock audition class, students will explore the realities of a Broadway show audition and what it means to be a “triple threat.” Using songs and dances from the musical Chicago, students will learn a dance combination, followed by callbacks to sing and read (time permitting). If you want to pursue musical theatre as a career or recreationally, this class is for you!
BUSINESS OF THEATRE: This class seminar is designed for all ZAK-PAC students interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. Taught by three-time Gypsy Robe winner, Michelle Kittrell (who has the insight of both performing on Broadway to also representing actors starring on Broadway), the class will explore the art of ‘The Business’ discussing everything from the basics of headshots/resumes, the unions, universities/colleges, to information on the difference between agent and managers, how to find representation and how to book the job! Michelle will discuss the nuts and bolts of how ‘show business’ works and will take questions along the way- a very interactive class! No topic is too small or too large to tackle – so come prepared to gain the knowledge of the professionals! Parent or Guardian welcome to attend the class seminar with their registered student.
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