Musical Theatre, Jazz and Tap
Immerse yourself in the choreography of iconic Broadway and film! Musical Theatre, Jazz and Tap offer actors the chance to enhance their musical theatre dance skills, and dancers the chance to interpret diverse roles.
Working within the traditions of classical jazz and tap technique, dancers will explore the iconic styles of Ziegfeld, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Gregory Hines, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Michelle Dorrance and more! From West Side Story, to Mary Poppins, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!, Annie and more; novices to pre-professionals will polish their performance quality, characterization and technique.
FOUNDATIONAL MUSICAL THEATRE JAZZ: Ages 7+
Foundational Musical Theatre Jazz offers dancers aged 7-12 the opportunity to explore jazz technique with a musical theatre flair. This class will focus on the fundamentals of jazz technique to emphasize safe, strong movement for dancers; including warm up, stretch, barre, traveling steps, jumps and turns. Dancers will also learn combinations and performance choreography to help them get a taste for the musical theatre genre in a fun, age-appropriate environment -- jazz hands, everyone!
YOUTH AND ADULT MUSICAL THEATRE JAZZ: Ages 13+
Youth and Adult Musical Theatre Jazz offers dancers aged 13+ the opportunity to explore jazz technique and artistry with a musical theatre flair, expanding beyond foundational work. Class will focus on building dancers' mastery of jazz technique to emphasize safe, strong movement at progressively more challenging levels; including warm up, stretch, barre, traveling steps, jumps and turns. Dancers will also learn samples and excerpts of choreography from the musical theatre canon, so that they can become comfortable with the different styles that theatrical jazz encompasses. Dancers will polish their performance quality, characterization and artistry.
FOUNDATIONAL TAP: Ages 7+
Offers dancers aged 7-12 with happy feet a chance to tap their toes! Foundational Tap is a wonderful way to help young dancers develop musicality and coordination, as they explore learning a new style of movement and self-expression. This class will focus on practical tap skills, such as steps, counting, and rhythms. Dancers will also learn combinations and performance choreography that allows them to have fun and put their new dance skills into practice!
YOUTH AND ADULT TAP: Ages 13 +
Offers teens and adults a chance to learn a new style or refine their tapping abilities! This class will be open to multiple levels of tappers; including: tap dancers wanting to pursue more advanced work; dancers wanting to pick up a new style, former tappers who have been away from the style and want to return; actors wanting to add a new skill to their resume; etc. Dancers will expand upon foundational technique, counting and rhythms; progressing to more advanced combinations, choreography, and personal styling. Dancers will learn a variety of dynamics of 'colour,' sound, dexterity and clarity. Dancers will also explore the history of tap and its stylistic evolution.
AUDITION PREPARATION FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS: Ages ( 16+)
Audition Preparation offers aspiring performing artists and pre-professionals the opportunity to refine and improve their skills under the supervision of an experienced professional instructor; with the goal of building dance and theatre artists' confidence, technique and performance calibre in audition settings. By focusing on strengthening the jazz and classical techniques often sought by industry professionals, this class will help emerging performing artists to feel more comfortable taking their next step into post-secondary and/or professional auditions. Mock auditions will be included in class, with the aim of offering students a chance to practice and rehearse their audition repertoire and skills in a safe, professional environment.