Classes

2018 Fall Semester PDI Classes

Currently enrolling students for the 2018 Fall Semester

Theatre Classes

Advanced Acting

This class covers a variety of material using various techniques such as Meisner, Method, and Stanislavsky. Scene work, improv, and monologue development will be focused upon, with the goal of providing students with a portfolio of work to use in developing their craft, and also for audition purposes. Classic, modern, and original work will be explored, in a workshop environment of “create, critique, and improve”.

Ages 12–adult


Glee 1

Glee 1 teaches young singers proper singing technique and stage presence through fun popular songs that kids love. Students will have the opportunity to sing together as a group and also test their wings at solo singing if they are interested. Basic choral choreography and confidence building activities make Glee 1 a fast-paced and exciting class for kids interested in the art of singing.

Ages 6–10


Glee 2

In Glee, students learn how to sing lead and background vocals using popular music by contemporary artists. The class focuses on techniques to improve and strengthen student’s singing voices, as well as some necessary music skills that every singer needs. This course also touches on stage presence, choral choreography, and vocal percussion in the curriculum.

Ages 10–18


Intro to Performing Arts

In this 90 minute, introductory class students will be given the opportunity to explore three fundamental essentials for performing arts—acting, singing and dancing.

In the acting portion of the class students will be introduced to theater etiquette and terminology, improvisational skills, as well as memorized scene work that will enhance students skills in stage presence and vocal projection.

For the singing segment, students will learn correct vocal techniques, warm-ups and the fundamentals of singing in a group.

During the dance portion, students will get to explore different styles of dance through creative movement and improvisation while also learning basic dance terminology and body alignment.

Since this class is a general overview of performing arts, the 3 different elements will often be woven together, so the individual subjects of acting, singing, and dancing cannot be taken as separate classes.

Ages 6–12


Musical Theatre: Dance and Drama 1

The Musical Theatre, Dance, and Drama class teaches the Broadway skills of dancing, acting, and performance. Students learn how to open up and speak out as they are given games and exercises to encourage stage presence and creativity. Musical theatre movement is pulled from a multitude of genres, from salsa and partnering to classic jazz and Fosse, and students learn it all; keeping performance, expression, and storytelling as the motivation behind every class.

Ages 7–10


Musical Theatre: Dance and Drama 2

Similar to Musical Theatre, Dance and Drama 1, this class empowers teens to move and connect with audiences through speaking and dancing. It takes time and practice to connect one’s expression on stage to the way they move. This class focuses on developing techniques to ensure students feel confident and connected as they perform. This class includes games, exercises, and dance education for teens interested in musical theatre.

Ages 11–19


Circus Classes

 

Acro Tumble , Hoops and Stunts  1, 2 

Gymnastics floor tumbling, partner and group acrobatic stunts intertwined with creative hula hoop skills and formations. A physically engaging class that utilizes the body to express flowing rhythms and striking patterns of appeal. Increase strength, flexibility, and agility while engaging an array or creative cirque skills. Although class is divided by ages, exceptions are made due to students skill level and learning capacities.

Level 1 ages 4 to 6   |   Level 2 ages 7 and Up


Rhythmic Acrobatics

Utilizing intermediate floor tumbling elements and partner and group stunts. This extensive class will be full of gymnastics floor tumbling, acrobatic stunts, rhythmically incorporating silks and hoops. Level 2 skill requirement, aerial silks 2 or permission from instructor. Strong cartwheel and handstand and able to push up to a bridge.

Ages 6–Adult  


Aerial Silks/Acrobatics 1, 2

Aerial Silks is a beautiful, creative, and challenging art form that builds unparalleled upper body and core strength, kinesthetic awareness, coordination, and confidence. Beginners learn basic acrobatic floor skills that translate to skills on the fabric, including forward rolls, handstands, and cartwheels. On the silks, students learn basic climbs, foot-locks, hip keys, and sequences starting low to the ground. After students establish proficiency on the silks, they move higher and higher on the aerial fabric.

Level 1: Ages 6–18  Level 2: 7-18


Aerial Silks/Acrobatics 3/Adults

Intermediate and advanced students improve their basic floor skills that translate to skills on the fabric including forward and backward rolls, handstands, and cartwheels. On the silks, students expand their repertoire with creative climbs, foot-locks, hip keys, drops, and sequences starting low to the ground.

Note: This class meets twice a week.

Level 3 Ages 9–18  / Adults 19-up


Dance Classes

Pre-Ballet & Ballet 1

Pre-Ballet and Ballet 1 introduces young students to the magical world of classical dance. Moving at a comfortable pace for young dancers this class covers basic ballet positions of the lower and upper body, flexibility and stretching exercises, musicality, and simple ballet steps—stationary and crossing the floor.

Note: It is recommended to pair Ballet 1 with Contemporary 2

Pre-Ballet: Ages 4–6  |  Ballet 1: Ages 5–8


Ballet 2, 3

Ballet 2 and 3 focus on alignment, posture, and classical ballet steps. They provide an excellent work out in a fun, relaxed environment that begins at the barre, then moves across the floor, and finishes with center work.

Note: Ballet 2 and 3 are required classes for enrollment in Contemporary 3 or 4

Ballet 2: Ages 9–13  |  Ballet 3: Ages 14–Adult


Break Dancing

This class covers the basics of Break Dancing. Coordination, acrobatic moves, style, and basic freezes to advanced holds are all taught to students in a positive and supportive environment to help them advance to the next level.

Ages 7–adult 


Contemporary 1

The Contemporary 1 class is a stimulating and exploratory dance class that introduces classical and modern dance concepts to students. These classes move through a warm-up of technique and body concepts, across the floor exercises, and dance games.

Ages 5–6


Contemporary 2

The Contemporary 2 class is the next level in the natural progression of the contemporary dance classes. This class uses ballet, jazz and modern techniques in the warm-up, across the floor exercises, choreography, and dance games.

Note: Ballet 1 is highly recommended for Contemporary 2 students

Ages 7–8


Contemporary 3

Contemporary 3 combines the technique of classical training with the expansiveness of modern and jazz dance. This class moves through a through a warm-up of technique, floor exercises, strength training, across the floor choreography, and ultimately a final choreographic piece. Every class emphasizes the importance of axis, alignment, balance, and musicality.

Note: Ballet 2 is a requirement for enrollment in Contemporary 3

Ages 9–13


Contemporary 4

The Contemporary 4 class meets twice a week and is a fast-moving class for more advanced students. Like Contemporary 3 it combines the technique of classical training with the expansiveness of modern and jazz dance. It moves through a through a warm-up of technique, floor exercises, strength training, across the floor choreography, and ultimately a final choreographic piece. Every class emphasizes the importance of axis, alignment, balance, and musicality. Students in Contemporary 4 have opportunities for being part of the dance troupe which performs in the community periodically.

Note: Ballet 3 is a requirement for enrollment in Contemporary 4

Ages 14–adult


Hip Hop 1, 2

The Hip Hop 1 and 2 classes are high-energy classes that infuse the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. These classes encourage students to step outside of the box and bring their own unique style and personality to the movements.

Hip Hop 1: Ages 6–adult  |  Hip Hop 2: Ages 9–adult


Jazz

Jazz class focuses on learning proper dance techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns. This class introduces students to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street, and Contemporary. The curriculum is based on ballet technique, layered with traditional jazz movement, and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations.

Ages 7 – Adult


Keiki Dance A, B

These are fun and energetic classes that use imagery, music, and shapes to get the young body moving. Students learn body coordination plus musicality, rhythmic awareness, improvisation, and simple dance steps in this class. Keiki Dance is an excellent introduction to the world of dance!

Keiki Dance A: Ages 2–3  |  Keiki Dance B: Ages 4–5


Performance Troupe

This class, by invitation only, is for the student who wants to hone their performance skills. Opportunity for performance in the community will be at the center of this class as we focus on choreography and performance technique. All styles of dance will be covered in this class and there will be ample occasions to perform for live audiences.

Permission only


Salsa

The Beginner/Intermediate Salsa class introduces you to the rhythm and timing of the music, as well as to technique in leading and following. You will learn basic footwork, dance positions and connections between partners and basic to intermediate patterns. … No Partner required.

(October 9 through November 13)


Trapeze Dance 1, 2, 3

The Trapeze Dance 1 and 2 classes teach students how to climb, invert, roll, and turn every which way on multiple trapeze apparatuses. Students learn how to move about on the trapeze with grace and ease while gaining strength and control. Students learn to use the bar and ropes to pose, invert, balance, and drop into thrilling positions with grace and ease while gaining strength and control.

Once students grow comfortable with solo work, they learn to work in teams.

Trapeze 1: Beginners focus on proper body position, muscle usage, basic positions, and fundamental balances.

Trapeze 2: Intermediate students learn more difficult skills, choreography, and artistry.

Trapeze 3: Advanced students learn more difficult skills, choreography, partner work, and artistry.

Note: This class meets twice a week.

Ages 9–Adult