The Studio @ MCA - Classes for ages 3 - 9

All Classes take place Virtually and are listed in order of age range from youngest to oldest.  

The Studio@Mainstage Center for the Arts 

Dance,Theatre, Musical Theatre & Music Classes
for children Ages 3 – 9

    SESSION 1      September 21 – October 30

CREATIVE DANCE                                                                                    Teacher: Kate Orlando
Ages: 3-4                                                Session  1                                    Mondays          6:00-6:40pm
Creative Dance is an introduction to the foundations of dance in a fun and creative atmosphere. Children learn the basics of Ballet and movement through songs, games and structured activities using props to let their imagination soar!  


IMAGINATION CLUB                                                                                        Teacher: Carol Murphy
Ages: 3 – 5                                                Session 1                                             Tuesdays  5:00 – 5:40
Each week will be based on a different interactive theme. We may hop on a magical sailboat to take us to a faraway land or jump into the ocean to explore under the sea. We will sing, dance, play games, and so much more. This class is a great way to get our youngest learners using their imaginations, gaining confidence and finding their voice!   New material for each session. So join us for sessions 1 & 2.

 

INTRO TO BALLET, TAP AND JAZZ                                                                     Teacher: Kate Orlando
Ages: 5-7                                                            Session 1                                             Mondays 7:00-7:40pm
This class focuses on the foundations of Ballet, Tap and Jazz technique in a slightly more structured class setting.  Session 1 will focus on Ballet Technique and skills.

 


HIP HOP: INTRO
                                                                                                         
Teacher: Maria Guldin
Ages: 5-7                                                          Sessions  1                                           Thursdays 6:00-6:40pm
Hip Hop incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Hip hop dancing is very dynamic and helps the dancers improve flexibility, develop body balance, and coordination. Session 1 and 2 of both levels will work on skills and freestyle. 

BROADWAY AT HOME: EXPANDING YOUR PERFORMANCE SKILLS THROUGH SONG and DANCE
                                                                                                                                             Teacher: Megan Ruggles
Ages:  6-9                                                     Session 1 (Part A)                                 Mondays    5:30 – 6:10
This musical theatre class gives an overview of important musical theatre skills in singing, acting & dance through fun games and group work. It is recommended that students take both sessions 1 & 2. 

 

ACTING OUT                                                                                                                  Teacher: Sarah Gafgen
Ages: 6 – 9                                                    Session 1 ( PART A)                              Tuesdays      6:20 – 7:00
CHARACTER! CHARACTER! CHARACTER!   Students will love developing the skills used to create fun and unusual characters.  Through the use of age-appropriate activities and scripts, students will enter the world of character development while also working on other performance skills like projection, diction, and stage presence.  

 

 

BALLET REPERTOIRE WORKSHOP – LEVEL 1                                      Teacher: Kate Orlando
Ages: 8-11                                                            Session  1                                        Tuesdays 7:00-7:40pm

To further our ballet students virtual learning experience from the technique classes, students can work on choreography on these workshops focusing on the Nutcracker!  For our Younger students in the Level 1, during Session 1 we will be “Becoming Clara!”.  During Session 2 we will move on to a divertissement from Act 2Level 2 will learn a different divertissement from Act 2 in each session. 

 


BALLET TECHNIQUE LEVEL 1                                                                      Teacher: Kate Orlando
Ages: 8-11                                                                Session 1                                    Tuesdays 6:00-6:40pm
Ballet is the foundation of many dance forms and will maximize technique and longevity in a career of dance. It provides grace, poise, and technique needed to be proficient in all other areas of dance. Ballet classes will help dancers with posture, flexibility, fitness, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence.  Session 1 in both levels will focus on Turns and Variations. 

JAZZ TECHNIQUE LEVEL 1                                                                              Teacher: Roberta Curless
Ages: 8-11                                                               Session1                                  Wednesdays 6:00-6:40pm
Jazz dance is an exploration of style and presentation. Classes emphasize musicality and body alignment, conditioning, stretch and strengthening, rhythm and stylization as well as fun and innovative choreography.During Session 1 students  will focus on Skills and Style followed by Musicality and Performance Skills in session 2. 



JAZZ REPERTOIRE WORKSHOP LEVEL 1                                                 Teacher: Roberta Curless
Ages: 8-11                                                                Session  1                                        Thursdays    6:00-6:40pm
To further our Jazz students virtual learning experience from the technique classes, students can work on choreography in our Jazz Workshops!  Level 1 will learn Broadway Jazz Style choreography during Session 1 and move onto Disney and Pop in Session 2!   Level 2 will learn Broadway Jazz style choreography (including a focus in Fosse) in Session 1 and move onto Latino Jazz and Pop in Session 2

TAP TECHNIQUE LEVEL 1                                                                         Teacher: Roberta Curless
Ages: 8-11                                                       Session 1                                 Mondays 6:00-6:40pm
Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound.  Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement.  Session 1 of both levels will focus on the style of Rhythm Tap.  Session 2 of both Levels will focus on Broadway style Tap.

 


CONTEMPORARY LEVEL 1                                                                          Teacher: Roberta Curless
Ages: 8-11                                                           Sessions  1                                   Wednesdays 7:00-7:40pm
Contemporary modern combines ballet and modern techniques with musical and emotional expression with a strong focus on modern techniques (contractions and release, off-center balances and suspension) as well as musicality and self-expression.  Session 1 of both levels will focus on Alignment and Floor work. Session 2 of both levels will focus on the different Modern Techniques

 


HIP HOP:  OPEN LEVEL                                                                                   Teacher: Maria Guldin
Ages 8 and up                                               Session 1                                               Thursdays 7:00-7:40pm
Hip Hop incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Hip hop dancing is very dynamic and helps the dancers improve flexibility, develop body balance, and coordination.  Session 1 and 2 of both levels will work on skills and freestyle. 


 

FLEXIBILITY WORKSHOP: OPEN LEVEL                                         Teacher: Steven Clair
Ages 8 and up                              Sessions 1                                               Tuesday 5:00-5:40pm
This workshop will focus on the dancers flexibility through exercises and stretches to safely enhance their personal flexibility.  A strong and flexible body can create correct and safe lines in all forms of dance and enhance their technique.  Session 1 will focus on Flexibility and Injury Prevention.  Session 2 will focus on Flexibility and Strength. 


 

GUITAR CLUB                                                                                                           Teacher: Ashley Bitterman 
Ages: 9 & 10                                                           Session 1                                    Wednesdays    6:20 – 7:00
A small group introduction to learning guitar. Students will learn about the instrument, basic chords, and rhythm patterns.  A seven-week program. 

SONGWRITING WORKSHOP                                                                           Teacher: Ashley Bitterman
Ages: 9 & 10                                                         Session 1                                   Thursdays       5:20 – 6:00
This class will be focused on the art of song development. Students will learn self-expression through lyrics and melodies. A seven-week program.

 

SESSION 2 – November 2 – December 20

CREATIVE DANCE                                                                                       Teacher: Kate Orlando
Ages: 3-4                                                     Session  2                                     Mondays 6:00-6:40pm
Creative Dance is an introduction to the foundations of dance in a fun and creative atmosphere. Children learn the basics of Ballet and movement through songs, games and structured activities using props to let their imagination soar!  

 


IMAGINATION CLUB                                                                                                      Teacher: Carol Murphy
Ages: 3 – 5                                                        Session 2                                                   Tuesdays  5:00 – 5:40
Each week will be based on a different interactive theme. We may hop on a magical sailboat to take us to a faraway land or jump into the ocean to explore under the sea. We will sing, dance, play games, and so much more. This class is a great way to get our youngest learners using their imaginations, gaining confidence, and finding their voice!   New material for each session. 

INTRO TO BALLET, TAP AND JAZZ                                                                     Teacher: Kate Orlando
Ages: 5-7                                                              Sessions   2                                       Mondays 7:00-7:40pm
This class focuses on the foundations of Ballet, Tap and Jazz technique in a slightly more structured class setting. Session 2 will focus on Tap and Jazz. 



HIP HOP: INTRO                                                                                                        Teacher: Maria Guldin
Ages: 5-7                                                              Session  2                                      Thursdays 6:00-6:40pm
Hip Hop incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Hip hop dancing is very dynamic and helps the dancers improve flexibility, develop body balance, and coordination. Session 1 and 2 of both levels will work on skills and freestyle. 

BROADWAY AT HOME:EXPANDING YOUR PERFORMANCE SKILLS THROUGH SONG and DANCE
                                                                                                                                         Teacher: Megan Ruggles
Ages:  6-9                                                         Session 2 (Part B)                          Mondays    5:30 – 6:10
This musical theatre class gives an overview of important musical theatre skills in singing, acting & dance through fun games and group work. It is recommended that students take both sessions 1 & 2. 


ACTING OUT
                                                                                                          
Teacher: Sarah Gafgen
Ages: 6 – 9                                      Session  2 (PART B)                                    Tuesdays      6:20 – 7:00
Building on the skills introduced in Session 1 students will be allowed to develop their very own crazy and wonderful character and use it in the development of a class storyline and script.  

 

BALLET REPERTOIRE WORKSHOPS LEVELS 1 AND 2                             Teacher: Kate Orlando
Ages: 8-11                                                   Session   2                                              Tuesdays  7:00-7:40pm
To further our ballet students virtual learning experience from the technique classes, students can work on choreography on these workshops focusing on the Nutcracker!  For our Younger students in the Level 1, during Session 1 we will be “Becoming Clara!”.  During Session 2 we will move on to a divertissement from Act 2Level 2 will learn a different divertissement from Act 2 in each session. 

 


BALLET TECHNIQUE LEVEL 1                                                                  Teacher: Kate Orlando
Ages: 8-11                                            Session  2                                               Tuesdays 6:00-6:40pm
Ballet is the foundation of many dance forms and will maximize technique and longevity in a career of dance. It provides grace, poise, and technique needed to be proficient in all other areas of dance. Ballet classes will help dancers with posture, flexibility, fitness, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence.  Session 2  will focus on Petite Allegro and Adagio.

 


JAZZ TECHNIQUE LEVEL 1                                                                            Teacher: Roberta Curless
Ages: 8-11                                             Session  2                                                Wednesdays 6:00-6:40pm
Jazz dance is an exploration of style and presentation. Classes emphasize musicality and body alignment, conditioning, stretch and strengthening, rhythm and stylization as well as fun and innovative choreography.During Session 1 students  will focus on Skills and Style followed by Musicality and Performance Skills in session 2. 

 


JAZZ REPERTOIRE WORKSHOPS LEVEL 1                           Teacher: Roberta Curless
Ages: 8-11                        Session  2                                                        Thursday    6:00-6:40pm
To further our Jazz students virtual learning experience from the technique classes, students can work on choreography in our Jazz Workshops!  Level 1 will learn Broadway Jazz Style choreography during Session 1 and move onto Disney and Pop in Session 2!   Level 2 will learn Broadway Jazz style choreography (including a focus in Fosse) in Session 1 and move onto Latino Jazz and Pop in Session 2

 

TAP TECHNIQUE LEVELS 1                                                            Teacher: Roberta Curless
Ages: 8-11                                      Session   2                                         Mondays 6:00-6:40pm
Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound.  Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement.  Session 1 of both levels will focus on the style of Rhythm Tap.  Session 2 of both Levels will focus on Broadway style Tap.

 


CONTEMPORARY LEVEL 1                                                            Teacher: Roberta Curless
Ages: 8-11                                Sessions   2                                        Wednesdays 7:00-7:40pm
Contemporary modern combines ballet and modern techniques with musical and emotional expression with a strong focus on modern techniques (contractions and release, off-center balances and suspension) as well as musicality and self-expression.  Session 1 of both levels will focus on Alignment and Floor work. Session 2 of both levels will focus on the different Modern Techniques

 

HIP HOP:  OPEN LEVEL                                                                  Teacher: Maria Guldin
Ages 8 and up                         Session 2                                                 Thursdays.  7:00-7:40pm
Hip Hop incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Hip hop dancing is very dynamic and helps the dancers improve flexibility, develop body balance, and coordination. Session 1 and 2 of both levels will work on skills and freestyle. 

 


FLEXIBILITY WORKSHOP: OPEN LEVEL                                  Teacher: Steven Clair
Ages 8 and up                         Session 2                                               Tuesday 5:00-5:40pm
This workshop will focus on the dancers flexibility through exercises and stretches to safely enhance their personal flexibility.  A strong and flexible body can create correct and safe lines in all forms of dance and enhance their technique.  Session 1 will focus on Flexibility and Injury Prevention. Session 2 will focus on Flexibility and Strength. 

GUITAR CLUB         Teacher: Ashley Bitterman
Ages 9 & 10   Session 2:    Wednesdays    6:20 – 7:00
A small group introduction to learning guitar. Students will learn about the instrument, basic chords, and rhythm patterns.  

 


SONGWRITING WORKSHOP –  Teacher: Ashley Bitterman
Ages 9 & 10   Session 2:    Thursdays       5:20 – 6:00
This class will be focused on the art of song development. Students will learn self-expression through lyrics and melodies. A seven-week program.

PRIVATE LESSONS –  We also offer private lessons in Voice, Acting, Guitar, and Piano.  Please check our Private Lesson page for more details

 

                                

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Studio email address:  Academy@mainstage.org.

 

 

 

 

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