Acting begins with basic training of the actor’s three instruments (voice, body and imagination). Each class is structured to include a vocal and physical warm up, improvisations, and creative exploration exercises. New concepts will be introduced through physical games and role plays, helping students turn abstract concepts into tangible tools to improve their acting skills. Elements from Stanislavsky, The Meisner technique, Strassberg’s Method, as well as Viewpoints will be incorporated. This class provides a fun and safe atmosphere where students can feel free to explore characters and scenes with a dual focus on both individual work and group ensemble training.
Ballet (and Pointe) is a formalized dance with its origins in the French court, further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. It is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It has been influential as a form of dance globally and is taught in ballet schools around the world which use their own culture and society to modernize the art. Ballet dance works (ballets) are choreographed and also include mime and acting and are set to music (usually orchestral). It is best known in the form of classical ballet, notable for its techniques, such as pointe work and turn-out of the legs, its graceful, flowing, precise movements, and its ethereal qualities.
Contemporary is an abstract form of dance that has its roots in ballet. It focuses on using the movements to express an inner thought or emotion. Shedding the authoritarian controls surrounding classical ballet technique, costume, and shoes, contemporary focuses on creative self-expression rather than on technical virtuosity. It is a more relaxed, free style of dance, in which choreographers use emotions and moods to design their own steps, in contrast to the structured code of steps found in ballet. It has a deliberate use of gravity, whereas ballet strives to be light and airy.
Hip Hop refers mainly to street dance styles, primarily danced to music with a strong beat. This exciting dance form was created as a positive outlet for emotions. In our studio, this class will be modified to include only those types of the dance form that are befitting our people, and the music used is only Jewish music or instrumental.
Jazz is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. Although jazz dancing came about as dance done to jazz music, the style has developed into its own unique dance form that generally has nothing to do with the music from which it came. Jazz dance works vary from animated show pieces as seen in musicals to lyrical ballads.
Tap dance was developed in the United States during the nineteenth century and is popular nowadays in many parts of the world. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard surface. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician.