Mill Pond Arts Allentown's staff of pianists, drummers, guitarists, and singers pull out all the stops when it comes to teaching budding musicians. Their private lessons dole out student-specific tips and exercises, group classes allow kids to learn from their peers, and camps—including Broadway boot camp and Camp Xpress—help people overcome stage fright with games and performances. To help youngsters outside of class, Mill Pond hosts the Theta Music Trainer, an online program designed to sharpen ears and shepherd them toward perfect pitch.
Marbling daubs of paint, smudging charcoal lines, even springing off a gymnast's mat?the ways students challenge themselves at Renaissance Arts Center are as diverse as the students themselves. Classes are available for students aged three weeks to adult, and focus on visual arts, fitness, music, and literary arts programs. Curricula are designed to be comprehensive, incorporating a broad base of concepts, from fundamentals to techniques for specific mediums.
Teaching far more than movement, the instructors at Art of Dance aim to instill in kids and adults a love for physical activity as well as self-confidence and discipline. And in doing so they bring in experts, including members of the American Ballet Theater or Rockettes, to inspire young minds and show them where hard work might lead. Inside the 8,000-square-foot facility, five studios host classes that train students as young as 2.5 years in the disciplines of tumbling, ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. While they pirouette or pop and lock on sprung floors, parents enjoy WiFi in the quiet waiting room or watch the action through one-way windows. During the summer, kids enroll in camps that range in focus from bolstering the imagination with theater to ballet-intensive dancing.
Seasoned comedian and teacher Brad Trackman, whose resume boasts appearances on NBC, ABC, MTV, CBS, Spike TV and Comedy Central, guides burgeoning chuckle-inducers through the finer points of laugh acquisition in his four-hour workshop, Comedy A through Z. Students learn to develop and write for performance persona, as well as sharpen their wit and enhance their abilities to care for newborn microphones. In addition to leading students through material-crafting exercises, Trackman will sling out advice on the business of comedy and what it takes to pursue a career in it, including tips for acquiring representation and landing TV roles. Students will dissect the ins and outs of the standup circuit, as well as hone their joke-crafting skills by observing actual chickens crossing actual roads.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Street parking
Most popular offering: Modeling training
Pro Tip: Be on time?classes are filled with lots of great information and activities.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
Individual attention is given to every student. We go the extra mile to bring out the best in each and every attendee! Our method of training involves interactive participation and creative expression. Our students are always engaged in the topics. Great friendships are established and maintained among our students and class leaders.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
The inspiration for TLC Charm was witnessing the lost art of good social graces among our youth. Also, we seek to inspire our youth to feel great about themselves. Good social graces make a huge difference when it comes to reaching life's goals. The knowledge of good etiquette and manners will open doors of opportunity.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
TLC Charm Etiquette & Modeling's motto is, "We turn caterpillars into butterflies."
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
A parent actually shed tears of joy as she expressed how grateful she was to see such an enhanced improvement in her daughter's self esteem and confidence!
What?s your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part of the job is sharing my knowledge and engaging students in fun activities as they learn.