Cultural Arts Playhouse has been fostering the development of up-and-coming actors for more than 15 years. At its Musical Theatre and Acting Academy, students from 1st–12th grade hone their on-stage skills by taking classes on singing, acting, and improvisation under the tutelage of an experienced teacher. Kids get to show off these skills in full theatrical productions, with main-stage shows opening up auditions to the entire community so people can see their neighbors' acting chops and dusted-off fake skulls. Cultural Arts Playhouse alumni have found success in New York and throughout the country, appearing in HBO's The Sopranos, and such Broadway productions as Les Miserables and Aladdin.
The Long Island Puppet Theater amazes audiences with a cast of colorful marionette puppets, each with a story to tell. Its shows cater to audiences aged one and up and include familiar characters including The Little Mermaid. Special events encourage kids to play with Barbies or dance alongside Cinderella and Batman, whereas traveling shows bring interactive fun to the tristate area with pirates and jungle animals. In addition to performances, the theater also offers private themed parties for special occasions, such as a birthday or day you transform from a wooden puppet into a real boy or girl.
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.
The bloggers and promoters of Gotham Rocks care as much about building community as they do about throwing hard-rocking shows. Scouting talent from the five boroughs and beyond, the agency has assembled a duet of like-minded acts designed to bring a burgeoning scene together for the Gotham Rocks tour. The two-fisted tonsils of Angelina DelCarmen endow Charetta's rock angst with brassy vocal lines that could easily lead any pop-radio hit or all the town's children into the nearest Hot Topic. From selling out New York’s esteemed Irving Plaza to opening for bands such as Saliva, Charetta’s rising star burns bright as the band approaches its five-year anniversary. Feisty, fun, and heavy, Ghosts of Eden keeps the '90s alive with grungy nods to the Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam.
From the time she was 2 years old, Elizabeth DeGennaro has been gracing the stage. Having grown up in the dancing world, she blossomed into a full-fledged toe-tapper, landing spots on America's Got Talent and The Gong Show, as well as an acting role as a showgirl on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Elizabeth isn't just happy entertaining, though. The professional dancer shares her expertise with students of all skill levels at her own studio, Wild Cherryz Dance and Fitness. There, she incorporates moves from the swath of styles she's fluent in—including Latin and cabaret—during Zumba, burlesque dance, and pole fitness classes to create unique and well-rounded sessions. As a certified trainer, she also infuses her classes with fitness elements—in ballet barre, for example, she borrows from the core training of Pilates and yoga, as well as the movements of ballet. She even offers PCS classes, which blends yoga and Pilates for a more intense workout.
Of course, Elizabeth doesn't just work with adults. As someone who started dancing young, she also extends her skills toward children as young as 3 years old, offering kids' ballet, jazz, hip hop, and Zumba classes.
Rhythmology is a Long Island base social dance network. As such, we provide our members with group class and private lessons instructions as well as events thruout the Long Island and NYC region. We look to fuse international latin technique with the versatility of social dancing.