Models aren't just born with the ability to command the catwalk. Rather, that combination of grace and assertiveness takes serious training with fashion experts. With more than two decades of industry experience under their impeccably coordinated belts, the instructors at Strut Modeling House provide mentoring and insight into the couture world. Students as young as 7 learn posing fundamentals during Diamond In The Rough, an intensive nine-month course that covers the intricacies of both modeling and acting during weekly sessions. The school also offers courses for those who don't aspire to a career in clothing; their four-month Strut Esteem course aims to instill students with the confidence needed to let their inner beauty shine.
When you walk into The Toy Museum of NY, you might see a Raggedy Ann doll. And another. And then another. Through this head-spinning proliferation of Anns and other characters—from Shirley Temple to Howdy Doody to Mr. Potato Head—kids and nostalgic adults explore changes in toymaking trends. Much of the collection of hundreds of dolls, games, and figurines from the 1880s–1980s is behind glass, so little hands get their passport to this wonderland of playthings via Queen Marlene's Toy Theatre. Kids gather around her singing, dancing highness for an illustrated tour through toyland as they’re invited up on stage to don costumes, play instruments, and perhaps diagnose an ailing doll’s stuffing troubles alongside other energetic, quick-witted actors. They can also attend the Special Toy Invention Program and learn about the invention of such cornerstones of American childhood as the Slinky, the Etch-A-Sketch, the Frisbee, and the empty refrigerator box.
Signature service: Stage combat and stunt fighting
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Come ready to learn the magic of combat for Hollywood and Broadway fight scenes.
In print and online, Back Stage aims to organize a flood of information on casting calls, audition advice, and breaking industry news into a resource both aspiring and working actors can turn to daily. Tips on snagging representation, choosing headshots, and managing on-set frustration all help subscribers make the most of thousands of entertainment job listings for roles in commercials, films, and major state senates. In major cities around the country, Actorfest delivers its advice and opportunities in the flesh via intensive workshops, casting calls, and meetings with industry pros.
A melody flows out from behind the closed door of the studio as a student's voice traverses octaves and hits each note squarely. Under the guidance of an instructor armed with professional performing experience, students refine their singing techniques during voice lessons that can cover any style, from rock to musical theater to falsetto whale calling. In addition to private lessons, students can brush up their vocal cords during group classes such as audition prep or master classes with opera singers. Customers who refer a friend will receive a free lesson.
For 26 years, The Drama Desk and Coming Up Taller Award-winning TADA! has been providing young people of all different backgrounds, including a large number of disadvantaged children and families, the opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment.