The six-headed hydra of spontaneous comedy known as Four Day Weekend has been wreaking havoc on North Texas doldrums since 1997. Critically adored by the metroplex’s most prominent presses, the group squelches laughter droughts with their weekend bouts of unscripted hilarity. The professional troupe of cut-ups, many with film and Second City Conservatory of Chicago credentials, happily share the tricks of the trade in their four-level training center. Emphasizing “truth in comedy,” the curriculum covers fundamentals such as characterization and long-form improv, giving students the tools they need to extract their inner hilarity or survive an hour in a prop closet with Greg Proops.
For 27 years, Doubletake Dance Studio has been teaching dance and helping students build confidence. Moving across the suspended floors constructed to prevent and reduce injuries, dancers of all ages refine their techniques under the guidance of experienced instructors. The teachers lead students starting at the age of 2 through ballet, tap, hip hop, and jazz, and as students get older, they focus in on skills, learning leaps, turns, and pointe.
In 1974, the charismatic Johnnie High lassoed a stray guitar picker, fiddle twiddler, and a handful of troubadours to star in Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue. The collective heft of the house ensemble, the Superpicker Band, anchors each sophisticated journey into the country music anthology. In addition to the regular cast, featured performers and surprise special guests vary week to week. Dave Alexander summons the spirit of Western swing on June 18, and the patriotic "American Made" show on July 2 pays tribute to the colors of our nation's flag. Loftily lauded revue alumni include LeAnn Rimes, inaugural American Idol Kelly Clarkson, and young Yosemite Sam. Seating is based on best availability at time of ticket collection.
Since age 3, Dana Bailey has been twirling to her own beat, progressing from childhood cha-chas to appearances in promotions for Pepsi and JC Penney. After studying under instructors in California and New York City, Dana now offers pintsize patrons the same opportunity to get a head start in the performing arts with child and teen dance classes. She enlists working industry pros to wrangle kids as young as 2.5 in tap, ballet, and tumbling classes atop pliable wood and marley floors.
The boys' tap, jazz, and hip-hop classes accommodate a demographic often overlooked by the dance industry and prepare a studio team for local and national performances. Instructors regularly glean pointers from top national choreographers to craft classes such as Teen Hip Hop, which equips students with basic moves and combos that, much like the prom held outside the Grammys, are set to a soundtrack of current hits.
Donna Park's passion for performance preceded the bulk of her vocabulary: at 4 years old, she got into the habit of correcting the dance steps of the other children in her recitals. Her unquenchable thirst for performance led her through a theater minor in college to the discovery of film, then onto a career as a director, writer, and producer of television specials and commercials. Now, calling upon contacts developed during her 20-year career, she brings working professionals to Texas Creative Arts Academy to share their hard-earned wisdom with the young.
The Academy's year-round programs gather students aged 4 to 18 to celebrate their interest in dance, art, film, and melodrama. Aspiring artisans learn the basics of canvas and garment craftsmanship in Hi Ho! Van Gogh! and Design Fashion Diva! camps. Teachers unlock high notes in students' vocal ranges with voice lessons and train the eyes of future cameramen in video-production classes. Piano and guitar instruction empowers kids to realize a future where spontaneous public musical numbers don’t just happen on stage.