With directors, talent agents, and professional performers composing the faculty, it's no wonder the students at Class Act Studios spend much of their class time in front of the camera. With courses geared specifically toward kids, tweens, teens, and adults, the studio covers fields of study ranging from commercial work to film acting. Soap-opera and sitcom classes equip actors with genre-specific skills, such as how to expertly mimic the sound of a live studio audience. Improv and scene-study courses help students inhabit any scenario, with or without a script. Instructors even run private tutoring sessions and birthday parties that thrust invited friends in front of the camera.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary dancer himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form using their expert eyes. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Helmed by professional choreographer and ballet and jazz dance instructor Scarlett Antonia, Antonia Arts helps kids and adults alike hone their skills in a wide variety of performing arts. Led by Broadway vets and passionate teachers, kids can learn the graceful movements of ballet or participate in a spring production of The Wizard of Oz, while students of all ages learn to write shows or work with the Meisner technique of acting.
For 40 years, the Children's Acting Academy bas been prepping students for stage, screen, and Broadway careers through individual and group instruction. CBS, after all, placed it in the Top 5 Broadway Schools for Kids in New York thanks to academy owner and director Mimi Stuart, who imparts voice, movement, and method acting techniques to her students. The pupils of Stuart?s tutelage have gone on to work on Broadway and tour nationally with leading roles in Matilda, Mary Poppins, Evita,
Chaplin, as well as Les Mis?rables, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man , and Billy Elliot. On television screens, they have captured
roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,
Word World, and in a plethora of commercials. To prepare them for the stage and screen, Stuart combines Strasberg, Meisner, and Chekhov teaching techniques that bolster their craft. Parents who are eager to engage their children in the neon charms of an off-Broadway music productions should contact Children's Acting Academy.
Catherine and Adrienne, the seasoned performers and educators at Kids With A Voice, LLC, cultivate dancing, singing, and acting skills in children of all ages. Whether kids develop their creative talents in group classes or one-on-one lessons, they benefit from the tutelage and experience of these motivated instructors.
For two days, young performers experience what it's like to audition for a Broadway show. They take on the challenging roles of professional actors, singers, and dancers, while training with coaches and auditioning their skills. The structure of these weekends mirrors actual Broadway auditions, but in reality they are Journey to Broadway's signature theater workshops.
The mock auditions and training sessions take place in a group environment, which allows students to learn from each other's work. Instructors watch and give each young performer ample hands-on coaching. The faculty includes working professionals such as award-winning choreographer Danielle Brennan, known for her expertise in training young dancers, David Hibbard, whose students have performed on Broadway, and Emily Hsu, a triple threat who has graced the Playbills of a dozen Broadway shows.