EAS Class Descriptions 2017-2018

RECREATIONAL DIVISION

This ‘Training’ Division of EAS is set in place to offer technical training in a variety of art forms. These classes are for those simply exploring the arts to those looking to train more seriously.  Depending on the art form, our classes are offered to those ages 3 to adult.

DANCE | MUSIC | AERIAL | ACTING | ART | PRODUCTION

MUSIC

Music for Tots (3-5)

A fun introduction to music for your 3-5 year old. Utilizing singing, percussive instruments, and creative expression, our youngest students are introduced to the exciting and imaginative world of music,. The goal of this class is to not only provide a positive experience for our youngest musicians, but also teach them to express themselves, with confidence, through the use of song, instrumentation, and creative movement.  This class is limited to 10 students.

Intro to Music (5-8)

This class is our intro to music, singing and instrumentation at EAS. It will include basic vocal instruction and fundamentals of tone production, diction, posture, and breathing. We will also work on rhythm, movement and listening games. This is the best class to introduce a young student to the elements of music. This class is limited to 12 students per class.

Kid Vocals (7-12)

This class will include basic vocal instruction and fundamentals of tone production, diction, posture, and breathing. There will be class songs and individual songs assigned for class and public performance. This class is limited to 15 students per class.

Teen Vocals (13+)

This class will include basic vocal instruction and fundamentals of tone production, diction, posture, and breathing. There will be class songs and individual songs assigned for class and public performance. This class is limited to 15 students per class.

Vocal Solos (13+)

This class will include private vocal instruction, elements of artistic development including musicality, character analysis, diction coaching and score study.

Acapella (13+)

The goal of this class is to provide motivated, talented young artists with a unique experience where they can develop their skills as vocalists.  This class will focus on strengthening creativity and musicality, with students learning complex harmonies in a variety of musical styles without accompaniment!    This class is limited to 12 students.

Musical Theatre Vocals (9+)

Musical Theatre includes acting, singing and dancing.  This particular class will focus on basic vocal techniques, breathing, posture, harmonization, and some solo work.   Students will be exposed to a variety of songs including broadway classics, original works, contemporary pieces and given the opportunity to develop characters vocally that will effectively connect with the audience and tell a story.  Though the primary focus of this class is singing, the student can expect to act and move during this class. Preparation will be required outside of class to be ready for in­ class activities and exercises.  It is recommended that students registered for Musical Theatre Vocals also register for Musical Theatre Acting and Musical Theatre Dance.  This class is limited to 15 students per class.

Vocal/Worship (10+)

This class is designed to not only work on vocal technique, but also instructs the student on how to apply those techniques in a worship setting.  Connecting voice, facial expression, musicality, and physicality with the heart is the focus of this class.  Time for personal reflection, related to worship lyrics, will be a part of this class as well as the opportunity to practice leading worship.  This will include both solo and group dynamics.

Sight Reading/Ear Training/Worship (9+)

This class introduces the vocalist to the fundamentals of reading music. The class starts with the basics of mastering rhythm--later combined with pitch--and finishes with students picking out melodies on a keyboard. An ideal class for every vocalist and appropriate for the absolute beginner to those who need a little refresher on the fundamentals.  Additionally, this class will work on ear training, pitch, harmonizing.  Lastly, implementing the afore-mentionined, students will be given the opportunity to apply these skills in a worship leading forum.

Voice Privates (Teacher’s Discretion)

Lessons takes the “Class Voice” setting and customizes it to the individual needs and goals of the student. It will include specialized coaching and focused instruction directed at improving and expanding the individual student’s repertoire. This lesson will include assignments for daily practice and song assignments for school (EAS) and public performance.

Piano Privates (Teacher’s Discretion)

Private lessons are 30 minutes and are taught weekly on a one-to-one basis. Private lessons are designed to build technical proficiency, repertoire, practical keyboard skills, and awareness of pianistic problems. Additionally, students are introduced to the relationship between the assigned piano repertoire, music history, and music theory.

THEATRE

Intro to Acting (5-8)

Children will explore and express their own individual creativity in an atmosphere which also promotes the importance of teamwork in bringing a story to life.  The emphasis will be on having fun while learning acting basics through group improvisation, theatre games, and imaginative play.  The first 8 weeks will focus on fairy tales, stories from other lands, and creating original stories using objects picked from a mystery bag.  The final 8 weeks will focus on rehearsal for a live performance.

Acting I/II (8-12)

In this class, students will be learning the basic concepts of Acting through movement, improv games, speech and voice control, beginning stages direction, and memorization of lines. Character Development as well as scene study will be introduced during this class. We will work on multiple pieces throughout the semester, some of which will require work outside of the class, which will culminate with a final scene performed for our audience. 

Acting II/III (13+)

This class continues to build upon concepts learned in Level I/II, while introducing the student to scene study and advanced ensemble movement. The focus will be on developing process for performing effective movement and understanding the complex relationship between the actor with themselves, the actor with the ensemble, and the actor with the audience.  Students will encounter theatre activities that present unique challenges for actors in terms of language, physicality, characterization, style, content, and text analysis. 

Kids Improv (7-12)

In this fun and fast-paced class students will learn the skills needed to become a successful improvisor. Through various improvisation and theatre exercises, we will explore essential improv principles like “Yes, And”, accepting offers from your scene partner, establishing a successful scene, proper listening, etc. In this class, students will learn not just how to be a better performer, but how to apply the skills they learn to everyday life. These skills include public speaking, learning from failures, effective collaboration, making confident choices, increased communication skills, and more.

Teen Improv (13+)

In this fun and fast-paced class students will learn the skills needed to become a successful improvisor. Through various improvisation and theatre exercises, we will explore essential improv principles like “Yes, And”, accepting offers from your scene partner, establishing a successful scene, proper listening, etc. In this class, students will learn not just how to be a better performer, but how to apply the skills they learn to everyday life. These skills include public speaking, learning from failures, effective collaboration, making confident choices, increased communication skills, and more.

Creative Projects-Student original works (10+)

What is the theatre project you've always wanted to do? In this class each student will get to select any project they would like to work on. This could be writing a script, directing a scene, making a video, doing a musical theatre piece/solo, acting a dream role.. the sky is the limit. The teacher will give each individual student the support, resources, and expertise they need to see the project through. Students registering for this class will use fellow classmates as their 'cast.'  (Note: If their 'creative work' requires additional cast, with the permission of the Teacher, they will be allowed to bring in additional cast members.)  Preparation will be required outside of class to be ready for in­ class activities and exercises.    

Musical Theatre Acting (9+)

Musical Theatre includes acting, singing and dancing.  This particular class will focus on basic stage/theatre terminology, character development and analysis, blocking, and memorization.  Students will be exposed to a variety of  songs including broadway classics, original works, contemporary pieces and given the opportunity to develop characters that will effectively connect with the audience and tell a story.  Though the primary focus of this class is acting, the student can expect to sing and move during this class. Preparation will be required outside of class to be ready for in­ class activities and exercises.    It is recommended that students registered for Musical Theatre Acting also register for Musical Theatre Vocals and Musical Theatre Dance.  This class is limited to 15 students per class.

Stage/Theatrical Make-up

The objective of this class is to expose you to the various aspects of theatrical makeup. You will learn about products, tools and techniques of makeup application for the stage including basic highlight and shadow, character make-up, old age make-up and injury.  This class will not focus on beauty make-up or make-up for the camera although these themes will be addressed periodically during the class.  There is a $25 supply fee associated with this class.  Plus, students will be given a list of necessary 'personal' supplies. 

Sewing - Our first step into Costuming

Learn basic sewing terminology, to hand stitch, use a sewing machine, to sew basic seams & construct a simple project! Intended for kids ages 9 years & older.  If student has their own sewing machine, they will be encouraged to bring it.  There is a $25 supply fee associated with this class.  Plus, students will be given a list of necessary 'personal' supplies. 

Acting Privates (Teacher’s Discretion)

Acting Privates takes an acting class setting and customizes it to the individual needs and goals of the student. It will include specialized coaching and focused instruction directed at improving and expanding the individual student’s repertoire. This lesson will include assignments for daily practice and acting assignments for school (EAS) and public performance.

ART

Art I/II (7-12)

In this class, students will explore various phases of art from the beginning to intermediate level. Emphasis will be on the Elements of Art: line, color, shape, texture, value, space, & form. We will use a variety of art media and techniques to create still life drawing, art from imagination, self portraits, landscapes and mixed media art.  We aim to make art an enjoyable experience, and encouraging the student to take their abilities as far as they can.  There is a $25 supply fee associated with this class.  Plus, students will be given a list of necessary 'personal' supplies. 

Art III/IV (13+)

This class is meant to explore many phases of art from the beginning to Intermediate level. Emphasis will be on drawing and painting skills, including acrylic canvas painting, sketching, pencil portraits, and more! We aim to make art an enjoyable experience, and encouraging the student to take their abilities as far as they can.  There is a $25 supply fee associated with this class.  Plus, students will be given a list of necessary 'personal' supplies. 

AERIALS

Aerial Basics (10+)

An introduction to aerial for all ages and skill levels on the silks. Classes will focus on safe and proper technique for aerial forms, proper care and stretching of our bodies, and using the apparatus as a lyrical dance medium. In these classes we will be working on the foundations of aerial and build strength and stamina. All equipment will be hung low to the ground with mats underneath, please wear form fitting dance wear that covers your hanging points, the knees and armpits.

Aerial I (11+)

This class builds upon Aerial Basics foundation, adding more complex moves and linking moves together in the air.  Additionally, music will be added and the aerialist will be introduced to dance in the air. Student must show active listening skills, ability to follow multi-step directions, and take input from teacher.  Teacher must have confidence in the students abilities while in the air.  

Aerial II (12+)

This class builds upon Aerial I, continuing to add more complex moves and familiarizing the student with being inverted.   Beginning "small" drops with control are also introduced at this level.  Student must show active listening skills, ability to follow multi-step directions, and take input from teacher.  Teacher must have confidence in the students abilities while in the air.

Aerial III (13+)

This class continues to build upon Aerial II and requires a greater degree of stamina.  More complex combinations and larger drops are introduced at this level.  Student must show active listening skills, ability to follow multi-step directions, and take input from teacher.  Teacher must have confidence in the students abilities while in the air.

Aerial Teen/Adult (13+)

This class is for anyone over the age of 13 and open to all skill levels. Includes conditioning both on and off silks as well as learning silk "tricks".

Open Gym (10+)

This is for students with prior aerial training, allowing free, supervised, time to practice previously learned techniques.

Aerial Privates (Teacher’s Discretion)

Aerial Privates takes an aerial class setting and customizes it to the individual needs and goals of the student. It will include specialized coaching and focused instruction directed at improving and expanding the individual student’s repertoire.  

DANCE

Combo (3-5)

Children in combo class will learn the basics of tap and ballet, with an emphasis on rhythm, musicality, and developing physical coordination. In addition, a portion of this class will emphasize creativity, as the children learn to move and express themselves through dance. Dress code for combo class is flexible, as long as they have their pink ballet shoes (not slippers, don’t be confused­ there is a difference), black tap shoes, and are wearing clothes they can move in freely. All combo students must be potty trained.

Intro to Ballet (5-8)

Children will learn the fundamentals of ballet in a fun ­filled and creative environment, while developing a strong foundation in proper alignment and terminology for future traditional ballet training. The classes will challenge your child's imagination while instilling a love for music and movement. Intro students are required to purchase and wear pink ballet shoes and an EAS unitard with an optional black ballet skirt. This is the transitional class between Combo and Ballet I. Your child must have the Instructor's okay to move up to Ballet I.

Ballet I/II (7-12)

This class is offered to students 7 ­years and older with at least one year of formal ballet training (or Intro to Ballet training). The class will focus on a complete beginning level of barre, center work, across the floor, and ballet terminology. This class will also begin to build proper understanding of body alignment, placement, and rotation necessary for more advanced training. The basic concepts and terminology of ballet will be instilled within the student through focused repetition. Each student is required to purchase and wear pink ballet shoes and an EAS unitard with an optional black ballet skirt.  

Ballet III/IV (13+)

This is a highly technical class. It is for students who are technically proficient in ballet and are serious about developing artistically as dancers. Students will begin to address the solidities of classical training and developing a more in-depth awareness of alignment and rotation. New material will be introduced with strong emphasis on the coordination between legs and arms. It will challenge the intermediate student by adding more difficult steps to their repertoire. Advanced students who already know the steps will be challenged to become more proficient in technique and strength. Each student is required to purchase and wear pink ballet shoes and an EAS unitard with an optional black ballet skirt or black shorts.

Ballet IV (13+)

This is a highly technical class. It is for students who are technically proficient in ballet and are serious about developing artistically as dancers. Students will begin to address the solidities of classical training and developing a more in ­depth awareness of alignment and rotation. New material will be introduced with strong emphasis on the coordination between legs and arms. It will challenge the intermediate student by adding more difficult steps to their repertoire. Advanced students who already know the steps will be challenged to become more proficient in technique and strength. Each student is required to purchase and wear pink ballet shoes and an EAS unitard with an optional black ballet skirt. You must have the instructor's approval in order to be in this class.

Pointe (13+)

Students new to pointe, with teacher approval, may take our Ballet I/II classes on pointe.  Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.  Each student is required to provide their own pink tights, black leotard, and pointe shoes

More advanced pointe students are encouraged to take both our Ballet I/II AND Ballet III/IV classes on pointe.  Taking Ballet I/II classes on pointe will allow for their foundational skills to be strengthened.   Ballet III/IV, which moves at a faster pace and includes more advanced technique, will advance the Pointe dancer exponentially.

Leaps and Turns I/II (7-12)

Learn the techniques used to perfect the turns, leaps, and jumps seen in Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary. This class will build balance, coordination, flexibility, and muscle memory. Great as a supplement to any other class or company. This class builds the foundation for harder and more complex movements. This class is technique only and will not work on a piece for the spring productions. Must have prior dance experience.

Leaps and Turns III/IV (13+)

Learn the techniques used to perfect the turns, leaps, and jumps seen in Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary. This class will build balance, coordination, flexibility, and muscle memory. Great as a supplement to any other class or company. This class builds upon Leaps & Turns I/II and pushes the dancer towards harder and more complex movements. This class is technique only and will not work on a piece for spring productions. Must have prior dance experience.

Intro to Jazz (5-8)

Children will learn the fundamentals of jazz in a fulfilled and creative environment, while developing a strong foundation in proper alignment and terminology for future traditional jazz training. The class will challenge your child's imagination while instilling a love for music and movement. This is a transition class between Combo and Jazz I.

Jazz I/II (7-12)

In this class we will focus on learning the basics of jazz technique. This class will build balance, coordination, flexibility, core strength, muscle memory, and introduce musicality. This class will push you forward to create the foundation for harder and more complex movements. You will need jazz shoes to be in this class. We will also eliminate intimidation and judgmental thoughts to make the class a safe place for everyone to push themselves outside of their comfort zones.

Musical Theatre Dance (9+)

Musical Theatre includes acting, singing and dancing.  This particular class will focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows, such as jazz, contemporary, and tap. .Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expression.   Though the primary focus of this class is dancing, the student can expect to act and move during this class. Preparation will be required outside of class to be ready for in­ class activities and exercises.  This class is limited to 15 students per class.

Modern I/II (7-12)

We focus on strengthening the alignment of the body and exploring speed, rhythm, balance and flexibility. Using modern-based technique, ballet, jazz and creative explorative games, dancers will gain a better understanding of their whole body and how to coordinate it with music, space, and other dancers. We build the foundation for contemporary dance movement and well-rounded technical ability.

Contemporary II (7-12)

This class is for dancers who have learned the basic technical skills already, and wish to perfect those as well as work on new progressions. Dancers will learn the proper technique for more difficult skills and begin working on skill progressions across the floor. Students should master level I skills to progress to level II.

Contemporary III/IV (13+)

Contemporary is a fusion of various dance styles, focusing primarily on modern and postmodern movements. This class is for dancers who want to strengthen and clarify their skills. It will incorporate elements from traditional dance technique, emphasizing alignment, use of weight and breath, and musical phrasing across the floor with freedom and accuracy.

Worship/Lyrical (8+)

This class is a combination of ballet and jazz that challenges dancers to use choreography and movement to interpret music, express emotion, and worship God. Dancers learn to express emotions derived from lyrics to convey the dance’s meaning as well as convey their love for God.  Each class will include times of free worship as the dancer learns to combine technique with creative adoration.

Intro to Hip Hop (5-8)

Intro to hip hop is a fun beginner level class that will teach hip hop vocab, style, and musicality while also searching for each dancer’s individual style. Students will learn how to count and will become accustomed to hearing rhythm in the music. Students are required to have street/tennis shoes. Preferably black&white in color.

Hip Hop I/II (7-12)

This is a high energy class that involves groove and style. The students will learn basic combinations from many hip hop dance styles, ranging from breaking, popping and locking, to krumping and other contemporary styles, as well as introducing the art of freestyling with a focus on rhythm and musicality. Students are required to have street/tennis shoes. Preferably black & white in color.

Hip Hop III/IV (13+)

This is a high energy class that involves groove and style and will move at a fast pace.  This intermediate to advance hip hop class will focus on modern, in sync, hip hop choreography that involves musicality and precision. Hip hop students will be challenged in their improvisation and free movement, and this class will help them explore how to create their own choreography based on their own personal style.  Students are required to have street/tennis shoes. Preferably black & white in color.

Intro to Tap (5-8)

Intro to Tap will introduce to the students how to find an inner rhythm that can stand on it's own and/or be matched with music. You will learn the fundamentals of basic tap terminology and movement and will learn how to count and be in sync with the music and your class peers. Your will be enrolled in a creative environment, while developing a strong foundation in proper alignment and terminology for future traditional jazz training. The class will challenge your child's imagination while instilling a love for music and movement. Every student must provide their own tap shoes.

Tap I/II (7-12)

This class is designed for the beginner to intermediate level tap dance. The core of the class will focus on the development of basic technical skills (shuffles, paradiddles, flaps, pickups, cramp-rolls, etc.), as well as the ear, or ability to understand music. A small portion of the course will be dedicated to learning about and honoring historical tap figures to gain a holistic understanding of the art form. Every student must provide their own tap shoes.

Tap II/III (13+)

This course will be fast-paced, FUN, and exciting. It is designed for those with prior experience in tap, and will focus on further developing both technical skills and the ear. Other course objectives include the ability to quickly learn combinations without vocal instruction, a deep understanding of tap history, and an ability to improvise comfortably.  Every student must provide their own tap shoes

Intro to Acro (5-8)

Introductory level class that will build acro skills and knowledge of the basics. Students will learn skills including a baby bridge, forward pike roll, pre-cartwheel, somersault, straddle and tuck jumps, and more.

Acro I/II (7-12)

This class will cover somersault variations, right & left cartwheels, handstand, elbow handstand, bridge kick-over, bridge straight legs feet together, backbend from standing up, round off, backbend stand up.

Acro III/IV (13+)

The next progression of acro focuses on backbend kickover, chest stand, handstand tuck and roll, handstand to backbend, forearm stand, fishflop, front walk over, back walkover, switch leg back walkover, switch leg front walkover, one-handed back walkover, one-handed front walkover, front hand spring, side aerials (introduction), Arabian limber, headstand variations, standing back handspring (with spot) some partner or group acro stunts and more.

 

 

Dance Privates (Teacher’s Discretion)

Dance Privates takes a dance class setting and customizes it to the individual needs and goals of the student. It will include specialized coaching and focused instruction directed at improving and expanding the individual student’s repertoire. This lesson will include assignments for daily practice and dance assignments for school (EAS) and public performance.