EAS Class Descriptions 2017-2018

Music Classes

Intro to Music (ages 6-­9)

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.

Vocal Performance (ages 8-­18)

A group voice class that includes vocal warm­-ups, ear training, sight reading and music study for work on vocal technique and tone production.

Musical Theater Vocal (Teen/Adult)

A Musical Theater performance class is for coaching solos and ensembles, vocal style, movement and characterization. All students will be expected to engage in character

analysis, sing solo and do basic choreography. Preparation will be required outside of class to be ready for in­ class activities and exercises.

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 12 students per class.

Teen Vocal (ages 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 12 students per class. 

Private Voice Private

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. Supply Fee: $5

Dance Classes

Combo (ages 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.

 

Tumbling for Tots (ages 3-5)

Children in tumbling for toddlers class will learn the basics of tumbling. They'll learn how to coordinate their bodies and start to strengthen certain muscles to be able to hold their bodies up while doing summersaults, cartwheels, crab walks, with an emphasis on rhythm, musicality, and developing physical coordination and so much more! Dress code is flexible, as long as they don't wear anything with zippers and they don't wear shoes or socks. All children must be potty trained. 

 

Intro to Ballet (ages 6+)

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 1. 

 

Ballet I (ages 7+)

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. Prerequisite to this class is Intro to Ballet for ages 6+ and must get the instructor's approval to move up.  

 

Ballet II/III (Approx ages 8+)

This class is offered to students 9­ years and older with at least 2­-3 years of formal ballet training and will focus on a complete intermediate level of barre, center work, and ballet terminology. Each student should know the basic ballet terminology and basic ballet movement to be in this class. This class will also build towards further understanding of proper body alignment, placement, and rotation. Exercises will be more complex which will assist the dancer in developing faster mental capacity as well as conditioning the body. Each student is required to purchase and wear pink ballet shoes and an EAS unitard with an optional black ballet skirt. During the first day of class, the Instructor will evaluate each student. If a student isn't ready to be in a higher level ballet class, the instructor will advise the student to move to a level that will benefit that student for their growth in their artistry. Prerequisite to this class is Ballet I and must get the instructor's approval to move up. 

 

Ballet IV (Audition Only)

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/Conditioning

Ballet conditioning focuses on ballet technique, terminology, proper alignment, and different strengthening exercises to support proper technique. This is a non performance based class and is open to students who have at least 1-2 years of ballet training. Dress code is the same as other ballet classes complete with hair in a bun and ballet shoes. 

 

Pointe Conditioning (Required if you're taking the performance class of Pointe) 

This class is for level IV students who are technically proficient in ballet, have a significant understanding of body alignment, placement, and rotation, and are at least 12 years of age. This is a intermediate/advanced pointe class that will focus on developing strength to be able to dance efficiently and properly without the risk of injury. This class will continue to work on basic ballet technique and terminology to further their understanding in their artistry. Each student is required to provide their pointe shoes (as approved by instructor), toe pads, as well as an EAS unitard with an optional black shirt. This is a non performing class. 

 

Contemporary I/II (7+)

Contemporary is a more complex class and you will need to have completed Ballet I, Jazz I, or have a few years experience in jazz and/or ballet technique. In this class we will primarily focus on strength, qualitative movement, and musicality. We will strengthen our whole body awareness and our abilities to take risks as dancers by connecting to the floor and being able to move as one with our other peer dancers. You will be pushed to pick up different qualitative movement while holding on to your foundation of technique. 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. You must also be enrolled in a ballet class to be in this class and need to get the instructor's approval before you move up. 

 

Contemporary III (11+)

In this class we will primarily focus on strength, qualitative movement, and musicality. We will strengthen our whole body awareness and our abilities to take risks as dancers by connecting to the floor and being able to move as one with our other peer dancers. You will be pushed to pick up different qualitative movement while holding on to your foundation of technique. We will also work on a lot of upper body and core strength as well as exploring how to get in and out of the floor safely. Knee pads are highly suggested to bring to every 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. In order to be enrolled in contemporary III , you must also be enrolled in a ballet class. During the first day of class, the Instructor will evaluate each student. If a student isn't ready to be in a higher level ballet class, the instructor will advise the student to move to a level that will benefit that student for their growth in their artistry. Prerequisite to this class is contemporary I/II and or Ballet II/III and must get the instructor's approval to move up.

 

Contemporary IV (Audition only)

In this class we will primarily focus on strength, qualitative movement, and musicality. We will strengthen our whole body awareness and our abilities to take risks as dancers by connecting to the floor and being able to move as one with our other peer dancers. You will be challenged to find your own movement voice by finding new was to recreate movement and improve. You will also be pushed to pick up different qualitative movement while holding on to your foundation of technique. We will work on a lot of upper body and core strength as well as exploring how to get in and out of the floor safely. Knee pads are highly suggested to bring to every 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. You must also be enrolled in a ballet class to be in this class. You must have the instructor's approval in order to be in this class. 

 

Turns & Tech II/III (ages 8+)

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. This class builds the foundation for harder and more complex movements and is technique only and will not work on a piece for the winter and spring productions. Must have prior dance experience to be enrolled and must get the instructor's approval before you move up.

 

Turns & Tech IV (Audition only)

Learn more advanced and complex turns, leaps, and jumps as seen in Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary. You will be pushed to do multiple turns and more intricate leaps while gaining strength and while working on one's conditioningYou must have the instructor's approval in order to be in this class. 

 

Intro to Jazz (ages 6+)

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 (ages 7+)

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 to know basic technique terminology 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 and must get the instructor's approval to move up. 

 

Jazz III (11+)

This class is a more advanced class and you will need to have already completed Jazz I or have a few years of jazz and/or ballet technique experience. This class keeps building on your balance, coordination, flexibility, core strength, and muscle memory. You will be pushed to stylize your movement, to hit accented counts, and to have strong musicality. 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. During the first day of class, the Instructor will evaluate each student. If a student isn't ready to be in a higher level ballet class, the instructor will advise the student to move to a level that will benefit that student for their growth in their artistry. Prerequisite to this class is Ballet I and or Jazz I/II and must get the instructor's approval to move up.

 

Jazz IV (Audition only)

This class is a more advanced class and you will need to have already completed Jazz II/III and needs to have 2-3 years of technical training. This class builds on your balance, coordination, flexibility, core strength, and muscle memory. You will be pushed to stylize your movement, to hit accented counts, and to have strong musicality. 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. You must have the instructor's approval in order to be in this class. 

 

Intro to Hip-­hop (ages 6+)

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 (ages 7+)

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, with a focus on rhythm and musicality. Students are required to have street/tennis shoes. Preferably black&white in color. 

 

Hip Hop II/III (ages 8+)

Hip Hop II/III is a fun exploratory experience for students still getting used to the Hip Hop style. In this class, students will find their own style and learn new style choreography and how to find an inner voice with personalizing their own movement to be able to freestyle. Students are required to have street/tennis shoes. Preferably black&white in color.  During the first day of class, the Instructor will evaluate each student. If a student isn't ready to be in a higher level ballet class, the instructor will advise the student to move to a level that will benefit that student for their growth in their artistry. Prerequisite to this class is Ballet I and or Jazz I/II and must get the instructor's approval to move up.

 

Hip Hop IV (Audition only)

This is a high energy class that involves groove and style and will move at a fast pace. Advance hip hop will focus on modern-in sync hip hop choreography that involves musicality and precision. You will be challenged in your own improvisation and freestyle movement as well as explore how to create your own choreography based on you own personal style. Students are required to purchase and wear a pair of EAS basketball shorts to class each week. Tennis shoes required. You must have the instructor's approval in order to be in this class. 

 

Beginning Tap (ages 7+) 

Beginning 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. 

 

 

Dance Companies

Infusion (Approx Ages 7­-13)

A dance company that goes to the next level! This is a full school year commitment (this season being August 2017/May 2018) of dance, ministry, and performance. Each Infusion company member will be challenged in these three areas: spiritually,

relationally, and technically. Infusion members are required to take 2 technique classes (required classes are ballet and jazz) as well as 1hr each week on Wednesday of devotional/Bible study time as well as rehearsal. Being a part of this company will open more opportunities for performance and ministry outside of the school’s bi­annual performances. Students in Infusion will also be pushed as servants and leaders, and there will be required times of volunteer service outside of company and technique classes.

Synergy (Approx Ages 13­-18)

A dance company that goes to the next level! This is a full school year commitment (this season being August 2017/May 2018) of dance, ministry, and performance in the following dance techniques: ballet, contemporary, jazz, acro, and hip-­hop. Each Synergy company member will be challenged in these three areas: spiritually, relationally, and technically. Synergy members are required to sign up for the unlimited class package, and each student’s classes will be specifically assigned after company auditions. Required company days are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday weekly. Students in Synergy will also be pushed as servants and leaders, and there will be required times of volunteer service outside of company and technique classes. 

 

Acro

Acro I (Ages 7+)

Arco 1 students will be introduced to the basics of tumbling/acrobatics. All students will build flexibility and strength throughout the semester while accumulating knowledge and terminology for basic power moves and tumbling tricks. Students must not be afraid to go upside down or try new and challenging things. 

 

Acro II

Acro 2 is for more advanced students who have already completed Acro 1 or has trained in gymnastics/tumbling else where (student may enter by teacher advisement only). The students will continue to work on flexibility and strength throughout the semester as well as learning new passes, power moves, and tumbling tricks. Students must not be afraid to go upside down or try new and challenging things.  

Aerial

Aerial Basics (ages 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 formfitting dance wear that covers your hanging points, the knees and armpits.

Aerial I­II (Teacher Approval)

This class focuses on building an aerialist’s repertoire of moves and tricks, training for getting to a performance level, while building strength and stamina. All equipment will be hung low to the ground with mats underneath. Please wear formfitting dance wear that covers your hanging points, the knees and armpits. MUST have permission by teacher to register for this class and take Aerial Basics.

Audio/Visual

Acting and Theater Classes

 

Intro to Acting (Ages 5-8 years)

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 1  (8-­12 years)

Students will use their imagination while learning to work with others through group improvisation and theatre games. The emphasis of the class is on having fun while developing new skills in dramatic and theatrical expression. Students will be introduced to script reading, basics of acting on stage, memorization, and will put together a short skit for performance. 

 

 

NOT OFFERED THIS SEMESTER

Youth One ­Act ** (2 hours +, ages 12 +)

This class will be a full­-out 1 act play to be performed at the Experience Arts School Black Box. Students are required to audition for the roles, and the show will be double cast with multiple performances. Students will be exposed to the rehearsal process of the play, be expected to memorize lines, take acting notes and critiques seriously, and meet all other expectations given at the orientation. Students will also be exposed to and potentially work on construction of props, sets, and costumes, and work as a team to set, grip, and place all sets and props for the show. Students must understand that as we get closer to show time, there will be more rehearsal time demands potentially Friday – Sunday evenings to be sure the show is running smoothly.(rehearsal schedules will be distributed the first week of class)

Adult One ­Act (2 hours)

This class will be a full­ out 1 act play to be performed at the Experience Arts School Black Box. Students are required to audition for the roles, and the show will be understudied and potentially double cast. Students will be exposed to the rehearsal process of the play, be expected to memorize lines, take acting notes and critiques seriously, and meet all other expectations given at the orientation. Students will also be exposed to and potentially work on construction of props, sets, and costumes, and work as a team to set, grip, and place all sets and props for the show. Students must understand that as we get closer to show time, there will be more rehearsal time demands potentially Friday – Sunday evenings to be sure the show is running smoothly.(rehearsal schedules will be distributed the first week of class)

Glee Musical Theater 8-­12

This class is similar to musical theater in that it will focus on learning to combine singing, dancing, and some acting, yet it will focus on various songs not necessarily from musicals.

Acting 1** (3­ adult)
Students will explore the craft of acting through exercises, scene work, and theatre games designed to develop performance skills and technique. Specific categories addressed include vocabulary and concepts, theatrical history, theatrical cues, stage presence, character development, pantomiming/movement, voice, and and introduction to improv. Course includes assessment to be sure student comprehension will allow them to move onto more advanced courses.

Acting I/II ** (13­ adult or approval of instructor)

Acting for stage will combine concepts taught in acting 1 and 2 (see course descriptions) but will be taught through application in multiple sketches and customized according to the needs of each student. Students will learn acting concepts, help to design costume, prop, set, and tech concepts for sketches, and apply acting knowledge through director training.

Acting 2** (3 – adult)  1/Beginning Acting
The student will explore the craft of acting on a more advanced level with swifter movement through exercises, scene work, and theater games dependent upon skill level. Specific categories addressed include vocabulary, theatrical cues, stage presence, character development, pantomiming/movement, voice, and improv. ( ages 13­ adult with the exception of company members)

Triple Threat 2: Advanced Musical Theater**(2 hours, 13+)
Taught by the EAS Department Directors, this class brings all ­in ­one to you during a two ­hour culmination of musical theater art forms. Learn what it takes to be a true triple threat through an overview of Musical Theater history, detailed training in vocal, dance, and acting that will be thoroughly critiqued to bring your skills to the next level, and assignments that will require one’s own creativity in project leadership to think like a director. Students will top the class off in an end of year performance.

Adult Actin(18 +) (1 hour)
The adult acting class will offer a variety of acting coursework, going further into depth on traditional acting methods, and will develop skits for potential performance purposes. Students who take this class will get a discount if they audition and sign up for the Production class for this semester’s Christmas show, performed separately from the semester culmination performance.