YOUTH ARTS ACADEMY

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

If you have questions about the classes we offer or the registration process, please contact efulton@restorationplaza.org.

 

BALLET

Pre-Ballet/Creative Movement (4 year olds)
An introduction to ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts such as turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and class etiquette.

Beginning Ballet (Ages 5 – 7 years old)
Introduces basic ballet terminology and technique, aesthetics and body alignment. This study of dance movement combines step, poise, and simple combinations in this classical style.

Intermediate Ballet (Ages 8 – 12 years old)
Students continue to build on basic techniques and skills developed at the beginner level.
Note: Beginning Ballet is a prerequisite to Intermediate.

PERCUSSION

Mixed Levels African Drumming Djembe (ages 8 and up)
Students continue to build on basic techniques and skills developed at the Beginner level. In this class students will enhance their learning experience by serving as drumming accompaniment in the Academy’s African dance classes.

MODERN

Beginning Modern Dance (8 – 12 years old)
Introduces students to modern dance using jazz and the elements of various modern dance techniques including Horton, Graham, and Dunham.

Intermediate Modern Dance (ages 13 and up)
Students continue to build on basic techniques and skills developed in the Beginner level.

HIP-HOP

Beginning Hip Hop (8 – 12 years old)
Introduce students to basic Hip Hop dance fundamentals with urban and modern/jazz influences while developing a fun-filled work ethic towards dance. Class begins with warm-up exercises that condition the body for the rigors of this form by developing strength, aerobic stamina, coordination, flexibility, and rhythmic awareness using movements influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreographers.

Intermediate Hip Hop (12- 18 years old)
Students continue to build on basic techniques and skills developed at the Beginner level

 

WEST AFRICAN DANCE 

Fundamentals of West African Dance (5 – 7 years old)
Introduces the fundamentals of dance, music, and the culture of West Africa. Class begins with warm-up exercises that condition the body to develop strength, aerobic stamina, coordination, flexibility, and rhythmic awareness while learning the authentic dances and songs from West Africa, as well as their historical and cultural contexts.

Intermediate West African Dance – Guinea | Level 1 (ages 8 and up)
Introduction to Guinea West African style of dance. Will reinforce basic principles that insures the development of strength, coordination, flexibility with rhythmic awareness as in beginner.

Intermediate West African Dance – Guinea | (ages 8 and up)
Introduction to Guinea West African style of dance. Will reinforce basic principles that insures the development of strength, coordination, flexibility with rhythmic awareness as in Intermediate 1.

 

EDUCATION DRAMA 

Story Slam! 
What is your story? Learn from examples of famous African American Storytellers to begin to create your own story and share it with others. Spend Saturdays with actress Myxy Tyler learning how to access your own voice and become a master storyteller and craft an original story about you!

Voice and Speech:  An actor must learn to use their voice as a musician would their instrument: learning to play all of its notes, not just a few. Students will develop the ability to perceive their own habitual vocal tendencies and physical habits in order to make choices that best utilize their authentic voices. In this course the voice and speech warm-up will be the physical, vocal and emotional basis for our work, with an emphasis on breath, balance, energetic exchange and physical presence as it relates to the actor and creating character.