Class Catalog for Journey Theater Arts Group

These are the types of classes that Journey offers throughout the year.

Not all classes will be offered in all locations. Exact benchmarks or class content may vary slightly.

 

Journey reserves the right to adapt descriptions or learning benchmarks as needed.

 

Journey Troupers (Ages 6-7)

JT100 Beginning Troupers (Ages 6-7)

Let your imagination take flight into the world of theater through song, music and dance. The fun never stops in Troupers and includes theater basics while learning the foundations of performing in a safe, encouraging environment. We also take time for fun with games and crafts. Let your child take the spotlight! This age group is not eligible to audition for the session production.

Benchmarks:
  • Understand the basic tools and skill needs for musical theater genres.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic use of the voice when being prompted and guided by the instructor.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic acting principles through group acting by actively participating in theater games and exercises that incorporate the body and voice, some of which focus on connecting with a single partner and others that focus on engaging an entire group.
  • Perform basic dance steps often incorporated into musical theater choreography. Examples may include jazz squares, grapevine, step touches, step kicks, 3-point turns, pivot turns, etc.
  • Engage their bodies and voices simultaneously through musical theater numbers that call for them to act, sing, and dance.
  • Perform in a small group or ensemble musical theater number to build confidence, focus, energy, and stage presence.

JT200 Advanced Troupers (Age 7)

Prerequisite: 3 Journey Trouper Classes

Now that you’ve mastered the basics of performing- it’s time to take the next step! Learn how to prepare an audition for the big kids show and act like a character. Increasing skills in singing, dancing and acting will have you headed down the road to Broadway.

This age group is not eligible to audition for the session production.

 

DR090 Foundations of Drama

Become a character from head to toe. Explore the building blocks of acting through creative movement, story enactment, theater games, imagination journeys and more! You’ll be able to use your whole body, voice & facial expressions to portray everything from a swashbuckling pirate to an Oompa Loompa.

Benchmarks:

  • Learn to memorize a script
  • Introduce and execute dramatic auditions
  • Understand and integrate stage directions in blocking scenes
  • Introduce concepts of physicality, diction, vocal quality and facial expressions in creating a characterization
  • Present and build on teamwork through various exercises & theater games
  • Stretch imagination & creativity through theater games
  • Introduce the concept of stage energy and how to contribute positively to a improvised background scene

 

DR103  Voice of the Actor

Prerequisite: DR090

An actor has two instruments at their disposal—the body and the voice.  In this class, we’ll build on the Foundations class to help each actor learn the basics of projection, breathing, and articulation. Learning to use and protect their vocal instrument is critical to an actor’s success.  Students will understand the need for projection and develop the stamina they need to be successful for the duration of a rehearsal process and show run. This class is a must for anyone who takes performance seriously. Plus, learning to speak and communicate well is a great asset off stage too!

Benchmarks:

  • Learn the mechanics of vocal production and how the voice works
  • Develop their vocal/breathing muscles so they can be heard on stage (yep, these are developed like any athlete).
  • Understand the role of articulation for a successful performance experience and be able to put it into practice.
  • Know the role of vocal placement and resonance in healthy speaking and character development.
  • Learn how to maintain a healthy vocal instrument for a variety of acting demands
  • Take away a variety of warm up and voice strengthening techniques to use in every showaking and character development

 

DR104  Intro to Shakespeare

Prerequisite: DR090

Have you been confused by all the “thee’s” and “thou’s” and the unique rhyming of Shakespeare’s writings?  We know that studying his works are important to the development of culture and literacy, but breaking down iambic pentameter and knowing all the conventions of the time can be a daunting task.  This class will help break down the mystery and make his writing more accessible.  Learn about the language, the theatrical tricks, the stock characters, and more about The Bard himself in this exploration of the worlds most famous playwright.

Benchmarks:

  • Learn about William Shakespeare; the man, the theater, and the world he lived in
  • Identify Shakespearean works by plot line & characters
  • Identify stock characters in a Shakespearean comedy and a Shakespearean tragedy
  • Understand the poetic language by identifying beat transitions, word emphasis, imagery, and alliteration in famous works
  • Translate popular monologues into contemporary language
  • Demonstrate comprehension, articulation and projection of Shakespearean language.
  • Perform a memorized monologue or scene that reflects mastery of the above objectives.

 

DR105 Stage Movement

 

Prerequisite: DR090

The actor’s body tells a story on stage even when there is no dance or fight choreography. Learn to use movement, gesture, and expression to communicate emotions, relationships, and conflict without saying a word. Students will learn to inhabit a character physically, establish the imaginary world of the play, and even portray animal and fantasy characters.

Benchmarks

  • Demonstrate understanding of stage directions and basic blocking principles.
  • Achieve body neutrality to prepare for character physicality.
  • Be able to communicate several strong character emotions using only the body.
  • Learn several strategies for developing a character physically.
  • Show progress in interacting physically with other characters and the world of the play.
  • Begin to explore the physicality of animals and fantasy characters.

 

DR107 Fairy Tale Theater

Prerequisite: DR090 

“Once upon a time…” is the perfect jumping off point into the world of Fairy Tales.  Students will explore the conventions of traditional fairy tales and understand, from an acting perspective, the rules associated with the genre.  This class will be a incorporate comparative analysis and creative writing all culminating in a showcase of students’ original work.  Join in the fun and fanciful adventures as we learn to “live happily ever after.”

Benchmarks:

  • Build on understanding of stage direction in blocking of scenes
  • Build on foundations of facial expression, vocal variety & quality, and physical story telling for establishing character choices & differentiators
  • Listen to and read fairy tales for comprehension and genre characteristics
  • Analyze fairy tales for common elements
  • Understand the major components, themes, and structure of fairy tales
  • Identify Beginnings, Middles, Endings of familiar stories
  • Apply what they have learned about the structure of fairy tales by using familiar plots, characters, plot devices, and elements from this genre when creating their own stories

 

DR200 Intermediate Drama:  Acting Boot Camp

Prerequisite: DR090

Take your acting skills to the next level in this challenging drama class. This class will build on skills introduced in DR090 to teach students to create authentic emotion, interesting relationships between characters, engage in environment and build dramatic tension in scenes. Learn how to get into a character’s head and make it your own or build a character from scratch in a variety of dramatic styles such as comedy, dramatic or musical theater scenes. This class is a great opportunity to stop pretending and start acting!

BENCHMARKS:

  • Students will learn how to interpret different dramatic scripts.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to understand what makes characters unique and portray different types of characters on stage.
  • Students will learn to analyze a script as relates to the character’s GOTE (goal, other, tactic, expectations) and practice playing those choices in scene work.
  • Students will continue to develop use of movement and voice in creating a character; learning to use their whole bodies to convey action and demonstrating an understanding of how projection, articulation, and voice variation are necessary parts of being a strong actor.
  • Students will participate in advanced group activities such as theater games as they specifically relate to practicing the skills of observation, listening, and reacting.  Students will understand how listening and reacting to events in a scene can be just as important as speaking.
  • Students will explore how to bring environment into play when making acting choices.

DR201 Intermediate Drama: Readers Theater

Prerequisite: DR090

Grab your storytelling skills, imagination, and energy while discovering Readers Theater. Stretch your creative acting skills and use your voice to paint vivid pictures and characters. Work with your classmates to create an ensemble dramatic piece.

Benchmarks:

  • Students will discover and articulate the differences between traditional theater and readers theater.
  • Students will gain an appreciation for how fiction and nonfiction can be adapted to Reader’s Theatre form for a variety of uses.
  • Students will gain an understanding of both visual and oral communication techniques and how they are effectively utilized in the Reader’s Theatre setting to bring literature “to life”.
  • Students will learn the critical differences between Reader’s Theatre and conventional stage theatre: adaptable scripts; multiple genres of literature employed; minimal costuming and props needed; accessibility to special needs students; lack of memorization; etc.
  • Recognize and learn how to adapt texts for readers theater.
  • Understand and execute vocal inflection and pacing in readers theater.

 

DR202 Monologues

Prerequisites: DR090 & DR200

It’s time to take the spotlight in your acting.  Focus on portraying a believable and interesting character through a monologue.  Learn to select and prepare pieces that are just right for your skills, talent, and type.  You’ll get the chance to perfect and polish both dramatic and comedic monologues and will be able to get your chops up to speed for your next dramatic audition.

Benchmarks:

  • Learn how to select and cut dramatic monologues.
  • Practice monologues multiple times, and receive feedback for improvement.
  • Learn proper placement, blocking & movement in performing a monologue.
  • Learn how to analyze flow, internal thoughts and story structure in a monologue.
  • Critique classmates performances.
  • Learn how to select a monologue for different genres of productions/characters.
  • Focus on diction, vocal quality, breathing, projection and emotion in a monologue.

 

DR203 Accents & Dialects

Prerequisite: DR090, 

Like Eliza Doolittle, it is important for all actors to “learn to speak proper.”  Building on the basic skills of diction and projection learned in DR090 Foundations of Drama, actors will now learn the ins and outs of building a character through an accent or dialect.  This course will teach the foundations of language, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and help students find vowel placement and appropriate pronunciation of a variety of accents that are most often used on the stage: Standard British, Cockney, Provincial Dialects, Irish, American Dialects, and more.  See the specific class description for what is being offered.

DR203 A  American  Accents and Dialects.  This class will focus a variety of Southern Dialects (Texas, Georgia, etc.), New York, Boston, and Standard Midwest (Broadcast).

DR203 B  British Isles Accents and Dialects.  This class will focus on Standard British, Cockney, Irish, and Scottish Accents.

DR203 E  European Accents.  This class will focus on French, German, Russian, & Italian Accents

Benchmarks:

  • Learn International Phonetic Alphabet & standard sound combinations
  • Understand how the articulators work to shape various vowel and consonant sounds
  • Understand the use of placement, resonance, projection and diction in voicing a character
  • Demonstrate knowledge of focus accents through classroom work and performance of a showcase piece.

 

DR204  Intermediate Shakespeare

Prerequisite: DR104

To be, or not to be—that is the question. Build on the skills learned in DR104 to become a Shakespearean actor. Now that you know Shakespearean language and conventions, it’s time to equip actors with proper approach to character development and scenes. After laying the foundation through an intense, detailed script scoring process, we will approach Shakespeare’s language with specific acting techniques that will bring out the best in the text—and in you. Put your newfound skills to the test as we workshop monologues as well as scenes.

Benchmarks:

  • Score a Shakespeare monologue with proper scansion
  • Translate a Shakespeare monologue into contemporary language
  • Identify the beat transitions, words of emphasis, imagery, and alliteration in a Shakespearean piece
  • Demonstrate clear comprehension, articulation, and projection of Shakespearean language
  • Incorporate variety in terms of vocal timber and tempo when delivering Shakespeare lines
  • Understand the relationships of famous Shakespearean characters and how that informs acting choices
  • Perform a memorized Shakespeare monologue or scene that reflects all of the above objectives

 

DR205 Intermediate Drama: Specialties (Character)

Prerequisite: DR090

Want to learn how to perform a specific character type? Then this is the class for you! The focus of this class will change from session to session. We will offer instruction to help master various vocal styling and physicality for character types, such as: Villiains, Ingenues, Romantic leads and various Stock Character types.

Benchmarks:

  • Identify and evaluate the history of selected character types based on research and anaylsis techniques
  • Distinguish the specifics of the style as it relates to: physicality, vocal tone, inflection, dramatic evaluation, character development
  • Perform with proficient understanding of resonance, tone quality, and healthy vocal mechanics as it relates to dramatic presentation
  • Demonstrate understanding of character type & it’s function in dramatic works
  • Discuss and demonstrate stage presence and acting through scenes
  • Perform selections that demonstrate knowledge of character types

DR300 Advanced Drama: Character Development

Prerequisites: DR090, DR200 (or other 200 level class)

Expand your characterization and delve deeper into the world of acting. Discover how to create a dynamic character and bring the story alive.  This class will build on techniques learned in DR200 working with more complex characters and longer scenes—the emphasis will be on script and character analysis and putting them into practice with scene work.

Benchmarks:

  • Practice GOTE technique with multiple characters and types of scenes with an emphasis on making and playing clear, strong acting choices.
  • Identify and understand conflict, resolution and dramatic action in a script and how to utilize them in your character development.
  • Analyze movement and sound (both vocal and non-vocal) choices used to communicate mood and character.
  • Analyze and critique classmates performances
  • Present a longer dramatic scene while keeping sustained interest, energy and creativity.

 

DR303 Accents & Dialects

Prerequisite: DR203

Continue use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and build on techniques learned in DR103 as you take on Western European accents & dialects.  This class will focus on the “romance languages” of French, Italian, and Spanish as well as German.  Each with their distinct style, tone, pacing, placement and timbre, actors will build their confidence in bringing characters to life when it demands a dialect approach.

Benchmarks:

  • Continue mastery of IPA and rules of pronunciation
  • Learn the principles of accents for French, Italian, Spanish and German
  • Learn and demonstrate proper vocal placement, resonance and diction for each distinct style
  • Explore how the pacing of each language informs acting choices, expression, and body language

DR304 Advanced Drama: Acting Approaches

Prerequisite: DR090, one 200-level drama class

Stanislavsky. Adler. Hagen. Meisner. Shurtleff. Lugering. There are many methods of acting, and each one has valuable tools and techniques for actors to incorporate. Learn what the masters have to say about journaling, emotional preparation, sense memory, repetition, the 12 guideposts, and physical properties. This class will provide a variety of applicable approaches to analyzing a script, embracing your character, preparing to go on stage, and being in the moment.

Benchmarks:

  • Identify the major acting methods covered in the class, describe the principles of each one, and discuss the similarities and differences between them
  • Approach a script with any of the covered acting methods or a combination of methods in terms of analysis and execution of the text
  • Demonstrate a sound grasp of the techniques covered in the class through monologue work and scene work
  • Embrace techniques from various methods that resonate with them and incorporate them into their personal monologue work and scene work
  • Observe a scene or a monologue and identify what techniques were utilized to shape it and suggest other techniques that would help strengthen the piece

 

DR304-1 Advanced Acting: Non-Shakespearean Classics – Moliere, Checkhov, Becket

 

DR305 Advanced Drama: Meisner Method

Pre-requisite: DR090, one 200-level drama class, DR304

Required texts: Sanford Meisner on Acting and Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actor’s Workbook

Okay, actors. Let’s get real. We’ve all seen performances that gave us goose bumps and made us laugh and cry. And you want to know how do they make it look so real. This class will not only answer that question but will teach you how to evoke the same reaction. Learn the principles of basic acting from a purely personal and realistic perspective. This technique will give you the tools to break bad habits, strip yourself free of artificiality, and embrace yourself and your scene partner completely. Welcome to the world of Sanford Meisner.

Benchmarks:

  • Actively listening to their scene partners.
  • Generate honest, instinctual reactions.
  • Live moment to moment through the reality of doing.
  • Observe two fellow actors engaged in a Meisner exercise and evaluate which principles they are successfully utilizing and which ones they still need to incorporate and further develop.
  • Verbally express the qualities of artificial acting and how the basics of the Meisner technique can lay the foundation for an authentic approach.

 

DR400 Advanced Drama: One Act

Prerequisites: DR090, audition only for students 12-18

Embark on an exciting acting challenge in advanced drama. Hone your character development skills as you move beyond scene work into a full script.  In addition to advanced acting training, script and character analysis, this class will serve as the rehearsal time for producing a One Act or extended dramatic/comedic scene.  This is an audition only class with an additional fee requirement.  This class will rehearse for 3 hours on class nights.*

Benchmarks:

  • Review how to complete an in-depth character analysis (GOTE) and learn to incorporate this in their performance.
  • Learn how to analyze a script to create sustained dramatic tension or comedic timing through a scene and to build a character arc.
  • Review how to incorporate physicality and voice into performance.
  • Perform group cohesion and team building games and activities.
  • Assist with production aspects including props, sets, publicity, and costumes.
  • Learn the importance of background including author research, period analysis, and vocabulary (Dramaturgy).
  • Rehearse and perform a one act or extended dramatic/comedic script

 

V090 Foundations of Voice

Whether you sing in your church choir, along with Rock Band, or just in the shower, singing can be fun! Learn how to put those pipes to use with good technique and style. In this interactive class, students will learn the fundamental concepts and training of the voice, learn proper posture and breathing techniques, phrasing and how to stay on pitch. Students will develop the confidence they need to perform solos in showcase through an encouraging learning environment.

Benchmarks:

  • Identify the function of the diaphragm and be able to explain the importance of and mechanics of proper air support in singing
  • Describe the vocal instrument, ie: how it works from respiration (breathing) to phonation (sound).
  • Demonstrate proper posture and breathing technique
  • Understand vocal health and maintenance
  • Understand the concept of vocal placement and demonstrate use of resonance through vocal tone variety (bright vs. dark, nasal vs. breathy, head voice vs. chest voice)
  • Demonstrate 6-8 proper warm up techniques, addressing range and resonance
  • Understand and demonstrate use of diction and articulation when singing
  • Describe and demonstrate intonation; how to not go flat or sharp when singing
  • Understand and demonstrate use of dynamics for musical phrasing and the mechanics of projection
  • Identify different sensory elements that create a mood, emotion or idea in a musical selection
  • Prepare and perform two music selections using techniques learned in class

 

V100 Solo Singing

Prerequisite: V090

Are you ready to own your piece of the spotlight?  This class will build on the foundational elements of voice from V090 and help the solo singer to really understand their voice as an instrument.  Get ready to claim the stage and confidently use your unique voice to express a character, emotion, and musical moment.

Benchmarks:

  • Identify and Understand the key components of vocalization from V090
  • Understand & Demonstrate use of resonance for vocal placement
  • Demonstrate proper breathing as it applies to support & dynamics
  • Apply correct breathing & mechanics for projection and phrasing
  • Develop emotional range in voice, face, and body for expressive singing
  • Perform a solo selection with confidence

 

V101 Beginning Music Theory & Ear Training

Prerequisite: V090

Learn to sing a new song, read a new rhythm with sheet music! Embark on a journey into the land of reading music and sight-singing! This class will outline the fundamentals of music by identifying and teaching note values, pitches, the difference between melody and harmony and how to read music symbols. Learn how to identify Italian music terms and to accurately read and write rhythm patterns. Through this class become a better sight-reader and more comfortable in all types of musical genres.

Benchmarks:

  • Identify time signatures and key signatures
  • Identify and describe treble clef, bass clef, and the grand staff
  • Identify, describe and demonstrate knowledge of note values (whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note)
  • Identify and describe tempo and dynamic markings
  • Identify melody and harmony in a given piece
  • Translate common (basic) Italian phrases used for tempos, dynamics, and articulation into English
  • Read basic rhythm patterns
  • Sight-sing basic melodies from a written score in treble clef.
  • Identify notes on a piano/keyboard and demonstrate relationship of notes in intervals & harmonies

 

V102 Duets & Harmonies

Prerequisite: V090

Harmonize together! This class breaks down the process of harmonizing with another vocalist or in a group.   Learn blending, balance, character relationships in duets as well as how to maintain part independence in canons and partner songs.   Grow in confidence of music theory and harmonic structure to create basic chords within a duet, trio or ensemble!

Benchmarks:

  • Demonstrate and integrate skills from V090
  • Demonstrate knowledge of solfege and/or the number system
  • Understand basic harmonic structure within the major scale, chromatics, intervals, and triadic chords
  • Develop part independence and ear training through partner songs and canons/rounds
  • Listen for and demonstrate blending within a duet or trio
  • Create harmonies by identifying the Root, the 3rd and the 5th of given chords
  • Demonstrate character relationships between characters in duet or trio
  • Prepare and perform duets or trios incorporating techniques learned throughout course

V105 Voice: Characters

Prerequisite: V090

Playing characters on stage is so much fun, but it’s more than just putting on a costume, and even more than changing your physicality.  You’ve got to sound like the character in order for the audience to really enter into the storytelling.  This class will explore ways to tackle characters while still keeping a healthy voice.  Through resonance, breath control, and registration, you’ll really enjoy exploring all the variety that your voice can accomplish and unlock the power to portray lots of different characters in performance!  Focused topics for this class may include:  Animals, Cartoon, Superheroes, etc.

Benchmarks:

  • Identify unique characteristics of selected character types based on research and cultural experience
  • Distinguish the specifics of the style as it relates to: lyrics, harmonic structure, mood, articulation style, dynamics, structure of song, storyline
  • Build on understanding of resonance, tone quality, and healthy vocal mechanics from V090
  • Demonstrate understanding of articulation and diction
  • Discuss and demonstrate stage presence and acting through song
  • Perform selections that demonstrate knowledge of various character types

V200 Intermediate Voice

Prerequisite: V090

Take your vocal skills to the next level! You will build on the foundation of vocal technique by learning how to analyze your character and how they would deliver a song. Whether you want to perform contemporary pop, sweeping ballads or country-bluegrass, proper techniques will strengthen your voice and performances. This class will incorporate acting/character skills in your songs that will make your character come alive at showcase.

Benchmarks:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and integrate beginning technique from V100
  • Use basic solfege and/or number system to perform vocal exercises
  • Identify different sensory elements that create a mood, emotion or idea in a musical selection
  • Develop character backgrounds on songs that are being prepared
  • Discuss and demonstrate stage presence and acting through song
  • Identify and distinguish basic intervals and use them to build simple harmonies
  • Prepare and perform two music selections using technique learned throughout class

V201 Intermediate Music Theory & Ear Training

Prerequisite: V101

Jump into the next level of Music Theory by adding to your already strong foundation in sight-reading & ear-training. This class will enable you to advance farther into the music and add to your performance. Build upon the skills learned in V101 by learning more about analyzing music, harmonic structure, basic progressions, and basic keyboard knowledge. Knowledge is power when it comes to your ability to learn music, feel confident in rehearsals, and convey musical concepts through your performance!

Benchmarks:
  • Read and write rhythmic patterns
  • Build basic chords within a given key signature
  • Demonstrate understanding of The Circle of Fifths
  • Distinguish between major and minor scales, intervals, and chords
  • Recognize and label intervals in a written melody
  • Translate common Italian phrases used for tempos, dynamics, and articulation into English
  • Understand and identify musical forms & structure (imitation, theme & variation, sonata)
  • Sight-sing melodies from a written score in treble clef and/or bass clef.
  • Create simple melodic compositions incorporating time signature, key signature, melody, tempo and dynamics.

V202 Intermediate Harmonies

Prerequisite: V090, V102 (depending on history of class offerings in each area)

Now that you’ve grown in confidence in your vocal technique and your ability to work in partnership with others for executing unison singing and beginning harmonies, it’s time to take things to the next level!  This class will build on the foundations you learned in V090 and V102 to now start building 2- and 3-part harmonies with your classmates.  Understanding the building blocks of harmony and having confidence in your ear training will help you take the stage by storm in features and ensemble performances!

Benchmarks:

  • Demonstrate and integrate mastery of skills from V090
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and execute solfege and/or the number system in vocal warm ups with confidence
  • Build on prior knowledge in basic harmonic structure within the major scale, chromatics, intervals, and triadic chords
  • Develop part independence and ear training through 2- and 3-part harmonies
  • Listen for and demonstrate blending within a duet or trio
  • Create harmonies by identifying the Root, the 3rd and the 5th of given chords
  • Demonstrate character relationships between characters in duet or trio
  • Prepare and perform duets or trios incorporating techniques learned throughout course

V203 Intermediate Voice: Choral

Prerequisite: V090

Choral music has existed for centuries and is one of the best ways to enhance your ear training and knowledge of music. In this class learn to sing more advanced choral pieces ranging from Baroque choral pieces to Broadway show-stoppers to American Spirituals.

Benchmarks:

  • Identify soprano, alto, tenor and bass lines in music
  • Describe and demonstrate solfege and/or number system and how it is used to sight read music
  • Listen for and demonstrate blending within group singing
  • Demonstrate singing 2-4 part harmony
  • Create harmonies by identifying the Root, the 3rd and the 5th of given chords; progressing to more developed chords and more complex harmonies
  • Locate repeated patterns throughout music in your own voice part as well as other voice parts.
  • Demonstrate proficient articulation and diction
  • Identify and deomstrate the following: catch breathing, group dynamics, counter melody, Italian tempo, dynamic, and articulation markings
  • Describe the role of a conductor and identify their gestures
  • Prepare and perform 2-3 choral pieces, ranging in theme, voice parts, and musical genre.

V204 Intermediate Voice: Specialties (Genres)

Prerequisite: V090

Love singing different styles of music? Then this is the class for you! The focus of this class will change from session to session. We will offer specific forms of vocal music, such as: Jazz, Blues, Worship, Country, Folk, International, A Cappella, and more! Class will focus on one specific style.

Benchmarks:

  • Identify and evaluate the period and history of selected genre of vocal music based on research and anaylsis techniques
  • Distinguish the specifics of the style as it relates to: lyrics, harmonic structure, mood, articulation style, dynamics, structure of song, storyline
  • Demonstrate and incorporate use of catch breathing, group dynamics, counter melody, and articulation
  • Demonstrate proficient articulation and diction
  • Discuss and demonstrate stage presence and acting through song
  • Select 2-3 choral pieces of music or specific duets and solos to perform.

V205 Intermediate Voice: Specialties (Character)

Prerequisite: V090

Want to learn how to perform a specific character type? Then this is the class for you! The focus of this class will change from session to session. We will offer instruction to help master various vocal styling for character types, such as: Villiains, Ingenues, Romantic leads and various Stock Character types.

Benchmarks:

  • Identify and evaluate the history of selected character types based on research and analysis techniques
  • Distinguish the specifics of the style as it relates to: lyrics, harmonic structure, mood, articulation style, dynamics, structure of song, storyline
  • Perform with proficient understanding of resonance, tone quality, and healthy vocal mechanics
  • Demonstrate proficient articulation and diction
  • Discuss and demonstrate stage presence and acting through song
  • Perform selections that demonstrate knowledge of various character types

V207 Intermediate Voice: Eras & Styles

Prerequisite: V090

The collection of musical theater songs is so rich in content because there are so many styles of songs to choose from.  All those different styles require careful attention to vocal technique, however, in order for the actor to really have a long career without vocal harm.  This class will help you figure out what makes a certain style unique, how to identify vocal technique that applies to the different eras and styles, and gives you experience singing thru the samples of each.  Whether it be jazz, folk, rock, or pop, this class will put you in the drivers seat for preparing for your next role.

Benchmarks:
  • Identify and evaluate the period and history of selected genre of vocal music by listening and discussion
  • Distinguish the specifics of the style as it relates to: lyrics, harmonic structure, mood, articulation style, dynamics, structure of song, storyline
  • Demonstrate and incorporate variety of tone placement and resonance for a given style
  • Identify technique used to stylize in a particular genre
  • Discuss and demonstrate stage presence and acting through song
  • Demonstrate learned skills in a performance presentation

 

V402 Advanced Voice: Harmonies

Prerequisite: V090, one 200-level Voice Class and audition

This class builds on the skill of harmonizing learned in other Journey voice classes and elevates the level of group singing. Duets, Trios, and Ensemble singing will be featured as students are challenged to incorporate character work, movement, and stage collaboration into their performance.

Benchmarks

  • Demonstrate and integrate skills from V100 and V200 benchmarks
  • Demonstrate knowledge of solfege and/or the number system and how it is used to sight read music
  • Listen for and demonstrate blending within a duet or trio
  • Create harmonies by identifying the Root, the 3rd and the 5th of given chords; progressing to more developed chords and more complex harmonies
  • Demonstration character relationships between characters in duet or trio
  • Analyze the contextual music symbols for emotional style, dynamic indications, character tone
  • Evaluate character backstory for the purpose of expression and performance technique
  • Prepare and perform duets or trios incorporating techniques learned throughout course

V404 Advanced Voice: Specialties

Prerequisite: By audition

Now you’re movin’ on up! Time to combine all your vocal skills in a select ensemble class that focuses on group singing with movement and is SURE to be a show-stopper! Whether a cappella (like “The Sing Off”) or accompanied (like “Glee”), students will be challenged in their ear training as they singing tight harmonies in an electrifying dynamic performance.

Benchmarks:
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V503 Chorale Project

Prerequisite: V090, one 200-level Voice Class and audition

Set the bar higher and strengthen your vocal technique with this 3 session vocal class. The goal of PC is to elevate the quality of vocal training in Journey by creating a community of dedicated students and teachers who want to use their talents to glorify God through the art form of various choral styles. You will continue challenging music from each session while adding in more pieces in preparation for performances throughout the year.

 

 

 

DA090 Foundations of Dance

1, 2, 3, 4 – Let’s get up and rock the floor! 5, 6, 7, 8 – Point your toes and stand up straight! Step up to all the basic techniques that will prepare you to take on any form of dance. Whether you want to learn Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, or Ballroom, this class will give you the foundation you’ll need to succeed.

Benchmarks:

  • Understand and articulate the principles of dance, including grace, fluidity, discipline, strength, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Identify ballet room corner & wall numbering system.
  • Execute basic dance technique, including the following steps: Plié, relevé, tendu, dégagé, ronde de jambe, battement, piqué, chassé, chaînés turn, sauté, changements, pas de bourrée, balancé, arabesque, attitude, positions of the arms and feet, grape vine, lindy, pivot turn, jazz square, flap, shuffle, ball change, and cramp roll.
  • Identify each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Pick up basic dance combinations and execute them from memory

 

DA101 Ballet/Technique

Prerequisite: DA090

Ready for a challenge? This class will be sure to keep your mind and body active from start to finish! Ballet is the foundation of most dances, both in technique and in vocabulary. Mastering the technique, control and flexibility that this dance style provides is critical to the career of a dance performer. Come increase strength, knowledge of how the body is equipped for flexibility, develop precision and awareness that will serve you in all other dance styles.  Ballet slippers are required.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Learn the positions for feet and for arms (port de bras)
  • Understand the numbering of walls and corners and the vocabulary for directional body positions
  • Execute beginner Ballet technique, including the following steps: Plié, releve, tendu, degagé, ronde de jamb, battement, piqué, chassé, pas de bourreé, arabesque, attitude, jete. Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate the following principles: Holding one’s center; body alignment, turn out, parallel,  spotting
  • Demonstrate memorized Ballet combinations and routines with a strong sense of technique, style, confidence, and musicality

 

DA102 Tap

Prerequisite: DA090

From Broadway classics like 42nd Street to modern works like Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, tap dancing has electrified the musical theater scene for decades.  From the stage to the street, tap brings rhythm alive and infuses music into the heart of the performer and the audience!  This class will focus on building the strength and muscle memory for the foundational tap steps learned in DA090 and putting them into fun combination steps so students can start living in rhythm right away!  Tap shoes are required.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Review DA090 steps and show mastery in the following Tap steps: step, stamp, stomp, ball-tap, heel-tap, toe-tap, brush, shuffle, flap, jump, hop, leap, ball-change, “Shirley Temple” and buffalos
  • Execute beginner dance technique, including the following Tap steps: flap ball changes, shuffle ball changes, running flaps, The Irish, scuff, cramp rolls, flap-heel drops, trenches, chugs, heel-dig, maxi-fords, and time step (single)
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Demonstrate memorized Tap combinations with a strong sense of technique, style, confidence, and personality

DA103 Jazz

Prerequisite: DA090

Alright, dancers it’s time to leap through Broadway’s most popular form of dance: Jazz! Kick up your knowledge of dance as you tackle the building steps all the while strengthening your foundation in basic technique. This class will have a major focus on style as we will explore the differences between classic and contemporary and everything in between. Jazz shoes are required.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Review DA090 steps and show confidence and master of them
  • Execute beginner dance technique, including the following Jazz steps: grape vine, lindy, pivot turn, jazz square, outside pirouette, inside pirouette, piqué turn,  chainné turn, split leap, jazz run, pencil turn, triplet step, layout, pas de bourreé, fan kick, isolations, consecutive kicks to the front, side, and back
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Demonstrate memorized Jazz combinations with a strong sense of technique, style, confidence, and personality

 

DA104 Contemporary

Prerequisite: DA090

Contemporary dance is a fusion of contemporary ballet and modern technique in a more free-form, explorative, and expressive style of movement.  This class is great for students who enjoy the emotional aspect of story-telling through physical expression.  Build on the skills from Foundations of Dance and take your flexibility and dance vocabulary to a new level in this beginning class.

Benchmarks:

  • Increase flexibility and strength in order to promote health and safety while dancing
  • Gain proficiency in turns, jumps, floorwork, inversions, and isolations
  • Learn proper placement and weight distribution
  • Build confidence in movement improvisation
  • Identify and demonstrate movement and techniques from Alexander Technique, Horton Technique, and Graham Technique
  • Learn to apply classical ballet and modern steps in the realm of contemporary dance
  • Identify and execute the following steps: grand jeté, pirouettes, inverstions, illusions, pliés, coupé jeté, fouetté, sauté, etc.

 

DA105 Hip Hop

Prerequisite: DA090

Hip Hop is more than just dance steps.  It’s a cultural force from fashion to music, to art and language. The hard-hitting beats and the hard-hitting steps flow from a social heritage.  From 80’s techno-funk pop & lock to “street battles”, this class will help students develop a dance vocabulary so they too can be part of the social commentary.  This class will spend time on the floor.  Full coverage athletic clothing and jazz or gym shoes are required.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, flexibility, musicality, and style
  • Understand the role of body conditioning and core strength in the success of hip hop dance
  • Be able to remember and recite the names and basic descriptions of the core hip hop styles of; Break dancing, Popping, Liquid and Tutting
  • Execute basic Break dancing Toprocks, floorwork and Powermoves such as: Rock step, Hooks, Six-step, CCs, Twine, turtle freeze, Swypes, Backspins and their variations.
  • Execute basic Popping, Liquid and Tutting techniques such as: Isolation, Waves, Body Waves, Glides, Muscle Contraction and Control, basic Tutting combos and their variations.
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Demonstrate freestyle and memorized choreography with technique, style, confidence, musicality and personality.

 

DA106 World Dance

Prerequisite: DA090

Up for a challenge? Take a whirlwind tour through the world of dance. This class focuses on discovering many different styles of dance; sampling the culture and influence of each. Styles include Bollywood, Irish Step Dance, African, and Native American. Be ready to get your groove on in this fast paced tour through creative styles of dance and movement.

Benchmarks:

  • Understand the cultural foundation for featured styles including historical significance, cultural uses, fashion, food, and traditions of each country of origin
  • Show individual progress in the general areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute dance technique, for featured styles with emphasis on cultural accuracy, rhythm, body posturing & style
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting
  • Pick up basic dance combinations and execute them from memory

 

DA107  Dance Thru the Decades

Prerequisite: DA090

Come on baby!  Let’s do the twist!! This class will take students through the decades of dance and teach them how to appreciate each era’s contribution to the art form. This time traveling experience will be the perfect synthesis of skills learned in Foundations of Dance and help students dance confidently in period pieces on stage!

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Demonstrate understanding of specific genre characteristics
  • Execute dance technique as it relates to each genre, building on skills & benchmarks from DA090
  • Understand the historical and social significance of each era’s contribution to dance
  • Pick up basic dance combinations and execute them from memory
  • Demonstrate appropriate character styling as it applies to the various eras including: 50’s & 60’s Rock & Roll, 70’s Disco, and 80’s Pop.

 

DA108 Ballroom

Prerequisite: DA090

Grab your partner and dance on over. This class will get you on the dance floor with your partner in no time! Learn the basic skills of partnering that apply to all styles of Ballroom dance and then dance the night away with beginning Foxtrot, Waltz, Salsa, and Cha Cha Cha! And most importantly, we will focus on developing a strong sense of trust and commitment so that you can always approach a new partner with confidence—no matter what song they’re playing. Ballroom shoes or Character shoes are recommended.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, trust, and give-and-take with a partner
  • Demonstrate basic partnering skills, such as holding their center, maintaining a consistent frame with their partners, being sensitive to their partners’ needs, adjusting and adapting to each new partner they dance with
  • Execute basic partnering steps within the context of each style of Ballroom, such as basic footwork, various supported turns, spins, poses, dips, and simple lifts
  • Freestyle in each form of Ballroom covered, including Foxtrot, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, and Waltz
  • Understand the musicality and style for each dance
  • Identify what form of Ballroom is appropriate for each song in a varied musical play list

 

DA109 Swing

Prerequisite: DA090

From the Roaring 20’s thru the Big Band Era all the way to modern day, Swing Dancing has been at the heart of each generation.  This class will introduce Solo Jazz Steps, 30’s Charleston (solo & partnered), basics of partnering East Coast Swing  and Lindy Hop so you can really cut a rug on the dance floor! With these steps and techniques you’ll be able to approach a new dance partner with confidence. Jazz shoes or Character shoes are recommended.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, trust, and give-and-take with a partner
  • Demonstrate basic partnering skills, such as holding their center, maintaining a consistent frame with their partners, weight-balance for connection, being sensitive to their partners’ needs, adjusting and adapting to each new dance partner
  • Execute basic partnering steps within the context of each style of swing, such as basic footwork, various supported turns, spins, and standard variations
  • Freestyle in each form of Swing Dance covered in a social dance application
  • Identify what form of Swing is appropriate for each song in a varied musical play list

 

DA110 Contra, Country, Club

Prerequisite: DA090

No dance partner?  No problem.  Feel like a superstar and dance with confidence as you learn the fun of contra dancing, country line dancing, and club dancing.  These three styles allow you to be part of the action even if you’re going stag or have a friends-night out.  Learn the fundamentals of  footwork, balance, and style as this class explores solo dancing in a social way.  Whether you’re going to a renaissance faire or a Journey opening night party, you’ll dance with confidence and maybe even get others to join in.

Benchmarks:

  • Understand the cultural foundation for featured styles including social significance, fashion, and music
  • Show individual progress in the general areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute dance technique, for featured styles with emphasis on cultural accuracy, rhythm, body posturing & style
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting
  • Pick up basic dance combinations and execute them from memory

 

DA111 Dancing With Props

Prerequisite: DA090

Are you in a show that requires the use of props?  How do you make those props enhance your story-telling and musicianship while dancing?  This class addresses those such issues and helps the dancer handle them with confidence and flair.  Whether it’s umbrellas in Singin’ In the Rain or basketballs in High School Musical, musical theater actors will be called upon to dance with confidence using expressive tools other than their body.  Learn to do that with tricks of the trade that build on the basic rules of dance.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the general areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Understand the various types of props and how they enhance performance
  • Execute dance technique with featured implements for the sake of control, uniformity, expression and musicality
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting
  • Pick up basic dance combinations and execute them from memory

 

DA200 Intermediate Dance

Prerequisite: DA090

Turn and leap your way to the next level of dance foundations. This class will build on the basic steps learned in DA100 and then put them into exciting new combinations. Students will add the flair of turns and leaps to their showcase choreography to wow the audience!

Benchmarks:
  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute intermediate dance technique, including the following steps: outside pirouette, inside pirouette, piqué turn, jeté, chaînes turn, split leap, stag leap, pencil turn, sit spin
  • Identify each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Pick up basic dance combinations and execute them from memory

 

DA201 Ballet/Technique

Prerequisite: DA101

With the foundational concepts learned, it’s now time to build in your dance technique by developing more complex combination steps and patterns.  New vocabulary for your brain and your body will really boost your confidence and control as a dancer.  With strength, flexibility, and graceful lines you’re sure to impress audiences onstage.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Demonstrate mastery and control in the various positions for feet and for arms (port de bras)
  • Function confidently with the numbering of walls and corners and the vocabulary for directional body positions
  • Review DA090 and DA101 steps and show increased confidence and mastery of them
  • Execute intermediate Ballet technique, including the following steps: balance, outside pirouette, inside pirouette, pique turn, chainne turn, sauté, split leap, stag leap, glissade, assemble, pas de cheval, grand jete, tour jete, tarantella, pas de basque
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate the following principles: Holding one’s center; body alignment, turn out, parallel, spotting
  • Demonstrate memorized Ballet combinations and routines with a strong sense of technique, style, confidence, and musicality

 

DA202 Tap

Prerequisite: DA102

You’ve got rhythm and you’ve got music, so now let’s really raise the bar and put them all together in new & creative ways.  With the building blocks of Tap under your belt, this class will help you to use them in intermediate tap steps and combination steps.  Challenge your muscle memory and increase precision with this course.  Tap your way to the Great White Way!

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Review DA090 & DA102 steps and show increased confidence in them.
  • Execute intermediate dance technique, including the following Tap steps: riffs (3-count & 5-count), back flaps, flap turns, flap-heel-heel drops, spanks, back essence, paradiddles, draw backs, pullbacks (single & double), simple essence, waltz clog, bombershay, maxi-ford with pullback, time steps (double & triple)
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Demonstrate memorized Tap combinations with a strong sense of technique, style, confidence, and personality

 

DA203 Intermediate Dance: Jazz

Prerequisite: DA103

Alright, dancers it’s time to leap through Broadway’s most popular form of dance: Jazz! Kick up your knowledge of dance as you master more intermediate steps all the while strengthening your foundation in basic technique. This class will have a major focus on style as we will explore the differences between classic and contemporary and everything in between. Jazz shoes are required.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute beginner/intermediate dance technique, including the following Jazz steps: grape vine, lindy, pivot turn, jazz square, outside pirouette, inside pirouette, piqué turn,  chainné turn, split leap, jazz run, pencil turn, triplet step, layout, pas de bourreé, fan kick, isolations, consecutive kicks to the front, side, and back
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting; and using focus
  • Demonstrate memorized Jazz combinations with a strong sense of technique, style, confidence, and personality

 

DA204 Intermediate Dance: Contemporary

Prerequisite: DA104

Course Description – coming soon

Benchmarks – coming soon

 

DA205 Intermediate Dance: Hip Hop

Prerequisite: DA105

Hip Hop is more than just dance steps.  It’s a cultural force from fashion to music, to art and language. The hard-hitting beats and the hard-hitting steps flow from a social heritage.  From 80’s techno-funk pop & lock to “street battles”, this class will help students develop a dance vocabulary so they too can be part of the social commentary.  This class will spend time on the floor.  Full coverage athletic clothing and jazz or gym shoes are required.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, flexibility, musicality, and style
  • Be able to remember and recite the names and basic descriptions of the core hip hop styles of; Break dancing, Popping, Liquid and Tutting
  • Execute basic Break dancing Toprocks, floorwork and Powermoves such as: Rock step, Hooks, Six-step, CCs, Twine, turtle freeze, Swypes, Backspins and their variations.
  • Execute basic Popping, Liquid and Tutting techniques such as: Isolation, Waves, Body Waves, Glides, Muscle Contraction and Control, basic Tutting combos and their variations.
  • Name each of the above techniques when someone else demonstrates them
  • Demonstrate freestyle and memorized choreography with technique, style, confidence, musicality and personality.

 

DA206 World Dance

Prerequisite: DA106

Continue on your world tour by learning the styles & culture of ethnic dances from around the globe.  This class focuses on discovering many different styles of dance; sampling the culture and influence of each. Styles include Square Dance, Spanish Flamenco, Russian Folk, and Indian Dance. Be ready to get your groove on in this fast paced tour through creative styles of dance and movement.

Benchmarks:

  • Understand the cultural foundation for featured styles including historical significance, cultural uses, fashion, food, and traditions of each country of origin
  • Show individual progress in the general areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Execute dance technique, for featured styles with emphasis on cultural accuracy, rhythm, body posturing & style
  • Understand and demonstrate basic foundational dance technique, such as the following principles: Holding one’s center; finding proper placement of arms, torso, shoulders, hips, etc; being turned out; being turned in; spotting
  • Pick up basic dance combinations and execute them from memory

 

DA207 Dance Thru the Decades

Prerequisite: DA107

Born to Hand Jive?  This class will build on the beginning steps learned for each decade in DA107 and pump it up to the next level. As the time machine makes stops in each decade, students will learn more advanced combinations and partnered dances within each era to really up their game and boost their dance fever!

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, strength, fluidity, flexibility, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Demonstrate understanding of specific genre characteristics
  • Execute dance technique as it relates to each genre, building on skills & benchmarks from DA107
  • Understand the historical and social significance of each era’s contribution to dance
  • Pick up basic dance combinations and execute them from memory
  • Demonstrate appropriate character styling as it applies to the various eras including: 50’s & 60’s Rock & Roll, 70’s Disco, and 80’s Pop.
  • Learn partnering dances from each era and incorporate proper technique such as body position, closed and open positions, hand holds, line of dance, etc.

 

DA208  Ballroom

Prerequisite: DA108

Take your partner dancing to the next level! This class will build on the partnering basics and steps of DA108 and will teach more advanced steps to make your Foxtrot, Waltz, Salsa, and Cha Cha Cha really dazzle the dance floor! Ballroom shoes or Character shoes are recommended.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, trust, and give-and-take with a partner
  • Demonstrate confident partnering skills, such as holding their center, maintaining a consistent frame with their partners, being sensitive to their partners’ needs, adjusting and adapting to each new partner they dance with
  • Review basic partnering steps within the context of each style of Ballroom, such as basic footwork, various supported turns, spins, poses, dips, and simple lifts and increase intermediate step vocabulary for the given style
  • Freestyle in each form of Ballroom covered, including Foxtrot, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, and Waltz
  • Understand the musicality and style for each dance
  • Identify what form of Ballroom is appropriate for each song in a varied musical play list

 

DA209 Swing

Prerequisite: DA109

From Dixieland to Count Basie and from flappers to hoppers, this class will build on the principles of Swing learned in DA109 and help you develop more variety of steps within Lindy Hop and more! Using the 8-count format, students will be able to mix-and-match steps of Lindy Hop with 20’s & 30’s Charleston and Balboa to really turn heads on the social dance floor.  Jazz shoes or Character shoes are recommended.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, trust, and give-and-take with a partner
  • Demonstrate basic partnering skills, such as holding their center, maintaining a consistent frame with their partners, weight-balance for connection, being sensitive to their partners’ needs, adjusting and adapting to each new dance partner
  • Execute basic partnering steps within the context of each style of swing, such as basic footwork, various supported turns, spins, and standard variations
  • Learn 20’s Charleston footwork & steps, 30’s Charleston variations, intermediate Lindy Hop steps & vocabulary, and basics of Balboa and Collegiate Shag
  • Freestyle in each form of Swing Dance covered in a social dance application
  • Identify what form of Swing is appropriate for each song in a varied musical play list

DA304 Advanced Dance: Choreography

Prerequisite: DA090, one 200-level dance class

Alright, so you know basic dance technique and are ready to explore your OWN ideas on stage? Then this is the class for you! This class will give you some basic ideas for how to choreograph a musical selection and get you ready to be a future artistic team member. Planning for stage pictures, character involvement, dancer level can be a tricky puzzle. With the skills learned in this class, you’ll understand a song breakdown and how to best feature cast members in a musical theater number

Benchmarks:
  • Coming Soon

DA307 Advanced Dance: Dancers & Choreographers

Prerequisites: two 200-level dance classes

Are you captivated by Jerome Robbins’ athletic dance stylings in West Side Story? Intrigued by the precision and nuance of Bob Fosse style choreography? Are you hypnotized by such performers as Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, and Danny Kaye? What about contemporary contributors to the musical dance scene?  This will be the class for you! Study what makes these choreographers and performers great and learn the foundations of how to dance in their style.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, trust, and give-and-take with a partner
  • Demonstrate mastery of dance technique, such as holding their center, maintaining a consistent frame with their partners, weight-balance for connection, being sensitive to their partners’ needs, adjusting and adapting to each new dance partner
  • Identify the differentiators to each choreography style and unique characteristics of each dancer studied
  • Understand the historical and social significance of each artist and their contribution to the framework of musical theater
  • Demonstrate performance of advanced skills in the style of each artist studied.

 

DA308  Ballroom

Prerequisite: DA208

Bring a competitive edge to your Ballroom skills by stepping up your partnering and learning advanced steps in the Competition Dances.  Dazzle audiences with complex footwork, variations on steps, and exciting new dances for you and your partner to enjoy!

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, trust, and give-and-take with a partner
  • Demonstrate mastery of partnering skills, such as holding their center, maintaining a consistent frame with their partners, weight-balance for connection, being sensitive to their partners’ needs, adjusting and adapting to each new dance partner
  • Execute partnering steps within the context of each style of dance, such as advanced footwork, various supported turns, spins, and advanced variations
  • Learn Tango, Quickstep and Rumba as part of the standard Competitive Dance series
  • Freestyle in each form of dance covered
  • Identify what form of dance is appropriate for each song in a varied musical play list

 

DA309 Swing

Prerequisite: DA209

Now that you’re confident with a variety of Swing Dance styles & steps, let’s really up the social dance game by learning competitive moves that you and your partner can really wow the crowd with!  This class will teach fast Lindy footwork and styling as well as partnered lifts and aerials that can be done in exhibition dances.  Increase musicality and really learn to play with the art form in this advanced partner swing class.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, trust, and give-and-take with a partner
  • Demonstrate mastery of partnering skills, such as holding their center, maintaining a consistent frame with their partners, weight-balance for connection, being sensitive to their partners’ needs, adjusting and adapting to each new dance partner
  • Execute partnering steps and advanced footwork appropriate for fast Lindy along with variations
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of musicianship and emersion into the big band style of expression
  • Learn aerials for exhibition-style dance
  • Freestyle in each form of swing dance
  • Identify what form of dance is appropriate for each song in a varied musical play list

 

DA404 Advanced Dance: Partnering

Prerequisite: DA090, one 200-level dance class, and audition

Are you ready to dance like the stars of “So You Think You Can Dance”? This partnering dance class will challenge students as they learn partnering skills in various styles of dance. It builds on the fundamentals of dance technique and the basics of styles, then launches the performers to a whole different level of performance.

 

DA406 So You Think You Can Dance

Prerequisite: by audition only

Are you ready to dance like the stars of “So You Think You Can Dance”? This partnering dance class will challenge students as they learn partnering skills in various styles of dance. It builds on the fundamentals of dance technique and the basics of styles, then launches the performers to a whole different level of performance.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of technique, strength, control, trust, and give-and-take with a partner
  • Demonstrate basic partnering skills, such as holding their center, maintaining a consistent frame with their partners, being sensitive to their partners’ needs, adjusting and adapting to each new partner they dance with
  • Execute basic partnering steps within the context of each style, such as basic footwork, various supported turns, spins, poses, dips, and various lifts
  • Identify what style of dance is appropriate for each song in a varied musical play list
  • Demonstrate understanding of storytelling through dance by choreographing small sections
  • Demonstrate knowledge of partnering needs and dance steps through instructing other students in their choreographed works.
DA407 Dancers & Choreographers
Prerequisite: by audition only
This performance-based class will introduce students to the choreography and stylings of dancers and choreographers who have shaped the musical theater world into what we know today.  Innovative choreographers like Jerome Robbins (West Side Story), Bob Fosse (Sweet Charity), Michael Kidd (A Chorus Line), Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray), and the dancers who performed their work will be the topic of study.  Come learn some of the iconic dances from the musical theater anthology!

DA500 Advanced Dance: Project Dance

Prerequisite: DA090, one 200-level dance class, and audition

For seasoned students, Project Dance is a 3 session progressive dance journey. Students will receive intense training in technique and raise the bar on their dance performance. The goal of PD is to elevate the quality of dance training in Journey by creating a community of dedicated students and teachers who want to use their talents to glorify God through the art form of various dance styles. Students are encouraged to attend a summer Project Dance Camp offering workshops and a dance concert.

Benchmarks:

  • Create a class of 12 – 16 students
  • Provide extensive training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop or tap
  • Develop skills such as spins, leaps, across the floor, and proper dance posture
  • Showcase the progression of technique, not so much a completed routine performance
  • Encourage the use of mirrors, ballet bars and dance studios if available to classes
  • Instructors encouraged to sub for each other when needed providing a variety of training
  • Prepare and perform 2-3 routines per year to be selected for camp (not a competition)
  • Review and build on the progression of learned techniques and routines
  • Attend Project Dance Camp the summer following spring session
  • Attend specialized workshops to sharpen skills taught by some guest instructors, work with all instructors to incorporate an all county choreographed piece performed the last day camp

 

MT100 Beginning Musical Theater

Prerequisite: DA090, DR090, V090

It’s time to put it all together! Dance, drama and singing all work together to create the magical world of musical theater. Start the journey to becoming a triple threat by learning how to combine all the basic skills you learned in previous Core Classes into one show-stopping showcase! The class will include warm-ups, group activities, character development and performance technique. By the end of class, you’ll be ready to take center stage and shine in the showcase!

Benchmarks:

  • Understand the historical and social significance of musical theater genres/composers.
  • Understand the basic tools and skill needs for musical theater genres.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and integrate basic vocal warm-up techniques from V090 when being prompted and guided by the instructor.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and integrate basic acting principles learned in DR090 through group acting and exercises. Actively participate in group acting games and exercises that incorporate the body and voice, some of which focus on connecting with a single partner and others that focus on engaging an entire group.
  • Perform basic dance steps often incorporated into musical theatre choreography. Examples may include jazz squares, grapevine, step touches, step kicks, chaînnes turns, step ball-changes, pivot turns, etc.
  • Engage their bodies and voices simultaneously through musical theater numbers that call for them to act, sing, and dance.
  • Perform in a small group or ensemble musical theater number to build confidence, focus, energy, and stage presence.

MT106 Genres

Prerequisite: MT100 

The world of musical theater offers a wealth of musical styles and show genres.  This allows audiences of all ages and walks of life to find something that they can connect with.  This class will focus on the particular genres within the musical theater lexicon, like Classic Broadway, Rock Opera, or Music Revue; each with their unique offerings that define their style, composers who informed their sound, vocal and dance styling that create their unmistakable character.

Benchmarks:

  • Show individual progress in the areas of discipline, technique, control, musicality, and style
  • Demonstrate understanding of specific genre characteristics
  • Execute dance technique as it relates to each genre, building on skills & benchmarks from DA090
  • Execute vocal technique as it relates to each genre, building on skills & benchmarks from V090
  • Understand the historical and social significance of each genre’s contribution to musical theater
  • Execute musical theater staging by memory
  • Demonstrate appropriate character styling as it applies to the given genre

 

MT200 Intermediate Musical Theater

Prerequisite: MT100

Take your singing, dancing and acting skills to the next level and be challenged while having a blast! Intermediate Musical Theater will explore a variety of popular styles in musical theater. Gain new confidence, energy and emotional honesty while perfecting your performance technique. Get ready to broaden your horizons as a triple threat!

Benchmarks:
  • Execute a series of basic vocal warm-up techniques when prompted by the instructor. Examples may include diaphragmatic breathing, lip trills, and scales incorporating various vowels and consonants.
  • Effectively engage the voice and body while maintaining focus and commitment during acting games and exercises—whether engaging a single partner or a group.
  • Perform sequences of choreography with confidence and energy while striving for technical efficiency and fluidity.
  • Utilize the skills that they have learned in voice, dance, and acting training within the context of their musical theater workshop pieces.
  • Perform in both small group and ensemble musical theatre numbers while showcasing technical efficiency, confidence, focus, energy, and stage presence.
MT201 Intermediate Musical Theater: Auditions & Callbacks

Prerequisite: MT100

Let’s face it. Auditions can be scary. But if you’re prepared and know the basics of the auditioning process, auditioning can actually be fun! This class will challenge and stretch you in the realm of musical theater. Get your solos and monologues in shape for auditions, your cold reading and dance technique ready for call backs, and your technique and approach ready for your dream role. This class is for serious performers only.

Benchmarks:

  • Understand the “do’s and don’ts” of auditioning
  • Have a sound grasp on audition etiquette
  • Effectively engage their scene partners with emotional honesty and technical efficiency.
  • Demonstrate dance fundamentals for various dance styles one might encounter at a dance audition.
  • Identify performance techniques and auditioning techniques that help an audition process
  • Demonstrate an audition and callback process utilizing proper etiquette and technique in an intriguing and entertaining showcase.
  • Understand what casting directors are looking for and how to showcase their best talents.
  • Learn pre-callback research and preparation strategies.
  • Understand and execute creative “risks” in voice & drama & make a memorable performance.
  • Learn how to maximize performance in a dance audition.
  • Understand key terminology and concepts students may hear from a director during callbacks.

MT204 Intermediate Musical Theater: Specialties (Genre)

Prerequisite: MT100

Broadway affords such a variety of styles throughout the decades. From Classic Broadway (Rogers & Hammerstein) to Sondheim, from Rock Opera (Jesus Christ Superstar) to Disney, from Period Pieces (Grease) to Contemporary (Jason Robert Brown); the style of Broadway and off-Broadway takes various forms. The focus of this class will change from session to session. Class will focus on one specific style from those listed, and more!

Benchmarks:
  • Understand the cultural and historical significance of the genre
  • Understand the cultural and historical background of the genre
  • Demonstrate vocal technique that fits the genre based on healthy vocal concepts
  • Demonstrate dance technique that fits the genre based on the foundation of basic steps
  • Demonstrate the ability to create group scenes through song and dance and convey an appropriately emotional context

MT206 Musical Theater: Composers

Pre-requisite: MT100

The musical theater lexicon is full of diverse composers who have shaped the sounds and inspired the sights of what we know as Broadway today.  This class brings the spotlight to the composers who have made a big impact on the beauty of the stage and created the melodies that are embedded in our hearts.  The focus of this class will change from session to session, highlighting one specific composer (or composition team) from Rodgers & Hammerstein, to Alan Menken, to Stephen Sondheim, to Comden & Green, from classics to contemporaries, and more!

Benchmarks:

  • Understand the cultural and historical significance of the composer and their impact on musical theater
  • Understand the cultural and historical background of the composer and what influenced them
  • Identify key works of the composer and perform segments of their work
  • Demonstrate vocal technique that fits the writing style of the composer based on healthy vocal concepts
  • Demonstrate dance technique that fits the style of the composer based on the foundation of basic steps
  • Demonstrate the ability to create group scenes through song and dance and convey an appropriately emotional context

MT300 Advanced Musical Theater

Prerequisites: MT100, one 200-level class.

Course Description:

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Benchmarks:
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MT301 Advanced Musical Theater: College & Professional Audition Preparation

Prerequisites: MT100, one 200-level class.

Are you thinking about making theatre your major in college? Do you plan on pursuing acting professionally? If you answered yes to either or both of this questions, then this class is essential for you. You will learn how to select songs and monologues that are right for you and what kind of material to avoid for college and professional auditions. By the end of this class, you should have four solid audition pieces either four contrasting monologues (contemporary, classical, comedic, and dramatic) or two contrasting monologues and two contrasting songs. We will workshop all of your pieces in class and evaluate and critique one another’s work. We will also discuss proper audition etiquette, what to expect at the URTA auditions, and how to prepare for a college or professional interview.

Benchmarks:

  • Evaluate material and be able to select appropriate audition material
  • Conduct a thorough analysis of each audition piece
  • Understand and articulate their character’s backstory and subtext
  • Articulate their character’s primary objectives, obstacles, tactics, and overall journey from the beginning to the end of the piece
  • Make purposeful, strategic, and affective choices regarding focus, timing, physicality, and use of space
  • Present themselves with professionalism and confidence in an audition/interview scenario

MT 302 Advanced Musical Theater: Careers in Theater

Prerequisites: MT100, one 200-level class.

If you think you’re ready for the college theater scene or plan on pursuing theatre professionally as a performer, director, designer, or stage manager, then you definitely need to take this class. You’ll learn the raw facts and lots of details about what to expect in a college theatre program, cattle call auditions, working in a professional theatre circuit, what makes a good headshot, what should be on your resume, how to get representation, what AEA and SDC is all about, and much, much more.

Benchmarks:

  • Prepare for, apply, and audition for a college or university theatre program
  • Prepare for a cattle call audition and know what to expect
  • Prepare for an on-camera audition process
  • Prepare a portfolio as a director, choreographer, or designer
  • Describe what AEA and SDC are and understand the pros and cons of joining these unions
  • Articulate what agents, directors, and casting directors look for in a headshot and evaluate sample headshots accordingly
  • Put together a resume of their work and understand what training and experiences they still need in order to make them more marketable for the college or professional theatre scene
  • Describe the differences between different types of theatre scenes, including community theatre, children’s theatre, theatre for young audiences, equity theatre, college-level theatre, graduate-level theatre, summer stock theatre, regional theatre, etc.
  • Describe the differences between work in the theatre industry and work in the film/television industry.*Note: The specifics that are covered in this class are going to vary slightly based on the class instructor and the experiences/knowledge that he or she brings to the table.

MT400 Advanced Musical Theater: Musical Production

Prerequisites: MT100, one 200-level class, audition only

This class is the first step to Broadway! Take your skills in dance, drama and voice and present a full length or extended musical theater production. Students will engage in a variety of opportunities from performance to production elements. If you’re bound for stardom- this class is for you! Students will learn to complete an in-depth character analysis and incorporate in their performance. Participate in physicality, voice and character trait exercises. Perform group cohesion and team building games and activities. Assist with production aspects including props, sets, publicity, directing and costumes. Perform advanced songs and choreography in an extended showcase. Perform a full length or extended musical script.

CI100 Beginning Improv

Prerequisite: DR090

Create drama, humor and stories on the spot. This class will give you the basic principles of improvisation and give you the confidence to embrace everything that is thrown at you when you don’t have a script in your hands. Learn team building skills that will strengthen your ability to play with your partners on stage. In this class, which focuses on short-form improv, you will learn how to live “in the moment” and confidently say “Yes!” to anything.

Benchmarks:

  • List basic improv terminology
  • Work within a cohesive ensemble of players
  • Establish the principles of location, relationship, and objective at the top of each new improv scene
  • Trust their fellow team members in group exercises and improv scenes
  • Confidently improvise onstage in front of an audience

CI101 Beginning Comedy

Prerequisite: DR090

Whether you feel like you are a natural comedian or enjoy telling puns, embark on the rules of comedy. Come play with us as we learn what makes something funny on stage…and what doesn’t. Learn the classic bits and gags and how to execute them. Experiment with a variety of comic characters, discover your individual attributes and strengths, and create your own unique repertoire of characters within the context of various comedic monologues. So come join the club, and let’s “make ’em laugh”.

Benchmarks:

  • Identify a comedic monologue from a dramatic monologue
  • Describe what a comic bit is
  • Incorporate the general rules of comedy (such as the rule of threes) into their physical moments in a comedic monologue
  • Perform a memorized 30-60 second comedic monologue with specific character choices and at least three comic bits

CI200 Intermediate Improv

Prerequisite: CI100

Ready to take your improv skills to the next level? This short-form improv class will build on what you already know in terms of the basics. We will experiment with more layered, complex scenarios. Explore how to create unique individual characters. And most importantly, we will add more improv games to our repertoire. So get ready to broaden your horizons and strengthen your spontaneity!

Benchmarks:

  • Work within a cohesive ensemble of players
  • Create rich, believable characters that can exist onstage
  • Trust their fellow team members in group exercises and improv scenes
  • Stay true to the location, relationship, and objective established at the top of an a new improv scene and keep the ball rolling
  • Say yes to the ideas that come from their partners rather than contradicting them: find a way to make it work

 

CI201 Intermediate Comedy

Prerequisites: CI101

It’s all in the timing: come fine tune your comedy skills in this energetic, invigorating class. We will strongly emphasize the give and take between scene partners on stage in this class. We will learn new partner and group exercises that will keep you sharp and quick on your feet, as well as strengthen your on-stage relationships. We will experiment with bits and gags within the context of two and three-person scenes and learn how to make them…well, funny. And we will focus on pace, tempo, and timing in order to nail those moments just right. It’s time to get serious about comedy!

Benchmarks:

  • Respond consistently and actively to their scene partners on stage within the context of exercises as well as scripted scenes
  • Demonstrate a solid grasp on appropriate pacing, tempo, and rhythm within a comedic scene
  • Determine the effectiveness and execution of comic bits within other students’ scenes and make appropriate suggestions for improvement
  • Incorporate the general rules of comedy into their physical moments within comedic scenes
  • Perform a memorized 3-5 minute, 2-3 person comedic scene that includes specific character choices and comic bits

CI205 Intermediate Comedy:  Comediennes

Prerequisite:  DR090 – Foundations of Drama (formerly DR100 – Beginning Drama)- Eventually, the pre-requisite will include CI101 – Comedy

The entertainment business has influenced and shaped our culture like nothing else.  It’s common knowledge, however, that much of the entertainment field caters to male actors and male artists.  While not discounting the social and cultural value and impact of these male trailblazers, it’s important to recognize that there have been some female performers who impacted the world of comedy, film, and television thus paving the way for generations of aspiring young female artists.  This class honors a few of those pioneering women by examining their lives, the obstacles they overcame, their unique fingerprint on media, and the legacy of work they created for us.  Join in the barrel of laughs as this class examines Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, and more!

Benchmarks:

  • Identify & understand societal trends in media/entertainment
  • Identify prominent female pioneers in media/entertainment; their history, their work, their legacy
  • Be able to discuss key differentiators in each comedienne’s signature style
  • Discuss how media platform impacts comedy
  • Perform in the style of the female artists discussed in class
CI300 Advanced Improv

Prerequisite: CI200

This class is for the seasoned improviser who wants to take on the ultimate challenge: long-form improv. This class will test your skills and stretch your abilities as you take your short-form improv fundamentals to a whole new level. We will focus most of our time on learning how to create and perform a standard Harold long-form piece. So if you think you’re ready to tackle this unique art form, come join our advanced troupe!

Benchmarks:

  • Work within a cohesive ensemble of players
  • Understand the technical dynamics of what makes a long-form piece
  • Keep the overall story moving and developing from beginning to end
  • Be sensitive to other team players and be willing to share the stage
  • Be consistent with reoccurring characters and scenarios within a long-form piece

CI301 Advanced Comedy: Stage and Screen

Prerequisite: DR100, 2 classes in Improv and/or Comedy

This class is not for the faint at heart. We’re going to get down to the nitty-gritty details of comedy and learn how to play up our individual strengths and better our areas of weakness. We will explore different periods and styles of comedy for both the stage and screen. We will explore such styles as Musical Theatre Comedy, Shakespearean Comedy, Commedia Dell’Arte, Contemporary Comedy, Sit-Com, and Naked Gun. Our material will consist of monologues as well as two-person scenes. Get ready to be under the microscope as we evaluate one another work and finesse our skills in this advanced workshop. Come ready to play hard!

Benchmarks:

  • Identify many different styles of comedy and what their main characteristics
  • Apply the characteristics of each specific style of comedy covered in class within the context of a monologue or scene for stage or screen
  • Observe a monologue or scene performed live or on screen and identify what style or combination of styles it exhibits
  • Demonstrate control of physical exaggeration verses simplicity and make appropriate adjustments for either the stage or the camera depending on the material
  • Perform two memorized contrasting comedic monologues and two memorized contrasting comedic scenes of choice

CI500 Advanced Improv: Improv Team

Prereq: CI100, audition

An amazing opportunity for improvisors! This class will serve as the rehearsal time and skill development for the Journey Theater improv teams. Focus on creating characters, group think, playing off your teammates, incorporating activities, emotions and accepting offers while learning the official games for Improv Invasion.

Benchmarks:

  • Focus on agreement scenes & “yes and-ing”
  • Learn how to utilize teammates and play off each other- perform group-think exercises.
  • Incorporate performing activities into improv.
  • Creating characters for improv.
  • Utilizing environment & silence in improv.

Makeup

PR100 Beginning Makeup

Create a masterpiece using an actor’s face as a canvas! Grab your makeup kit and brush to produce basic stage makeup as well as specialty features like old age, facial hair and dirty face. Stretch your creative even further when you learn how to make a person look like an animal.

Benchmarks:

  • Basic set up of work station and supplies
  • Prep work for make-up application
  • How to use a make-up brush and sponge
  • Basic application of “Human” face make-up: base, blush, eyes, lips.
  • Extras and Add-On’s: Old age wrinkles/bags, Facial Hair: Beard/Scruff/Mustaches, Classic dirty face/smudge, Glamorous and movie star styles
  • Tips and secrets: How to get rid of eyebrows, make noses bigger/smaller…
  • BASIC animal features and techniques: (Colors, brush application, pattern)
  • Starting to look at an animal and see how to pick out the features/differences.
  • Basic clean up of brushes, tools and station

PR200: Intermediate Makeup

Prerequisite: 1 makeup class

If you love to play with color, design & texture grab your brush for this advanced makeup class. Create face maps for each character, using shadowing, feathering and layering as well as create specialty techniques like scars, burns and tribal makeup.

Benchmarks:

  • In charge of station set up, prep work and clean up each week
  • Learn how to build and work from a “Face Map” for each character: Layout design/pattern, show/list colors needed, make notes for brush technique used.
  • Perfecting techniques in: Application of layers through uses of the brush/sponge,
  • Mastering the ability to transform a Human into an Animal/Character through a more detailed attention to brush work and layering: Furry/Hairy: Cats/lion, monkey, squirrel, bunny, raccoon, etc., Feathering: Birds, Flat: Turtle, fish
  • Other Make-Up Techniques: Scars/Burns/Deformities, Tribal/Tattoos
  • Create your own Make-Up Designs / Creature: Learning to imaging for yourself how to transform the face into whatever you see could be. (Make sketches and notes with Face Maps)

Costumes

PR101 Beginning Costuming

Bring characters to life on stage through costumes. When costuming a show every detail is important such as: time period, choreography, resources, color balance, social status, and the artistic vision for the show. Take a journey through the whole costume process from concept, to design, to building to seeing your work live on stage.

Benchmarks:

  • Research – read the book or script, watch the movie for ideas. Learn about costumes and accessories for the time period of the play.
  • Director – speak to the director and learn director’s vision for the show.
  • Resources – what resources are available to use: costumes already made, fabric and patterns available, what needs to be made.
  • Choreography – how to speak to choreographer and find out what type of dancing will be done and how costumes should be made so as not to inhibit dancer’s movements.
  • Budget – learning to stay within budget yet still creating a visually appealing show.
  • Quality costumes – learn about quality fabric and quality construction. Learning to make quality costumes for future productions.
  • Fast changes – learn how to make good quality costume when a cast member needs to change out of it quickly. Learn how to help someone during a fast change during the shows (sometimes with limited lighting).

PR201 Intermediate Costuming: Costuming a Production

Prerequisite: PR101

It’s time to put those costuming skills to practical use. Move out of the sewing room and get those costumes onstage.

Benchmarks:
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Props

PR103 Beginning Props

Course Description:

This hands-on class will give students a new creative outlet and appreciation for behind-the-scenes elements of theater. The presence of Stage Properties (Props) is critical to theatrical story telling. Students will learn the value of props for stage acting and for set dressing as well and be able to gain first hand experience in making props of their own.

Benchmarks:

  • Understand the purpose and differentiators about props in relationship to Costumes and Sets
  • Evaluate a theatrical script to determine which props need to be created and how they will be used
  • Understand how props are to be displayed backstage for actors’ use (setting up a prop table)
  • Understand how to design simple props
  • Demonstrate the making of simple props
  • Understand and identify basic crafting technique in the design and creation of stage props

PR202 Intermediate Props: Creating Props for a Production

Prerequisite: PR103

Course Description:
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Benchmarks:

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Backstage/Tech

 

PR105 Introduction to Set Design

Make the Story come to life with the element of A Set.

Before the actors come onto the stage the mood is introduced to the audience by The Set. Bright and cheery or dark and dismal the actors are helped and understood in the context of the scenery, its colors, shape and scale. Students will learn the basics of what a set can communicate, how each takes into consideration the particulars of a facility and how to best utilize the strengths of a venue. They will learn the ways to communicate ideas concerning scenery by word, sketching and diagramming and modeling. Excursions to the Sets Warehouse and possibly a show will illustrate the use of all elements of staging, scenery and lighting. In the end each student will create a scale model of a set which they will design and build.

Benchmarks:

  • Understand use of Set and Scenic Design to communicate storyline and highlight variation of perspective.
  • Develop ability to critically evaluate a particular story and use Design to communicate objectives.
  • Increase skill in communicating ideas by use of words, sketching and modeling.
  • Acquire knowledge of all elements of staging and theater facilities.
  • Increase ability to observe elements of setting and their importance.
  • Understand the use of dynamics of Realism as opposed to abstract in theater sets context.
  • Gain understanding in the use of various mediums of practical set construction.
  • Learn about the application of Special Effects, stage magic and their challenges
  • Gain insight into the creation, storage, and adaptation of modular set elements and constructs.

 

PR205 Set Building & Construction

Make the stage come alive with set pieces! Set pieces add depth and dimension and help the audience relate to the action on stage. Learn practical techniques about what goes into building sets, from what materials to chose, how to hang a drop, and the fundamentals of assembling pieces.

Benchmarks:
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PR106 Beginning Lighting and Sound Workshop

Calling all techies, nerds, and geniuses! Have you ever wondered what all those buttons do on a sound board? Ever wish you could turn off somebody’s mic? Or wanted to operate lights? Then this class is for you. Come jump in with us to learn the basics of light design and sound board operation in a class that shows you how to run tech, one step at a time, one fader at a time.

Benchmarks:

  • Develop basic understanding of lighting controller operation
  • Distinguish lighting fixture types and their various uses
  • Understand basic acoustic science and its role in live theater sound
  • Learn setup and tear-down techniques for basic sound and lighting systems
  • Develop understanding of microphones, distinguishing different types and uses
  • Learn basic operations of a sound board including mixing, equalization, and monitors
  • Learn how equalization can be used to reduce feedback and improve vocal clarity

PR204 Behind the Scenes

Prerequisite: PR104

Course Description:
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Benchmarks:

  • Coming Soon

 

PR206 Intermediate Lighting and Sound Workshop

Prerequisite – PR106

A natural extension of Lighting and Sound Workshop I, you’ll take your skills and natural talent to the next level in this advanced tech training class. From programming a light board to setting up and running stage monitors to advanced sound board techniques, this class will keep you on your toes and up to date with what you need to know to operate a live theater production.

  • Brief review of Workshop I
  • Learn how to program a light board
  • Advanced Sound Board Operation using groups, monitors, and multiple mic cues
  • Learn how to troubleshoot and repair minor microphone problems
  • Have students operate tech for final showcase

Scenic Painting & Set Dressing

PR107 Beginning Scenic Painting & Set Dressing

PR207 Intermediate Scenic Painting & Set Dressing

Physical Performance

SP100 Beginning Physical Performance – Stage Combat

Prerequisite: DR090

Knowing how to control the physical violence on stage – whether a fist fight or a comedic pratfall – is the actor’s artistic responsibility. Join this active class to learn the tricks of staging a realistic fight sequence and gain confidence to control your own safety in stagecraft.

Benchmarks:

  • Demonstrate the mental awareness and focus necessary to learn respectfully, rehearse effectively, an fight safely
  • Demonstrate through actions and attitude true concern for the safety of one’s self and others, yet completely mask that concern from view when performing a fight for an audience
  • Show progress in a variety of introductory stage combat techniques, including grappling, strikes, swing/miss, and falls
  • Show progress in acting the complex emotions of scenes of interpersonal violence
  • Be able to analyze one’s own work and incorporate constructive criticism and notes to improve future performances
  • Perform a fully staged fight for a live audience

 

SP102: Introduction to Longswords

Prerequisite: DR090

Enter the world of sword fighting! The longsword reigned for centuries as the primary weapon of the European knight, the Chinese soldier, and other warriors throughout history. Whether performing in Camelot, Mulan, or Robin Hood, longsword training will prepare you for your character’s duel. This class will also introduce the basics of medieval dagger fighting as we learn concepts that will later apply to the longsword. Of course, the session culminates in a showcase presentation, where the students perform a dramatic scene of violence including a full-speed, full-intensity fight in front of a live audience.

Benchmarks

  • Demonstrate the mental awareness and focus necessary to learn respectfully, rehearse effectively, and fight safely.

  • Demonstrate through actions and attitude true concern for the safety of one’s self and others, yet completely mask that concern from view when performing a fight for an audience.

  • Be able to assume at least six longsword guard positions and move smoothly between them.

  • Be able to make cutting and thrusting attacks correctly and safely.

  • Be able to combine guards and attacks into choreographic sequences.

  • Show progress in acting the complex emotions of scenes of interpersonal violence.

  • Be able to analyze one’s own work and incorporate constructive criticism and notes to improve future performances.

  • Perform a fully staged fight for a live audience.

     

SP104: Hollywood Swordfighting

Arm yourself with the flashing blades and debonair style of the swashbuckling legends of Hollywood! Using fanciful techniques pulled from classic cinema, this class will teach you to fence with light swords in true heroic style, including dramatic, ground-covering footwork, impressive weapon flourishes, and even how to take on multiple opponents with poise, style, and devil-may-care nonchalance. Of course, the class also stresses the underlying principles of safety, illusion, and story that make any kind of stage combat effective, and emphasizes the perfect form that is the hallmark of the skilled hero.

Benchmarks:

Class Benchmarks

  • Demonstrate the mental awareness and focus necessary to learn respectfully, rehearse effectively, and fight safely.

  • Demonstrate through actions and attitude true concern for the safety of one’s self and others, yet completely mask that concern from view when performing a fight for an audience.

  • Be able to perform at least five kind of footwork to move during a fight.

  • Be able to assume the nine parry positions and move smoothly between them.

  • Be able to make cutting and thrusting attacks correctly and safely.

  • Be able to combine guards, attacks, and footwork into choreographic sequences.

  • Be able to analyze one’s own work and incorporate constructive criticism and notes to improve future performances.

  • Perform a fully staged fight for a live audience.

 

SP201 Intermediate Physical Performance – Stage Combat

Prerequisite:: SP100

Draw your sword and take your stage fighting skills to the next level. Become an advanced fighter using weapons and stunt routines. Combat 2 also highlights discovering a variety of weapons, their role on the stage, and creative uses. Focus on perfecting fighting using your character and integrating combat moves into a story.

Benchmarks:

  • Using weapons in stunts
  • History of fighting/weapons
  • Philosophy of fighting/role of Faith in fighting
  • Integrate fights with a character
  • Analyze and dissect fights to basic elements
  • Advanced terminology & terms

SP203 Physical Performance – Acting the Fight

Prerequisite: DR090 Eventually, the prerequisite will include DR200 – Intermediate Drama

Theatrical fights involve more than stage combat. Too often, actors learn physical techniques in isolation without the critical step of incorporating choreography with character work. This class is part physical training and part scene study as we stage excerpts from previous Journey shows and other plays that feature characters who explode into intense physical struggles. Students will learn a variety of unarmed stage combat techniques and then be assigned roles and learn choreography for a specific scene, which will be rehearsed up to performance level for the showcase.

This class is also an acting seminar, and participants will also be coached on methods that help actors portray the fear, anger, pain, stress, and adrenaline of a real fight, allowing them to deepen their characterization and move beyond simply “doing choreography” to create theatrical fights that appear personal, painful, desperate, and real to the audience.

Benchmarks:

  • Understand how stage combat techniques combine with choreography and character work to create a theatrical story of violent confrontation.
  • Show continued progress in a variety of intermediate stage combat techniques, including work with props, weapons, and furniture.
  • Show progress in acting the complex emotions of scenes of interpersonal violence and demonstrate knowledge of several techniques to deepen the character’s reality.
  • Be able to analyze one’s own work and incorporate constructive criticism and notes to improve future performances.
  • Perform a fully characterized fight scene at performance speed for a live audience.
SP100 Beginning Physical Performance – Stomp

Prerequisite: V090, DA090

Explore hidden rhythm in the everyday world by using found instruments such as trash cans, drumsticks, brooms, containers, walls, and more. Stomp takes students on a journey through percussion, music, dance, characterization and performance. Feel the beat while learning basic groves and rhythms.

Benchmarks:

  • Learn basic drum patterns
  • Create drum grooves
  • Incorporate rhythm, dance and creating music
  • Utilize items & body to create rhythm

SP200 Intermediate Physical Performance – Stomp

Pre-requisite: SP100

Engage your voice, hands and body in creating stomp sounds & instruments. Turn “junk” into instruments in this advanced class while creating complex rhythms. Learn to improvise spot jams, play off other performers and create performance energy resulting in an explosive performance.

Benchmarks:

  • Creating energy in performance
  • Awareness of other cast members
  • Improvise beats and create spot jams
  • Use voice to create beats and rhythm

Misc

SP103 Puppetry (Ages 9-18)

Prerequisites:

Through the use of puppets, you can become someone or something else! Let your imagination carry you away. While learning music and choreography for a puppet program, you will discover the ultimate role-playing experience that cultivates your imagination in a new way. This class will illuminate the great medium puppets can be for entertainment and ministry.

Benchmarks:

  • Students understand and execute proper mouth action and lip synchronization for puppets.
  • Utilize proper positioning, eye contact, and movement all within perspective to the location of the audience.
  • Execute song and dance numbers using up to 2 puppets at once.
  • Effectively carry out entrances and exits in proper form.
  • Perform with the use of both live and recorded voices/music.

SP104 Circus Skills (Ages 9 – 18)

Prerequisite: Drama 1

Specialty 905 for Teens: Film Making (Ages 13-18)

Prerequisites: Drama 1, Dance 1 and Voice 1

Let’s make a movie! That’s just what you’ll learn to do in this class aimed at future directors and filmmakers. Discover how to tell a story through film from beginning to end in this fun, challenging, and creative class. From filming actors to editing with music, this class will take you through the entire process of making a simple movie so that by the end, you will have shot and edited your very own project!

Benchmarks:

  • Learn basic story structure
  • Discover camera angles and their purpose in telling story
  • Learn basic editing techniques like jump-cuts, cross fades, and underscore
  • Demonstrate ability to shoot, capture, edit, and output final product to DVD
  • Write and shoot a small film for final showcase

Specialty 906: Critic’s Corner (Ages 12-18)

Prerequisites: 3 Drama Classes

Explore a whole new world of theater through the eyes of a critic. This course is designed to help students develop an appreciation for various types of theater. Students will have an opportunity to attend 3-4 local productions as the session progresses and then learn how to analyze the performances like a true theater critic. Students will be responsible for the coast of their theater performance tickets.

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