YOUTH PROGRAM

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July 12 - August 13

Registration is now open for our Youth Program! Give your kids & teens a fulfilling experience this summer that will send them into the school year feeling creative and empowered. Research has consistently shown that an education in the arts will improve a students' academic performance! In addition, your children will have a place to spend their summer days that is not only enriching but enjoyable as well. Our classes are led by highly qualified instructors that know how to keep the class fun. We welcome students ages 6-16, and classes will be broken up into two groups to keep the material age-appropriate. 

We will be hosting 5 weeks of classes in the following subjects: Singing, Acting, Ballet, Ballroom, Theater, and Cotillion. Cotillion is meant to teach respectful manners to young people, and will be led with a modern approach. During the fifth week, students will rehearse for and participate in the Graduation Performance — which you are invited to attend! 

If your schedule requires an earlier drop off than 10am or a later pick-up than 3pm, supervision will be available at our studio. We are striving to make this program as affordable as possible for our community, and more cost effective than other childcare options. Students who participate in the Summer Youth Program will be eligible for scholarships to future fall programming.

Class Schedule

classes: July 12-August 13 / rehearsal & performance: August 20 & 21

cost: $1500

(if this price point is out of your budget, please contact us regarding our "Sponsored Students" programming)

Group 1: Ages 6-11

Group 2: Ages 12-16

Meet the Teachers:

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* Singing - M/W/F

* Acting - T/Th

**Theater: M/W/F

**Cotillion: T/Th

All classes are 50 minutes long with a 10 minute break between them. Lunch will not be provided but students are welcome to bring snacks. Students will be asked to purchase an affordable costume piece for their final performance.

As a non-profit our mission is to democratize the arts, making these programs accessible for all young people in our community. Don't have your own student to enroll? Sponsor an aspiring artist who otherwise may not be able to attend. Any amount is helpful. Donations are tax-deductible and in gratitude  you will be gifted tickets to the students' Graduation Performance!

 

SPONSOR A STUDENT:

MEET THE TEACHERS:

Danielle O'Neill

Danielle O’Neill found her first love in 1992 with swing dancing.  She quickly found herself doing shows for thousands and dancing on tours with bands.  This led her to explore other styles.  She began ballroom and latin dancing in 1995 and then started competing professionally in 1996.  You can find her both in front of the camera and/or behind the scenes in many music videos, commercials, movies and stage productions.  She opened her own ballroom dance studio in 2002 in Pasadena where she coaches, choreographs, organizes competitions, and continues to share her love for dance with everyone.

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Gary Franco

Gary coaches and choreographs for world champions in theater arts. He has danced with the Boston Ballet, American Folk Ballet and Los Angeles Classical Ballet and as a guest artist with multiple ballet companies. Musical credits: Saturday Night Fever (Cezar), Li'l Abner (Evil Eye Fleagle), Contact (Headwaiter), West Side Story (Bernardo), Grand Hotel (Bolero-L.A. Ovation award nominee best featured actor in a musical), Music Man (Tommy Djealus-M.A.C.Y. association award Best Performance in a Musical) Film and TV: The Producers, The Mask, Boys and Girls Guide, Murder She Wrote and Live To Dance.

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Dana Benedict

Dana Benedict has been teaching musical theatre, voice, dance, physical theatre for 10 years. Dana holds a BA in drama from UC Irvine where she studied physical theatre, and commedia dell’arte in Italy. As a young girl Dana traveled across the country playing Annie in the National Tour of Annie. Today, that young experience is Dana’s drive for her focus on teaching proper technique in singing, but most importantly balanced with fun and compassion. Dana loves to teach all ages, whether it's a 4 year old music exploration or a 70 year old piano player, Dana makes each lesson a personally curated lesson of expression. When Dana is not teaching she is a composer, singer songwriter, a clown named Twirly the Clown, and a dancer with The Hollywood It Girls. Dana also has a pet rabbit named Hermie who sometimes makes appearances.

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more teacher bios coming soon!