FALL ARTS - YOUTH PROGRAM

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Early October - 2021 Holiday Season

Registration is now open for our Fall Youth Program! Give your kids & teens a fulfilling experience this semester that will send them into the new 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 afternoons 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 class 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 our final 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 or later pick-up, 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.

Group 1: Ages 6-11

Group 2: Ages 12-16

 
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* Singing - M/W/F

* Acting - T/Th

**Theater: M/W/F

**Cotillion: T/Th

Schedule above was created for our Summer Program and will be updated for our Fall Program!

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.

 

SPONSOR A STUDENT:

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!

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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Aubrey Williams

Aubrey moved to Los Angeles after earning her BA in Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Since moving to Los Angeles, Aubrey has taught as a summer Musical Theatre Director at the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts (YADA) and currently teaches Group Master Classes and private Voice and Acting lessons (with concentrations in Musical Theatre and Audition Prep) for all ages in her Home Studio. Growing up in Las Vegas, Aubrey spent this time cultivating her passion for the arts through teaching and performing in venues such as The Smith Center of Performing Arts and various showrooms on the Vegas strip. Some of her favorite roles include Violet (Violet), Mrs. Banks (Mary Poppins), and Elle Woods (Legally Blonde). She also had the incredible opportunity of starring in two, one woman shows, as a tribute to Doris Day and her singing idol, Barbra Streisand. She is currently a soloist and dancer for a vintage chorus girl group, “The Hollywood It Girls,” where she has the pleasure of bringing Vaudeville theatre to life for a multitude of events. Aubrey is thrilled to join your kids this summer and help them find and hone their interest in the arts. This time in your child's life is the BEST time to sing, dance, act, and play as she hopes to give to the next generation of performers what her teachers gave to her. 

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