• Broadway Exploration - Musicals

    Class Description
  • The Broadway Exploration class is a child’s first experience performing in a full Broadway Production. Musicals chosen will be age-appropriate and kid-friendly. Broadway Exploration is the most complete and comprehensive program available in the Theater classes offered through Dance Exploration. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a professional audition process where they are asked to read and sing from the show. Each child that auditions will be cast in a role that best suits them.  Broadway Exploration classes will also include the opportunity for students to apply for roles behind the scenes in crew, tech, costumes and prop making. Broadway Exploration sessions are compiled of four hour long classes a week – an acting class, a music class, a dance class and a run crew class. During the acting class, students that are cast in the play will work on blocking, memorizing lines and improving their acting skills. During music classes, students will have a chance to practice each song from the show. Dance classes include the learning choreography of the major dance numbers. Run crew class is for the children that are working behind the scenes on set and costume design and learning about tech crew operations such as scene changes. Inspired by Dance Exploration’s 5 Methods of Learning, Broadway Exploration also follows 5 methods of learning: Discovery, Creation, Expression, Acceptance, and Movement. Each class begins with Discovery. In this part of class students Discover details about the musical they are learning, who wrote it, directed it, choreographed it and the history of the musical. Discovery includes understanding character and setting development, plot structure, and performance skills. The Creation Method of Education involves, with the help of the Broadway Exploration Educators, creating their own personal touches during each class. This could include the class creating their own 8-16 count of choreography in a large dance routine, adding their own personal spin during character development and creating and designing their own sets and costumes during run crew class. To implement the Expression Method, the Broadway Exploration Educator will ensure each child’s creative signature is featured throughout the production. Learning to accept understand each individual’s role in the production is an important lesson in Acceptance, another method of education in the Broadway Exploration classes offered by Dance Exploration. Actors and Actresses as well as stage crew may be asked to move around and through space. Learning important stage directions will be imperative. This is part of the Movement Method! All the hard work of student and Educator is shared at the Performance the school, friends and family!

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  • Class Details

    • Grades:
      1st-8th
    • Class Style:
      Student/Teacher Collaboration
    • Class Length:
      60 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
      1:15
  • What will my Child Learn?

    Gross and Fine Motor Development
    • Students will learn basic stage directions including upstage, downstage, stage right and stage left and how to move throughout the space.
    • Students will learn how to move their bodies to perform a certain character or role through improv and acting exercises.
    • Students will learn how to remember stage blocking including movements and gestures that incorporate both fine and gross motor skills.
    • Students will learn basic dance choreography and the elements of dance
    • Students will learn how to hold and manipulate props or set pieces to enhance the telling of the story
    Cognitive Development
    • Students will learn about the history of the musical they are performing including famous influencers, writers, directors and choreographers
    • Students will improve their reading comprehension as they are challenged to perform the contents of the script.
    • Students will be able to explain and understand the musical’s history and biography for the story they are studying.
    • Students will understand the different roles required to produce a musical and the different viewpoints of each role.
    Social and Emotional Development
    • Children will learn to interact with other children as they work together in each role to successfully perform the piece.
    • Students learn how to wait patiently, take turns and work cooperatively in a group
    • Students will be able to express themselves and ideas through different character choices and roles.
    • Students will learn how to listen, take direction and follow instructions from a teacher or director.
    • Students learn how to audition for roles and how to accept the roles they are cast in.
    Language Skills
    • Each week students will learn about a new acting or playwriting technique or skill, the origin the technique, and how to apply it to their work.
    • Students will learn how to express their needs, desires and problems to their director and their peers.
    • Students will improve reading skills as they must read and understand the script and the content within.
  • Our Teaching Method

    6 Methods of Dance™
    • Discovery

      Discovery includes understanding character and setting development, plot structure, and the conflict and resolution of the book, play or musical they are studying. It will also include learning about the era, genre or history based on the setting of the production. Lastly, discovery will include learning about the people involved in creating the original plays or musicals being performed.

    • Expression

      To implement the Expression Method, each child is given an opportunity to place their stamp on the play or musical being performed as class is conducted in a “round table” style so each child can express their ideas and thoughts. The Broadway Exploration Educator will ensure each child’s creative signature is featured throughout the production.

    • Acceptance

      Once the structure of the play has been created, children are now put to the test as they must audition for their roles in the production. Like a professional Broadway Play, there are no small parts! Everyone is important and an integral part to the production! In larger classes there may be two casts that have the opportunity. Some classes may even have understudy casts that may have a chance to fill in when other children are absent. Learning to Audition and accept the roles received is an important lesson in Acceptance, another method of education in the Broadway Exploration classes offered by Dance Exploration.

    • Creation

      The Creation Method of Education involves, with the help of the Broadway Exploration Educator, creating characters for the stage production, writing the script following the book’s synopsis and brainstorming ensemble characters that will complete the production. Creating a story map based on the book will be a collaborative effort between Educator and student and ensures that no two productions of the same book will be the same! In the cases of plays or musicals that have already been created, students will have the opportunity to create their own costumes and sets for the production.

    • Movement

      After the play has been written and cast the real fun begins as children learn the rehearsal process. This is where the Movement Method is incorporated. Actors and Actresses may be asked to move around and through space. Learning important stage directions will be imperative. Some plays may even incorporate a simple dance routine!

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