• That's Preposterous™

    Class Description
  • Broadway Exploration’s “That’s Preposterous” classes, is the study in comedic improv and acting. Students will have fun learning how to improvise and create amusing and silly characters, story plots and scene settings. With the help of a little black hat, students will each draw names, words and phrases out of a hat to help them compile a storyline for the basis of a script. Stories and characters will be ridiculous and unbelievable and will have everyone yelling “That’s Preposterous!” at the end of each day. 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 the different elements of comedic acting and improv. Discovery includes understanding the different comedic techniques and applying them with fun games such as charades. The Creation Method of Education involves, with the help of the Broadway Exploration Educator, creating and writing a script using the phrases and words pulled out of the hat. This will include creating a story map that tells a complete story no matter how preposterous it is. This will be a collaborative effort between Educator and student. To implement the Expression Method, each child is given an opportunity to place their stamp on the play 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. 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. After the Preposterous 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! At this stage, classes will include a craft making portion so students can experience making simple sets and costumes. All the hard work of student and Educator is shared at the final class when students put on their performance for 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.
    Cognitive Development
    • Students will learn the five essential elements of a story including the characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution
    • Students will learn the elements and techniques behind comedic acting.
    • Students will learn different terminology used in comedic acting and improv.
    • Students will understand the different roles required to produce a play and the different view points of each role.
    Social and Emotional Development
    • Children will learn to interact with other children as they work together to write a script using random words and phrases.
    • 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 comedic improv 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.
  • 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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