The objective of Physical Techniques is to prepare students for their Physical Fitness Test (PFT), while allowing Performing Arts Academy students to work across all performing arts disciplines- Dance (Jazz/Tap/theatre dance), Theatre and Music. Physical Techniques 9/10 is a wheel course in which students will spend 5-6 weeks in 1 or 2 units of in-depth Musical Theatre study. Every 5-6 weeks, students will rotate into 1-2 NEW units of study. Coursework will cover: Dance (jazz/tap/theatre dance) technique and vocabulary for Musical Theatre; Acting the Song; and Vocals for Musical Theatre. All units are “physical” in nature, and will include cardiovascular, strength, flexibility, and endurance exercises. Students will participate in weekly running. Students will be given weekly assessment grades and will be trained and tested for the PFT in 6 areas: mile run, push-ups, curl-ups, trunk lift, flexibility, and Body Mass Index. This course will culminate with a Musical Theatre demonstration performance which fuses each discipline-Dance, Theatre, and Music.
Teachers: Melody Mcknight-Humphries and Noel Britton This purpose of this class is to develop the dance skills, technique, and jazz/musical theatre dance vocabulary and history. Through warm-ups and exercises, students will gain strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and coordination. Musicality and performance skills are taught through a series of dance combinations and in-class benchmark performances. Coursework will give students the creative movement skills, body awareness, and technique needed to succeed in Performing Arts Academy productions, as well prepare students for college, and/or real- world settings such as the stage, television, or film. This course covers the history and evolution of jazz dance, musical theatre, and culture.
Tap, Teacher: Jaclyn Attefat firstname.lastname@example.org
This class is designed to introduce students to the technique, vocabulary, and historical/cultural development of tap dance. Students will acquire basic tap skills. Emphasis will be placed on rhythm, syncopation, timing, coordination and listening skills through warm up exercises and tap combinations. Students will be introduced to figures who have influenced the development of tap.Music terminology and musical genres that have influenced tap will also be introduced. Tap 10/ Level 2 will advance on the work learned in Tap 9/ Level 1.
Music/Vocals, Teacher: Aaron Lenhart email@example.com
This unit will expose all students to the vocal style required of Broadway Musicals.
Students will apply projection, diaphragmatic breathing, posture, and tone to a song from the musical theatre canon that they will sing as an ensemble. A basic foundation in vocal health and technique will be established.
Acting the Song, Teacher: Elizabeth Brasler firstname.lastname@example.org
This course will teach students how to affect the audience on a deeper level. The course will show students how to apply the basic tools of acting to the performance of a musical theater song.