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2019 Spring Session

Midtown Campus: January 14-April 2, 2019 | Kress Campus: January 14-March 27 2019

Class registration opens on November 1!

We have so much fun at the Academy!

It’s the perfect after-school activity for your active, funny, fun, talented kiddo.

Our approach at the Academy is to give our students the tools of the trade in fun, exciting and challenging performance-based lessons. We focus on skill-building regardless of age, experience or talent! Students are taught by degreed, professional, members of our Midtown Resident Company. These 10-week sessions will culminate in a fun performance of similar-aged classes. Parents and families are invited to these musical recitals at no cost. Concessions and Academy merchandise are for sale at these performances to help support our Student Scholarship Program.

Classes at Midtown Arts Center run January 14–March 29, 2019. Midtown’s recitals are April 2 & 3.

Classes at the Kress run January 14–March 20, 2019. Kress’ recitals are March 26 & 27.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

$599 | Click Here for Audition Information

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. With such memorable songs like “Stick to the Status Quo,” “Start of Something New,” and “Breaking Free,” this show is catchy, quirky, and tons of fun!

This full production of High School Musical will be directed and choreographed by Michael Lasris with music direction by Emily Erkman.

Ages: Grades 6th-12th
Day/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm
Instructors: Directed and Choreographed by Michael Lasris, Music Directed by Emily Erkman

Beginner Tap

$349 | Click Here to Register
Come and meet those dancing feet while learning a classic American art form! Taught by Midtown’s Resident Choreographer, Michael Lasris, this class will introduce students to beginner level tap skills. Soon, your young dancer will be shuffling off to Buffalo in the next tap-dance Broadway smash!

Ages: Grades 3rd-8th
Day/Time: Mondays 4:30pm–5:30pm
Instructor: Michael Lasris
Location: Theatre One

Advanced Tap

$349 | By audition or invitation only. Email Michael@DivaBeeProductions.com to audition.

This class, for advanced tappers with 4+ years of experience, is available to experienced tappers in 8th-12th grade (or by invitation). In this class, students will learn advanced trick steps, develop complex syncopation skills, and establish the foundations of rhythm tap dance. This is the perfect class for students who excel at dancing and want to learn a new fun challenge.

Ages: Grades 6th-12th
Day/Time: Mondays 5:30pm-6:30pm
Instructor: Michael Lasris
Location: Theatre One

High School Beginner Tap

$349 | Click Here to Register
Got a tap musical coming up in school? Going to college for theatre soon? Make sure you’re a step ahead of your classmates and develop a key skill for the musical theatre industry. Taught at an escalated pace, this class is for 8th-12th grade beginning tappers who want to reach an intermediate level quickly.

Ages: Grades 8th-12th
Day/Time: Mondays 6:30pm-7:30pm
Instructor: Michael Lasris
Location: Theatre One

3rd – 8th Intermediate Tap

$349 | By audition or invitation only. Email Michael@DivaBeeProductions.com to audition.

This is an ideal class for any experienced tapper (2-3 years of training) who is still working on wings, pullbacks, and other trick steps. This class is audition only (or by invitation) and will move at an escalated pace. Hone your craft and develop into an advanced tapper!

Ages: Grades 3rd-8th
Day/Time: Tuesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm
Instructor: Michael Lasris
Location: Theatre One

Pitch Perfect

$349-$369 | Click Here to Register

Does your child LOVE to sing along with their favorite pop songs? Then Pitch Perfect is the way to go! They will learn proper mic technique, simple movement and choreography, and get their very own solo to perform. Miss Emily guides her students through class to not only help them improve their voices, but improve their confidence on stage as well. All while getting to sing songs they love!

3rd-5th Grade: Thursdays 4:30pm-5:30pm
6th-8th Grade: Fridays 4:15pm-5:30pm
Instructor: Emily Erkman
Location: Theatre One

Disney on Broadway

$319-$349 |Click Here to Register

This class will focus on singing and movement/dance to Disney shows found on Broadway. Students will learn how to combine song and movement/dance as well as have opportunities to work together to come up with their own movement and story-lines for their recital.

K-2nd Grades: Tuesdays 4:15pm-5:00pm with Abbie Hanawalt in Studio 2
Grades 3rd-5th: Tuesdays 5:00-pm-6:00pm with Abbie Hanawalt in Studio 2
Grades 6th-8th: Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:00pm with Katie Burke in Studio 2

Scene & Song

$349 |Click Here to Register

This class is about applying acting basics to musical theatre repertoire. Through scene study, deconstruction, and play we’ll find a deeper emotional connection, allowing us to discover a scene’s full potential and, at the same time, enhance an actor’s storytelling power.

Ages: Grades 6th-10th
Day/Time: Wednesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm
Instructor: Kyle Smith
Location: Studio 2

5th-8th Grade Musical Theatre Dance

$349 | Click Here to Register

Students will develop cognitive and functional understanding of the foundational technique and movements of Musical Theatre Dance. Each class will begin with a full warm up, discussion of dance technique, integrated across the floor combinations, and routines taught in various musical theatre genres culminating in two performance pieces. Emphasis will be placed on proper alignment, body awareness, and character development.

Ages: Grades 5th-8th
Day/Time: Monday 4:30pm-5:30pm
Instructor: Lisa Carter
Location: Studio 2

High School Musical Theatre Dance

$349 | Click Here to Register

Students will continue building upon foundational Musical Theatre Dance techniques and understanding. Each class will begin with a full warm up, discussion of dance technique, leaps and turns, integrated across the floor combinations, and routines taught in various musical theatre genres culminating in two performance pieces.  Emphasis will be placed on proper technique, standard dance trick repertoire, and storytelling through movement.

Ages: 9th-12th Grades
Day/Time: Monday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Instructor: Lisa Carter
Location: Studio 2

Beginning Ballet

$349 | Click Here to Register

This class is centered on building proper ballet technique and strengthening. Gaining a knowledge and understanding of ballet technique will further students in other dance disciplines. Students will also build a lager dance vocabulary throughout the semester.

Ages: Grades 7th-12th
Day/Time: Monday 6:30pm-7:30pm
Instructor: Abbie Hanawalt
Location: Studio 2

One Acts

$349 | Click Here to Register

A one act play is a play written with no intermission and Is a a short and succinct glimpse into life in the theatre. One act plays have all the benefits of a full length show, but in a condensed atmosphere. In this class, students will be cast in a show, rehearse, and perform the final product. This class is a great first step for beginning actors, or actors who wants to advance their skills.

3rd-5th Grades: Wednesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm with Katie Burke in Theatre One
6th-8th Grades: Wednesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm with Katie Burke in Theatre One

Improv Class

$349 | Click Here to Register

Improvisation is the perfect way for teens and pre-teens to develop a sense of self –confidence and understand how to perform as a member of an ensemble – plus, it’s really fun. Class starts with focusing on group and ensemble play, shifts to scene and sketch work and culminates with students sharing their work at the end of the session.

Ages: Grades 7th-12th
Day/Time: Thursdays 4:00pm-5:00pm
Instructor: John Jankow
Location: Studio 2

$339 | Click Here to Register

Please call 970-225-2555 to set an appointment date/time with your respective instructor.

  • Private Tap Lessons-Fridays: 2:00pm-8:00pm with Michael Lasris
  • Private Tap Lessons-Saturdays: 10:00am-2:00pm with Michael Lasris
  • Private Voice Lessons-Jalyn: Call to setup an appointment with Jalyn Courtenay Webb, lessons held in Jalyn’s office.
  • Private Voice Lessons-Emily: Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm with Emily Erkman, lessons held in Jalyn’s office.

Disney on Broadway-Kress Campus

$179-$199 |Click Here to Register

This class will focus on singing and movement/dance to Disney shows found on Broadway. Students will learn how to combine song and movement/dance as well as have opportunities to work together to come up with their own movement and story-lines for their recital.

Instructor: Katie Burke

Grades K-2nd: Mondays 4:15pm-5:00pm
Grades 3rd-5th: Mondays 5:00-pm-6:00pm
Grades 6th-8th: Mondays 6:00pm-7:00pm

Improv Class–Kress Campus

$199 | Click Here to Register

Improvisation is the perfect way for teens and pre-teens to develop a sense of self –confidence and understand how to perform as a member of an ensemble – plus, it’s really fun. Class starts with focusing on group and ensemble play, shifts to scene and sketch work and culminates with students sharing their work at the end of the session.

Ages: Grades 6th-10th
Day/Time: Tuesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm
Instructor: John Jankow

Beginning Acting–Kress Campus

$199 | Click Here to Register

Learn the basics of acting. We will be working on basic acting technique, rehearsal techniques with scene partners, and basic script analysis and character development.

Ages: Grades 6th-10th
Day/Time: Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm
Instructor: John Jankow

Musical Theatre Dance–Kress Campus

$179-199 | Click Here to Register

Students will develop cognitive and functional understanding of the foundational technique and movements of Musical Theatre Dance. Each class will begin with a full warm up, discussion of dance technique, integrated across the floor combinations, and routines taught in various musical theatre genres culminating in two performance pieces. Emphasis will be placed on proper alignment, body awareness, and character development.

Instructors: Briana Gassner Sosna and Susanna Houdesheldt

K-2nd Grades: Wednesdays 4:15-5:00pm
3rd-5th Grades: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm
6th-8th Grades: Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:00pm

* Classes are refundable up until the class start date, excluding a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Refunds can no longer be issued after a class has started.

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