NEW at ASC are virtual classes! Our virtual classes are the perfect thing to engage your mind, grow your performance skills, and have FUN during these uncertain times. Learn to sing, act, or even dance on your own time, from the comfort of your own home! 

ASC now offers virtual group classes and private lessons in all of the below disciplines. All lessons take place using the online conferencing platform, Zoom. Zoom is completely free for you to use. Once your lesson is scheduled, you will receive a URL to the meeting, and a meeting password. 

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Our virtual class Spring Session will run Monday, March 23rd - May 30th

You may join at any time during the session. Your price will be prorated based on the number of classes

left in the session when you join.

A payment plan is available for those joining during the first half of the session. Pay 1/2 at enrollment and 1/2 April 27th.

Not available for those joining after April 27th.

Acting

  • Acting Beginner (Typically ages 6-11)

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays on ZOOM, 4:30-5:30 PM​, price $500/session (cost prorated depending on your start date)

Perfect for young students, or students new to theatre and acting! Students will learn basic theatre vocabulary, character development, and monologue and scene performance techniques throughout the semester. Students will be encouraged to create their own monologues in class based on characters they will create through various theatre games. Once the monologues have been created, students will work on basic concepts such as "the moment before", objective for the monologue, intention, tactics, how to analyze the monologue and character analysis. 
 

Topics covered include:
- Theatre warm-ups and games
- Script analysis (understanding the script/how to approach a script)
- Creativity
- Theatre vocabulary

  • Acting Intermediate (Typically ages 11+)

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays on ZOOM, 5:30-6:30 PM​, price $500/session (cost prorated depending on your start date)

A more advanced class for slightly older students, or younger, experienced students, this class focuses on monologue and scene work. Students will be challenged with researching the play, analyzing the script, and working with their scene partners to bring the characters to life. 
 

Topics covered include:
- Advanced Theatre vocabulary
- Objectives
- Scene work
- Analyzing a script
- Intentions/Tactics

- Character Development

  • Improv 

    • Ages 6-11: Tuesdays and Thursdays on ZOOM, 4:30-5:30 PM​, price $340/session (cost prorated depending on your start date

    • Ages 11+:  Tuesdays and Thursdays on ZOOM, 5:30-6:30 PM​, price $340/session (cost prorated depending on your start date)

This class is an ideal place for students to tap into their "silly side" and to learn to "play" onstage. (Think: "Whose Line Is It Anyway?") Acting is all about following your instincts, and this class will help students let go of their stage fright and self-consciousness and do exactly that! Class activities will consist of various improv games and exercises designed to increase creativity and strengthen foundational stage technique.

Topics covered include:

- Improv games

- The idea of "Yes, and..."

- Volume and physical commitment onstage

- Letting go of self-consciousness onstage​​

 
 
Advanced Courses
  • Advanced Ensemble (by audition/invitation only)

    • Ages 8-11: Tuesdays & Thursdays on ZOOM, 3:30-4:30 PM​, price $400/session 

    • Ages 12+:  Tuesdays & Thursdays on ZOOM, 4:30-5:30 PM​, price $400/session 

This class is for our experienced, skilled, and dedicated students who wish to take their artistry to the next level. This class will focus on developing each student into a triple threat musical theatre performer. Students will be assigned songs and scenes to work on and learn outside of class, and will then present during class. Classes are run in a manner akin to professional rehearsals, emphasizing professionalism, punctuality, and preparedness. The curriculum is developed specifically for each individual group of students, and therefore changes slightly each session. 

Topics covered include:

- Acting the song

- Audition prep

- Musical theatre scene study

- Musical theatre dance styles

- Singing with an accompanist

- Identifying your "type"

- Song selection

- Musical theatre history

- Analyzing a musical theatre script

  • Advanced Scene Study (Ages 12+, by instructor approval only)

Tuesdays & Thursdays on ZOOM, 6:30-7:30 PM​, price $400/session 

This class is young actors who have experience performing in multiple productions, or who have taken Acting Intermediate (or equivalent), and wish to deepen and expand their understanding of their craft. Students will focus on one scene and character throughout the entire session spending extensive time on script analysis, character development, and work with their scene partner. 

Topics covered include:

- Advanced script analysis

- Advanced character development

- How to research a scene

- Objectives and tactics

 
Dance

Now offering ballet training with Royal Academy of Dance certified instructor Irma Becker
 

  • Ballet 

    • Ages 6-11:Tuesdays & Thursdays on ZOOM, 5:30-6:30 PM​, price $340/session (cost prorated depending on your start date)

    • Ages 11+: Tuesdays & Thursdays on ZOOM, 4:30-5:30 PM​, price $340/session (cost prorated depending on your start date)

Instructor Irma Becker brings the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum to Area Stage! This is the perfect foundational class for students new to ballet, or to dance in general. Correct body positioning, foundational "building-block" movements, and physical strength and endurance will all be emphasized in both barre and center exercises. 

Topics covered include:

- Turnout and posture

- At the barre: plié, battement tendu, battement glissé, battement fondue, grand battement, rise, stretch

- Center: Port de bras, balance de cote, relevé, en tournant, saute, pas de chat, chaine turns

- Arm positions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, open 5th, demi second, demi bra

  • Musical Theatre Dance 

    • Ages 6-11: Mon, Wed, & Fri. on ZOOM, 5:30-6:30 PM​, price $500/session (cost prorated depending on your start date

    • Ages 11+: Mon, Wed, & Fri. on ZOOM, 4:30-5:30 PM​, price $500/session (cost prorated depending on your start date)

This class emphasizes concepts essential to dance in the musical theatre. Spatial awareness, stage directions, formations, foundational technique, and musicality will all be covered. 

Topics covered include:

- Stage directions (upstage, downstage, etc.)

- Dance formations and shapes

- Use of spot in turns

- Basic steps: Ball change, chassé, transfer of weight, pivot step, jazz walk, pas de bourrée, slide, crossing step, kick ball change, box step, heel walk.

- Basic positions of the feet and arms

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Writing Classes

  • Creative Writing for the Stage

Saturdays on ZOOM, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM​, price $340/session 

Brand new this session, this class is taught by ASC Associate Artistic Director, Giancarlo Rodaz. Rodaz is an accomplished playwright, having penned several new plays and musicals which have premiered at ASC, including the Broadway World-award-winning The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts. Students will execute several writing assignments throughout the session, and will workshop their pieces through discussion with their peers and instructor during class time. 

Topics covered include:

- Theatrical writing styles

- Analysis of a script as a blueprint for the story

- Technical writing concepts

- Creative writing exercises

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Adult Classes

Now offering ballet training with Royal Academy of Dance certified instructor Irma Becker

  • Adult Ballet

Tuesdays & Thursdays on ZOOM, 10:00-11:00 AM​, price $340/session 

This class is a wonderful introduction to dance for all adults, ages 18 and up. The class is taught primarily at a beginner level, and no experience is necessary. However, if you are a current or former dancer, the class can be adjusted to your level.

Topics covered include:

- Turnout and posture

- At the barre: plié, battement tendu, battement glissé, battement fondue, grand battement, rise, stretch

- Center: Port de bras, balance de cote, relevé, en tournant, saute, pas de chat, chaine turns

- Arm positions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, open 5th, demi second, demi bra

  • Adult Fitness

Mondays & Wednesdays on ZOOM, 10:00-11:00 AM​, price $340/session 

Stuck working from home? Stay fit with this fun, engaging class for adults of all ages!

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Preschool Classes NEW! Beginning April 7th!
  • Preschool Ballet (Ages 4-5) NEW!

Tuesdays & Thursdays on ZOOM, 3:45-4:30 PM​, price $225/session (cost prorated depending on your start date)

Geared specifically toward budding young ballerinas, this class will focus on developing fundamental movement concepts and skills, while also encouraging artistic development through dance. The basic ballet positions will be covered, as well a use of limbs in coordination, proper posture, jumps, hops, skips, and running. Each class will finish by learning a short, fun, choreography combination that students can continue to practice between classes.

  • Preschool Acting (Ages 4-5) NEW! 

Mondays & Wednesdays on ZOOM, 4:00-5:00 PM​, price $240/session (cost prorated depending on your start date)

This class is perfect for even the youngest actors! Students will learn to step outside their comfort zones and "play" onstage through fun and silly theatre and acting games and exercises. Additionally, they will be introduced to basic acting concepts and techniques. This is the perfect way to keep young children occupied and engaged from home!

  • Preschool Voice (Ages 4-5) NEW!

Fridays on ZOOM, 4:00-5:00 PM​, price $120/session (cost prorated depending on your start date)

In this class students will learn to vocalize gently and healthily by using their natural sound. Young singers will learn the fundamentals of projection without yelling or straining their voices, and will learn rhythm and pitch through engaging and fun music games and exercises.

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