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PAA Course Catalog

PAA offers a variety of classes during our Fall and Spring Semesters in Acting, Voice, Dance and Behind the Scenes. Specialized and advanced classes are dependent on staff/space availability and student interest.

Classes for Pre-K & Early Elementary

Theatre in a Trunk: I Like to Move It, MOVE IT! (ages 3 - K)

Do you have a wiggly youngster who loves to MOVE? This class is perfect for getting those wiggles out! Through a variety of structured movement, action songs and creative games, our youngest students learn to tune into how their feelings impact their physicality.
This class focuses on connecting the body and mind. Each class will combine high energy warm ups, gross motor skills development activities (such as jumping, balancing, crossing the midline), free dance, creative movement, and a wrap up with deep breathing exercises. We will have lots of fun while we learn to harness and release our energy, and to focus and participate appropriately in group activities!

Theatre in a Trunk (grades K-2)

Kids are natural storytellers and love to creatively play. In this fun and delightfully expressive class, our youngest students learn the parts of a theatre story, explore creating characters, and channel that wonderful energy into movement and dance as it relates to bringing a narrative to life. Students are encouraged to make new friends, to learn how to be a part of a classroom community, and to discover how working together makes theatre creation happen! The focus of each term is determined by the interests and passions of the students activities participating in the course.

Classes for Elementary

Acting

Acting (grades 2-6)

This fundamental acting class is designed for the beginner student who is interested in learning about acting for the stage. Introductory skills will be taught and applied including basic stagecraft and terminology, character development, how to read and use text in a scene, as well as various theatre exercises and improvisation.

Acting 2* (grades 3-6)

*Pre-requisite of Acting class & teacher placement

This is an acting class designed for the intermediate student to continue developing their skills in acting. More advanced materials will be used as students explore how to extract clues from scripts about character, environment and story. They also learn how to create fully realized characters, and start to tackle delivering monologues. Theatre exercises, improvisation and audition techniques are incorporated into the lessons.

Acting 3* (grades 3-12)

*Pre-requisite of Acting 2 class & teacher placement

In Acting 3, students go deeper into acting using actions to carry emotions – using the verbs!, learn advanced skills of text analysis and how to make specific, character-based, choices. The tools of breath and voice are explored to add another layer to more nuanced stage delivery, and students are challenged with more difficult material and advanced stagecraft. At this level, there is an expectation that homework may be given, including short scenes and/or monologues to memorize.

Improv (grades 2-6)

Improv is a type of theatre in which the characters and story are made up in the moment, with a suggestion or idea to jump things off. There are improv games, some rules that make it all possible, and a whole lot of saying “yes” to others’ offers in the scenes! It encourages leadership, fellowership, and teaches students to support each other, embrace what makes them individuals and helps to leave stage fright in the dust.

The Audition* (grades 5-12)

*Pre-requisite of previous acting experience.

Auditioning is one of the most important and difficult parts of being an actor. In this class, students will learn basic terminology and essential skills to help stand out in their next audition, including how to choose and prepare songs and monologues, how to rock cold reads, and how to handle variations on auditioning that may be encountered inside and outside of PAA. Together we will take away the fear and be bold!

Voice

Voice (grades 2-6) Fall & Spring

In Voice class, students work on developing the vocabulary of music as it is used in the art and practice of musical theatre. From fundamental principles, to using music for storytelling and character journey, the emphasis is on practical application of vocal production on the stage as a part of a larger theatrical narrative. Practice may include short solos similar to a monologue in music form, duets, and ensemble pieces. Homework of music review and preparation is required.

Behind the Scenes

Props: Theatrical Properties Design (grades 5-12)

A prop in theatre is any moveable or portable object used on the stage by actors. Props are critical in developing character and location, and in telling a theatrical story. In this hands on class, students learn how to determine what props are needed on stage, design and source materials, and then construct and craft props that are used on the stage by fellow students in the current productions.

It is very helpful for all students who are interested in theatre, on the stage or back stage, to learn about what goes into making and working with props because props are an essential part of so much of theatrical storytelling. This is also an excellent first class for students who haven’t tried tech or design previously. Join us for this fun, creative, hands on class!

Dance

Ballet (grades 2-6)

Ballet is the foundation of all dance and is necessary to develop technique to prevent injury and support proper body alignment and posture for all dance styles. Students will work on body mechanics, grace, posture, poise, flexibility, balance, and strength. This class will improve self discipline and self confidence.

Ballet 2* (grades 2-12)

*Pre-requisite of Ballet (with PAA) & teacher placement

This class builds on the basics that students have already learnt in our Ballet class. Each level of ballet will introduce new technique and challenge your dancer to develop a practice of motivation and growth.

Hip Hop (grades 2-6)

Hip hop is an urban street dance style that infuses breaking, popping, locking, b-boy, funk and jazz. This high energy class is for beginners.

Hip Hop 2 (grades 2-12)

*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Hip Hop was developed out of urban street style dance. This is an energetic, and dynamic class that builds on the technique, steps, and style established in our Hip Hop basic level. Teacher placement required if you have not completed Hip Hop in previous semesters at PAA Colorado. Build your strength, style, and performance thru this fun class.

Hip Hop 3 (grades 3-12)

*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop 2 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

A high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking.

Advanced Hip Hop (grades 3-12)

*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop 3 & teacher placement.

Build upon the technique that you have developed in Hip Hop 3 in this fun, energetic class. You are sure to get a workout while learning multiple combos and building your confidence.

Tap (grades 2-6)

This class is designed for students who have no experience with tap. We will focus on the basics of rhythm, tempo, counting music, and basic footwork including shuffles, flaps, paradiddles, irishes, shirley temples, maxi fords.

Purchase of tap shoes is required prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

Tap 2* (grades 2-12)

*Pre-requisite of Tap (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Tap 2 is an upper level tap class for those who completed Tap, and is designed to further develop rhythm, musicality, and coordination.

Purchase of tap shoes is required prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

Tap 3* (grades 2-12)

*Pre-requisite of Tap 2 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Build on the basics that you have already learnt in our Tap 2 class! In this class we begin to work on pullbacks, riffles, scuffles, and combos of steps across the floor. The students build confidence in being able to pick things up faster, which will help with every audition they attend in the future.

Students must have tap shoes prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

Tap 4* (grades 3-12)

*Pre-requisite of Tap 3 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

In this advanced level tap class students explore advanced level rhythm and Broadway tap styles.

Students must have tap shoes prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

Advance Tap* (grades 3-12)

*Pre-requisite of Tap 4 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

In this class students build upon the techniques they have learned in our Tap 4 class. We work to solidify pullbacks, wings, shiggybops, etc. Students will need to have developed excellent ankle strength, technique, balance, and maturity within their dance motivation to tackle this challenging class. We will do combos within the rhythm tap style as well as the Broadway tap style. Prepare to be challenged at whatever level you have built to.

Students must have tap shoes prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

Theatre Jazz (grades 2-12)

Beginner dance class that combines the songs of Broadway musicals and classic jazz styles. Learn the movement vocabulary to better your dance technique, pick up audition choreography faster, and have fun with sharp, quick movement.

Classes for Middle & High School

Acting

Acting (grades 7-12

This fundamental acting class is designed for the beginner student who is interested in learning about acting for the stage. Introductory skills will be taught and applied including basic stagecraft and terminology, character development, how to read and use text in a scene, as well as various theatre exercises and improvisation.

Acting 2* (grades 7-12)

*Pre-requisite of Acting class & teacher placement

This is an acting class designed for the intermediate student to continue developing their skills in acting. More advanced materials will be used as students explore how to extract clues from scripts about character, environment and story. They also learn how to create fully realized characters, and start to tackle delivering monologues. Theatre exercises, improvisation and audition techniques are incorporated into the lessons.

Acting 3* (grades 3-12)

*Pre-requisite of Acting 2 class & teacher placement

In Acting 3, students go deeper into acting using actions to carry emotions – using the verbs!, learn advanced skills of text analysis and how to make specific, character-based, choices. The tools of breath and voice are explored to add another layer to more nuanced stage delivery, and students are challenged with more difficult material and advanced stagecraft. At this level, there is an expectation that homework may be given, including short scenes and/or monologues to memorize.

Improv (grades 7-12)

Improv is a type of theatre in which the characters and story are made up in the moment, with a suggestion or idea to jump things off. There are improv games, some rules that make it all possible, and a whole lot of saying “yes” to others’ offers in the scenes! It encourages leadership, fellowership, and teaches students to support each other, embrace what makes them individuals and helps to leave stage fright in the dust.

The Audition* (grades 5-12)

*Pre-requisite of previous acting experience.

Auditioning is one of the most important and difficult parts of being an actor. In this class, students will learn basic terminology and essential skills to help stand out in their next audition, including how to choose and prepare songs and monologues, how to rock cold reads, and how to handle variations on auditioning that may be encountered inside and outside of PAA. Together we will take away the fear and be bold!

Behind the Scenes

Props: Theatrical Properties Design (grades 5-12)

A prop in theatre is any moveable or portable object used on the stage by actors. Props are critical in developing character and location, and in telling a theatrical story. In this hands on class, students learn how to determine what props are needed on stage, design and source materials, and then construct and craft props that are used on the stage by fellow students in the current productions.

It is very helpful for all students who are interested in theatre, on the stage or back stage, to learn about what goes into making and working with props because props are an essential part of so much of theatrical storytelling. This is also an excellent first class for students who haven’t tried tech or design previously. Join us for this fun, creative, hands on class!

Theatrical Makeup (grades 7-12)

Learn the art of makeup creation. From a basic application to creating fantasy and gore, this class will give you the fundamental skills to remake a face as the director desires. Learn about highlight and shadow and play with dimension and color. All of your projects will be compiled into your very own makeup demo binder!

There will be a $15 processing fee to buy each student their own make up kit for the class.

Theatrical Makeup: Prosthetics (grades 9-12)

Pre-requisite of Theatrical Makeup or teacher placement

Theatrical makeup prosthetics, also known as special effects makeup, is the process of using sculpting, molding and casting techniques to create advanced cosmetic makeup transformations for the stage and film. In this fun class, students learn how to use, create and apply prosthetics. All of your projects will be compiled into your very own makeup demo binder. Come join us for a very exciting class!

Introduction to Directing for the Theatre (grades 7-12)

In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of directing for the theatre, including how to read a scene for the “givens,” how to find actions that will carry characters forward through needs and wants, how to collaboratively guide actors in character and blocking, and explore how small choices can make big impacts on the story that is “read” by the audience. This class is perfect both for those without any directing experience, and those with minimal directing experience. Students will also have fun being actors for each others’ scenes. Learning how a director approaches theatrical creation is beneficial no matter what parts of the performing arts experience a student is primarily interested in.

Voice

Voice (grades 7-12) Fall & Spring

In Voice class, students work on developing the vocabulary of music as it is used in the art and practice of musical theatre. From fundamental principles, to using music for storytelling and character journey, the emphasis is on practical application of vocal production on the stage as a part of a larger theatrical narrative. Practice may include short solos similar to a monologue in music form, duets, and ensemble pieces. Homework of music review and preparation is required.

Voice 2 (grades 7-12)

*Pre-requisite of Voice class (with PAA) & teacher placement

In Voice 2 class, students work on developing the vocabulary of music as it is used in the art and practice of musical theatre. From fundamental principles, to using music for storytelling and character journey, the emphasis is on practical application of vocal production on the stage as a part of a larger theatrical narrative. Practice may include short solos similar to a monologue in music form, duets, and ensemble pieces. Homework of music review and preparation is required.

Stories in Song: Singing for Musical Theatre (grades 7-12)

The art of Musical Theatre is all about story. When the characters are singing on stage, it is story in song that is being heard. This class teaches how to bring a character into singing, how breath and proper articulation is used to deliver those all important lyrics, how to let the music carry the emotion, and how to sing a song as if it is the first time each time, so that you are discovering the journey of the story through the music. There may be homework for this class, including song rehearsal.

Dance

Ballet 2* (grades 2-12)

*Pre-requisite of Ballet (with PAA) or teacher placement

This class builds on the basics that students have already learnt in our Ballet class. Each level of ballet will introduce new technique and challenge your dancer to develop a practice of motivation and growth.

Hip Hop 2* (grades 2-12)

*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop class & teacher placement.

Hip Hop was developed out of urban street style dance. This is an energetic, and dynamic class that builds on the technique, steps, and style established in our Hip Hop basic level. Teacher placement required if you have not completed Hip Hop in previous semesters at PAA Colorado. Build your strength, style, and performance thru this fun class.

Hip Hop 3* (grades 3-12)

*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop 2 & teacher placement.

A high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking.

Advanced Hip Hop* (grades 3-12)

*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop 3 & teacher placement.

Build upon the technique that you have developed in Hip Hop 3 in this fun, energetic class. You are sure to get a workout while learning multiple combos and building your confidence.

Tap 2* (grades 2-12)

*Pre-requisite of Tap (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Tap 2 is an upper level tap class for those who completed Tap, and is designed to further develop rhythm, musicality, and coordination.

Purchase of tap shoes is required prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

Tap 3* (grades 2-12)

*Pre-requisite of Tap 2 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Build on the basics that you have already learnt in our Tap 2 class! In this class we begin to work on pullbacks, riffles, scuffles, and combos of steps across the floor. The students build confidence in being able to pick things up faster, which will help with every audition they attend in the future.

Students must have tap shoes prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

Tap 4* (grades 3-12)

*Pre-requisite of Tap 3 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

In this advanced level tap class , students explore advanced level rhythm and Broadway tap styles.

Students must have tap shoes prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

Advanced Tap* (grades 3-12)

*Pre-requisite of Tap 4 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

In this class students build upon the techniques they have learned in our Tap 4 class. In Advanced Tap, we work to solidify pullbacks, wings, shiggybops, etc. Students will need to have developed excellent ankle strength, technique, balance, and maturity within their dance motivation to tackle this challenging class. We will do combos within the rhythm tap style as well as the Broadway tap style. Prepare to be challenged at whatever level you have built to.

Students must have tap shoes prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

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