Performing Arts Classes
PAA offers a wide variety of curriculum based performing arts classes for students ages 3 through 12th grade. Classes address the following areas of study:
- Dance Classes
- Voice Lessons
- Acting Classes
- Behind the Scenes
- Technical Theater
Students may take as many classes as fit comfortably in their schedule. For advanced classes that require instructor approval, please contact us before enrolling.
Oct 26 – Registration opens
Nov 15 – Financial Aid Deadline
Jan 11 – Classes begin
April 12 – 15 – Shareformances
Spring Class Schedule
Spring Semester Registration
Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. No registration is complete without payment.
PAA offers 1, 2, 3, or 4 installment Payment Plans to help you with your family budget. You can read more about available payment options here. After completing your registration form you will be directed to pay online with a credit or debit card. To pay by cash or check please enter the code ccpp into the promo code box. PAA’s Financial Manager will contact you for payment.
Please see our Cancellation Policy for details on cancellations and refunds.
Financial assistance is available. Please see our Financial Aid page for more information. Financial Aid Applications for Spring are due by November 15th.
Please review our Policies page for a full list of PAA policies.
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. In improv there are many theatrical games, some rules that make it all possible, and a whole lot of saying “yes” to others’ offers in the scenes! Improv encourages leadership, followership, and teaches students to support each other, embrace what makes them individuals and helps to leave stage fright in the dust.
Ballet for Musical Theater
Ballet technique is the basis for many Musical Theatre styles, but jumping headfirst into ballet can be intimidating! This class is designed specifically for the performer who is looking to improve their technique, balance, and vocabulary, while immediately applying those skills to their musical theatre passion. See how quickly your dancing improves as you strengthen your core and have a better understanding of your body. See how quickly you pick up choreography as you learn the vocabulary that built much of our musical theater terminology. This class is a must for any performer looking to take their performance skills to the next level!
Beginning Voice will focus on sight reading, interval practice, general music theory with an emphasis on phrasing and musicality through vocal production. Primarily, the class will be focused on group singing with opportunities to individual solos. Literature includes songs of different genres. Assignments are given each week.
The class will focus on verb choices, marking beats and script analysis to develop character authentically. We will also explore song interpretations, extended monologues and character work.
*materials fee - $15
Traveling back to the origins of theatre in Greece, masks played an essential part in storytelling and dramatic production. The comedy and drama masks, most commonly used today as a symbol for theatre arts, were used frequently in actual production to clearly illustrate to an audience familiar character types and prevailing themes. A fundamental theatrical element for centuries, masks forged the way for our modern perception of stock characters such as heroes, villains, and fools; with elements still used today with clowning. In this course students will learn multiple techniques for building Greek, and other types of masks, creating up to three of their very own. They will also learn how to use them theatrically by staging short scenes.
*Instructor approval required.
In this class students build upon the techniques they have learned in previous tap classes. 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.
Intermediate Musical Theater Jazz
This class focuses on Jazz technique with a Musical Theatre application. Students will participate in a warm up, continue perfecting jazz skills such as kicks, turns, and leaps. Students will be introduced to more complex footwork and longer combinations, and finish class with a dance in the style of Musical Theatre dance featuring music from all your favorite Broadway shows!
Pre-requisite of a beginning voice class or Instructor Approval Required.
In Intermediate Voice, 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. Classes and the final shareformance include short solos similar to a monologue in music form, duets, and ensemble pieces. Assignments are given each week.
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 is a $15 fee is to buy each student their own make up kit for the class.
Piano lessons for beginners focus on piano basics; learning to read notes, read rhythms, play scales, play basic chords and other tools essential to play any style of music.
Beginning Theater Movement
This beginners class will provide an opportunity for your kiddo to get creative and get moving every week! We’ll listen to stories, play make believe, engage in body movement, and enjoy music as an introduction to the art of theater. Students who want to play with friends, learn new ways to express themselves, and put on their imagination caps will appreciate this 45 minute class with Ms. Stephanie.
Scene study takes a longer, deeper look at scene work through the lens of character development and script analysis. Students will learn skills that they can transfer to all aspects of theatre: analysis, character work, mime, dialects and an understanding of storytelling at its core.
Instructor Approval Required In Advanced Voice.
In the Advanced Voice class, the emphasis is on refining and honing vocal production and character development through musical theatre literature. Each student will development their solo musical theatre repertoire in addition to enhancing their skills in small ensemble singing.
Intermediate Hip Hop
*Instructor Approval Required
In this class, students will get in touch with their individual style and confidence. This high energy class will feature a challenging warm up, breakdowns of intricate footwork and body isolations, and fun, upbeat combinations. With footwork basics, and the understanding of rhythm and musicality, students will learn to add flair and confidence to more challenging and exciting dances!
This musical theater staple is crucial to master and what better time to start than now? Students will be guided through the basics of tempo, rhythm, and counting music. We will learn the foundational steps of Tap and work on short sequences of movement. 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.
After a demanding rehearsal or performance, it is important for young actors to learn how to cool down not only their bodies but also their minds. Roll out your mat, dim the lights, and learn how to quiet your mind, reflect on the work you've done, and release tension from your muscles. This class will combine yoga practices, mindfullness practices, and fully body stretching to leave you feeling proud of your work, and at peace in your body. Each student is required to bring their own mat for sanitary reasons.