This course will introduce our youngest performing artists, whether they are new to performing or are entering Windward School with experience, to the fundamentals of theater, voice, and dance, and will create a platform for entering more advanced courses. Students in this course will learn the basic skills, techniques, and expectations for class, rehearsal, and performance in the disciplines of theater, voice, and dance. They will have the opportunity to work in rotation with three different teachers in each discipline, as well as be exposed to guest artists who will deepen their experience of each art form. The work of each discipline will culminate in projects and performances of famous musical works.
Dance: Through stretch and strengthening work, positioning and alignment, and the techniques of jazz, hip-hop, and improvisation, students will develop an understanding of the body as a tool for physical development and creative expression.
Theater: In theater, the students will get an introduction to acting, technical theater, public speaking, and stage presence. This course will begin with getting-to-know-you games and trust exercises. Students will find their performance voice and develop confidence while performing for others. Improvisation skills will be utilized to explore vocal work - ranging from long distance calling techniques to stage whispers; character work - using physicality, vocal, attitude lines, and emotions to create characters; narratives - basic storytelling skills, conflict and resolution themes; pantomime and physicality.
Voice: The vocal component of the Performing Arts Core class will invite each student into a personal exploration (regardless of prior experience or training) of the following elements of singing: the basic mechanics of singing (posture, breathing and breath support, tone and pitch), vocal improvement (extending the vocal range and overall voice control) and song study and performance.