Theatre Arts Classes

LYT Offers a wide variety of Theatre Arts Classes to help train the young performer. We have added some exciting new classes to try out to explore different methods of expressing one self.

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Acting Classes

Acting Fundamentals (Ages 8-13)

Starting ground. This is the first level of our acting courses, where students will learn and discover the foundation of acting principles and techniques. Students will learn acting basics: objectives, tactics, obstacles, beats, text analysis, awareness and focus. They will study scenes and monologues, and learn the tools for creating precise, focused, relaxed and playful relationships on stage.

Advanced Acting (Ages 13-18)

Romeo & Juliet Prep: Acting Shakespeare. This class is hands-on approach to the works of William Shakespeare.Students will gain fundamental skills that will help them analyze text, create believable characters and craft a performance. While this class directly deals with Shakespearean text, the techniques are applicable to a wide range of material, including musical theater. This class is highly suggested for all students who wish to participate in LYT's Teen Winter Drama production of Romeo and Juliet. All students ages 13-18 are welcome to enroll.

The Physical Actor II (Ages 13-18)

This class takes a specialized, physical approach to understanding the life of a character. Students will develop skills in styles such as Viewpoints, Laban Efforts, Grotowski's 'Art as Vehicle', LuCoq's 'Levels of Tension', and Commedia dell'Arte. In addition to scripted scenes, students will get the chance to develop their own characters in rehearsed, improvised scenes.

Movement for Actors I (Ages 8-13)

This class is intended for actors who are searching for ways to explore the physical creation of a character. This class will require students to think and work creatively, collaboratively, and compassionately. Scenes from Classical and Contemporary plays, as well as the Renaissance-era Commedia dell'Arte, will give students a chance to build a multitude of different characters. In-class improvisation will allow each actor the creative freedom to test the limits of their physical imaginations.

Acting II (Ages 13-18)

This class is the second level of our acting courses. Here students hone such skills as concentration, body awareness, emotional freedom, emotional connection, self-­awareness,self­-confidence, commitment, character physicalization, and storytelling.Students will demonstrate and apply their understanding of the acting process through performances of scenes and monologues. "

Improv (Ages 8-13)

Improvidation is the practice of talking, creating, solving and reacting in the moment. It is used in comedy to drama, from non-scripted scenes to full-length plays. The skills of improvisation can apply to many different abilities or forms of communication and expression across all artistic bounds. In this fun filled class, students will explore the many dimensions of improv, freeing themselves from inhibitions while at the same time learning the structure that is required."

Improv (Ages 13-18)

Improvidation is the practice of talking, creating, solving and reacting in the moment. It is used in comedy to drama, from non-scripted scenes to full-length plays. The skills of improvisation can apply to many different abilities or forms of communication and expression across all artistic bounds. In this fun filled class, students will explore the many dimensions of improv, freeing themselves from inhibitions while at the same time learning the structure that is required. "

Musical Theatre Technique

This class will take students through the entire musical theatre process, from pre-audition preparation straight through to opening night. Each student will choose a musical in which they will prepare an audition for, go through the audition process, experience a what callbacks are all about, then prepare a song from the show as if they were cast. This class will address the do's and don'ts of auditions and callbacks, show research, character analysis, and proper show preparation. Students will leave this class with their very own resume, two audition songs, and a knowledge of what it takes to be a musical theatre performer in the "real world. "

Broadway Styles /Vocal Techniques

Today’s Musical Theatre singer has to be able to do it all and know how to “Shift those Gears” into different styles.  This class will be a fun exploration into the many, many different singing styles needed in performing the numerous genres of Broadway Shows scanning the ages. We’ll have a different show/style each week using a popular song from the show and all have fun experimenting with the techniques.  Through the course of the program we will cover vocals from Golden Age Belt, B’way Legit, Modern Mix, through Rock Musicals  (Gigi worked in Master Classes with Sheri Sanders  - the Rock the Audition Queen) including mic work.  We’ll work in random order having fun and playing around with all the various styles."
 

Dance Classes

Advanced Dance (By Approval Only)

Advanced Dance builds upon previously learned technique to create a fast paced environment that incorporates various styles of dance. The class begins with a 20-30 minute warm up, focusing on stretching the student’s hips and hamstrings. The class continues with across the floor exercises and finishes with an advanced dance combination that will challenge the students. Students will gain the most out of this class if attended every week, in order to build upon their technique and abilities taught and discovered in previously weeks.

Lyrical (Ages 8-13)

A dance style fusion of ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques. It is commonly set to popular music with vocals. The name lyrical comes from the word "lyrics" because dancers use the lyrics of a song to inspire them to do certain movements or show expression.The goal of a lyrical dancer is to use gesture, facial expression, and controlled movements in order to execute their movements and emotions fully. Besides emotional connection to music, lyrical dance typically encourages use of articulation, line, weight, and movement qualities. Due to its demand for intermediate to advanced technical skill and emotional focus, it is popular primarily with teenage dancers.

*Hair should be pulled back and out of the face.  Appropriate dance attire is required.  You may attend this class with ballet slippers or barefoot.

Lyrical (Ages 13-18)

A dance style fusion of ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques. It is commonly set to popular music with vocals. The name lyrical comes from the word "lyrics" because dancers use the lyrics of a song to inspire them to do certain movements or show expression.The goal of a lyrical dancer is to use gesture, facial expression, and controlled movements in order to execute their movements and emotions fully. Besides emotional connection to music, lyrical dance typically encourages use of articulation, line, weight, and movement qualities. Due to its demand for intermediate to advanced technical skill and emotional focus, it is popular primarily with teenage dancers.

*Hair should be pulled back and out of the face. Appropriate dance attire is required. You may attend this class with ballet slippers or barefoot.

In this class you will learn and apply dance vocabulary, as well as exploring various styles of jazz dance from classical to Broadway to funk to Fosse and everything in between! You will learn to be an incredibly trained, focused and disciplined dancer in a fun, upbeat and energizing atmosphere.

* Hair should be pulled back and out of the face. Appropriate dance attire and jazz shoes/ sneakers are required.

Broadway Dance (Ages 8-13)

A high energy class focused on finding character intent while exploring various dance styles of Broadway. Weekly themes will rotate, covering musicals both classic and contemporary.

Class begins with a structured warm up geared towards building core strength, flexibility and balance. Combinations focus on character and storytelling through athletic and dynamic movement. Performance quality and individual expression are valued as equally as technique.

* Hair should be pulled back and out of the face. Appropriate dance attire and jazz shoes/ sneakers are required.

Tap (Ages 12-18)

Stamina, precision and rhythm are essential in this percussive class. Students will learn the fundamentals of theater tap with an emphasis on expression and style. Recommended for those with prior knowledge of basic tap or those with advanced skills. Students will be challenged at their individual level. Advanced modification will be given to some and basic simplifications to others.

* Hair should be pulled back and out of the face. Appropriate dance attire and jazz shoes/ sneakers are required.

Hip Hop (Ages 10-18)

This class consists of your basic Hop Hop elements: Popping, Breaking, Locking, House and 80's and 90's Party Dances. You are taught the proper technique so you can execute Hip-Hop choreography with true expression, as well as learning to freestyle these elements on your own. The class encourages students to shed their inhibitions, express themselves and to exercise the biggest challenge of all: TO HAVE FUN.

* Hair should be pulled back and out of face. Loose attire you can move freely in, athletic sneakers should be worn. Please no sneakers with black soles, as they can leave marks on the floor.

Boys Only Dance (All Ages)

This musical theatre dance class covers all genres and allows male students to learn in an environment they truly feel comfortable in. Next time they are on stage they will want to be front and centre strutting thri stuff!

*Appropriate dance attire and jazz shoes/ sneakers are required.

* Please note: Classes do NOT conclude in any type of performance or recital. They are for educational purposes only, for technique and learning the craft!! Not all classes described are offered every semester. Please refer to the class schedule for classes offered.

 

TAP Membership & Class Pass Package

TAP members enjoy unlimited access to all LYT theatre acting/ dance classes Monday - Thursday, Winter Teen Drama and includes either one Mainstage Production or one Junior Workshop Production per semester (some productions require an audition and additional $50 program fee). This packages requires a minimum five-month commitment.

TAP Membership

The Class Pass Package entitles students to try classes on a short-term basis. The student is welcome to attend any LYT Theatre class offered Monday - Thursday for 12 sessions. This package expires 6 months from the purchase date.

 Class Pass Package