The Spot, Upper Hutt | 651 Fergusson Dr, Trentham, Upper Hutt
$230.00 for 9 sessions | 7 places remaining
Run by Arts a Go Go! Performing Arts School for Kids Upper Hutt Ltd
The Performing Arts Combo classes run on Saturdays for 6 year olds to teens. (Students are grouped according to age.) In terms 1 and 2, during the two hour period, the children experience approximately 10 minutes of theatre warm-ups all together, then split into age groups for a 40 minute drama class, a 40 minute creative dance class and finish back together with 20 minutes of vocal training and singing. It is an exciting way for children to channel their creative energy through a variety of performing arts activities and also encourages children to appreciate the abilities of their peers. In term 3, things start running differently as the students begin rehearsing for our major show held in November at Lower Hutt Little Theatre.
What is Creative Dance?
Creative dance differs from other dance forms in that it does not have a specific set of moves or techniques. It is inclusive of all styles of dance, though at Arts a Go Go! it tends towards contemporary and musical theatre. It explores the general language of dance. This dance vocabulary is introduced to students through a variety of fun and exciting activities to draw movement and choreography out of them, rather than always teaching set dance moves to them. Using locomotor and non-locomotor movement, students will explore the elements of dance: body awareness, space, time and energy and relationships. It is suitable for all body sizes and shapes, boys and girls. It gives students another way of expressing themselves and challenges them to be imaginative, creative, spontaneous and flexible. Skills such as problem-solving, communication and co-operation are learnt and extended through creative dance. It allows freedom of expression, as well as guidance, and helps children find their own style without fear of criticism. The choreography skills learnt in this class complement other dance classes students may take, as students learn how to create and evaluate dance.
What happens in Drama?
Students will have fun and exciting learning opportunities in such areas as physical theatre, script-work, story-telling, role-playing, mime and improvisation. Drama techniques are explored including voice projection, trust, listening and characterisation, while at the same time students build up a knowledge of acting and theatrical terms. The class helps children develop confidence, friendships and a willingness to take risks. Lifetime lessons will be learned that will help them in both classroom and social situations.
Vocal Exercises and Singing
This part of the sessions enables the children to enjoy singing together, encourages them to explore their singing voice, learn techniques such as breath control, diction and pitch plus increase their singing and broader vocal ability. Children have the opportunity to audition for the extension singing competition classes at the end of term 1 each year.
Upper Hutt Combo Dance and Singing Teacher: Arts a Go Go! Director Rachel Main
Rachel is a registered teacher and was a school teacher and performer before starting Arts a Go Go! in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Diploma of Teaching, plus a Certificate in Education Leadership. Rachel also has an advanced diploma in modern dance. Rachel has been very involved in musical theatre over the years and has performed on stage in a number of roles. She trained in drama teaching in Auckland as part of her teacher training and was Teacher in Charge of the Arts at an intermediate school before having her family. She has written and directed many drama, singing and dance performances for children. As a performer, she has been part of a professional singing, dancing, storytelling entertainment group for young children. In 2013, Rachel was selected as one of four finalists in the "Leadership Category" of the "Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards". Criteria included: outstanding leadership, building and leading teams and being passionate about her role and the people she works with.
Upper Hutt Combo Drama Teacher: Dr Hannah McKenzie Doornebosch (Maternity leave Term 1)
Hannah started performing on stage in California when she was four years old and has been performing every since. Hannah is a playwright and scriptwriter with a background in acting, directing, and design. She has performed in Australia, Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland and her writing work has represented New Zealand overseas. Hannah has been involved in amateur and professional productions across the country, recently acting in Next Stage's production of Desperate Huttwives and as Charlotte Bronte in Stage Craft's Bronte. She spent many years with Canterbury Children's Theatre. Hannah has a BA in theatre and film, an MA in creative writing, and a PhD in creative writing with a focus on scriptwriting. Hannah's plays have won the David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize in Scriptwriting, the Dominion Post Scholarship, been read as part of the Writers on Mondays festival, shortlisted for Write Out Loud Wellington and the Adam Play Awards for best New Zealand play, and won Write Out Loud Wellington and best New Zealand play by a woman playwright. Hannah is a script supervisor and assessor and a script and performance tutor. She also has a passion for working with young people. In addition, Hannah is a costume designer and regularly creates costumes for clients across New Zealand.
Parents and caregivers are welcome at Arts a Go Go! and there is room to wait should they wish to, however, for all classes other than those for pre-schoolers and 5 year olds, beyond the first day of term, parents and siblings are not to stay in the room where instruction is taking place. This is to avoid affecting the concentration of students and teaching staff, and affecting the children's confidence by people watching them as they create, learn and experiment. On the second to last week of terms 1 and 2, there will be parent viewing day, where parents and family have the opportunity to observe the classes in action, and see the progress their children have made. This does not apply in terms 3 and 4 when we are show focused.
Certificates and Medals
At the completion of each term, students will be presented with an Arts a Go Go!& participation certificate in recognition of attendance, attitude and commitment. Students are presented with a bronze Arts a Go Go! medal after 1 year, a silver medal after 2 years, and a gold medal after 3 years, bronze trophy after 4 years and more awards and trophies as they progress.
Trying a Class
Your child is welcome to try the first class before committing for the term. Please still enrol so that a space is held and proceed to "checkout" to enter details. (Immediate payment is not required and an invoice with the due date and bank account is given.)
The Spot, Upper Hutt | 651 Fergusson Dr, Trentham, Upper Hutt