Star Kidz is a unique after-school performing arts program for girls and boys ages 3-18. We emphasize the importance of maintaining a small student-to-teacher ratio. One of our core philosophies is that every child has a talent for creative expression. Some kids come in with tons of confidence, wanting a career onstage, and others enter the classroom super-shy and are just hoping to enjoy themselves and develop a sense of confidence. We celebrate that variety.
Star Kidz – Sing, Act, Dance
This is a drop-off class only. In this series of acting, singing, and dancing classes for kids in NYC & Westchester, we introduce them to music as a means of expressing themselves vocally, dramatically and through movement, with the goal of building confidence and poise. For many of these little ones, this class is their first opportunity to hold a working microphone. In each of these areas, we encourage the kids to feel comfortable within themselves to perform, an attribute that helps them in all areas of schooling and in growing up.
Children can pick from a wide variety of songs to sing. Fun and simple vocal exercises like animal sounds and scales get their mouth muscles moving and help convey the concept of pitch.
Throughout the semester, we engage the students in a variety of fun acting exercises and drama games that capture their creative attention. They learn the fundamentals of acting by creating characters, exploring emotions and using their imagination. They learn to work both individually and together as a group. No matter what they’re working on, our focus is always building confidence as well as having a blast!
As for the dance, we customize a routine that follows suit with their developing fine-motor skills. With all aspects of the program, we make great use of repetition to reinforce learning.
Each week in our singing, dancing, acting classes for kids in Westchester & NYC, our kindergartners and 1st-graders rush into the classroom to announce what songs they can’t wait to sing! And now that they’re learning to read, the karaoke screen and printed lyrics reinforce that learning in a fun way.
As with all of our Star Kidz classes, in K/1 we give students the tools they need to prevent bad vocal habits — teaching them that their voice is an instrument and offering a beginner’s understanding of how vocal exercises work mouth muscles and reinforce pitch learning. We continue that work with age-appropriate song choices, happily expanding their repertoire to include Broadway songs from beloved shows, while many enjoy singing from shows they are doing in their school musicals. The result is an excitement that builds all semester long.
In their dance, they possess the kind of energy, expressiveness and eagerness to learn that not only makes it a blast for them, but also for our teachers! We engage them in a variety of drama games and improvisation. Every other week, we work on our original script, which you will see at their performance. Each session focuses on a different theme, using props/costumes to help them convey meaning in their work.
By the time our Star Kidz reach the 2nd-3rd grade dancing, acting and singing classes, they’re ready to kick it up a notch. They’ve learned to avoid bad vocal habits, and have gained a better understanding of how different vocal exercises strengthen different areas of their instrument.
Throughout the session, these students get the chance to show off their developing performance skills, making the kind of progress that goes hand in hand with improved reading skills. We give them the opportunity to memorize their scripts, and since performing a song or a scene from our play takes on more meaning for these students, we provide them with acting tips that get them thinking about character, emotion and setting. This is a precursor to our advanced program that begins in 4th grade.
For the dance portion, we give these older students more challenging moves than the younger classes — as they start to connect with putting their feet and arms together more — and we often choose a song that is currently popular so that they can’t wait to perform for family and friends on Performance Day!
Advanced – Tweens & Teens
Star Kidz is excited to offer our ADVANCED classes to those students who are ready to take their singing and acting techniques to the next level. These classes will involve memorization and performing with an accompanist and will only focuses on singing and acting, not dance.
Geared toward serious-minded students who are willing to do the work that goes into furthering their creative expression, the focus of these singing & acting classes is on learning essential skills for both performance and audition preparation, whether for their school plays, community theatre or professional productions.
Through in-depth character preparation using exercises that explore their inner selves, the students learn how to break down their songs, scenes or monologues in terms of emotions. Next, they learn to connect their words to those emotions — the mark of a good actor. By encouraging them to make personalized acting choices, the confidence they gain in how to approach dramatic material goes a long way toward elevating their stage presence.
Additionally, specific one-on-one training in voice technique emphasizes the importance of breath control, body alignment, the various spaces in the mouth, and proper palate and tongue placement. The students work with the vocal teacher to choose from our vast collection of songs across all genres for ones that suit them best, as well as with a performance coach who teaches the students staging and the art of telling a story through a song. During the session, the students also enjoy the collaborative experience of working with a piano accompanist.
This inspiring program of acting and singing classes for children in Westchester & NYC culminates in an intimate showcase for family and friends — complete with hors d’oeuvres and beverages — known as Cabaret Nite. Each student performs a full song with the accompanist, as well as a scene or monologue. From the grown-up curriculum to the grown-up venue, our Advanced students truly get a chance to shine!
Advanced Intensive – 8th-12th Grades
NEW in Fall 2017, we are introducing a 5-week ADVANCED INTENSIVE for passionate and serious-minded 8th-12th graders who will commit to investing time both in and outside of class to develop their acting, vocal and performance technique. Students will be required to memorize a scene prior to the start of the session. These scenes will be used as tools to more deeply explore the many different layers of character development and performance. Participants will also work individually with a vocal instructor and accompanist on a different piece/style of music each week. Vocal instruction will emphasize technique as well as performance.
The 5-week Advanced Intensive session will begin on Wednesday, October 18th. Students will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 at the JCC of Harrison (130 Union Avenue). On the last day of class (November 15th), parents will be invited for a short, informal vocal revue. We are limiting this Acting Intensive to 12 students.
Troupe By Audition Only
Basic Dance Intensive – 4th – 8th Grades
Our amazingly talented teacher, Natalie Colton will lead the class in multiple styles of dance, from Jazz and Tap, to Hip Hop and especially Musical Theater. This intensive class will focus on individual technique as well as the vocabulary, skills and confidence required for successful auditions. After a quick warm-up Natalie will break down the components of steps for each style. She will also challenge them with a short “audition-style” combination at the end of class.
This class will help students develop important performance skills to boost their confidence and enhance their presence onstage.
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