Classes and Fees

You are welcome to try a class before committing to the term. Usually we do this on the first day of each term. Please contact us to arrange.

Parents often say our classes are the highlight of their child's week!

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Performing Arts Combo Class "Dance, Drama and Singing"

Ages 7-18

Students are grouped within each class time according to age

Saturdays 11am - 1pm or 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Term Fee: $270.25 incl GST

What Happens in Combo Dance?

In terms 1 and 2, there is an emphasis on creative dance and students experiencing a variety of dance styles, including contemporary. 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 learned in this class complement other dance classes students may take, as students learn how to create and evaluate dance. In terms 3 and 4, students are taught choreography for our show and the style is more closely aligned with musical theatre and jazz.

What Happens in Combo 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.

What Happens in Combo Singing?

This part of the session enables the students to enjoy singing together and develop a love of singing. It encourages them to explore their singing voice, learn techniques such as breath, diction, dynamics and pitch plus increase their broader vocal ability. Students have the opportunity to audition for the extension singing competition classes which run in term 2. Arts a Go Go! students excel at Performing Arts Society competitions and are often cast in musical theatre productions around the region.

Wednesday Musical Theatre

Ages 14 to 19 years

A fabulous class for young people aged 14 to 19  who LOVE musical theatre!

If you would like your child to be considered for Wednesday Musical Theatre, please email rachel@artsagogo.co.nz. A short audition will be necessary.

Wednesdays 6.30pm-8.00pm

Term Fee: $195.50 incl GST

About Musical Theatre:

Students who love singing, acting and dancing have two choices, Saturday combo classes or Wednesday Musical Theatre...or do both like some students do! In the Wednesday musical theatre class, students will study singing, acting, dance, character analysis and musical theatre history.  Lessons will build a number of performance skills, within the context of musical theatre themes. Students take part in both group and solo work. This class takes part in the end of year show and rehearsals will begin for this in term 3. (TBC)   If you would like your child to be considered for this class, please email rachel@artsagogo.co.nz. A short audition will be necessary. We have had several students from this class over the years accepted to study musical theatre full time as tertiary students.

   
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Introduction to Arts a Go Go! "Dance, Drama and Singing"

4 – 6 year olds 

Saturdays 9.30am – 10.30am

Term Fee: $143.75 incl GST

About Intro Class:

This one hour class takes elements of the fabulous two hour combo class (details above), designed especially to give younger children an introduction to three arts disciplines - dance, drama and singing. It is also designed for helping children to develop confidence, in a safe and fun environment.  At the end of term 4, the children perform in their own informal show at The Spot.

Bubbles -an effervescent performing arts class for 3 and 4 year olds

3-4 year olds 

Saturdays 10am-10.30am

Term Fee: $92 incl GST

About Bubbles:

In this 30 minute class, students will experience a variety of fun and carefully planned performing arts activities to encourage a love of dancing, singing and acting!

   
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After School Drama

6 - 18 year olds

Wednesdays
3.30 – 4.30pm approx 6 to 10 year olds
4.45 – 5.45pm approx 11 to 12 year olds
6pm – 7pm approx 13 to 18 year olds 
7.10 – 8.40pm "Advanced Senior Drama" (by invitation)

Students are placed in the class that best fits them as individuals and the ages above are a guide only. Please discuss with Rachel.

Term Fee: $161 incl GST
(Advanced Drama 90 Minute Class: $189.75 incl GST per term)

About 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.

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Irish Dancing

5 year olds to teens (grouped according to experience).

Tuesdays

Beginners/Juniors: 4.30pm-5.15pm

Intermediates and Seniors: 5.20pm-6.30pm

Term Fee:

Beginner/Junior Class: $138 incl GST

Intermediate and Seniors: $165 incl GST

About Irish Dancing:

Irish Dancing is an energetic style of dance where students will learn, and experience enjoyment through, traditional Irish steps. Irish Dancing teaches self-discipline, improves coordination as students master the intricate movements, increases fitness and builds self-confidence in a positive environment. Students will also come to appreciate the lively rhythms of Irish Dancing music. The classes will focus on both Step Dancing (solo dancing) and Ceili Dancing (team dancing), progressing the dancers from beginner steps such as the Light Jig and Easy Reel through to more complicated steps such as the Slip Jig, Hornpipe and Hard Shoe dancing. Irish Dancing at Arts a Go Go! is performance based, rather than competitive Irish Dancing.  Students perform in the major Arts a Go Go! show in November each year at Lower Hutt Little Theatre, and are often asked to perform at public events. (If you would prefer your child enrol in a competitive class, we recommend Gregan Irish Dancers or Kerry School of Irish Dance.)

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Creative Writers

11-18 year olds with a love of writing

For enrolment details, please see Creativity for hire (creativity-for-hire.co.nz

or email hannah.vettori@gmail.com directly

About Creative Writers:

Online lessons using Zoom and Google Classroom.

Creative Writers is a course for those students who love writing. It is a course for creating stories, and understanding how we tell them through a range of forms, including short stories, speeches and scripts. Students will be supported through exploration that will help them learn how to write what they know, as well as what they don't know and can only imagine. Exercises included look to develop student skills in: creating characters; building worlds and settings; writing and understanding different points of view; building plots and exploring themes; crafting dialogue; creating conflict; the drafting, editing and rewriting process; understanding writing rules then breaking them; beginnings, middles, ends, and understanding script act structures; how to write within genres; how to write persuasively, writing with heart; and how to build your own writing toolset and release the writer within you. 

This course is run by Dr. Hannah McKenzie Doorneboschwho has a PhD and MA in creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters, and a BA in Theatre and Film at Victoria University of Wellington. 

   
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 "Little Mozarts" Pre-school Music 

 Babies to 3 year olds

Monday Mornings 10.30am

30 - 40-minute classes.

Term Fee: $74.75 incl GST

Please also enquire about the non-walkers class at 9.30am

About Little Mozarts:

Your child's development and joy will benefit from our specialist music programme. Arts a Go Go! pre-school music classes are different from other large community classes, as they are taught by fully qualified music teacher Joanne Roelofs and are smaller. The session includes such things as: hand and finger action songs, instruments/rhythmic activity, movement, action songs, rainbow ribbons, scarves, bubbles, listening, musical stories...and more!

After School Small Group Singing Lessons

Tuesdays 

3.30pm-4.15pm Allegras Ages 7-10 

Term Fee: $135 incl GST

4.45-5.45pm Octavias Ages 11-17

Term Fee: $160 incl GST

About Small Group Singing:

Learn to sing solo and in groups, explore vocal techniques, build confidence and love singing in this fun weekly class taught by Arts a Go Go director and singing teacher, Rachel Main. (Maximum of 8 students.)  Students can also audition to be part of the Extension Competition Class where they specifically train for the "Hutt Valley Performing Arts Competitions Society" formal singing competitions in term 2. 

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