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Upper Hutt: Full Programme and Stage Shows.
Tawa: Dance, Drama and Singing Combo Classes and Stage Shows.

 

 

Classes

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Performing Arts Combo Class

Our ever popular two hour performing arts combo classes for 6 year olds to teens. In the two hour period, the groups rotate and the children experience theatre warm-ups, a drama class, a creative dance class and finish back together with 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.

 

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Introduction to Arts a Go Go! For 4 and 5 year Olds

This hour long Saturday morning class takes elements of the two hour combo class and is designed specifically for 4 and 5 year olds. Parents are welcome to stay, or even join in, as their children are introduced to dance, drama and singing.

 

After School Drama

One hour classes after school for 6 year olds to teenagers, focusing on drama and acting. Senior students with a particular interest and talent in acting, may have the opportunity to be invited into the 90 minute Advanced Drama Class. Fun and exciting learning opportunities will take place in physicality, voice, script-work, story-telling, role-playing, mime, improvisation and more. The class helps the children develop acting techniques, confidence and a willingness to take risks.

 

Irish Dancing for 5 year olds to teens (grouped according to experience)

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. Students may have the opportunity to enter competitions. Dancers perform in Arts a Go Go! shows and are often asked to perform at public events.

 
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Singing Extension Classes - please enquire.

 
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Little Mozarts Pre-School Music Class

Songs, Instruments, Rhythmic Activity, Movement, Listening, Musical Stories, Creativity. Run by a fully qualified music teacher. Small classes for babies to 3 year olds. 

 

Stage Shows

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Arts a Go Go! writes and stages a high quality, inclusive show in November each year for those in the 6 year old classes and above. (Please see our "Gallery" page). 

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Dancing classes

What is creative dance?

There are many different forms of dance today, from hip-hop and jazz, to ballet and Ceroc. 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 tends toward contemporary dance, and also invents new ones. It explores the general language of dance and this dance vocabulary is introduced to students through a variety of fun and exciting activities to draw movement and choreography out of them, alongside teaching dance moves to them. The student learns how to be a choreographer. 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 and helps children find their own style without fear of criticism. The choreography skills the students learn in these lessons can be applied to any style of dance and hence also complement other dance classes.

     
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What happens in drama?

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In this class, the process of drama is the main focus for terms 1 and 2, and then in term 3, rehearsals begin for the fabulous end of show. Students will make sense of themselves and the world around them by having learning opportunities in such areas as movement, voice, 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 theatrical terms. The class helps the children develop confidence and a willingness to take risks. Lifetime lessons will be learned that will help them in both classroom and social situations. For selected SENIOR students, we run an "Advanced Drama" class on Wednesday evenings. In this class, students learn more advanced acting techniques, learn more about theatre, explore and work from more mature scripts, develop their script writing and have opportunities to learn acting for screen and film. All drama classes will be designed to, at times, take students out of their comfort zones, and stretch their acting into genres that they may not be used to. And of course, our drama classes are always a lot of fun!

     
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Why vocal exercises and singing?

This part of the session enables the children to enjoy singing together. It encourages them to explore their singing voice and learn basic techniques such as breath control, diction and dynamics in order to increase their singing and broader vocal ability. Students may have opportunities throughout the year to sing in public and can also audition to be part of the Extension Competition Class where they attend an extra weekly class to specifically train for the "Hutt Valley Performing Arts Competitions Society" formal singing competitions. One on one lessons are also available, so please enquire.