In the event of inclement weather Leeds Center for the Arts will email our SPARK families as soon as possible regarding cancellation of classes. If you do not receive an email, class will go on as planned. If there has to be a cancellation, we will do our very best to reschedule the class. As always, the safety of our students, families and staff are our top priority. If a class is not canceled, but you feel uncomfortable driving to Leeds, please stay home. We will bring your students up to date at the next class.
This class will teach students the basics of theatre and storytelling. Students will participate in group activities, games and exercises with the goal of instructing them on how to access their imagination and use teamwork to build an ensemble. The students will be working towards creating their own devised piece of theatre based on a classic children’s book.
12 Weeks. Jan. 6-Mar. 23, 2024. $225. Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Teaching Artist: Jacob Ernst
Combined Elementary and Middle School Levels
Beginner Musical Theatre Dance
In the 9-12 age group class, students will learn the foundations of musical theatre dance technique, as well as explore storytelling through dance. Throughout the 12 week session, we will learn fundamental dance vocabulary, and how to apply technique learned in class to musical theatre choreography. Students will also work on strengthening choreographic retention to prepare for musical theatre and dance auditions.
12 Weeks. Saturdays 11:30 Am to 12:30 PM. Jan. 13-Mar. 29. $200. Teaching Artist: Jasmine Singer
Combined Middle and High School Levels
ROCK UNIVERSITY is dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education. We will develop music creativity and proficiency within a culture of belonging, collaboration and community. Classic Rock music, using multiple teachers, will be the foundation of instruction. Group lessons and private instruction will be the basis of learning along with the development of a knowledge of reading music and understanding music theory.
Audition only. (Electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and vocals). Class will culminate in full band performance. 12 Weeks. January 8 to March 25. $350. Teaching Artist: Steve Crosby and Guests
*PLEASE NOTE: Previous Rock University student DO NOT need to re-audition.*
Intermediate Musical Theatre Dance
In the 13-18 age group class, students will learn the foundations of musical theater dance technique that will prepare them for dance auditions ranging from the Broadway stage, to commercials and musical movies on the big screen. Students will also gain a basic knowledge of the history of dance in musicals and how the dance styles evolved through each era of theater. Overall this class will teach students musical theater dance technique, characterization, choreographic retention, an introduction to choreographing musical theatre dance, and an understanding of the evolution of dance in musicals from the 1920’s to present day.
12 Weeks. January 13 to March 29. Saturdays 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. $225. Teaching Artist: Jasmine Singer
High School Level
Acting Class (Grades 9-12)
This class is for high school students to help them read and interpret a text, as well as their ability to build a character from text. They will learn the tools of vocal production and physicality. This class will teach students the importance of building ensemble, living truthfully in the moment, and the importance of trust and connecting with your scene partner(s). Overall this class aims to give young actors the tools they need to do this work on their own.
This class aims to expand young actor’s toolboxes. It builds upon the foundations of acting, expanding on the ideas of ensemble, improv, vocal production, text work, physicality and more. Students will learn the process of crafting a character, interpreting a script, building chemistry/connections with scene partners. Students will learn about the process of acting and how to apply that to performance.
12 Weeks. January 6 – March 23, 2024. Saturdays 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Teaching Artist: Jacob Ernst
Ages 11 and up. Beginner and Intermediate.
Beginner Tap: Dive into the basics and history of Tap Dance. In this class you will learn the basic steps of Tap and the history behind it! Whether it be classical, rhythm, or musical theater tap. You will learn it all! Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Intermediate: Take the next steps (no pun intended!) on your journey to tap-dancing success with this Intermediate class. Students will continue to develop their artistry as performers and advance their skills in a variety of styles and techniques. Students will also learn how to choreograph a tap number for their class. Mondays 7:00 – 8:00 PM
11 Weeks. Jan. 8 – Mar. 25. (No class Feb. 19). $200. Teaching Artist: Jackson Becker
Ages 8 and up.
Weekly lessons of one half-hour will be in two basic parts, learning a technique and then
applying the technique to a piece the student is working on.
Goals will be outlined after the initial lesson and are dependent on the student’s individual needs.
Goals may include, but are not limited to:
– Learning basics of breathing for singing
– Learning basics of balanced posture
– Learning new repertoire
– Learning performance etiquette
– Audition preparation
The general breakdown of a typical lesson is as follows:
A brief time at the beginning of each lesson will be set aside for the student to check in, and to
ask questions and/or comment about the previous week’s lesson. This will be followed by a
warm-up and explanation of a technical skill. The last part of the lesson will be dedicated to
application of that technique to a piece in the student’s repertoire.
Time Slots are very Limited. Teaching Artist: Jessica Bayne. $40 per class.
“The famous bedrock improv mantra ‘Yes and’ is a perfect example of a small statement with a larger truth. At first glance, it’s just practical advice for how to improvise a scene without a script. You agree with information and add to it.
But, we improvisers know there is a far more ambitious mandate buried in that phrase. We hear that word “yes” and we know we’re being asked to be brave and adventurous, not just in our scenes but in our whole lives. We hear the word “and,” and we know we are being told to make a decision, to take a stand, not to be satisfied with simply watching things go by.
So many improv sayings sound like directives for your life:
‘Why is today important?’
‘Treat the audience like poets and geniuses.’
‘Speak to the most important thing.’
‘Don’t be coy.’
‘Find the love.’
That’s why the people who love improv obsess as much about the teaching of it as the doing of it. You can use a simple mantra like ‘if this is true, then what else is true?’ as a simple tool, or puzzle over its deeper meaning as if it were a Zen koan. “-Will Hines-
In this course we will focus on Longform Improv. We will be working on sharpening individual aspects of scene work and learning the core concepts of improvised theatre. Throughout the course students will develop skills for speaking publicly without a script, active listening, group mind, and many others that are applicable in the theatre and outside of it as well.
Ages 18+. Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM from Feb. 17-Apr. 6, 2024. 8 Weeks. $150. Teaching Artist: Josiah Correll
Meet Our Teaching Artists
Jackson BeckerDance Teaching Artist
Jasmine SingerDance Teaching Artist
Kieshaun ButtsDance Teaching Artist
Vivian SnipesActing Teaching Artist
Jessica BayneVoice Teaching Artist
Steve CrosbyMusic Teaching Artist
John LawwillMusic Teaching Artist
Jacob ErnstActing Teaching Artist
Josiah Correll Acting Teaching Artist
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Ellie MillerDance Teaching Artist
Margo BuchananDrama Teaching Artist
Energizing the community through the beauty and emotional power of the arts.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Leeds Center for the Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.