Summer Programs Develop Students’ Love For Performance
The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC offers a variety of summer programs, featuring unique opportunities to explore music, theater and dance. Multiple sessions run during July and August for all ages and levels of study. The school’s mission of providing a complete and all-inclusive education for youths in the area is realized through the diverse set of course offerings in conjunction with the enthusiasm of teachers, staff and students involved in the learning process. Most programs offer a culminating performance where friends and family are invited to share in what the students have been learning.
Musical Theater Camp
This three-week intensive musical theater program is for children ages 5-12 and features theater games, dance combinations, choreography, music appreciation, singing, acting the song, visual arts, and much, much more. Offered for three weeks in July and for three weeks in August, this program provides true “triple threat” training - acting, dancing and singing. With a final showcase on the bergenPAC main stage, every child will feel like a star!
Open Dance Classes
Students of all ages can keep their dance skills sharp over the summer by taking one or up to seven classes per week for seven weeks. These classes target beginner and intermediate level dancers looking to continue to work on their skills over the summer break.
The Performing Arts School offers two 2-week dance intensives in July and August for ages 10-17, led by beyondDANCE Artistic Director, roberta mathes. These are ideal for dancers who wish to improve their technical abilities, gain more confidence and a deeper understanding of their potential in a short amount of time. Curriculum includes classes in ballet, contemporary/ improvisation, modern jazz and Ethnic or African dance. Classes are taught by the school’s professional faculty and guest artists from New York City. If not currently enrolled at The Performing Arts School, placement classes are available before June. Interested students should contact The Performing Arts School.
Early Stars is an early childhood music program that provides developmentally appropriate music for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. This program is geared towards kids ages 3 months to 4½ years old with a parent or caregiver. The music program uses a mix of traditional and contemporary songs from around the world to bring out the innate musical nature of young children during 45-minute sessions.
An all-student cast and crew present a fully staged musical on the main stage of bergenPAC each summer. Working alongside bergenPAC staff, students gain greater self-confidence and teamwork skills, while receiving professional-level experience. Performances will take place Thurs., Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 5. More information including audition requirements will be announced in the near future.
For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.bergenpac.org/summer.