Southeast’s Department of Theatre and Dance Offers Academy Classes This Summer

musical-theatre-class-peter-pan-300x225CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 14, 2016 – The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance will offer its annual summer Theatre and Dance Academy June 6-10 and June 13-18 at Southeast’s River Campus.

For students in kindergarten through high school, the Theatre and Dance Academy is an intensive theatre and dance educational experience with classes covering a variety of interests.

Families enrolling multiple children receive a 15 percent discount. Partial tuition assistance is available for qualified applicants. For more information, contact Janice Bittle at (573) 651-2149.

Students will need to provide their own dance shoes and dance attire. Students participating in ballet classes will need ballet slippers, a leotard and tights. Tap dance participants will need tap shoes, leotard and tights or jazz pants.

Registration for the Theatre and Dance Academy is now open at (573) 651-2149. Online registration will be available beginning the first week of May at http://www.semo.edu/theatreanddance/. Deadline for registration is May 31 or until all classes are filled. Some classes may be cancelled if enrollment requirements are not reached.

Minions-Themed Tap Class

Students will learn the basics of tap dance in this class with a fun Minions theme. Students will need inexpensive tap shoes. Special performances for family and friends will be on the final day of class. Tap class runs June 6-10, 9 a.m.-noon for children in 4th-6th grade and 1-3 p.m. for children in kindergarten-3rd grade. Both classes are in the River Campus Cultural Arts Center Dance Studio, Room 157. Tuition is $150, and includes light snacks. Sibling discounts are available.

Playing for Performers

This class will help students become more comfortable in theatre ensemble. Students will engage in game playing geared to performance. It runs from 1-3 p.m. June 13-17 in the River Campus Cultural Arts Center Dance Studio, Room 157 and is for children in kindergarten-3rd grade. Tuition is $150, and includes light snacks. Sibling discounts are available.

“We’re Winging It” Improv

Students will learn the skills and methods of theatre improvisation in this class. Improv will help students develop ‘thinking on their feet’ skills in an energetic, interactive class. A special performance for family and friends will be on the final day of class. Improv class begins June 13-17 and is for children in 4th-6th grade. It will run from 9 a.m.-noon at the River Campus Cultural Arts Center Dance Studio, Room 157. Tuition is $150, and includes light snacks. Sibling discounts are available.

Ballet

Students will spend up to two weeks learning the skills, techniques and basic positions of classical ballet. This class can be taken for one or two weeks, but they do not build on each other. So if students can only attend the second week, they will not miss anything. A special performance for family and friends will be on the final day of class. Ballet class week one begins June 6-10, and week two runs from June 13-17. Class times for both weeks are 9-10 a.m. for children in grades 1st-3rd and 1-2 p.m. for children in grades 4th-6th at the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center, Room 119. Tuition is $100. Sibling discounts are available.

 Hip Hop Dance

This class is a fun and energetic introduction to the technique and coordination of hip hop dance and culture. Students can take one or two weeks of classes, but both weeks do not build on each other so if students can only attend the second week, they will not miss anything. A special performance for family and friends will be on the final day of class. Hip Hop class week one begins June 6-10 and week two runs from June 13-17. Class times for both weeks are 10:30-11:30 a.m. for children in grades 4th-6th and 2:30-3:30 p.m. for children in grades 7th-12th at the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center, Room 119. Tuition is $100. Sibling discounts are available.

Acting Lab

Students will spend a week taking college prep level classes in acting, voice, auditioning, improv and more at Southeast’s River Campus. They will be attending a performance of the production along with rehearsing their own unique performance as part of the Southeast Missouri Summer Art Festival on the final day of camp. As an overnight camper, students will be staying in the new residence hall, the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center, on the River Campus grounds where they will experience residence hall life and activities including a pool party at the Student Aquatic Center. This camp is strongly recommended for students planning to attend Southeast Missouri State University as an acting or musical theatre performance major in fall 2016. Camp begins June 13-18 and is for students in 8th-12th grade. For students who will stay overnight, tuition is $475. For students who will commute tuition is $325. Registration for this class is available online at https://app.semo.edu/sfs/pymt/reslifecamps/.

For more information about the Acting Lab, call Dr. Bart Williams at (573) 651-2491 or email bpwilliams@semo.edu.

For more information about the Summer Academy, call Janice Bittle at (573) 651-2149 or email jbittle@semo.edu.

For more information on Southeast’s wide variety of academic and special interest summer camp opportunities, visit http://www.semo.edu/camps/.