Studio Classes

STUDIO CLASSES

All classes are held at Starting Arts (525 Parrott Street in San Jose).

For our Winter/Spring session, we’re thrilled to offer dance, acting, music, and stage combat classes. All classes begin January 28th, but other dates and prices vary so be sure to read the class description carefully.

 

Enrollment is closed but if you are interested in joining the second class meeting next Sunday, please email [email protected]

Dance Classes

K-Pop (10-16 yrs)
Day/Time: Sundays,12pm-1pm
Instructor: Heidi Huynh
Class dates: Jan 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21)
No classes on March 31 (Easter)
Price: $240

Course Description: K-Pop (aka Korean Pop) is a genre of music that has taken the world by storm in recent years. A large part of this music genre is its emphasis on choreography that goes along with the music’s performance and stage presence. Students will learn choreography straight from their favorite artists’ music videos and stages. K-Pop choreography blends together many dance genres, from hip hop to jazz to a myriad of street styles. Students will come out of this class having learned a K-Pop song’s choreography, with an understanding of where these movements come from, all the while having fun! Sneakers required.

(a PayPal service charge will be included when paying by credit card, you can choose the “mail a check” option at check out and send payment of $240 to Starting Arts without the additional service charge)

Hip Hop (10-18 yrs)
Day/Time: Sundays,1pm-2pm
Instructor: Kaitlyn Scadina Mansfield
Class dates: Jan 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21
No classes on March 31 (Easter)
Price: $240

Course Description: In this class, students will explore various hip hop techniques and styles of popular street dance, including popping, tutting, and freestyling, as well as exploring different rhythms and styles. Movements are combined to create routines where students will develop mastery of basic hip hop skills and an understanding for the different styles of hip hop. Clean designated sneakers required.

(a PayPal service charge will be included when paying by credit card, you can choose the “mail a check” option at check out and send payment of $240 to Starting Arts without the additional service charge)

Beg/Int Tap (10-18 yrs)
Day/Time: Sundays, 2pm-3pm
Instructor: Christine Scadina
Class dates: Jan 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21
No classes on March 31 (Easter)
Price: $240

Course Description: In this class, students will learn tap basics, play with musicality and build up combinations they can feel proud of. They will also learn tap vocabulary and explore tap technique. Tap shoes required.

(a PayPal service charge will be included when paying by credit card, you can choose the “mail a check” option at check out and send payment of $240 to Starting Arts without the additional service charge)

Int. Jazz/Contemporary (10-18 yrs)
Day/Time: Sundays,3pm-4pm
Instructor: Christine Scadina
Class dates: Jan 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21
No classes on March 31 (Easter)
Price: $240

Course Description: In this intermediate level class, students will review the basics of jazz and contemporary dance, and have their knowledge tested. They will be challenged to improve both their jazz and contemporary dance technique. Dancers will build on basic skills and work on improving difficult skills such as leaps and turns. This class is great for the dancers who want to take their talent and skills to the next level! Jazz shoes required.

(a PayPal service charge will be included when paying by credit card, you can choose the “mail a check” option at check out and send payment of $240 to Starting Arts without the additional service charge)

Musical Theatre Dance (12-18 yrs)
Day/Time: Sundays, 4pm-5pm
Instructor: Kelly Velasquez
Class dates: Jan 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21
No classes on March 31 (Easter)
Price: $240

Course Description: In this class, students will learn varied styles of musical theatre dance including swing and salsa, utilizing music from iconic Broadway musicals. Previous dance experience is a plus for this fun and challenging class. Jazz shoes or character shoes required.

(a PayPal service charge will be included when paying by credit card, you can choose the “mail a check” option at check out and send payment of $240 to Starting Arts without the additional service charge)

Int/Adv Rhythm Tap (12-18 yrs)
Day/Time: Sundays, 5pm-6pm
Instructor: Kelly Velasquez
Class dates: Jan 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21
No classes on March 31 (Easter)
Price: $240

Course Description: In this class students will review the basics and have their knowledge tested. This advanced, fast paced class will build upon their technique and increase their ability to retain choreography. Students will learn a lot and even more importantly will have fun. Tap shoes are required.

(a PayPal service charge will be included when paying by credit card, you can choose the “mail a check” option at check out and send payment of $240 to Starting Arts without the additional service charge)

Acting/Singing Class

Improvisation (12-18 yrs)
Day/Time: Sundays, Noon-1pm
Instructor: Joshua Waterstone
Class dates: January 28; February 11, 18; March 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21)
Price: $180

Course Description: Join us for a multi-week class on Improvisation! Using theater games, participants will train to act without a script and explore character, activity, and environment to put together spontaneously created scenes and make the invisible, visible. This class is suitable for both beginner and intermediate levels. We will delve into Who (character), What (activity) and Where (Environment) with imaginative workshops and culminate playing short-form improvisation games.

The benefits of learning improvisation have been proven in both young people and adults to improve and promote communication, decision making, working as a team, social interaction, confidence, active listening, physical awareness and helping with anxiety.

(a PayPal service charge will be included when paying by credit card, you can choose the “mail a check” option at check out and send payment of $180 to Starting Arts without the additional service charge)

Unarmed Stage Combat (12-18 yrs)
Day/Time: Sundays, 1pm-2pm
Instructor: Joshua Waterstone
Class dates: January 28; February 11, 18; March 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21)
Price: $180

Course Description: This class will cover basic techniques needed to create a safe and effective fight for the stage. Students learn the basics aspects of unarmed stage combat, stage falling, grappling, knaps, punches, kicks, etc. Particular attention will be paid to the safeties required to perform fights as well as how to connect stage combat techniques to character and intention.

(a PayPal service charge will be included when paying by credit card, you can choose the “mail a check” option at check out and send payment of $180 to Starting Arts without the additional service charge)

Salon for Songs & Monologues (16-Adult)
Day/Time: Sundays, 2pm-3:30pm
Instructor: Diana Torres-Koss
Class dates: January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24
Price: $270

Course Description: In this intermediate level class, participants will share full songs and/or monologues that interest them. Students will discuss their choices, exchange ideas, share positive and constructive input, read their own works if so inspired, and learn from each other in a relaxed and encouraging setting. (This is NOT a class to work on audition cuts). Each week, students will explore entire songs and/or monologues that speak to them, in order to tell a story and convey emotion. Students are required to bring a song or monologue on the first day, ready to present and discuss (does not need to be memorized.) Informance on the last day of class during regular class time.

(a PayPal service charge will be included when paying by credit card, you can choose the “mail a check” option at check out and send payment of $270 to Starting Arts without the additional service charge)

Cabaret Intensive (16-Adult)
Day/Time: Sundays, 3:30pm-5pm
Instructor: Diana Torres-Koss
Class dates: January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24
Price: $270

Course Description: In this intermediate level class, students will work on at least two songs, from Broadway to jazz to folk or country or anything in between – no limits! Cabaret students will fully embrace the role of the storyteller, learn to address the audience, and create introductions and transitions that support their songs’ themes and emotions, from humorous to heartfelt. Students will use sheet music and work with live piano accompaniment, and create performance art that connects them with the audience. Students should have at least one song (and sheet music in their key) ready to explore on the first day of class. Cabaret-style Informance on the last day of class during regular class time..

“But the real art of the cabaret performer lies in the juxtaposition of songs, putting two or three songs together in such a way that new and deeper meanings come to light, the resonance of one song lingering to change the color of the next. At its best, cabaret can amuse, entertain, and inform… it can dazzle you, catch you unawares and make you weep. It is not television. The audience participates in a direct, emotional conversation with the artist and leaves feeling contacted and personally touched…” (Cabaret artist Andrea Marcovicci)

(a PayPal service charge will be included when paying by credit card, you can choose the “mail a check” option at check out and send payment of $270 to Starting Arts without the additional service charge)