Performing Arts Classes

Ballet

Age based classes for:
Years 1&2 : 30 mins
Years 3&4 : 1 hour

Fees

£2.00

About the classes

Children can join ballet classes from the age of five and benefit from a live piano accompanist. Together with a fully equipped dance studio, this inspires students to express themselves through dance.

Designed to promote both physical and spatial awareness, the classes include different activities for each age group, beginning with warm up games for the younger group and the barre for older students.

With an emphasis on posture and alignment, all will learn the basic ballet techniques of carriage of arms and the positioning of feet. Progressing to learning short movement sequences, both adagio and petit allegro in the centre, students develop co-ordination of mind and body. They will practice enchainments of movements at the barre and learn how to work with their peers to create travelling sequences that ultimately lead to springs, jumps and grand allegro work.

Once our ballet students have the basic techniques, they can take ballet training further or use their skills to supplement any other dance form they may choose. Throughout, they all have the opportunity to have a great time with dance!

Tutor
Nadine McLean

Drama

Age based classes for:
Years 1&2 : 30 mins
Years 3&4: 45 mins
Years 5,6&7 : 1 hour
Years 8,9&10 : 1 hour 30 mins

Fees

£2.00

About the classes

Drama is offered to children and young people between the ages of five and fourteen in a selection of age appropriate classes. Our drama classes explore improvisation, drama techniques and the ‘rules’ of acting, drama games and exercises.

The younger groups focus on fun and drama games. They learn important improvisational skills and are encouraged to relate to their new friends in class. All classes encourage creativity and develop communication and leadership skills through creative tasks.

As our young people progress, they have the opportunity to evaluate their own work, giving space to think about and consider the skills learnt. Classes also work on performance both from the perspective of the audience and the performer.

Throughout, our students will learn the drama basics and have a greater understanding of dramatic techniques and skills. They learn to share ideas and to be creative whilst working collectively as a group and also as an individual. For all drama classes there is always a strong emphasis on self-discovery and having fun!

Tutors
Ayo Oyelami, Glenn Dallas, Niamh Webb

Movement & Dance

Age based classes for:
Years 1&2 : 30 mins
Years 3&4 : 45 mins
Years 5,6&7 : 1 hour
Years 5-10 : 1 hour 30 mins (workshops)

Fees

£2.00

About the classes

Movement and Dance classes are offered for all our children and young people from the age of five and up. Classes are fun and develop expression within dance through the exploration of projection and performance skills, style, musicality, focus and choreography.

Students will develop practical knowledge, spatial awareness and physical skills vital in dance, including balance, alignment, strength, flexibility, control, co-ordination, elevation and flow of energy. In a context of discovery, these skills will be explored through a variety of dance styles including contemporary, African, street dance and salsa.

Dancers learn the basics of body action, good studio practice and the importance of warm up and cool down. In practicing creative tasks together, they also learn the value of evaluating contributions, communication skills and groupwork, gaining confidence and a love of dance in the process!

Tutor
Dalene Gordon

Music 1, 2 & 3

Years 5-10 : 1 hour

Fees

£2.00

About the classes

We have three music classes based on musical ability and aptitude. The ensemble style of playing in each class means that students work as a team in a range of different musical styles and genres.

They have opportunities to play their own instrument or to experiment with new ones in a supportive environment. Each student is encouraged to develop a broad range of musical skills and the group setting enables our musicians to play with others as a band.

Students work towards a performance at the end of year and develop their performance, improvisation and directing skills each week. As part of the group, students always have fun and enjoy the process of practicing, playing and performing together.

Tutor
Dan Paton

Percussion

Age based classes for:
Years 1&2 : 45 mins
Years 3&4 : 45 mins

Fees

£2.00

About the classes

Focused FUN with percussion! A great class for children from five to eight
Years old – learning ‘carnival style’!

This class introduces children to the joys of rhythm, singing, and playing a variety of percussion and other instruments. A holistic teaching approach means the class receives the best foundation to develop through music.

As well as learning to play, read and write rhythm, children develop listening appreciation and a host of interpersonal skills needed to successfully create percussive rhythm as a group. Wonderful fun for team working and producing great sounds!

Tutor
Shayanna Harris

Singing

Age based classes for:
Years 5,6&7 : 1 hour
Years 8,9&10 : 1 hour

Fees

£2.00

About the classes

We have two singing classes for children and young people from nine years and up. Students sing as a group and there are opportunities to sing solo and in small groups so that individuals can progress at their own pace.

Creative group work is designed to reflect the interests of students and encourage them to contribute their own ideas and material to the session, gaining confidence in their abilities. The groups sing in a range of styles and have fun experimenting with different vocal techniques.

They explore the complexities of multiple part harmonies, vocal scales and song arrangement. Part of the fun is to also experiment with improvisational and ad-lib skills so that everyone develops their vocal confidence and enjoys themselves!

Both classes have at least one group performance opportunity for each year.

Tutor
Abdul Shyllon

Media Classes

Digital animation

Age based class for:
Years 6-10 : 2 hours

Fees

£2.50

About the classes

This class is offered in our digital arts suite for young people from ten years up.

They learn a range of animation skills from storyboarding and composition through the entire process of creating and editing their work on screen. Students are introduced to different software and encouraged to experiment with various styles of animation.

As animation can make the impossible happen on screen, digital arts students always have fun letting their imagination run freely with their stories as they draw, build and film to translate their ideas into reality!

Tutor
Carolyn Ebanks

Music Technology

Age based class for
Years 6-10 : 2 hours

Fees

£2.50

About the classes

A two-hour Music Technology class for young people from ten years of age.

Learning the basic skills involved in sound recording, Music Tech students are based in the Wac Arts recording suite for their classes. The young people explore studio techniques and compositional skills.

They then begin to develop the music they want to hear and have fun experimenting with different styles, effects and sounds!

Tutor
Ade Lawrence

Video production

Age based class for
Years 6-10 : 2 hours

Fees

£2.50

About the classes

This is a two-hour class each week and is based around intermediate level video production techniques.

With a strong ‘hands on’ emphasis, the students have plenty of opportunities to practice their skills first hand, as well to learn video theory and media language. They learn a range of video production skills from pre to post production including writing their own treatment, short scripts and pitching their ideas to the group.

At the end of each year, all students will have learnt to write, direct and edit their own three-minute film. In a team-working atmosphere they also benefit from the supportive input of their peers and generally have fun with film!

Tutor
Donna-Lee Lyndon

Instrumental tuition

• Drum Kit
• Guitar
• Keyboards
• Saxophone
Years 5-10 : Individual or paired classes : 30 mins

Fees

£2.50

About the classes

Lessons are for half an hour and, when paired up to share sessions, students are selected to ensure they are at the same level and have complementary learning styles. Musicians learn at their own pace and are encouraged to practice on their own instruments at home each day to maximise the benefits of lesson time with their tutors.

To enable all students to access instrumental tuition, we are sometimes able to loan instruments if students are experimenting and don’t want buy an instrument until they are sure they want to pursue it. Drum kits and keyboards can also be used for practice in the evenings by arrangement. We can sometimes also help students to purchase instruments if families are unable to afford the cost of buying their own instrument outright.

Instrumental tutors

Drum kit : Dan Paton
Guitar : Joe Caleb
Keyboards : tbc
Saxophone : Peter Fraser

Cyberspace

Age based drop in sessions
Junior Wac Arts siblings Under 5s
Junior Wac Arts Over 5s

Fees

Age based drop in sessions
Under 5s : free
Over 5s : 50p

About the activity

Wac Arts Cyberspace provides a friendly and supportive environment to discover the world of new technology. Several laptops are available for students and their families to use together, and each of them is equipped with a range of exciting software, CDs and internet access.

Operating within Junior Wac Arts for members and their families, guidance and advice is always available along with technical support if needed. Some of the activities on offer include creating pictures with wacky art programmes, interacting with stories or just playing with fun software and games.

With different sessions for younger and older age groups, students can access Cyberspace from 10.30-12.30 for fives and under and from 12.30-4.30 for the over fives.

Facilitator
Zac Osman

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