Musical Theatre Dance Program

Twirl brings students one step closer to their Broadway dreams.

The approach to musical theatre dance at Twirl is a reflection of the professional experience of owner, Sam Sinns (learn more about Sam’s professional experience here). Twirl musical theatre dance classes focus on technique, body awareness, and dance styles that are practical to working in musical theatre (Broadway, Disney, Cruise Ships, etc…). 

 

In order for students to progress in their technique, it is important that dance is studied as a separate discipline from singing and pure acting. For this reason, singing is not incorporated into Twirl’s musical theatre dance classes. Musical theatre dance classes for students age 5-7 will work on acting and storytelling through movement as well as dance. For students age 8+ the main focus is on sharpening dance skills so that students can land dance roles in local and school theatre productions, and ultimately prepare them for a professional career if that is something they aspire to attain.

 

Since opening in 2016, Twirl has attracted middle and high school musical theatre performers who are new to dance and want to become more of a triple threat.

My 11 year old son has always been passionate about acting. It was suggested to him that he take a dance class to round out the ``triple threat.`` At first he was reluctant but once he read about Twirl and met Sam, the owner, he decided to give it a try. He has been hooked ever since. By January he was registered in not only one but three dance classes.

-Melissa

2019-2020 Musical Theatre Dance Classes

(Classes run from September 5, 2019 to June 10, 2020. Enrollment will remain open through January 2020.) 

 

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE I- Your child who loves dancing and being on stage will thrive in this jazz-based class that focuses on dance styles found in Broadway musicals. Students not only learn dance technique, but also work on acting skills and performing with emotion and stage presence.

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm (ages 5-6) 

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm (ages 6-7)

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE II- This beginning level class focuses on different styles found on the Broadway stage and other theatrical venues.  This class is great for beginners and singers who wish to improve the dance aspect of their triple threat.

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm (ages 8-10)

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm (ages 11+)

 

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE III- Dancers who dream of performing on Broadway are challenged with contrasting musical theatre styles that require both dance technique and performance quality.

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm (ages 11+)

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm (ages 8-10)

Musical Theatre Dance Dress Code

  • Girls- Black dancewear (leotards with black, tan, or pink tights or dance shorts; jazz pants; leggings; and tank tops) and tan slip-on jazz shoes. Tan character heels (So Danca- 2 inch heel) are required for performances for girls in Musical Theatre Dance III (ages 11+).
  • Boys- Black dancewear (T-shirts, tank tops, athletic shorts, jazz pants, or sweat pants) and black slip-on jazz shoes.

Dance Coaching and Choreography for Pre-screen Video Submissions for College Musical Theatre Programs

Most college musical theatre programs require prescreen audition videos as part of the application process for incoming freshmen. The vast majority of these programs require a choreographed dance as part of the audition video. The teaching artists at Twirl will create custom choreography for your high school senior’s audition video that will effectively land them college auditions. We can also coach your future musical theatre major through the dance portion of this college audition process.

 

Students who have worked with Twirl teaching artists on their prescreen audition videos have been granted auditions for musical theatre programs at:

  • University of Michigan
  • New York University
  • Syracuse University
  • Ithaca College
  • Shenandoah University
  • Elon University
  • Texas State University
  • Pace University
  • Emerson College
  • Boston Conservatory of Music

For information about college prescreen videos and college dance audition prep for musical theatre majors please email info@twirlperformingarts.com.