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Musical dance for children and teens

Who? Children and teenagers

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Musical is an art form where all three theatrical disciplines come together. In this class students will obtain dancing, singing and acting skills and combine the three by performing show tunes and Broadway-style choreographies. Dance technique is important, students will learn the steps that are common in Jazz and Show-Musical dance, as well as develop the style and attitude necessary to perform on stage. Furthermore, students will improve their singing abilities and are taught how to sing and dance well at the same time. All of this is combined with acting to create true musical stars that have a strong presence on stage.

Are you looking to work hard while having fun? Feel like you can sing and act besides dance alone and want to develop yourself further? Do you have a love for anything glittery and showy? Then this class might be just right for you!

 

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Musical dance

The reason why musicals are performed by children and teens is because they are flexible, young and energetic enough to incorporate the three theatrical disciplines of singing, dancing and acting into a single performance. Musical classes mainly equip students with all this aspect of performance so that a student is able to do each of them individually when need arises. A musical is choreographed so that the tunes and movements go hand in hand throughout the performance and more so when more than one character is involved.

Origin of musicals

During the early years of the 20th century, theater performances that incorporated music were simply referred to as musicals. Although both music and acting had been around for a while, it was not until the 19th century when people started using both in a single performance. While the United States has in a large way commercialized musicals through Hollywood, other places like India have for a long time been known to tell their stories through the use of songs. It is not a coincidence therefore, that most Indian film productions are musicals in their own right. Away from the silver screen, massive venues like West End productions or the big-budget Broadway in London and New York City respectively host musicals every so often. This is the professional category of musicals because all around the world, small groups in form of church formations during certain events, stage performances aimed at passing a message through the incorporation of song and dance.

How a musical is made

In classes where musicals are trained, the students are first exposed to acting, singing and dancing as separate forms of self-expression. When they are confident in the individual styles, they are then required to respond to a choreographed set of performance that is meant to tell a story. In training dance, the technique determines the position in which the song and moves will be played in between the theatrical performance. Apart from the words of the song and the dance moves during a musical, the students are also supposed to master attitude and confidence. This is an important aspect of a successful performance because the expression on the face must rhythm with the words being spoken and the intensity of the moves of the dance being performed. The ultimate success of a musical is in the competition where different groups meet to showcase what they have come up with and how creatively they have incorporated the three aspects of live performances.

A musical is an exciting performance to watch and very often will audiences relate to what the characters are going through. While it may seem easy to connect to what is going on, it takes long hours of practice, piece rearrangement and improvisation to produce an impactful piece.