Class Descriptions

Musical Theatre Revue on Wednesday at 5:25 with Miss Marsha

Miss Marsha is so excited to be offering this class. This class will rehearse a medley of Broadway songs. The performers  will present a show-stopping Broadway style piece at the Holiday Recital complete with sparkly costumes, big dance numbers, lively signing and most importantly, learning to deliver it all with Showgirl/Guy Pizazz.  Girls  will be learning to dance in 1.5 inch Character Shoes  and boys will wear Jazz Shoes.

 

Rockette Tap & Broadway Jazz-Tap Shoes must be purchased. Ballet Slippers are included in the Tuition price and will be distributed at the first class.

A Class like no other and one that is garnering great excitement in our studio-taught by Jeri Kansas who brings all her experience and training as a former Rockette and Broadway dancer. Her current students are already looking like little Rockettes from Jeri’s work with them this past school year. And now for her younger classes on Wednesdays, Ages Kinder, 1st and 2nd Gr, we are offering this special combination class that will enable students to experience the classical form of Broadway Musical Theatre Dance as well.

Students will learn Rockette style tap the first half of the class. The 2nd half of the class will be non-tapping in ballet slippers. This portion of the class will begin to train students in the Broadway Musical Theatre style. The class will focus on technical Tap and Musical Theatre Jazz training as well learning how to “Pour on the Pizazz & Sell a Song!” The Holiday Recital will showcase a Rockette style Tap number and if enrolling again for the Jan-June session, the Spring Recital will showcase a Rockette style Tap number as well as a Broadway Jazz number.

Pre-PureJoy! Dance

A very special class specifically designed for our tiniest dancers, ages 2-3 yrs. Endless dance props are used to keep children engaged and delighted. Music styles and dance styles vary all throughout the 45 min class to keep up with the rapidly shifting attention span of these precious little ballerinas. This is a Drop-off class where you children are treasured, nurtured and given a wonderful intro into the magical world of dance.

PureJoy! Dance I

The signature dance curriculum of PureJoy! Performing Arts classes for 3 yr olds. The basics of Ballet are taught through a variety of music and dance styles. Classes draw heavily on founder Miss Marsha’s background in Musical Theatre. Lots of music from Disney, popular children’s TV shows & movies are used as well fun dance props to add endless delight to this lively and innovative way of bringing preschoolers into the wonderful world of dance.

PureJoy! Dance II

Please read the above course description for PureJoy! Dance I. We don’t wish to be repetitive, but if “it’s not broke, don’t fix it!” Most of our 4- year olds return to us for their 2nd dance class because they so loved what they experienced in PJ Dance I. So we continue in that same spirit, with Miss Marsha creating a slightly different, more advanced spin where the little girls grow into their big girl dance class!

PureJoy! “Pop” Dance w/Disney

All the music from the great Disney songbook that preschoolers love~from the ballads to the funky beats with all the singing, dancing and acting that these fabulous songs bring out in little girls. If your daughter loves dancing around the house acting out all the Disney Princess songs, this is the class for her!

Hip Hop/Jazz-Disney Teen Style

Disney has delivered amazing contemporaray music the last several years that elementary age students cannot get enough of. They love to sing it, dance it and act it out! And that is exactly what we will be doing in this class with songs from such Disney films as High School Musical, Descendants, Teen Beach Movie, Moana and more!

Musical Theatre Dance

This class incorporates Ballet based movement as well as all that our PureJoy! Dance I and II curriculum entails. Favorite musical selections from Broadway shows such as Grease, Sound of Music, Annie, Mary Poppins, Little Mermaid, Lion King and even some of the favorite Disney Tween Musicals, such as Teen Beach Movie, High school Musical and Descendants. Many props and costume accessories are used to create a truly theatrical experience. Girls absolutely love this class and parents are delighted seeing their children re-create their own Broadway style moments at home and fully staged pieces at recital time.

Musical Theatre Tap

This class is truly a show stopper and will bring great enthusiasm to any young girl who has recently begun or is just beginning her exploration in the wonderful world of tap! This class incorporates all that our PureJoy! Dance I and II curriculum entails. Favorite musical selections from Broadway shows such as Grease, Sound of Music, Annie, Mary Poppins, Little Mermaid, Lion King and even some of the favorite Disney Tween Musicals, such as Teen Beach Movie, High School Musical and Descendants. If your daughter is begging you for a tap class, this is it! See above Class Descriptions of PureJoy! Dance I and II for more details of what this class will hold for your budding tap dancer. Tap shoes are needed for the first 30 mins of class and ballet slippers will be worn in the 2nd half.

Hip Hop/Jazz

After working with instructor Jessica Treubig this past school year, we discovered how well versed she is in many styles and how favorably her students responded, with great enthusiasm, as she introduced them to new styles through exercises in class. Jessica is well loved at our studio for her calm, kindness and expertise and so we responded to her students wishes to let her create custom classes that entail some of the most loved styles of Lyrical, Jazz and Hip Hop dance. Jessica has said that she feels “set free” to really give her best to her students. If your daughter wants to “just dance” and let her body explore different styles ,this is the perfect class for her. Jessica will have your daughter eloquently flowing through Lyrical, down on the floor with a bit of Break Dance, hitting it hard with Hip Hop and streamlining her way through the lifted, poised style of Jazz.

Hip Hop/Jazz/Acro

This special Saturday class is a combination of a fun Hip Hop & Jazz dance class, but also 15 minutes devoted to beginning acrobatic exercise, such as one-handed cartwheels, front walkovers, band bends, splits, etc. The purpose of this Acro training is to increase strength/flexibility and enable the dancers to build proper technique with some of the most loved tricks that girls love to do whether at home, the playground or on the dance floor. The Acro portion of the class will be conducted with proper floor mats and safety measures in place. The goal of this class is to create a fun dance experience with Hip Hop & Jazz and to incorporate some of their polished Acro tricks into their performance pieces. If you wish to see a video of Margie’s Acro/Dance training, please send us an email through the Contact Us Tab on this website.

Jazz/Ballet Technique

This advanced level class emphasizes proper Ballet-based and Jazz technique. Barre work, jumps, leaps, turns, across the floor exercises and combinations are taught. Lyrical: A style blending Ballet and Jazz, usually gliding at a faster pace than ballet, but not quite as quickly as Jazz. Lyrical dance uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, sorrow, joy, which makes for varied styles of music as well. This is a dance style that is quickly loved by those that discover it.

Jazz

One of the most popular dance styles as it is just plain fun and energetic, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.

Boys Hip Hop/Breaking

The PureJoy! Hip Hop Class for older boys, where they learn proper technique including the 5 elements of Hop Hop and the basic fundamentals of Break Dancing. Our instructor is a seasoned teacher, professional dancer and actor who comes highly recommended by our other teachers as well as dance studios where he teaches in New Jersey, Long Island and NYC (most notably the world renowned Broadway Dance Center.)

Boys Hip Hop

The PureJoy! class for younger boys who want to dance and perform. Jahad Shawe creates a fun, self-esteem building environment in his Hip Hop classes. Jahad imparts his infectious enthusiasm bringing his students a cool, inspiring and energetic class.

“Elf, The Musical” by Musical Theatre International

A weekly excursion into the wonderful world of singing, dancing and acting with the culmination of a one-hour performance of the fully, licensed version of “Elf, The Musical ” complete with costumes, props, scene changes, and many parts for every child. Jessica will be choreographing and Miss Marsha will be at the helm of this project piecing it all together with acting direction, scenery, costumes, music and all other production aspects. Lighting Design is by Chelsea Russel and Sound is by Adam Bernier at Invisible Masses

Students will perform the full scale performance the first weekend of Jan. 2019 at Whippoorwill Hall Theatre at the New Castle Public Library in Armonk, NY. Students must be available for rehearsals after school  and performances  the week of Jan. 2-6th.

First Rehearsal and Casting Workshop is on Friday, Sept. 7th from 4:15-7:15….includes the 1st Cast pizza party! During this first rehearsal, we will create a stress-free environment  of Theatre Games, watching brief scenes from the movie (with Will Ferrel! as “Elf”) and observing your children singing, dancing and acting their way through excerpts from the script. Once we determine casting, regular rehearsals will begin every Friday starting Sept.14th from 4:15-6:45.

We are over-the-Elf MOON sooooo excited about this production!

You can read about Miss Marsha and Jessica by clicking here!

ALL CLASSES LISTED BELOW ARE NOT CURRENTLY ON OUR SCHEDULE BUT ARE CLASSES THAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST AND WILL REPEAT AS INTEREST IS GENERATED. LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!

Musical Theatre Revue” Meets on Fridays with Miss Marsha as Director and Miss Jeri Kansas as Choreographer. Jeri is a former Rockette and Broadway actress. She has taught at our studio this past school year and has been adored by all. Her resume is extensive and, to say the least, she has a polish and professionalism we are excited for our purely joyful musical theatre students to experience. Miss Jeri will not only bring her amazing choreography and dance technique, but also all of her experience from doing Broadway shows, tours, and of course, being a Rockette. Miss Jeri will be at the helm of this project and Miss Miss Marsha will be piecing it all together with acting direction, costumes and all other production aspects. The performers will be learning choreography and SINGING from 5-7 of the below numbers along with acting lines & slight costume changes that will connect the pieces. This will create an approx 35-40 min show that will be performed before Holiday Break Dec. 2017 as well as an approx 5 min medley performance at our Dec. Holiday Recital. You can see from the songs that Jeri has selected that this will be a great cultural experience as well, introducing your kids to shows and music that they may not even know existed. This revue will expose students the vast array of styles in the Broadway Musical Theatre world. One of the songs will be done in tap shoes, for which Jeri has said all the kids will be able to do even if they have never tapped.

Your can read about Jeri here!

Songs for the Revue will include:

King of New York – Newsies
Cool – West Side Story
Lullaby of Broadway – 42nd Street
Jellicle Cats – Cats
Magic To Do – Pippin
Make ‘Em Laugh – Singing In The Rain
That’s How Young – I Feel: Mame

Let’s Dance, Play & Create

Miss Marsha loves teaching dance to young children, but she also has a big heart for just taking the time to get down on the floor with little ones and play. It is in these moments of simple interaction & entering their world, where children can truly feel heard and known. Twenty Five minutes of this class will be devoted to organized playtime with Miss Marsha, 20 minutes will be devoted to a structured dance class with her and 25 minutes will be devoted to creating art projects. The remaining minutes will be devoted to whichever segment feels right that week. Each class ends with a Dance in the Bubbles Session, Parachute Play and Story Time. Can we say, “Awesome?!”

“Little Mermaid “ Stage Play

PureJoy! is very excited to be producing yet another staging of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” This is the fully licensed 60 min. production from Music Theatre International, complete with the official Disney scripts, Disney musical orchestrations as well as a beautiful underworld scenery display for the actual show. The cast will perform at the Whippoorwill Theatre in Armonk, NY. As with Lion King we will have a professional choreographer from NYC coming to create fun, inspiring dances for the amazing music of Little Mermaid, such as “Human Stuff,” the 50’s style bop, “She’s In Love,” plus so many more great songs. As always, Miss Marsha will be happily directing and leading your kids into this exciting underwater world of theatre!

“Annie” Dance Workshop W/Tap

After seeing the last couple productions of our fully staged play of “Annie,” we have had countless requests that we create a way for our younger students to take part in our next show. This dance workshop has been custom designed for this younger set, enabling them to discover the joys of the music and learn the dances as well as re-create some of the beloved characters. As much as we can fit into 1 hour every week, we most certainly will AND be taking a portion of each class for dancing one of the songs from “Annie” in our tap shoes. We have a lot of girls that want to take Tap, but also want to dance in their ballet slippers- this will give them the best of both worlds and also enable them to learn the basics of Tap dance in an engaging, fun way. Students will present a medley of their creation in full character costumes & “Annie” backdrop scenery at our Recital!

“Lion King Jr “ Stage Play

PureJoy! is very excited to be producing yet another staging of a Broadway Musical play this Fall. This is the fully licensed 60 min. production from Music Theatre International, complete with the official Disney scripts, Disney musical orchestrations as well as our new professional costume and set design company. The cast will perform at the beautiful Whippoorwill Theatre in Armonk, NY. We are also very excited to be having a professional choreographer from NYC coming on board for this production creating unique Hip Hop/African inspired choreographies for the many upbeat dance numbers in The Lion King. As always Miss Marsha will be happily directing. If your children have been in any of our past productions, please send them back again for this one! PureJoy! is taking your kids to a whole other exciting level with “The Lion King!”

Mommy & Me

A wonderful hour of bonding with your child and other moms/caregivers and their children. Activities each session include: Circle Time with Songs, Instruments, Craft Time, Movement & Dance and Free Play as well as Story Time, Bubbles, Parachute, & Obstacle Course Exploration. Ages: 6 months-30 months.

Music Video Dance Class

Students create an actual music video. They will learn choreography taught to a current Top 40 song and piece it together with an opening scene, where they will have acting lines which will set up the dance portion of the video. The music video will be shown at our Recital with the students also dancing live on the stage!

Film Acting Class

We are very thrilled to be offering this class again this Fall. We first offered this class in the Spring of 2015 and the kids created such a fantastic film that we offered it again this past Spring. Kids love the experience of learning to act out a script that has been custom written for the particular students enrolled. They learn to let go on camera, become better actors, and are absolutely in love with the final product of seeing themselves in a real movie of their own making. Parents are particularly thrilled with the keepsake film as it captures a season in their children’s lives that they have forever. Parents have commented that they thought they would be getting a home video style film, but are pleasantly surprised when they see that it is produced, written, directed and edited professionally. Mommy & Me: A wonderful hour of bonding with your child and other moms/caregivers and their children. Activities each session include: Circle Time with Songs, Instruments, Craft Time, Movement & Dance and Free Play as well as Story Time, Bubbles, Parachute, & Obstacle Course Exploration. Ages: 6 months-30 months.

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