Classes for Kids

Arts classes for kids – theater, music, visual art and dance classes – are important building blocks for child development.

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CLASSES FOR AGES 3-12

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DANCE

Creative Movement

Students practice dance skills, explore movement concepts and interact with others. A variety of music, props and instruments provide a rich environment for skill development and creative exploration. Dance skills become more challenging throughout the session and progress with age level. Each session culminates in a 15-minute presentation the last day of the class. Students must be able to attend class
without a caregiver present.
Age 3 | Wednesday | 4:00pm-5:00pm | 516.3011.1 -Register Now
Starting Wednesday, 6/28| 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $135/Members $120
Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Rachel Knudson

Pre-Ballet

Students learn simple ballet skills through exercises and creative explorations. Through the use of props, instruments and a variety of music students develop specific movement skills and become familiar with
ballet terminology and the elements of dance. Students must be able to attend class without a caregiver present.
Ages 4-5 | Thursday | 4:00pm-5:00pm | 516.3021.1 -Register Now
Starting Thursday, 6/23| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Maria Shorb

Ballet Level 1

Students begin to learn basic ballet technique and terminology through exercises at the barre and center floor, such as: plie, tendu, releve, port de bras, jumps, turns, leaps, and fun dances.
Ages 6-8 | Tuesday | 5:00pm-6:00pm | 516.3051.1 -Register Now
Starting Tuesday, 6/21| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Maria Shorb

Ballet Level 2

Students practice beginning and beginning/intermediate ballet skills and combinations at the barre, center floor and across the floor. Students become familiar with ballet class etiquette, terminology, musicality, anatomy and proper body alignment. Students explore ballet combinations and qualities of movement through the elements of dance. The course follows Cecchetti methodology.
Ages 7-10 | Wednesday | 5:00pm-6:00pm | 516.3061.1 -Register Now
Starting Wednesday, 6/29| 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $135/Members $120
Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Rachel Knudson

Ballet Level 2 and 3

This class is for students who have completed a year of Ballet Level 2 or 3 at BlackRock.  Further study and practice of etiquette, terminology, musicality, anatomy, allegro and grand allegro combinations, pique turns and stretching exercises will all be explored.
Ages 8-12 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6:00pm-7:00pm | 516.3081.1 -Register Now
Starting Tuesday, 6/28 | 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $265/Members $250
Regular Registration: $275/Members $260
Instructor: Maria Shorb

Young Artists Ballet Summer Intensives

These intensives are for students who completed YAB Levels 2-4B with instructor Becci Kimm during the 2015-2016 Conservatory year.  Level’s 2-4 are automatically approved to take the first class, Level 4B is approved to take the second class.

YAB Levels 2-4 Summer Intensive
Session 1:

Ages 8-15 | Monday-Thursday | 4:30pm-5:30pm
Week 1 | Starting Monday, 6/20 | 516.4082.1 -Register Now
Week 2 | Starting Monday, 6/27 | 516.4082.2 -Register Now
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Becci Kimm

Session 2:

Ages 8-15 | Monday-Thursday | 4:30pm-5:30pm | Course #?
Week 1 | Starting Monday, 7/11 | 516.4082.3 -Register Now
Week 2 | Starting Monday, 7/18 | 516.4082.4 -Register Now
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $165
Instructor: Becci Kimm

YAB Level 4B Summer Intensive
Session 1:

Ages 10-15 | Monday-Thursday | 5:30pm-6:45pm | Course #?
Week 1 | Starting Monday, 6/20 | 516.4154.1 -Register Now
Week 2 | Starting Monday, 6/27 | 516.4154.2 -Register Now
Early Registration: $225/Members $210
Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Becci Kimm

Session 2:

Ages 10-15 | Monday-Thursday | 5:30pm-6:45pm | Course #?
Week 1 | Starting Monday, 7/11 | 516.4154.3 -Register Now
Week 2 | Starting Monday, 7/18 | 516.4154.4 -Register Now
Early Registration: $225/Members $210
Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Becci Kimm

Hip Hop
Explore the art of urban style dancing. All students will spend class exploring rhythm, body isolations, popping funk, basic break dance moves, and innovative techniques. Have fun, dance to some great music, and share your skills with family and friends at the end of each session!
Hip Hop Kidz

Ages 5-7 | Tuesdays | 4:30pm-5:30pm | 516.4501.1-Register Now
Starting Tuesday, 6/28| 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $135/Members $120
Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Cristina Camacho

Hip Hop Youth

Ages 8-12 | Tuesdays | 5:30pm-6:30pm | 516.4521.1-Register Now
Starting Tuesday, 6/28| 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $135/Members $120
Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Cristina Camacho

Just Dancin’

We will learn some of the hottest new line dances in this class!  Students need not have prior dance training, but from the ‘Whip’ to the ‘Sid Shuffle’, students will learn basic steps that are applied in dance from hip hop to jazz.  Our final class will be a culmination of all the line dances we have learned in a dance party format that is not to be missed.
Ages 5-8 | Wednesdays | 4:00pm-5:00pm | 516.4631.1-Register Now
Starting Wednesday, 6/22| 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $135/Members $120
Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Latechia Mitchell

Move It!

For students who have mastered the ‘Whip’, and can do the ‘Cupid Shuffle’ with your eyes closed, you’re now ready for Move It!—an intermediate line dance class that will challenge students to learn choreography that involves direction changes, up-tempo songs, and lots of fun!   The final class will include a sharing of new line dances learned and a student-choreographed piece as well.
Ages 9-12 | Sundays | 3:30pm-4:30pm | 516.4641.1-Register Now
Starting Sunday, 6/26| 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $135/Members $120
Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Latechia Mitchell


THEATER CLASSES

Give your child the skills to become a true thespian! Theater and drama classes promote empathy and reading comprehension in young people. Sign your child up for classes in our theater program to see the benefits of this art form and see how they shine!

Fairy Tale Theater

Students will use their imaginations to bring eight classic fairytales to life using costumes, props, and small-scale scenery. Teacher directs the students to act out 8 different story themes, one each week. This class emphasizes theater vocabulary, drama skills and tons of fun!
Ages 5-8 | Tuesdays | 4:30pm-5:30pm | 516.5081.1 -Register Now
Starting Tuesday, 6/28| 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $135/Members $120
Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Karen Ebert

Intro to Musical Performance

Learn the basics of what it takes to act, sing, and dance in a musical. Students will be required to memorize lines, sing, and dance for a final sharing session on the last day of class.

SECTION 1

Ages 6-8 | Tuesdays & Wednesdays | 4:30pm-5:30pm | 516.5221.1 -Register Now
Starting Tuesday, 6/28 | 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $265/Members $250
Regular Registration: $275/Members $260
Instructor: Sonie Matthew

SECTION 2

Ages 9-13 | Tuesdays & Wednesdays | 5:30pm-6:30pm | 516.5221.2 -Register Now
Starting Tuesday, 6/28 | 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $225/Members $210
Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Sonie Matthew

Improv and Theater Games

This class will teach you the basics of how actors create spontaneous and comedic scenarios through fun and interactive theater games.Formerly called BlackRock Comedy Central, this class will teach you the basics of how actors create spontaneous and comedic scenarios through fun and interactive theater games. Expand your abilities in character creation, telling stories and teamwork.
Ages 6-9 | Fridays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM |516.5421.1  -Register Now
10 Weeks | Starting Friday 4/8
Early Registration: $225/Members $210 | Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Sonie Matthew

Acting Stories

Learn the fundamentals of acting and storytelling, while strengthening public speaking and presentation skills, through folk/fairy tales, fables, and other children’s stories/literature. Students will be required to memorize lines and stage directions for a final sharing session on the last day of class.
Ages 6-8 | Wednesdays | 4:45 PM-5:45 PM | 316.5011.1 -Register Now
10 Weeks | Starting Wednesday, 4/6
Early Registration: $225/Members $210Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Sonie Matthew


MUSIC

Piano
Our introductory piano classes are a great chance for students to start their study in piano and determine if they would like to join the year-long conservatory starting in September 2016.  All other levels are great for current conservatory students to brush up on their skills over the summer months.

Introduction to Piano

For beginners especially in the lower grades to develop basic piano skills, fundamental note reading with emphasis on keyboard typography, simple rhythms, and preparation for reading and identifying notes.

Grades K-2 | Tuesdays | 4:00pm-5:00pm | 516.1011.1-Register Now
Starting Tuesday, 6/21| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Barbara Kober

Grades 1-6 | Tuesdays | 5:00pm-6:00pm | 516.1021.1-Register Now
Starting Tuesday, 6/21| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Barbara Kober

Grades 1-6 | Thursdays | 4:00pm-5:00pm | 516.1021.2-Register Now
Starting Thursday, 6/23| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Barbara Kober

Grades 1-6 | Mondays & Wednesdays | 4:00pm-5:00pm | 516.1021.3-Register Now
Starting Monday, 7/11 | 4 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: William Chang

Piano Level 1
For beginners to continue developing keyboard and note-reading skills as well as beginning repertoire.

Ages 7-13 | Tuesdays | 6:00pm-7:00pm | 516.1051.1-Register Now
Starting Tuesday, 6/21| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Barbara Kober

Ages 7-13 | Mondays & Wednesdays | 5:00pm-6:00pm | 516.1051.2-Register Now
Starting Monday, 7/11 | 4 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: William Chang

Piano Level 2
Grades 2-7
Prerequisite: Piano Level 1 or permission of instructor. This level is for advanced beginners ready to focus on music theory, technique and developing repertoire.

Ages 7-13 | Thursdays | 5:00pm-6:00pm | 516.1091.1-Register Now
Starting Thursday, 6/23| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Barbara Kober

Ages 7-13 | Mondays & Wednesdays | 6:00pm-7:00pm | 516.1091.2-Register Now
Starting Monday, 7/11 | 4 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: William Chang

Piano Level 3
Grades 3-8
Prerequisite: Piano Level 2 or permission of instructor. This level integrates formal technique and music theory for students learning to work independently. Students continue to explore classical, blues and popular repertoire and have the opportunity to perform works-in-progress for each other.

Ages 8-14 | Thursdays | 6:00pm-7:00pm | 516.1111.1-Register Now
Starting Thursday, 6/23| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Barbara Kober

Ages 8-14 | Mondays & Wednesdays | 7:00pm-8:00pm | 516.1111.2-Register Now
Starting Monday, 7/11 | 4 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: William Chang

Advanced Piano
This class is for students who have completed one year of level 4, with instructor’s permission; or have completed level 5.

This course is only for students who have completed a year of Level 4 or higher in the BlackRock piano conservatory.
Ages 10-16 | Thursdays | 7:00pm-8:00pm | 516.1151.1-Register Now
Starting Thursday, 6/23| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Barbara Kober

Guitar

Other than Beginning Guitar Youth, all Guitar class start times are subject to change.  Classes may be combined with other classes to best serve students at their current musical ability and needs. The first session of every guitar class will be less than an hour in length and involve a consultation on the student’s instrument and supplies.

Beginning Guitar Youth

Ages 10-15 | Wednesdays | 4:00pm-5:00pm | 516.1511.1-Register Now
Starting Wednesday, 6/22| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Jesse Meman

Intermediate Guitar Youth

Ages 10-15 | Wednesdays | 5:00pm-6:00pm | 516.1541.1-Register Now
Starting Wednesday, 6/22| 8 Weeks
Early Registration: $180/Members $165
Regular Registration: $190/Members $175
Instructor: Jesse Meman

Voice

Joyful Noise

Everyone has a unique voice, and in each section of this class, we will find and refine it.  Students will learn how to apply simple harmonizing techniques and begin to develop their unique voice in this class.   Each class will share their new skills in a final class musical revue.
Ages 7-11 | Sundays | 2:30pm-3:30pm | 516.1811.1-Register Now
Starting Sunday, 6/26| 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $135/Members $120
Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Latechia Mitchell


VISUAL ART CLASSES

You & Me Art Class

A series of classes for Pre-K students aged 3-5 and an adult they love. Tuition is required for the child but the adult (must be 18 or older) who takes the class with them is FREE. Students will learn the building blocks of artistic expression, build skills in the art form, engage and interact with others in class and bond with their caregiver. Start their love of the arts early!
Ages 2-5 | Sundays | 11:30am-12:30pm | 516.7602.1 -Register Now
Starting Sunday, 7/10 | 5 Weeks
Early Registration: $115/Members $100
Regular Registration: $125/Members $110
Instructor: Dottie Hoover

Crawly Critter Crafts

Kids will love this crafting class while creating drawings, clay models, and collages of all kinds of critters and animals. From caterpillars and butterflies to snakes and lizards, crawly creatures will be your inspiration to create awesome projects!
Ages 5-8 | Sundays | 11:30am-12:30pm | 516.7492.1 -Register Now
Starting Sunday, 7/10 | 5 Weeks
Early Registration: $135/Members $120
Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Dottie Hoover

small art

Little DaVincis

Students will learn and explore many styles of drawing and painting using pencils, pastels, paints, markers and mixed media. Work in 2-D and 3-D, creating art from stories, the world around us and more. Creativity and having fun are a must!
Ages 6-9 | Sundays | 1:00pm-2:00pm | 516.7231.1 -Register Now
Starting Sunday, 6/26 | 6 Weeks
Early Registration: $135/Members $120
Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Latechia Mitchell

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Intermediate Drawing

Students will compose drawings through the analysis and exploration of relationships such as objects to each other in pictorial space, and value relationships Ð concepts to convey light, volume, and space. Learn to generate original ideas while developing your own portfolio.
Ages 8-15 | Saturdays | 9:30 AM-11:00 AM | 516.7202.1 -Register Now
10 Weeks | Starting Saturday 4/9
Early Registration: $335/Members $320
Regular Registration: $345/Members $330
Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz

Painting is Fun!

Students explore wet media and color harmony by creating beautiful paintings. Learn techniques such as watercolor and acrylics. Only basic drawing skills are needed.
Ages 8-15 | Wednesdays
6:00 PM-7:30 PM | 516.7921.1 -Register Now
10 Weeks | Starting Wednesday 4/6
Early Registration: $335/Members $320 | Regular Registration: $345/Members $330
Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz