2017 Spring Break – Full Day Master Classes

New Programming for Young Artists (ages 10-14 or 5th – 9th grade) during Spring Break (April 10-12, 2017)

Spring Break Masterclass

(Stay tuned for updates about the 2018 Master Classes!!!) 

BAX’s new day-long intensive master classes provide young artists (ages 10-14, 5th-9th grades) with an opportunity to explore BAX’s signature Dance, Theater, and AcroBAX programs during Spring Break.

Over the course of the day, students will work closely with two BAX master teachers in an intimate class size while utilizing BAX’s theater and a second studio space. For the first part of the day, students work on fundamental technical skills and explore a broad range of performance traditions. During the second part of the day, students will work in collaboration to develop original composition. Bringing together their technical skills and improvisation skills, they will culminate the day by sharing a customized project of their own design in small group performances.

Sign up for one master class or all three! Students are expected to have a strong interest in the discipline and/or prior experience (minimum of two prior classes).

2017 Master Class Descriptions

AcroBAX - Monday, April 10th Dance - Tuesday, April 11thTheater - Wednesday, April 12th
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Taught by Helen Tocci and Diane TomasiTaught by Donna Costello and Maira DuarteTaught by Kate Bell and Julia Cavagna
This lively multidimensional AcroBAX master class will explore inverted movements, partner and group acrobatics, contemporary dance, as well as improvisation and choreography skills. Taught by BAX’s AcroBAX program directors, Helen Tocci and Diane Tomasi, the class will view recorded works by traditional and contemporary artists who have shaped the fields of dance, AcroYoga and CircusYoga, and circus. Drawing on these skills and sources of inspiration, students will create their own short-phrases within the group. At the end of the day, groups will bring their work together for a work-in-progress showing with one another. This Modern Dance master class will provide young artists with an intimate space to experiment with original movement patterns and dynamic qualities of movement while also studying the works of historical and contemporary dance. Taught by Donna Costello and Maira Duarte, students will replicate and deconstruct movement phrases with a particular emphasis on “swinging,” “thrusting,” “shaping,” and “hanging” techniques. In the afternoon, they will use this physical vocabulary as inspiration to create their own original short phrase-work in small groups. These works-in-progress will be shared with one another and invite students to talk about their work and the role of reflection within the creative process. This devised theater master class invites young artists to think about the everyday radical act of creating something out of nothing. They will be exposed to specific theater and movement traditions such as Epic Theater, Theater of the Oppressed, and the Physical Theater of Jacques Le Coq, to experiment with different forms of storytelling and heightened theatricality. Using devising techniques including improvisation, directing, and playwriting, students will draw from their everyday lives and experiences (or exaggerated versions) to create scenes that emphasize their physical movement and expressions.

Daily Schedule

8:30 AM – Drop Off Begins

9:00 AM – Master Class Begins

12:00 PM – Lunch Break (Students should pack their lunch.)

3:00 PM – Master Class Ends

Extended Day  programming is available to accommodate pick-up as late as 5:45 PM. This programming is part of our Spring Break Arts Program, which will be occurring simultaneously for students in grades K-5th.

Registration and Fees

Master Class Fee: $95 per day

Extended Day Fee:

  • Half-time: 3:00-4:45- $15 per day. ($10 per day if arranged and paid for in advance.)
  • Full-time: 3:00-5:45- $20 per day. ($15 per day if arranged and paid for in advance).

Cancellations or changes made on or before Saturday, March 25, 2017,  will be accepted and refunded minus a flat $35 cancellation fee.

Cancellations after Saturday, March 25, 2017, will incur a late cancellation fee of $35/day, provided BAX can fill the spot with a full-paying student. If the spot cannot be filled, all tuition will be forfeited.

To Register or For More Information:

Call 718-832-0018 / Email info@bax.org / Visit BAX at 421 5th Ave.

Online registration not available.