2018 Spring Break – Full Day Master Classes

Spring Break Masterclass

BAX’s day-long intensive master classes provide young artists (ages 10-14) with an opportunity to explore BAX’s signature Theater, Modern Dance, and AcroBAX tumbling 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.

2018 Master Classes

Theater - Tuesday, April 3rdModern Dance - Wednesday, April 4thAcroBAX - Thursday, April 5th
Taught by Kate Bell and Julia Cavagna Taught by Donna Costello and Maira DuarteTaught by Diane Tomasi and Billy Schultz
This devised Theater master class invites young artists to think about the radical act of creating something out of nothing. Students will be exposed to a range of theater and movement traditions that emphasize physicality and expression to experiment with different forms of storytelling and heightened theatricality. Students will draw on the natural world as inspiration, delving into stories of different life cycles beginning with the sunrise and sunset, as well as how their big city lives are touched by nature. Through improvisation, directing, and playwriting, our young theater artists will create an original performance piece about our planet and themselves. This Modern Dance master class will provide young artists with an intimate space to explore original movement patterns and dynamics like “swinging,” “thrusting,” “shaping,” and “hanging” by experiencing them in warming the body, across the floor combinations and phrase work. The second part of the class will be to look at these patterns in historic and contemporary dance works. From this embodied research a physical vocabulary will develop as inspiration to create their own original solos and small group work. These works-in-progress will be shared with one another to introduce performance and reflection within the creative process. This lively multidimensional AcroBAX tumbling master class will explore inverted movements, partner and group acrobatics, contemporary dance, as well as improvisation and choreography skills. The class will view recorded works by traditional and contemporary artists who have shaped the fields of dance, partner acrobatics, and circus. Drawing on these skills and sources of inspiration, students will create their own short-phrases, learn "AcroBAX" choreography, and create group material. At the end of the day, groups will bring all the work together for a work-in-progress showing.

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: $20 per day (Program runs 3:00-5:45pm, but students can be picked up at any time. Must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance; limited space available.)

Cancellations or changes made on or before Saturday, March 17, 2018,  will be accepted and refunded minus a flat $35 cancellation fee.

Cancellations after Saturday, March 17, 2018, 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:

Register Online (under Spring Break) / Call 718-832-0018 / Email info@bax.org / Visit BAX at 421 5th Ave.


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