Spring Break – Full Day Master Classes

Spring Break Masterclass

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, BAX will not be running our School Breaks Arts Programs (Presidents’ Week and Spring Break) in 2021. We do, however, intend to run our 2021 Summer Arts Program. Depending on health and safety circumstances, we hope to run the summer as a hybrid of in-person programming (outdoors and in the BAX studios) from July 12-August 6. Please look out for more details in the late winter/early-spring.

Additionally, stay tuned in January for more information about our exciting (and free) 2021 YouthWorkSTREAMS program, which will take place as both an in-person and virtual program during the week of Spring Break (March 29 through April 2, 2020).

To learn about the program’s history, please see program details from 2020 below:

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 Tumbling/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.

Details for 2020 Master Classes are below:

Tuesday, April 14th

Wednesday, April 15th

Thursday, April 16th

Taught by Donna Costello and Rachel FreeburgTaught by Tamika Charles-Sims and Helen TocciTaught by Kate Bell and Julia Cavagna
This Modern Dance master class will provide young artists with an intimate space to explore movement and choreographic ideas within the larger context of dance history and lineage through to the present day lens of social media. Morning technique class will delve into qualitative explorations of actions of the body such as swinging, shaping and spiraling through improvisation and form. Midday discussions will include viewing dance works that look at the historical lineages of contemporary dance-makers including BAX’s own Artists in Residence as well as how social media has affected current choreographic practices. From this rich and embodied research, dancers will create a physical vocabulary as inspiration to develop their own original solos to video and share on social media (if desired). Then, using the solos as our starting material we will incorporate patterning and groupings to create a unified piece to share with families and friends at the end of the day.This lively, multidimensional AcroBAX master class will explore tumbling, inversions, creative partner and group acrobatics, and contemporary dance, as well as improvisation and choreography skills. Students will have the time and space to dive deep into tumbling technique and learn new skills. They will have their world turned upside down as they train different kinds of inversions. Their strength and collaborative skills will be tested as they work on gravity defying partner acrobatics. And they will have the opportunity to be a part of a unique creative process - creating individual solos, duets and group collaborations. The day will culminate with a showing of the students’ original work, bringing together the knowledge gathered throughout the workshop including tumbling skills, musicality, partnering and exciting AcroBax choreography.
This devised theater master class invites young artists to think about the everyday radical act of creating something out of nothing. We will use drama to explore the theme of perception. How do others perceive you and are they right or wrong? And why? After exploring how different people's perceptions can limit or inspire our own personal narratives and identities, we'll use iconic photographs and sculptures as inspiration for creating stories. Using devising techniques including improvisation, directing, playwriting, and music, students will create and perform a new theater piece all in one day, challenging themselves and their audience to ponder the many different ways we can perceive people and images.

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 – learn more here

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