Musical Theatre Minis is an lively, fun 1 hour class every Sunday for our Minis. The pupils learn all styles of dance, drama and vocals, adapted from West End and Broadway shows appropriate for their age. They will be taught the correct technique for all three disciplines, along with learning how to act through song and characterisation. This is a great way to introduce younger children into the arts.
All classes are taught in a safe warm environment by our fully qualified registered teachers. At the end of the term parents are allowed to watch how their child has progressed.
These 3 hour classes are held every Sunday during term time in our Knightsbridge studios within More House school. The children are taught in a clean, safe and warm environment and all our teachers are registered. It is not necessary for parents or guardians to attend these 3 hour performing arts classes. This allows you the freedom to have a few hours to yourself knowing your children are safe and well looked after. Within the class pupils learn all styles of dance, drama and vocals, adapted from West End and Broadway shows. The first 15 minutes consists of a physical warm up, which then moves on to 45 minutes of dance, 45 minutes of drama and then 45 minute singing/vocals.
The three disciplines are broken down in to three lessons and then added all together to create a performance at the end of the term. The children learn correct technique for all three disciplines, along with learning how to act through song and characterisation
|10:30 -11:30||60 mins||Dancing, Drama, Singing - Musical Theatre Minis (4-6 years)|
|11:30 - 2:30||3 hours||Dancing, Drama, Singing -Musical Theatre (7-16 years)|
Trinity College Exams
Students from the age of 5 attending classes with DDA on Sundays are offered the opportunity to take Musical Theatre examinations with Trinity College London as well as take part in our yearly performance in a West End Theatre.
Trinity College London is the international exam board for performing arts and English language, providing assessments around the world since 1877.
Examinations are not compulsory at DDA and children can continue to take Musical Theatre classes with us without taking exams. However, as most children within our Musical Theatre classes learn the required work, we encourage children to take this opportunity.
If they pass, then children receive a beautiful certificate and result forms.
What is Musical Theatre?
Musical Theatre is a fantastic fun form of theatrical performance that kids love. Based around a story, emotion, content and words are communicated through words, music and movement.
Most Musicals are performed in theatres. One of the most famous areas in London for Musicals is London’s West End. Each year Dakoda’s Dance Academy has an annual show at the famous ‘Her Majesty’s Theater, London.
Why Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre is a great way of entertaining through a combination of: popular music, solo songs, duets, choruses and ensembles, Spoken dialogue dance sequences, stage spectacles and fantastic costumes,Orchestra or live band accompaniment.
It is a fantastic way for children to be creative, imaginative and to express themselves in a way they normally wouldn’t be able to whether as themselves or as a new ‘character’
More about Musical Theatre
Libretto – the overall text including the spoken and sung parts
Lyrics – the words to the songs
Most song in Musical theatre are either:
Action songs, which move the plot forward or
Character songs, which enable a character to express their feelings
Within these two formats, different song types can be found including:
Although most musicals use dialogue some are throught-composed. There is little or no dialogue, nearly everything is sung.
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