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Academy of Performing Arts & Dance


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The John Carroll School Academy of Performing Arts & Dance begins its 7th year in the fall of 2017. 
Welcoming students ages 5 through adult, we provide training in all forms of dance, acting, musical theatre, and voice. 


Class Schedule -  Monday, September 11 - Thursday, May 3

Christmas Spectacular Academy Performance - Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.
(Tech Week: Monday, November 27 - Friday, December 1)

Semester II classes begin on Monday, January 8

End-of-Year Production – “Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr.” - May 12, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.
(Tech Week: Monday, May 7 - Friday, May 11)

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Class Descriptions

BALLET -Jenyfer Krauss, Instructor

Beginner/Intermediate: For beginner/intermediate dancers who wish to start and expand their ballet training, this class incorporates basic ballet technique and terminology.

Advanced: For advanced dancers who have mastered intermediate level ballet technique and terminology, this class is designed to challenge the advanced dancer with complex combinations, pointe work and repertoire.

Pointe:  For ballet students who have completed at least one year of ballet. 

ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY -  Ms. Alex (Rowles) Hill, Instructor

For experienced dancers, this class includes the technical elements and expressiveness of jazz, lyrical and modern dance. 

HIP-HOP -  Ms. Tigga Smaller, Instructor

Beginner/Intermediate: Students will learn the basics of hip-hop including rhythm, coordination, attitude and timing along with age-appropriate choreography without suggestive music or movements.  (Intermediate students may audition for advanced class).

Advanced (by audition only): This class is for the experienced dancer and will focus on choreography and hip hop combinations. Students must display proper technique of various dance break moves and tricks.

JAZZ -  Mrs. Alex (Rowles) Hill, Instructor

Beginner: This class will offer a variety of styles with an emphasis on fundamental modern techniques and vocabulary. Dancers will be exposed to core conditioning, strengthening and proper ways of utilizing each.

Advanced: Accomplished jazz students will focus on performance quality using different genres of music. Class will be upbeat, fun, and all about dance! 

TAP -  Mrs. Kim Brueggemann, Instructor

Beginner/Intermediate: Students will be taught a series of basic tap steps to build strength in ankles and master the steps. The goal: to link together these steps with timing and fluidity to master an entire routine.  (Intermediate students may audition for advanced class).

Advanced: For advanced dancers who have mastered intermediate level.  Intricate combinations will be taught to challenge students in creativity, timing, strength and accuracy to produce a vigorous routine.

MUSICAL THEATRE COURSE -  Mr. Richard “Dickie” Mahoney, Instructor

Musical Theatre (Ages 5-9) – Mondays in Auditorium - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Musical Theatre (Ages 10-18) – Mondays in Auditorium - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Students will have a hands-on theatrical experience, as they create a full-length musical production, "Willie Wonka, Jr.”  Students will begin the semester by auditioning for roles in the show.  The remainder of Semester I and Semester II will be focused on creating this spectacular production. In addition to "Willie Wonka, Jr.," a mid-year musical review will be performed in January.

VOICE -  Katherine Procell, Instructor  

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Class Times and Fees

MONDAYS - BALLET IN STUDIO - Modern 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.;   Intermediate/Advanced 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.;   Pointe 8:00-9:00 p.m.

MONDAYS - MUSICAL THEATRE IN AUDITORIUM - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Ages 5-9)

MONDAYS - MUSICAL THEATRE IN AUDITORIUM - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Ages 10-18)

TUESDAYS - TAP IN STUDIO/AUDITORIUM -  Beginner 6:00-7:00 p.m.;   Int/Advanced 7:00-8:00 p.m.;   Adult 8:00-9:00 p.m.  

WEDNESDAYS – HIP-HOP IN STUDIO  - Int/Advanced 5:00-6:00 p.m.;   Beginner 6:00 -7:00 p.m.  

THURSDAYS – JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY IN STUDIO - Beginner Jazz 5:30-6:30 p.m.;   Int/Adv Jazz 6:30-7:30 p.m.;   Adv. Contemporary 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.   

THURSDAYS - PRIVATE VOICE CLASSES IN CHORAL ROOM IN MAIN SCHOOL BUILDING- half-hour lessons available between the hours of 5:30 and 9:00 p.m.

Class Fees

  • All classes are $560 per class, which includes costume fees for the full September-May season.  Payments may be made in two installments in September and January if preferred.
  • Students must participate in classes the full season in order to perform in the May production.
  • Payment in full for classes will be due prior to the start of January classes.
  • Refunds will not be offered after classes have begun.
  • Payments are made online when completing the Academy Registration Form (see Registration Form for payment details). 

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Instructor Bios

Kim Brueggemann - Academy Director, Tap Instructor
With over 35 years of experience performing, directing and choreographing nationally from Ithaca and Syracuse, New York; to Six Flags over Mid-America, St. Louis, Missouri; to Baltimore area dinner theatres, community theatres and Harford Dance Theatre, Kim has spent the last 19 years teaching dance and theatre arts at The John Carroll School.  The John Carroll student tap dancers and theatre arts students have performed three times at Walt Disney World in Florida, showcasing such numbers as “42nd Street,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” and “Singin’ in the Rain,” to mention a few.  

Alex (Rowles) Hill, Jazz and Contemporary Instructor
Alex began her career at the age of two, dancing for Harford Dance Theatre.  As a teen, she performed the lead role of Harriet in Harriet's Happiest Halloween, and many other roles through the years.  Alex is a 2013 graduate of FrostburgStateUniversity with a degree in elementary education. While at Frostburg, Alex performed with Frostburg Dance Company and choreographed four different style pieces for the Company. For the past year she has been working with the Academy teaching Jazz and Contemporary. Alex is back this year ready for more fun, dancing, and performance!

Richard “Dickie” Mahoney, Musical Theatre Instructor
Richard “Dickie” Mahoney has been directing and performing for over 20 years in MD, PA, NJ and DE. He has also been the Director of Youth Programs for Tidewater Players Theater Company for 10 years. Having studied many forms of acting he likes to take a realistic approach to acting, teaching actors to live in the moment and to "make it real". Dickie walks through the acting process with students showing them a step by step approach to developing 3-dimensional characters with real feelings related to how the characters act, and reaction to situations.  

Jenyfer Krauss, Ballet Instructor
Jenyfer received her BFA in Dance from Goucher College, and looks forward to her second year instructing ballet at the Academy of Performing Arts & Dance at John Carroll.  A regional performer, choreographer and instructor for over 20 years, Jenyfer is also an adjunct choreographer at Harford Community College.

Katie Procell, Vocal Instructor
Katie Procell (soprano) is beginning her master’s degree at Peabody Conservatory with Phyllis Bryn-Julson. She received her bachelors of music from James Madison University where she studied with Kevin McMillan. Some of her favorite roles have been Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Patience (Patience), and Despina (Così fan tutte). She has trained at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy and has performed with Halifax Summer Opera and Young Victorian Theatre Company. In 2014, she won the National Association for Teaching Singing Mid-Atlantic Regionals. This Spring at Peabody she will be performing Pierrot Lunaire, performing with the Peabody Modern Orchestra, and the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.

Tigga Smaller, Hip-Hop Instructor
Tigga has been teaching hip hop in select studios around the Harford/Baltimore area for the past 10 years.  She was a member of the competitive team Entourage and has been instructed by several choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance.  Tigga is one of the choreographers for Harford Dance Theatre and performs at various community theatres.

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Please contact us at 410 879-2480 ext. 2014 or if you have any questions about the classes or registration.

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