A new school year brings new routines for both kids and adults.
To celebrate the arrival of fall, the LSU Performing Arts Academy, one of the area’s top resources for community performing arts programs, has announced an exciting slate of programs for kids and adults of all ages. These classes include:
■ Aerial Silks Workshop for Kids, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Aug 28 – Dec. 11 with a performance on Dec. 18. Ever aspired to join the circus? This class is the first step. Instructor Elise Duran, a professional circus performer, will help students learn aerial silks. This weekly class teaches basic aerial silk technique and tricks and improves core strength, coordination and balance. Class space is limited. The class is open to students currently in fourth through eighth grades. Tuition is $225.
■ My Alter Ego – Create Your Own Character, 4:45-5:45 p.m. Sept. 18 – Nov. 13. For the performer in the family, this nine-session character-building workshop employs a variety of methods for creating, writing and performing new characters. Instructor Bonny McDonald will use techniques from traditional theater, movement and creative writing to help students generate several interesting characters. The class will finish with a mini-showcase of solo and group performances, Tuition is $125.
■ Beginner Guitar for Kids, 4:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Sep. 19 – Nov. 21. Learn to play the guitar in a supportive class atmosphere with instructor Daniel Holmes. Designed for beginners without previous experience, this class will teach the basics of guitar playing. Tuition is $135.
■ LSU Girls’ Choir (Elementary), 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept.4 – Dec. 4. Girls ages 6-10 can join instructor Sarah Bartolome for a fun introduction to singing in a supportive atmosphere. Students will learn about singing and other great musical skills. Each semester, the choir presents a final concert at the LSU School of Music. As a bonus, the last half-hour of class will be devoted to collaborating with the Junior High Girls’ Choir, providing a chance to learn from older girls. A waiting room/homework room is available for parents with additional children. Tuition is $135.
■ LSU Girls’ Choir (Middle/Junior High), 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4 – Dec. 4. This choir, for girls ages 11-14, will allow students to learn about singing in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Each semester, the choir presents a final concert at the LSU School of Music. Newcomers are welcome. Previous participation in the elementary girls’ choir is not required. Class instructor will be Sarah Bartolome. Tuition is $135.
■ Reel TV- Screenwriting for Teens, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 19. During this fast-paced, eight-week class, students will learn the full process of writing for television, from developing an idea, writing the story, creating beat sheets and outlines. Students also will get a chance to pitch their idea to the vice president of Warner Bros. Writer’s Workshop. Instructor for the class is Los Angeles-based writer Zina Camblin, who has worked on television development projects with both NBC and Estevez/Sheen Productions at Warner Bros. She currently is on the writing staff of the sitcom, “Let’s Stay Together,” produced by Queen Latifah. Tuition is $275.
■ Introduction to Motion 5 (digital video graphics editing), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12. Create titles, transitions, effects and more with Motion 5, the motion graphics companion to Final Cut Pro X. This three-day, hands-on course starts with motion graphics fundamentals and moves into compositing, animation and the world of 3D. Under the instruction of Ben Balser, students will learn how to creating Smart Motion Templates and publish them to Final Cut Pro X. Basic proficiency at using Mac operating system and familiarity with Final Cut Pro X is recommended. Tuition is $395.
■ Final Cut Pro X: Advanced Editing (FCP300), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 2, 9 and 16. Led by instructor Ben Balser, this three-day, hands-on course teaches hard-to-find advanced editing and finishing techniques using Final Cut Pro, a revolutionary video editing application that makes it possible for beginners and seasoned professionals to achieve stunning results. Students can learn how to create effects using filters creatively, color correct like a pro and create complex audio mixes. Thorough knowledge of editing terminology is highly recommended. The academy’s Introduction to Final Cut Pro class or equivalent knowledge is also recommended. This class is open to teens and adults. Tuition is $395.
■ Rhythmataz! – Inclusive Music, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 1 – Dec. 3. Rhythm is the foundation of all music. This class, led by instructor Mary Malloy, helps students to explore rhythms and instruments from around the world to make music together in a fun, inclusive environment. The class is open to teens and young adults. Tuition is $150.
■ Screenwriting Intensive for Adults, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 19. During this fast-paced, intensive eight-week class, students learn the full process of writing for television, from developing an idea, writing the story, creating beat sheets and outlines. At the end of the class, students will have the chance to pitch their idea to the vice president of Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop. Instructor for the class is Los Angeles-based writer Zina Camblin, who has worked on television development projects with both NBC and Estevez/Sheen Productions at Warner Bros. She is currently on the writing staff of the sitcom, “Let’s Stay Together,” produced by Queen Latifah. Tuition is $350.
■ Beginner Guitar for Adults, 6-7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 18. Learn to play the guitar in a supportive class atmosphere. Designed for beginners without previous experience, this 10-session class will teach the basics of guitar playing. Instructor for the course is Daniel Holmes. Tuition is $135.
■ LSU Community Choir, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Dec. 10. Part class, part ensemble, students not only will sing a wide variety of music styles, but also learn to improve their singing technique and learn how to care for their voice. No previous voice training is required. The class concludes with a performance. Instructor for the course is Melissa Brunkan. Tuition is $135.
■ New Horizons Band, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept.10 – Dec. 10. This class meets in both the fall and spring. It’s perfect for active adults who are looking to rekindle a previous passion for music or to try a new instrument altogether. Part music class, part ensemble, the New Horizons band is designed to teach instrumental skills while providing opportunities to play as part of a group. Tuition is $135 .
■ Jazz Piano for Adults, 6-7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 16 – Dec. 9. Designed for individuals with foundational skills in piano who are ready to dive into jazz, the course is held in LSU’s state-of-the-art digital piano lab and led by instructor Vasil Cvetkov. Course materials are included. Members of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute can receive a 10-percent discount with proof of membership. Tuition is $225
The LSU Performing Arts Academy offers pre-college and community programs in the performing arts for members of the public. Housed in the university’s Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive, the academy offer classes and private music lessons for all ages.
To enroll, call (225) 578-3230 or visit cmdalsu.com/paa.
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