Youth Classes

YOUTH Spring Classes

04/08/2024 - 06/14/2024
36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

Join us this Spring for these GREAT classes in Theater, Dance, Art, and Music! 

DANCE

MAC DANCE ACADEMY

with Andrea Wachholtz

After the INCREDIBLE response to our inaugural sessions this Fall and Winter, we are THRILLED to be expanding our MAC Dance Academy classes this Spring!

Under the expert instruction of renowned Dancer and instructor Andrea Wachholtz, The MAC Dance Academy offers classes across all genres using a model of “teaching without judgment in a structured environment” that focuses on empowering and enabling students through creative and educational methods… all in our beautiful new state of the art dance studio!

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BALLET

Classical ballet classes structured from a syllabus combining Andrea’s teachings along with those of American Ballet Theatre. Students are placed within age appropriate levels. Evaluations will be conducted twice a year in regards to technique and emotional and physical growth allowing Andrea to make any level adjustments necessary.

NEW! PRIMARY BALLET (ages 5-6)

April 10 – June 12 | WEDNESDAYS 4:30-5:30pm

10 CLASSES: Members: $150, Non-members: $170


BALLET I (ages 7-8)

April 10 – June 12 | WEDNESDAYS 5:45-6:45pm

10 CLASSES: Members: $150, Non-members: $170

BALLET II (ages 9-11)

April 8 – June 10 (No class May 27) | MONDAYS 4:15-5:15pm

9 CLASSES: Members: $135, Non-members: $155

BALLET III (ages 12+)

April 8 – June 10 (No class May 27) | MONDAYS 5:30-6:30pm

9 CLASSES: Members: $135, Non-members: $155

JUST DANCE

(JAZZ / CONTEMPORARY / MUSICAL THEATER)

If your child is a born performer, then this class is for them! Andrea brings to these classes her expertise as a performer, choreographer, teacher, coach and national judge. Routines in either musical theater, jazz or contemporary dance are learned and studied during the session.

JUST DANCE I (ages 7-10) | April 9 – June 11 | TUESDAYS 4:15-5:15pm

JUST DANCE II (ages 11-14) | April 9 – June 11 | TUESDAYS 5:30-6:30pm

10 CLASSES: Members: $150, Non-members: $170

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Princeton Ballet

Pre-Ballet and Creative Movement | Ages 3-6


LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

April 6 – June 1 (no class May 25) | Saturdays: 9:00am – 10:00am  (8 classes)

This fun and engaging class was specially designed for younger beginning dancers, ages 3-6. Students will be introduced to the fundamental building blocks of movement, rhythm/musicality, as well as begin to create movement of their own. Students will develop understanding of movement concepts, flexibility, balance, and coordination through specific ballet-based movements and creative exploration. Princeton Ballet School (PBS) is known for nurturing developing dancers in a safe and progressive way. As a result, PBS students develop self-esteem, self-discipline, and a strong fitness level that will provide a powerful edge in any future endeavor.

Uniform:

Girls uniform color: Pink  
Girls ballet slippers and tights: Pink or skin tone
Boys uniform color: White shirt, black tights 
Boys ballet slippers and tights: Black

8 CLASSES: $175

Princeton Ballet

Ballet | Ages 7-9


LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

April 6 – June 1 (no class May 25) | Saturdays: 10:00am – 11:00 am  (8 classes)

This fun and engaging class was specially designed for dancers, ages 7-9. Students will be introduced to the fundamental building blocks of ballet technique and movement. Students will develop understanding of movement concepts, flexibility, balance, and coordination through ballet movements and creative exploration. Princeton Ballet School (PBS) is known for nurturing developing dancers in a safe and progressive way. As a result, PBS students develop self-esteem, self-discipline, and a strong fitness level that will provide a powerful edge in any future endeavor.

Uniform:

Girls uniform color: Black 
Girls ballet slippers and tights: Pink or skin tone
Boys uniform color: White shirt, black tights 
Boys ballet slippers and tights: Black

8 CLASSES: $175

ZUMBINI

“Mommy and Me” Music and Movement Classes with Lisa Zwerin | Ages: 0-4*

*no charge for a second child!

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

April 11 – May 30 | Thursdays: 10:00 – 10:45 am (8 classes)

What is Zumbini you ask? An incredible and sweet 45 minute music and movement experience, expertly designed to be developmentally appropriate for children 0-4 years old with a caregiver. Every class includes dancing, singing and playing instruments to create a special bonding experience for all involved: including caregiver to child, child-to-child, and caregiver to caregiver. The class focuses on energy, FUN, and play to contribute towards the natural development of cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills.

8 CLASSES: Members: $120, Non-members: $135*

*no charge for a second child!

ART

Masters Fine Art Program

with  Elizabeth Schettini Sowell, Master Fine Artist | Ages 10+

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

This Winter, students of all ages can immerse themselves in a special program taught by Master Artist, Elizabeth Schettini Sowell. The program is designed to take students through the fundamentals of drawing, sculpture, printmaking and painting in such a way that they will graduate the program with the solid foundation needed to be successful at making art, both personally and professionally. The life-changing class will guide students in a progression of skills, building a solid foundation for all art with strong technical skills. Students will draw from life and from their imagination while they progress to Intermediate Drawing then Sculpture, Printmaking and Painting as they develop and hone art skills while learning the language of art.

Master Arts Skills for Youth | Ages 10-14*

some exceptions for 9 year olds

SPRING SESSION 1March 4, 11, 18, 25 | Mondays 4:00pm – 6:00pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

SPRING SESSION 2April 8, 15, 22, 29 | Mondays 4:00pm – 6:00pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

A great class for students who are serious about their art and want to develop their skills to advance. Led by Master Artist, Elizabeth Schettini Sowell, students begin at their personal level and with individual guidance will advance and perfect the foundational building blocks of art to create work they are proud of. Students will use different media, learn the technique of group and self-critique to build a strong portfolio.

Master Arts Skills for Teens and Adults | Ages 15+

SESSION 1 – March 4, 11, 18, 25 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

SESSION 2 – April 8, 15, 22, 29 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

A great class for students who are serious about their art and want to develop their skills and advance. Led by Master Artist, and former college Professor, Elizabeth Schettini Sowell. Students begin at their personal level and with individualized guidance and attention learn and perfect the foundational building blocks of art to create work they are proud of. Students will use different media, learn the technique of group and self-critique to build a strong portfolio.

Watercolors and MORE!

with Miss Fish! | Ages 4-8

LOCATION: MAC ANNEX – 121 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

NEW START DATE! April 15 – June 10 ( no class May 27) | MONDAYS: (8 classes)
CLASS 1: 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
CLASS 2: 5:15 – 6:15 pm 

For those little artists who just LOVE to PAINT and CREATE! Under the loving and expert direction of Miss Fish students will use watercolors to make beautiful paintings and make AMAZING art pieces and craft projects with clay, cray pas, paper and more! Students will love these classes run by legendary art educator, Miss Fish, who will stir the imagination and bring out the creative best in every child! Each week, students will learn new tips for painting and create their own masterpieces! Supplies included.

8 CLASSES: Members: $120, Non-members: $135

NEW! FABULOUS Art for FANTASTIC Artists!

with Miss Fish! | Ages 8-12

LOCATION: MAC ANNEX – 121 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

April 10  – June 5  | Wednesdays:  4:00 – 5:00 pm (9 classes)

For those older artists (ages 8-12)! Under the loving and expert direction of Miss Fish, students study the elements of art and the creative process in this hands on, multi–media class. Learn about art fundamentals such as line, shape, composition, and color. Students will explore a variety of materials including graphite, charcoal, pastel, paint, and more. Students will love these classes run by legendary art educator, Miss Fish, who will stir the imagination and bring out the creative best in every child! Each week, students will learn new tips for painting and create their own masterpieces! Supplies included.

9 CLASSES: Members: $135, Non-members: $150

NEW! Cartooning, Kawaii and CLAY!

with Doodle Dude | Ages 5-12

LOCATION: MAC ANNEX – 121 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

NEW START DATE! April 15 – June 10) | Mondays: 4:00 – 5:00 pm (8 classes)

We will have a blast working with clay and creating crazy, cool kawaii and cartoon characters while learning about the greatest cartoonists and clay animators of all time!  What you create will AMAZE you! No one art to life like Art Kaney, the Doodle Dude! From the cute and cool, to the crazy, and from the basics to more advanced techniques, the Doodle Dude will educate, entertain and inspire!

8 CLASSES: Members: $120, Non-members: $135

The Art of Roblox, Minecraft and Pokémon

with Doodle Dude | Ages 5-12

LOCATION: MAC ANNEX – 121 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

April 10  – June 5 | Wednesdays: 4:00 – 5:00 pm (9 classes)

Let’s learn how to draw Roblox, Minecraft and Pokémon characters, but also create and design our own. We will work on character development and work with many different media including paint, clay, Glow in the dark paint, oil pastels and more. Let’s get off the video games and on to the drawing board! Gaming party last day of class!  No one brings art and painting to life like Art Kaney, the Doodle Dude! From the cute and cool, to the crazy, and from the basics to more advanced techniques, the Doodle Dude will educate, entertain and inspire!

9 CLASSES: Members: $135, Non-members: $150

NEW! Painting-palooza with Doodle Dude! | Ages 5-12

LOCATION: MAC ANNEX – 121 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

April 11  – June 6  | Thursdays: 4:00 – 5:00 pm (9 classes)

Get creative with the Doodle Dude who will introduce you to the awesome world of painting in his unique way. Let your imagination run wild while you have a blast working with watercolors, acrylics, gouache and even glow in the dark paint!  No one brings art and painting to life like Art Kaney, the Doodle Dude! From the cute and cool, to the crazy, and from the basics to more advanced techniques, the Doodle Dude will educate, entertain and inspire!

9 CLASSES: Members: $135, Non-members: $150

MUSICAL THEATER

SPRING BROADWAY SHOWCASE with Kathy Connolly | Ages 9-12

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

April 10 – June 12 | Wednesdays: 5:00 – 7:00 pm (10 classes)

Under expert instruction of award-winning director and professional theater teaching artist, Kathy Connolly, students will explore their creativity and develop skills and confidence in a nurturing and fun environment. Using a professional conservatory approach, each week, students will receive individual classes in acting, improvisation, voice and dance, and then apply these lessons to rehearse for a final performance, which will include a showcase of Broadway’s best songs and dances. Parents will receive two free tickets to the performance. Additional tickets are available at $10 each.

Performance Date:  Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm

10 CLASSES: Price: Members – $465 | Non-Members – $495

NEW! Spring Mini-Musical Theater Intensive with Kathy Connolly | Ages 6-9

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

April 10 – June 12 | Thursdays: 4:00 – 6:00 pm (10 classes)

This exciting class is for younger performers ages 6-9. Using a professional conservatory approach, the students will take individual classes in Acting, Dance, Improv, Scenic Design and Voice. Under the expert instruction of award winning Director and teaching artist, Kathy Connolly and our team of professional theater artists, and visiting Master Class presenters, the students will explore their creativity and develop their confidence and skills in a fun and nurturing environment!

10 CLASSES: Members: $345, Non-members: $365

THEATER

Acting with Kathy Connolly | Ages 9-12

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

April 12 – June 14 | Fridays: 4:00 – 5:30 pm (10 classes)

In this fun and exciting 1.5 hour class, students will study the fundamentals of acting technique and theater through theater games, scene work and improvisation. Under the expert instruction of award-winning Director and Teaching Artist, Kathy Connolly, students will work on monologues and scenes in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. While the focus is always on fun, this class also has wonderful additional benefits including; strengthened self-esteem, improved reading comprehension, and the continuing development of positive social skills.

10 CLASSES: Members: $235, Non-members: $255

Beginning Acting

with Felicia Russell | Ages 6-8

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

April 12 – June 14 | Fridays: 4:00 – 5:00 pm (10 classes)

Students will have a blast and build confidence exploring theater games, storytelling, improv & more! Under the nurturing instruction of NJ performer and Teaching Artist, Felicia Russell (a proud MAC alum!), students will learn the fundamentals of acting technique and theater in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Students will also get guest instruction from award-winning Director and Teaching Artist, Kathy Connolly, to work on monologues and scenes and even collaborate to create new short pieces together!

10 CLASSES: Members: $150, Non-members: $165

MUSIC


Private In-Person Piano or Voice Lessons with Miss Peggy!
| ALL AGES

Voice and Piano teacher Peggy Saxton is offering private in-person lessons at the MAC!

Start playing songs or singing better from your very first lesson! Under Miss Peggy’s nurturing instruction, you’ll learn to read, understand, and create beautiful music from day one!

No matter what your skill level is, in these 30 or 60 minute sessions, students will learn a combination of exercises and approaches to improve confidence, proper technique, and overall musicality.

Miss Peggy makes learning piano or voice accessible and fun for everyone!

NEW STUDENTS: Please email artscenter@middletownnj.org for more details or to schedule a lesson.

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