Youth Classes

Youth Winter Classes | 2024 Brochure

01/08/2024 - 06/12/2024
36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

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

CLICK HERE to download our Winter Classes 2024 Brochure.

DANCE

MAC DANCE ACADEMY

with Andrea Wachholtz

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

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!

SPECIAL OFFER! Register for Winter and Spring session together and receive a $50 discount!

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NEW! PRIMARY BALLET (ages 5-6)

January 10 – March 20 | WEDNESDAYS 4:15-5:15pm

11 CLASSES: Members: $165, Non-members: $185


BALLET I (ages 7-8)

January 10 – March 20 | WEDNESDAYS 5:30-6:30pm

11 CLASSES: Members: $165, Non-members: $185

BALLET II (ages 9-11)

January 8 – March 18 (No class January 15 OR February 19) | MONDAYS 4:15-5:15pm

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

BALLET III (ages 12+)

January 8 – March 18 (No class January 15 OR February 19) | MONDAYS 5:30-6:30pm

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

AND YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE? (JAZZ / CONTEMPORARY / MUSICAL THEATER)

AYTYCD I (ages 7-9) | January 9 – March 19 | TUESDAYS 4:15-5:15pm

AYTYCD II (ages 10-12) | January 9 – March 19 | TUESDAYS 5:30-6:30pm

11 CLASSES: Members: $165, Non-members: $185

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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

January 9 – February 27 | Tuesdays: 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!

Princeton Ballet

Pre-Ballet and Creative Movement | Ages 3-6


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

January 29 – April 1 | 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

January 29 – April 1 | 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

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

SESSION 1 – January 8, 22, 29 | Mondays 4:00pm – 6:00pm | 3 CLASSES: $170

SESSION 2 – February 5, 12, 26 | Mondays 4:00pm – 6:00pm | 3 CLASSES: $170

SESSION 3 – March 4, 11, 18, 25 | Mondays 4:00pm – 6:00pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

SESSION 4 – April 8, 15, 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 – January 8, 22, 29 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 3 CLASSES: $170

SESSION 2 – February 5, 12, 26 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 3 CLASSES: $170

SESSION 3 – March 4, 11, 18, 25 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

SESSION 4 – April 8, 15, 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

Jan 22 – March 11 (No class February 19) | MONDAYS: (7 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.

7 CLASSES: Members: $105, Non-members: $120

NEW! FABULOUS Art for FANTASTIC Artists!

with Miss Fish! | Ages 8-12

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

January 17 – March 13  | 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

January 22 – March 11 (No class February 19) | Mondays: 4:00 – 5:00 pm (7 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!

7 CLASSES: Members: $105, Non-members: $120

The Art of Roblox, Minecraft and Pokémon

with Doodle Dude | Ages 5-12

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

January 17 – March 13 | 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

January 18 – March 14   | 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

THE LION KING, JR.

with Kathy Connolly-Oliver | Ages 9-12

SOLD OUT: Due to high demand for this program, we are working to make more spaces available. Please email middletownartscentermail@gmail.com to request to be placed on the waitlist.

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

January 17 – March 25 | Wednesdays: 5:00 – 7:00 pm (10 classes)

Start the year right with this high-energy musical theater class.  Students will have voice, acting and dance training culminating in three fully staged performances of LION KING, JR.  Although students will audition for roles, every student will receive a part.  Students will receive two complimentary tickets for the show.

Auditions: Tuesday, January 16th from 5-7pm.  

Tech Rehearsals (mandatory): Students must be available during the week of March 18-21 when class will meet every night from 5-7pm for tech rehearsals. 

Show Dates:  March 22 at 7:00 pm,  March 23 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, March 24 at 2:00 pm

10 CLASSES: Price: Members – $575 | Non-Members – $605

SOLD OUT: Due to high demand for this program, we are working to make more spaces available. Please email middletownartscentermail@gmail.com to request to be placed on the waitlist.

Winter Mini-Musical Theater Intensive

with Kathy Connolly | Ages 6-9

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

January 18 – March 14 | Thursdays: 4:00 – 6:00 pm (9 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!

9 CLASSES: Members: $345, Non-members: $380

THEATER

Acting

with Kathy Connolly Ages 9-12

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

January 19 – March 15 | Fridays: 4:00 – 5:30 pm (9 classes)

In this fun and exciting 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.

9 CLASSES: Members: $220, Non-members: $245

Beginning Acting

with Felicia Russell | Ages 6-8

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

January 12 – March 15 | 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

NEW! ZUMBINI with Lisa Zwerin | Ages: 0-4

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

January 11 – March 15 | Wednesdays: 10:00 – 10:45 am (10 weeks)

A child-focused journey into the world of music, movement, and dance, and the natural response music provokes in both children and adults. A Zumbini class is a celebration of the power of music to enhance our lives, stimulate learning, inspire dance movement, and strengthen the bond between parent and child. What is Zumbini you ask? A 45 minute music and movement experience, which is developmentally appropriate for the age range of the class. Every class, designed for children 0-4 years old with a caregiver and includes dancing, singing and playing instruments. A bonding experience for all is involved, including caregiver to child, child-to-child, and caregiver to caregiver. Focuses on energy, fun, and play to contribute toward the natural development of cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills.

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


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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