about Song & Dance

“When I was a kid in elementary school, my chorus teacher told me to just mouth the words. I never sang again. Then two years ago, I did Musical theatre with Stagebridge. I don’t have a great voice, but I missed out on 60 years of singing for my own pleasure, and Stagebridge opened that up for me.” - Marcia, 68, performing arts student

Are you a “secret singer?” Does closing the shower curtain mean it’s time to let ‘er rip? Well, it’s time to dry off and bring your voice to out in public. Studies have long shown that singing is good for your physical, mental and emotional health. Singing brings more oxygen to your lungs and more alertness to your mind. Beloved singer Ella Fitzgerald’s praise was even better: “The only thing better than singing is more singing.” We couldn’t agree more. Designed for non-singers and gifted crooners alike, Stagebridge’s music classes help you broaden your repertoire, develop your vocal techniques and discover the electrifying rewards of harmonizing.

Regular dancing can support sensory, motor, and cognitive health as we age. Our dance classes offer a range of techniques and skill levels, all taught by accomplished professionals.

Like to sing and dance? Well, then put on your dancing shoes and come join the fun at Stagebridge- you’ll find classes in dance and movement as well.

Our Spring Classes meet from April 3-June 16, 2017. Our Summer Classes meet from June 19-August 25, and our Performing Arts Camp meets July 10-14. Registration for Summer Classes and Camp opens on May 1 at 9:30am. If you are interested in sitting in on one of our current classes, or would like more information, give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email info@stagebridge.org

Stagebridge's Spring 2017 singing and dance classes include: 

Singing with Scrumbly Koldewyn, Mondays 10:30-12:00; Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-12:00                                                              

One of Stagebridge’s best-loved classes—this Monday session is brand new, by popular demand. For singers, both experienced and aspiring, who want to broaden their singing experience. The class features group warmups and work on technique, plus individual work with an emphasis on finding and developing the real singer in you. Scrumbly is a popular and well-known pianist, singer, performer, teacher and the composer for many musicals, including several Stagebridge productions. Max 12 students $169 for 11 weeks (Monday) $179 for 11 weeks (Tuesday)

All Levels Tap with Lucia Fanelli, Mondays 1:30-2:30    

We've added an additional tap class, by popular demand. Maybe you're a returning student and want to supplement your tap classes with Sam Weber. Perhaps you’ve taken tap elsewhere and are just itching to tie up your tap shoes! Many students prefer to take two tap classes together, whether it's to build skills with one instructor or to work on technique two days a week. This class is appropriate for beginners and more advanced students, but to be comfortable, you should already know how to do a shuffle and the flap. Lucia Fanelli is a professional dancer who studied tap extensively with San Francisco tap master Stan Kahn and his protégé, tap virtuoso Sam Weber. Lucia studied ballet at Peninsula Ballet Theatre School under its founding director, Anne Bena, and jazz dance with Dancer Synectics Studio in San Francisco. Lucia’s teaching philosophy is to empower students to express themselves through the joy of tap dancing. As an instructor teaching dance classes to people diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Lucia helps her students to overcome their fears and embrace their inner dancer and believes that dance can be accessible to all. $115 for 11 weeks or $105 with another tap class.                

Musical Theater with Ellen Robinson and AeJay Robinson, Mondays 1:00-3:00  

Join Ellen Robinson and AeJay Mitchell for selections from the classic musical Les Miserables. This class is designed for Intermediate students who have some experience singing, dancing and/or acting. This class will build on the Musical Theater winter class. If you did not take the winter class but would like to enroll, please get in touch with us. Max 20 students $230 for 11 weeks

Joy of Dance with Bruce Bierman, Tuesdays 10:00-12:00                            

With Special Guest Gilberto Melendez. A world dance class and improv dance jam. Wake up moving through the energizing rhythms of stillness, flowing, staccato, chaos, and the lyrical to some of the most glorious world music. We’ll dance to Salsa, Broadway, Tango, Blues, Mozart, Hawaiian, Klezmer, Middle Eastern, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jazz, Flamenco, and James Brown, to list a few! The movement and dance in this class is tailored to each individual body. We will learn a new piece of choreography each week, along with letting loose in a improv dance jam the way that you like to move it! Please wear shoes and clothing appropriate for dancing. All levels welcome and encouraged! $179 for 11 weeks

Chorus with Ellen Hoffman, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 *CANCELED* 

Chorus is a non-auditioned class. This means you don’t need to read music or have previous singing experience—although it’s OK if you do! We will use lyric sheets and written music. We will touch on many different styles, with a focus on popular music from various cultures. Instructor Ellen Hoffman is considering Bossa Nova, The Beatles, 17th Century English drinking songs, a Fats Waller tune from the ‘40s, and a cowboy song. She may throw in a classic R&B hit or a Schubert tune with a Gershwin touch! We may even experiment with improvisational singing. As Cole Porter said, “Anything Goes!” Only requirement: Bring your ears! $115 for 11 weeks or $100 with Music Fundamentals    

Music Fundamentals with Ellen Hoffman, Tuesdays 2:15-3:15 *CANCELED*             

In this class, we'll focus on ear-training, the nuts and bolts of music, and anything and everything else you've ever wanted to know! What's the difference between rubato and arpeggio? What is a leading tone? Take this class and find out. This all levels class is great for singers, musicians, or the musically curious. How did Mrs. George Handel help her husband compose the music to "Joy to the World" ? What does LeonardBernstein's famous West Side Story song "There's a Place for Us" have in common with the original Star Trek theme?  What's the difference between pie a la mode and traditional Greek modes?  Expect to sing, listen, analyze, dissect, question, and understand. Highly interactive - bring your questions! $115 for 11 weeks or $100 with Chorus                                      

Beginning Tap with Sam Weber, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00                                                        

An introduction to the sounds and routines of tap popularized by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ann Miller, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Shirley Temple, Gregory Hines, and others. $115 for 11 weeks or $105 with another tap class                  

Advanced Tap with Sam Weber, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00    

Learn how to add sounds to the basic steps, creating faster and more intricate rhythms. Sam Weber, tap dancer, works internationally as a performer, master teacher, and choreographer. A protégé of San Francisco tapmaster Stan Kahn, he is the winner of numerous awards, including the New York Dance Critics’“Bessie.” $115 for 11 weeks or $105 with another tap class

Jazz & Broadway Harmony Chorus with Ellen Robinson, Tuesdays 3:15-4:45                                                                                                                                                 Join jazz vocalist Ellen Robinson for an exciting journey into the world of harmony! This is a class for adventuresome and advanced singers who want to take on jazz standards and Broadway tunes in three and four parts. Vocalists need to have the ability to hold their own while singing harmony. An ability to read music is required.We’ll address ways to improve your vocal technique and further develop your music reading skills. If you have not taken this class before, please contact the office, and we’ll put you in touch with the instructor.   $115 for 11 weeks      

Dancing to Jazz with AeJay Mitchell, Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 *CANCELED*            

Join Actor, Dancer, and Choreographer AeJay Mitchell as he takes you through jazz dance styles from 1920's to the 1970's. From the Charleston to the Twist to a bit of Bob Fosse, students will learn fun combinations to some great American jazz standards. This class is open to all skill levels, and all you need to bring are your dancing shoes! AeJay Mitchell is an educator, actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer based in Oakland, California. Originally from Louisiana, he has been granted opportunities to study, perform and teach for the past decade across the United States. He trained in Dance, Theatre, and Music at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and is an alumni of Jacob's Pillow Dance Apprenticeship Program where we took classes from Monica Bill Barnes, Camille A. Brown, Hofesh Schecter, and Barak Marshall among others. He has also worked with dance theatre and performance artists Yin Mei, Tim Miller, Joe Goode, and the Architects. $179 for 11 weeks


To ensure that you receive personal attention, we’ve limited class size, which means that some classes do fill. If a class you're interested in has a waitlist, we encourage you to sign up and attend the first day of class, as we often have spots open up in the first week. For more information about classes or registrations, contact us today.