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 Winter Classes meet from January 9, 2017-March 24, 2017. Registration is now closed, but if you are interested in sitting in on one of our classes, or would like more information, give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email info@stagebridge.org. Our Spring classes will meet April 3, 2017-June 16, 2017, and registration will open on March 1.

Stagebridge's Winter 2017 singing and dance classes include: 

Singing with Scrumbly Koldewyn, three sections on Mondays 10:30-12:00 and 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

All Levels Tap with Lucia Fanelli, Mondays 12:00-1:00                                                            We've added this additional class for all levels! Maybe you're a returning student and want to supplement your tap classes with Sam Weber. Perhaps you're a brand new student just itching to tie up your brand-new 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. 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 Parkinsons', Lucia helps her students to overcome their fears and embrace their inner dancer and believes that dance can be accessible to all.

Musical Theater with Ellen Robinson and Benjamin Pither, Mondays 1:00-3:00                           Join Ellen Robinson and Benjamin Pither for selections from the classic musical Les Miserables. This class is designed for Intermediate students who have some experience singing, dancing and/or acting. Ellen and Benjamin will focus on the same musical over the course of Winter and Spring sessions. Max 20 students 

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!

Chorus with Ellen Hoffman, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00                                                                     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!    

Ear-Training is FUN! with Ellen Hoffman, Tuesdays 2:15-3:15                                                  What is ear-training, and why should you care?  Will it help you sing better, or understand music more? Take this class, taught by Ellen Hoffman and find out! This 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 Leonard  Bernstein'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?  Ear training is fun! Everyone is welcome to take and enjoy this class.  

Beginning Tap and Advanced Tap with Sam Weber, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 and 2:00-3:00                 Beginning: 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. 

Advanced: 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.”   

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.      

Dancing to Jazz, from the 1920s to the 1970s with AeJay Mitchell, Thursdays 10:00-12:00         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. 


To ensure that you receive personal attention, we’ve limited class size. To guarantee your space contact us today.