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 Fall classes meet Monday-Friday, September 25-December 8; there are no classes the week of November 20-24. Registration for Fall 2017 classes is now open through the end of first week of classes, September 29. You can register online HERE. To register over the phone or if you have any questions, please give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stagebridge's Fall 2017 singing and dance classes include:
Monday Singing with Scrumbly; Monday, 10:30am-12:00pm Sept. 26-Dec. 5
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 warm-ups and work on technique, plus individual work with an emphasis on finding and developing the real singer in you. Students should bring a solo to work on, sheet music, or just lyrics for fairly well-known songs. Scrumbly is a popular and well-known pianist, singer, performer, teacher and the composer for many musicals, including several Stagebridge productions. Max 12 students $169.00
Beginning Ballet with Lucia Fanelli; Monday, 12:00pm-1:00pm Sept. 25-Dec. 4
We are very excited to announce this new class at Stagebridge. Beginning Adult Ballet is designed to help the student become aware of body placement to facilitate moves naturally and with ease, applying rhythmically and with expression to classical music! Ballet is foundational, enhancing all forms of dance. By understanding body alignment and the initiation points of movement, one develops more security and confidence and adds qualities of beauty and grace to your chosen form of dance and in your personal demeanor. It is best to wear more fitted clothing such as leggings or straight-legged sweats in order for the instructor to be able to see how best to help the student with body alignment and movement. This class will assume that the student has had no ballet training or very little and will move at a slower pace. If you have always wanted to dance ballet, but were not able, NOW is your opportunity! Come and enjoy dancing with us to very beautiful classical music as we are fortunate to offer this rare opportunity to you! Max 12 students $115.00, or $105.00 with a tap class
Tuesday Singing with Scrumbly Koldewyn; Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm Sept. 26-Dec. 5
One of Stagebridge’s best-loved classes! 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. Students should bring a solo to work on, sheet music, or just lyrics for fairly well-known songs. Scrumbly is apopular and well-known pianist, singer, performer, teacher and the composer for many musicals, including several Stagebridge productions. Max 16 students. $179.00
Joy of Dance with Bruce Bierman; Tuesday, 10:00am-12:00pm Sept. 26-Dec. 5
A world dance class and improv dance jam. Wake up moving through the energizing rhythms of some of the most glorious world music. Explore stillness, flowing, staccato, chaos, and the lyrical. 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 an improv dance jam the way that you like to move it! Please wear shoes and clothing appropriate for dancing. All levels welcome and encouraged! $179.00
Beginning Tap with Sam Weber; Tuesday, 1:00pm-2:00pm Sept. 27-Dec. 6
Intermediate Tap with Sam Weber; Tuesday, 2:00pm-3:00pm Sept. 27-Dec. 6
Beginning: An introduction to the sounds and routines of tap popularized by Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, Ann Miller, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Gene Kelly and Gregory Hines. $115.00, or $105.00 with ballet or another tap class
Intermediate: 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 tap master Stan Kahn, he is the winner of numerous awards, including the New York Dance Critics’ “Bessie” and, in July, 2017, the “Hoofer’s Award,” given by the American Tap Dance Foundation. $115.00 or $105.00 with ballet or another tap class
Jazz & Broadway Harmony Chorus with Ellen Robinson; Tuesday, 3:15pm-4:45pm Sept. 26-Dec. 6
Join jazz vocalist Ellen Robinson for an exciting adventure in to the world of harmony! This is a class for experienced singers who want to take on Broadway tunes and jazz standards in 3 and 4 part harmony. Singers need to be able read music and hold their own while singing harmony. We’ll address how to improve your vocal technique, blend with other singers and further your knowledge of music theory. Permission of the instructor is needed before taking this class. $169.00
Dancing through the Decades with AeJay Mitchell; Thurs., 10:00am-12:00pm Sept. 28-Dec. 7
Join actor, dancer, and choreographer AeJay Mitchell as he takes you through jazz dance styles from the 1920s to the 1970s. 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 WakeForest University in North Carolina and is an alumni of Jacob's Pillow Dance Apprenticeship Program, where he 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
Thursday Singing with Scrumbly; Thursday, 10:00am-12:00pm Sept. 28-Dec. 7
One of Stagebridge’s best-loved classes! 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. Students should bring a solo to work on, sheet music, or just lyrics if it’s fairly well-known. Scrumbly is a popular and well-known pianist, singer, performer, teacher and the composer for many musicals, including several Stagebridge productions. Max 16 students. $179.00
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.