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 Summer 2017 singing and dance classes include: 

Intermediate Tap with Lucia Fanelli; Monday, 1:30PM-2:30PM June 26-July 3; July 17-August 21 $75 single class or $135 with Beginning Tap

Beginning Tap with Lucia Fanelli ; Monday, 2:30PM-3:30PM, June 26-July 3; July 17-August 21 $75 single class or $135 with Intermediate Tap

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. Her performance career is highlighted by shows with Mason-Kahn, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Fascinating Rhythm Productions and industrial shows, and backing up such performers as Bing Crosby, Phil Harris and Julio Iglesias. Her teaching experience includes teaching tap to children and adults at Mason-Kahn Dance Studios and Peninsula Ballet Theatre School. She currently assists with movement classes for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Lucia loves working with the students teaching tap at Stagebridge and is excited to be a part of this program! 

Tuesday Singing with Scrumbly Koldewyn; Tuesday 10:00AM—12:00PM June 27-July 4, and July 18–August 22

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. Maximum 16 students. $155

Dancing through the Decades with AeJay Mitchell; Thursday, June 29-July 6; July 20-August 10 10:00am-12:00pm

Join Actor, Dancer, and Choreographer AeJay Mitchell as he takes you through jazz dance styles from the 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 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, JoeGoode, and the Architects. $155

Musical Theatre* with Ellen Robinson & Benjamin Pither 9:30-12:45 at our Performing Arts Camp, July 10-14

Join Ellen Robinson and Benjamin Pither for selections from the classic musical Bye Bye Birdie. Students in this class will work on ensemble singing and choreography for the number “Telephone Hour.” This class is all levels, and a great introduction to singing and dance at Stagebridge. *You must sign up for sessions one and two*.

Hip Hop Theatre* with AeJay Mitchell 1:30-3:00 at our Performing Arts Camp, July 10-14

"Who tells your story?" A question asked by the chorus of Lin-Manuel Miranda's current hit Hamilton has been asked by hip hop theatre artists since its creation with one single answer: YOU. In this class, you will tell your story through the syncopated language and percussive movement of the hip hop cannon. Beginning with breaking down works from the jazz poets and moving to making poetry from your personal life, you will create rhythm to bring your work to life. Don't throw away your shot. 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, JoeGoode, and the Architects.                    

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.