The Business of Auditioning
May 29 - June 26
“What to sing? What to wear? Hair up, or down? Should I update my resume? Does that film project count? They asked for 32-bars. Help!” If you’ve ever been thwarted by any of those questions, then join Kevin S. McAllister for an intense 6-week session on building your repertoire, selecting the best song for that audition, and how to manage the audition process. Everyone wants to get the role, but how exactly do you get from the audition, to the callback and in the show?
Open to participants ages 18+
Kevin S. McAllister, Instructor
MONDAYS - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
LINE DANCING WITH A TWIST OF MUSICAL THEATRE
May 23 - June 20
Do you enjoy dancing? Do you enjoy Musical Theatre? Do you ever find yourself singing and dancing along to songs from The Wiz, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, etc? Join Devon Wallace as he leads these fun, energetic, and newly curated line dance classes for arts lovers.
Devon Wallace, Instructor
TUESDAYS 6:15 pm - 7:15pm
May 24 - June 28
In this course we are focusing on varying styles of Jazz, ranging from African movement to current contemporary styles like commercial Jazz, Voguing and hip hop with a core of the Luigi technique. Students will continue to gain an understanding of the body and vocabulary, increase flexibility, create dynamics in their movements and execute choreography to the fullest potential.
Shalyce "Shea" Hemby, Instructor
WEDNESDAYS 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Navigating Chest, Head, and Mixed Voices
May 25 - June 29
Everyone loves a good high note! There’s something to hearing a wonderfully sung soprano tone at the end of a song, ah! How do those sopranos hit those high notes? If you’ve ever wondered about the soprano sound, or you’ve always wanted to sit in on a voice lesson, this is the session for you. Join moderator, Crystal Freeman, and several star-studded sopranos from ArtsCentric productions and various regional theaters as they embark on a journey through the techniques and tricks of versatile singing. This course will also cover techniques for healthy singing with chest, mixed, and head voiced tones. Singers and non-singers are all welcomed.
Crystal Freeman, Instructor
6:30pm - 8:00pm
KIDDIE RHYTHM & GROOVES
May 27 - June 17
An interactive music class for children ages 4 - 7 years. Your child will learn how to find the steady beat through movement using their hands & feet, create their own rhythms using sight words and interactively read and sing from a popular children’s book.
This class is limited to 15 participants...Enroll now!
Crystal Freeman, Instructor
10am - 11am
Detroit native Crystal Freeman is known for her vocal prowess. Her voice has been described as "A river of sheer angelic beauty," by DC Metro Theatre Guide. Her love of music began in high school where she had the privilege of traveling throughout the United States, Ghana, and Canada. She matriculated to Morgan State University and discovered an entire new world of music. Under the direction of the late Dr. Nathan Carter, Jr., Crystal traveled throughout Europe and the Caribbean. While at Morgan Crystal discovered her love of staged productions. Her love of the stage has blossomed into a career in musical theatre. She has performed many roles in the Baltimore/Washington area, including Dreamgirls as Effie White, and South Pacific as Bloody Mary. In addition to her performance career, she has developed a love for teaching as well. Crystal has taught elementary music for Baltimore City and Prince George’s County and most recently, she taught an after-school theatre program. Crystal currently resides in Baltimore County with her beautiful daughters.
Shalyce Hemby has served as Director of Creative Content and Resident Choreographer with ArtsCentric since 2013. While she has choreographed over thirteen productions with ArtsCentric, Ms. Hemby has also served as Guest Choreographer for 45 Degree Project and DC Dance Theater Company, as Choreographer for Toby’s Dinner Theater (Ain’t Misbehavin, The Bodyguard), NextStop Theatre Company and Howard University (The Apple Tree, Brooklyn), and as Assistant Choreographer with DC Capital All-Stars in performances at The Kennedy Center with the Showbiz Dancers. In 2018 she received a nomination for the Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Choreographer in a Musical for her work with Toby’s Dinner Theater in their production of Dreamgirls.Ms. Hemby is the Dance Coordinator for The ArtsCentric Summer Institute. An avid educator for over fifteen years, she has been a dance instructor and guest choreographer for Prince George’s County Public Schools including Suitland High School and Bowie High School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and for Garrison Forest School, Barrie School, and Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts.
Co-founder Kevin S. McAllister has served as Artistic Director, spearheading ArtsCentric’s creative vision, since its founding. Mr. McAllister is a classically trained baritone and a versatile actor/singer who has performed as a leading man with every notable theater company in the Maryland/DC/Virginia region including Signature Theater, Ford’s Theater, Olney Theater, Arena Stage, and Washington Opera. Kevin recently made his Broadway debut in the musical Come From Away, where he served as an understudy and went on for several roles. He is also a talented director having served as Director for every ArtsCentric production since its founding; as well as productions at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Keegan Theatre, NextStop Theatre and Olney Theatre.
Mr. McAllister received his B.A degree in Music from Morgan State University and has served as an Adjunct Professor in Musical Theater Techniques at Howard University. He has served as Fine Arts Teacher and Theater Instructor for Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Randallstown High School, The Actor's Toolbox, Samuel F. B. Morris Elementary School, and ArtsCentric’s Summer Music Institute.
Devon ``Steel Toe” Wallace is a versatile and energetic dancer, choreographer, and performing artist who has studied and trained in many styles within and outside of street dance culture for over 15 years. Getting his start in performing arts in Tae Kwon Do and dance with DC Dragons Training Center, located in Northeast, DC, his talents and versatility have granted him consistent work with a multitude of established schools, companies, and organizations throughout the DMV area, including Bmore Houseful, ArtsCentric, Dem Raider Boyz Step Squad, Dancarate’ Inc, Words, Beats, and Life, ClancyWorks Dance Company, CityDance Dream, and The Lion’s Den. His dance credits include the Kennedy Center, Fox News, Wale, Tory Lanez, Musiq Soulchild, Devin White, Chuck Brown, Adnan Sami, and Darren Smith.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do students need prior experience to enroll?
Not at all. The majority of our classes are offered as a social way to have fun and learn in the process! If there is a prerequisite for a particular class, it will be indicated in the class description.
What are the typical class sizes?
Our classes vary in size depending on the class. Generally speaking, classes will range anywhere from 6 - 25 participants.
Are there any required materials for classes?
Any required materials will be indicated in the email confirmation upon completing registration.
Are there any virtual class options?
While there are no virtual classes for Spring session 2023, there will be for Fall 2023. Please check back toward the end of the summer for those details.
Do you offer refunds?
All classes are final sale. No refunds.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes! Your spot in class can be reserved with a non-refundable deposit equal to 15% of tuition.
What happens if I miss a class? Will I receive money back?
We ask that students make an effort to attend every class, particularly because the average session only runs once a week, for six weeks. If you do find you must miss a class, students should email education@artscentric. No partial or full refunds will be issued.
What are your current covid policies & procedures?
While masks are no longer required, we encourage you to wear one if you prefer. We ask participants to stay home if they're exhibiting symptoms of covid, have tested positive or have any other illness. Please check the CDC website for specific covid-19 symptoms.
There will be hand sanitizer and masks available in the lobby upon entering. Frequently touched surfaces are cleaned and disinfected often.