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DANCE

BALLET & STRETCHING

Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

DANCE

Tuesdays 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Heinz Adjakwah, Instructor

BALLET & STRETCHING

Workshop Series

Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 5:45pm

Ballet is the foundation of most codified dance techniques. Participants will leave with a keener sense of their bodies  in a given space and the importance of maintaining control of the body in a position while allowing the mind to concentrate in relaxation. Participants will also be able to identify the basic ballet terminologies as well as understand and execute the basic ballet movements with a great appreciation for the importance for each of the movements they will be introduced to over the six-week session. This is a great cross-training session for athletes and performing artists.

DANCE

JAZZ FUNK (Street Jazz)

Intermediate/Advanced

DANCE

Patrick Casimir, Instructor

Antonio Beverly, Instructor

JAZZ

FUNK (Street Jazz)

Workshop Series

Thursdays, 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Jazz Funk(West Coast), also known as Street Jazz (East Coast) covers hit dance styles and moves from hardcore hits, like the musical “Hamilton,” to the fierce vibe of Lady Gaga and Beyonce, to the hype heel-ography of "Kinky Boots." Jazz Funk [Street Jazz] incorporates little bits and pieces of other dance genres and wraps it into a funky style that is both fun and expressive! Dancers will be able to learn dance technique terminology and apply it to warm-ups and choreography. You’ll learn to problem solve through music, hitting isolations with sheer intensity, moving through dynamics both hard and soft and sprinkling a little “sassy in your step.”  Jazz Funk [Street Jazz] tells a story with your body. Get ready for the “Boom Kack Ka Ka Bam Whop!”

DANCE

CONTEMPORARY MODERN DANCE

Beginner/Intermediate

DANCE

Ashleigh King, Instructor

Patrick Casimir, Instructor

CONTEMPORARY

MODERN DANCE

Workshop Series

Fridays, 8:30pm - 9:45pm

Contemporary Modern is everywhere and it is utilized by choreographers all over, from Disney’s “The Lion King,” Sia’s music video “The Greatest,” to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre this intense dance style is everywhere. Contemporary Modern explores multiple dance styles including Contemporary, Theatrical Dance, and Concert Dance with codified techniques (i.e. Horton, Limon, Graham, Cunningham and Post-Modern). This course is designed for developing total body use in movements of expressive abstract and commercial ideas. Participants can expect to learn choreography and adapt it to their bodies while refining their ability to learn combinations quickly. Participants will learn to execute key dance terminology; adapt movement quality and intent to any given emotion or abstract thought.

DANCE

AUDITION & MUSICAL THEATRE BASICS

DANCE

Beginner

Shalyce "Shea" Hemby, Instructor

AUDITION &
MUSICAL THEATRE BASICS

Workshop Series

Mondays, 6:30pm - 7:45pm

“What if I wasn’t born to twirl and kick on the dance floor?”  In this 6-week session, Shea will teach you basic musical theatre dance patterns, basic dance steps and terminology, and reinforce the skills you need to succeed in the audition room. The next dance call you attend, you’ll be ready to execute those short phrases and combinations to help with movement sequencing, mind-body connection and retention. In this course, amateurs and professionals alike can receive the tools needed to be confident in the audition room. Expect to master basic steps and terminology used in dance calls. 

DANCE

DANCE FITNESS FOR FAMILIES

DANCE

Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Candace Foreman, Instructor

DANCE FITNESS

for FAMILIES

Workshop Series

Saturdays, 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Looking for a new routine to do with your family and  friends on a Saturday night? Cooped up, and you want to get physical at home? Or maybe you just enjoy dancing with others. Dance Fitness for Families is a great way to get the family moving together, and you may even learn a few new moves! This high-energy class combines cardio, stretching and dance, a fun time for all and a great way to stay fit without adapting a “Boot Camp” mind set. You and your friends will be making great TikTok videos in no time!

MUSIC

MUSIC

MUSIC

 

MUSIC

HOW DO YOU SING LIKE THAT?

MUSIC

Cedric D. Lyles, Instructor

How Do You Sing (Like That!)?

A Vocal Technique Series

MONDAYS

4:30pm - 5:45pm

After an ArtsCentric show, someone usually comments on the sound and voices that create the ArtsCentric magic. It’s so inspiring to see and hear great singers doing what they do best. But even the best singers around are often amazed and ask “How does one sing like that?” Join Cedric D. Lyles coaching singers through a select repertoire aimed at unpacking their hidden vocal power. Each singer will receive feedback, sit-in on masterclass sessions, and perform live on screen. In this session, participants will explore interpreting and communicating with an audience, vocal and performance techniques, and discover their natural ability to unpack the extra “umph” required to transform any listening audience and make strong human connections through their art. 

MUSIC

MUSIC THEORY BASICS

MUSIC

Catina McLagan, Instructor

MUSIC

THEORY BASICS

Class

TUESDAYS

4:30pm - 5:45pm

Ever been excited to start working on that musical? Opera? Choir concert? Then you remembered- music rehearsal! Are you nervous because you have to learn music, and you never really learned to read music well? Or, maybe you’ve never had the chance to study music, “not a music reader?” Don't worry, we are here for you! Join Catina as she takes you through the basics of music literacy,  exploding with interactive lessons on rhythm, musical timing, chord symbols, expressive and dynamic markings, and other music concepts - designed to make you better! You’ll strengthen your knowledge and feel more confident when presented with a musical score. Let’s face it - You’re wicked talented and having a basic music theory background can enhance your rehearsal process and make your practice time at home more effective and enjoyable!

MUSIC

SOPRANO SONGS & STORIES:

Navigating Chest, Head, and Mixed Voices

MUSIC

Crystal Freeman, Instructor

SOPRANO SONGS

& STORIES

FRIDAYS

6:30pm - 7:45pm

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.

Navigating Chest, Head, and Mixed Voices

THEATER

THEATER

THEATER

 

THEATER

THE ACTOR'S WORK TABLE

THEATER

Kevin McAllister, Moderator

THE ACTOR'S

WORK TABLE

FRIDAYS

4:30pm - 5:45pm

A weekly series with directors and acting coaches on specific acting techniques, designed to build better performers using scenes and monologues from popular shows. In addition to individualized feedback, participants will have an opportunity to practice screen acting with other participants, and receive direct feedback. This course is designed for the professional and aspiring actor. Registration is weekly, and availability is limited.

THEATER

IMPROV FOR EVERYONE

THEATER

Tavish Forsyth, Moderator

IMPROV

FOR EVERYONE

TUESDAYS

6:30pm - 7:45pm

Improv is unscripted comedy: “moment-to-moment” discovery and flexibility. Truth: Everyone improvises every single-day, but only few improvise well. Why? We don’t listen to each other, nor acknowledge how we feel, and we fail to see the merit in others’ ideas. We’ve convinced ourselves that our ideas just aren’t good enough. Comedy Improv works to curb those bad habits through its self-empowering philosophy: Yes, And.. “Yes” is about embracing ideas and the circumstance you are in. “And” is about capitalizing on your situation. No prior experience needed, and no need to be a “funny person,” nor an actor. All you’ll need is willingness and bravery to learn and laugh no matter what. Come improvise and learn to be confident, creative and collaborative by finding the fullest potential in what is readily available. 

THEATER

21st CENTURY SHAKESPEARE

THEATER

Derrick Truby, Instructor

21st CENTURY

SHAKESPEARE

THURSDAYS

8:30pm - 9:45pm

For centuries, people have been obsessed with the words of William Shakespeare. Why? What makes a Shakepearian play relevant to every generation? Join ArtsCentric Resident Company Member, Derrick Truby, explore and unpack the plays of William Shakespeare with a 21st century lens. Participants in this course can expect to perform famous scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Come learn how characters used “code switching” to communicate and the hidden progressive philosophies within the archaic text. Your experience in this class will not only strengthen your Shakespearean acting chops, but will also give you a deeper understanding of our current political, social, and economic climates through the writings and works of William Shakespeare.

THEATER

OPEN SCENES FOR COVID-19:

A Whimsical Acting Party on ZOOM!

THEATER

Kylie Smith, Instructor

OPEN SCENES

FOR COVID-19

MONDAYS

8:30pm - 9:45pm

Have you already seen everything on Netflix? Bored with your AmazonPrime account and, “HULU what?” Welcome to the best time of your quarantined lives! Join ArtsCentric Resident Company Member, Kylie Smith, in interactive open scenes on screen! Novice and Expert actors are both welcomed for this unique opportunity to be both a screen and stage actor! Each week, you and your social-distance “cast” will turn your “shelter at home cave” into your acting stage. Using props and costumes from rooms and items in your home, this session is sure to be fun, exciting, and very interactive! Expect the unexpected.

A Whimsical Acting Party on ZOOM!

DEVELOPMENT

ARTIST &

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

DEVELOPMENT

 

DEVELOPMENT

AUDITIONS, REPERTOIRE, & THE BUSINESS

For Ages 18 & Over

DEVELOPMENT

Kevin McAllister, Instructor

AUDITIONS,

REPERTOIRE, &

THE BUSINESS

SATURDAYS

4:30pm - 5:45pm

“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 tips on 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?

DEVELOPMENT

MISSION STATEMENT SERIES

DEVELOPMENT

Kevin McAllister, Instructor

MISSION 

STATEMENT

WEDNESDAYS

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Join ArtsCentric Artistic Director, Kevin S. McAllister and Company Manager, Shayla Lowe for a bi-weekly discussion in the performing arts. ArtsCentric is a color-conscious organization committed to reexamining traditional roles in the arts.  In that reexamination, ArtsCentric aims to open new pathways for more diversity, equity, and inclusion in the performing arts on all levels. Throughout the series, Kevin and Shayla aim to bring awareness to a wide range of perspectives, while celebrating the amazing accomplishments of our community and also defining the next steps in the performing arts ensuring progress continues.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS

 
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HEINZ ADJAKWAH

Heinz Adjakwah holds a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Dance and Health Administration and Public Policy. He currently teaches at Maryland Youth Ballet and on staff as an Administrative Assistant. He was featured in a duet by Alexis DeVance, which was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts during the American College Dance Conference in 2014. His performance with his duet partner won the Outstanding Student Choreography Award from the American College Dance Conference and Dance Magazine. The following year, his choreography was chosen to showcase at the American College Dance Conference. He has since been affiliated with Rebollar Dance, What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye Project, ArtsCentric as well as Dakshina Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, which performs both domestically and abroad. 

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ANTONIO BEVERLY

Antonio is absolutely thrilled to be working with his ArtsCentric family! Antonio started his formal dance training in high school including studios Project C Dance Collective and Marilyn Byers’ Dance Dimension Modern Teen Company. His professional career started his senior year of High School performing at Toby’s Dinner Theater in shows such as Hairspray, Shrek, The Color Purple, The Wiz and more. His training continued at Howard Community College under the direction of Renée Brozic Berger and also a member of the HCC Dance Company which then followed him transferring to Marymount Manhattan where he was a Modern BFA Candidate on scholarship. He’s now a working actor who has been in Broadway tours such as Cinderella (u/s Lord Pinkleton, Jean-Michel) and A Bronx Tale (Tyrone). He’s performed works/rep by Chet Walker (Fosse, Pippin), Andy Blankenbeuhler (Hamilton, In The Heights), Peggy Hickey (Anastasia), Doug Varrone, Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, On Your Feet, Summer), and more. Let’s Dance!! 

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PATRICK CASIMIR

Patrick Casimir has always had a love for the performing arts. At The Florida State University, Patrick directed a multicultural dance company which created evening length productions touring throughout Florida. Upon finishing his degree at The Florida State University, Patrick moved to Orlando where he earned a Masters in Business Administration. Patrick continued his performance career with the Moore Dance Project at The Center for Contemporary Dance in Central Florida as well as Universal Studios Orlando. Patrick just completed a tour with the "The Marvin Gaye Project" under the direction of Vincent Thomas and now is a resident company member with ArtsCentric.  He has been a resident teacher/choreographer in the DMV, teaching various places such as Starmakers Academy of Dance, Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, Bishop McNamara High, as well as a variety of other schools and programs throughout the United States.  Patrick is looking forward to teaching with the ArtsCentric Academy, providing an outlet for artists to continue train and grow within their craft.

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CRYSTAL FREEMAN

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.

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CANDACE FOREMAN

Candace Foreman is a performing artist in the DC Metropolitan area. She studied dance at Montgomery College and is an ArtsCentric Summer Institute Alumni. She currently teaches beginners ballet at The Center Stage Academy for the arts. Credits include : Constellation Theatre Company: Aida (Ensemble) ArtsCentric: Black Nativity (Ensemble), Snapshots (Brittany/Celeste) ; Dreamgirls (Ensemble) ;Spring Awakening (Ensemble) ; Songs For a New world (Ensemble); Chicago (Moana Lipchitz); Toby’s Dinner Theater: Dreamgirls (Ensemble); Explicit Dance Works: Alice in Wonderland (Ensemble/Flower Queen) ; Montgomery College: A Funny Thing…(Tintinabula) ; In The Heights (Yolanda/Ensemble) ; Showbiz Dancers: DC Capital Stars Gala. DC Dance Theater Company: Atlas Intersections.

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SHALYCE HEMBY

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. 

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CEDRIC LYLES

Co-founder Cedric Lyles serves as Director  of Operations, responsible for overseeing ArtsCentric’s daily operations through oversight of back and front of house operations and acting as a liaison for each Director, Business Manager, and the Board of Directors. Mr. Lyles is a classically-trained pianist and versatile musician who has been a Resident Musical Director for the majority of ArtsCentric’s productions. In addition to his current post as Performing Arts Director at The Barrie School, Mr. Lyles has served as an educator at Garrison Forest School, McDonogh School, Frederick Douglas High School, and as an adjunct professor at Towson University. He has been a Musical Director at Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Toby’s Dinner Theater, and for a number of larger regional venues including Signature Theater and Everyman Theater. Mr. Lyles received his B.A. degree in Music from Morgan State University and an Artist Certificate in Arts Management from American University.

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KEVIN MCALLISTER

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.  He 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 Actors Toolbox, Samuel F. B. Morris Elementary School, and ArtsCentric’s Summer Music Institute.

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CATINA MCLAGAN

Catina McLagan is an active pianist and music director in the local Baltimore theater community. She co-music directed ArtsCentric's production of La Cage Aux Folles in 2018. She most recently music directed A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at Dundalk Community Theatre, and frequently performs as a pit musician for DCT as well as Toby's Dinner Theatre. Outside of musical theater she is an instrumental music teacher and operates a private piano studio in Howard County.

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DERRICK TRUBY

Derrick D. Truby Jr. is an actor based in the DC area. He is a performer and company member with ArtsCentric for the past three years. Along with performing, Derrick is a teacher of theater and voice. He has had several years of experience in leadership in many different positions such as: acting coach, music director, choir director, voice teacher and music theory tutor. Derrick has a deep love and respect for Shakespeare and values the opportunities to teach his works. He believes that Shakespeare is important because his plays often are the inspiration to all art forms, ranging from opera to visual art to rap and everything in between. Shakespeare has a way of making audiences feel seen because he showcases humanity and all encompassing aspects of it; making life’s day to day realities the foundation to his works. Derrick is excited to deep dive into some of his favorite plays and to discuss how Shakespeare honors life by speaking to what makes us human and alive.

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KYLIE SMITH

Kylie Smith is a Maryland born and raised actor, singer, teacher and creative. She has taught theatre and acting classes for four years in private schools across the DC Metro Area, and is a company member at ArtsCentric. She also has been featured in productions at Signature Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Free Range Humans, Roanoke Children’s Theatre and of course her home: ArtsCentric.  

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ArtsCentric is a color conscious organization committed to reimagining traditional roles in the arts, sponsoring original stories of specific cultures, and fostering education through the power of theatre.