Virtual Summer Session II: Pop Culture
Spend your summer learning about the trends and fads that shape our lives!
July 20th – July 31st
Mondays – Fridays
Grades 3-6 10:00am – 12:30pm
Grades 7-12 1:00pm – 3:30pm
$250 per student
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Students will have the opportunity to create their own class schedule by choosing one of three classes per period! With options in music, acting, and dance, there’s something for everyone! Once registered, students will receive a confirmation with a SurveyMonkey link in order to choose their classes! Please, allow 24-48 hours for receipt of the confirmation and link.
See below for a camp schedule, class descriptions, and staff bios!
Video Killed the Radio Star
Join us as we take an inside look into one of the most iconic elements of pop culture: the music video! We’ll learn classic choreography from videos such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”, and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. Is there a dance you’re dying to learn that isn’t on this list? Well, be sure to bring your suggestions with you on the first day of class because we’ll be spending these two fun-filled weeks creating our own Music Video Dance Mix! We’ll also dig into the history of the music video, and learn additional dances in the styles of your favorite music video stars!
Have you ever dreamed of being on American Idol, The Voice, or America’s Got Talent? Well, why not prepare by joining us for our “Summer Idol”? Culminating in a performance in front of a guest panel of music professionals, students will gain valuable insight into singing technique, stage presence, and song interpretation as they prepare two short songs for presentation! Students will also learn how to maintain vocal health so that you can pop, rock, and roll to find out if you have what it takes to be a true Summer Idol!
Through the Decades
With the Through the Decades class you’ll get to explore all the greatest pop-culture moments of film from the 1980’s through now! Students will get to recreate their favorite scenes and learn about the movies of the past four decades and how they changed and shaped culture and cinema! Using actual film scripts, students will learn why these important movie moments had such an impact, and how they too can create their own scenes based on the movies of the decades! They’ll perform scenes from the John Hughes movies of the 80s, the coming-of-age films from the 90s, indie films of the 2000s, and the action movies of the 2010s! Students will have the opportunity to select their favorite movie decade and dream up their own movie!
So You Think You Can Dance
Based on the hit reality dance show, this class is designed to bring out all the creativity in you! Students will receive a crash-course in dance styles such as contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, and musical theatre! Then, you’ll work with classmates in pairs or small groups to perform dances you’ll create yourself including music, choreography, and costume design! Each group will receive feedback and special superlatives from the instructor while working with fun themes, new steps, and all of your favorite music!
What’s In A Riff?
Beyoncé. Arianna. Adele. A great pop singer is about more than just their voice. It’s their flair! Their panache! Their performance! You too can find your own Pop Star Persona in the “What’s in a Riff?” class! Explore pop music and how you as a performer can put your own unique spin on it – just like the celebrities do! Through exploration of vocal expression, riffing, and an all-star line-up of other vocal techniques, you’ll sing your favorite chart-topping hits in your own distinctive style to really put the “star” in “pop star”!
The “YOU” Tube
How would YOU like to star in your favorite television show? This “YOU” Tube class will let you live out that dream! Students will get to recreate scenes from their favorite tv shows! Students will learn how television shows are made, and will even get the chance to come up with their own tv show! Through improv games and exercises, students will learn how to construct the perfect TV plot and will create a scene from their brand new show. And of course, it wouldn’t be a true television class without commercials! Students will dream up a new product and get the chance to practice your best pitch, all while learning essential acting techniques!
Cailin Dyke Kelly – Dance
Cailin graduated magna cum laude from Bridgewater State University with a double major in Theatre Education and Dance Education. Her work on BSU’s production of The Pirates of Penzance earned her an Outstanding Choreography Award from the KCACTF. Cailin served as choreographer for the NECT Moss Hart Memorial Award-winning production of The Taming of the Shrew. In 2013 Cailin received the Judith Glynn Memorial Award for her dedication to the arts. She currently serves as Resident Choreographer of the Norwood Theatre where her credits include Cabaret, Peter Pan, Bye Bye Birdie, Mamma Mia, and Hairspray (BroadwayWorld Award Winner – Best Creative Team, Best Musical, and Best Ensemble)! She is thrilled to be sharing her life-long love of theatre and dance with her amazing students!
Rachel MacKenzie – Music
Rachel is an NYC based Singer, Music Director, Accompanist, and Teaching Artist. She is a Professor at the University of Albany, works as an accompanist and coach at NYU Steinhardt, and serves as a Voice Teacher at NYC Vocal Studio. Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance for Musical Theater and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University along with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano, Voice, and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds additional training from the New England Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music. Her students have performed Off-Broadway, in National Tours, and Regional Theaters, and around the country. When she’s not teaching, Rachel enjoys singing backup for some of Broadway’s favorite voices, including Jeremy Jordan, Ben Platt, Casey Cott, Alex Newell, Ariana DeBose, Adrienne Warren, Natalie Weiss, Krysta Rodriguez, Jennifer Damiano, and Emma Hunton.
Colin Sullivan – Acting
Colin studied voice and acting at both the University of Southern California and Bridgewater State University where he graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Education. He is a two-time Richard Maltby Jr. Award for Musical Theatre Excellence nominee, as well as an Irene Ryan Award nominee through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is a classically trained singer and has been involved with independent study and operatic roles for ten years. He has studied and performed in Viterbo, Italy as part of the Tuscia Opera Festival. Colin has been teaching voice, acting, and musical theatre with BCPAA for eight years, where he has had the great privilege to share his passion for the performing arts with so many amazing students.