The performing arts curriculum offers students in grades six through twelve a unique opportunity to study the arts in a professional environment. Professional artists offer training to meet the needs of the beginning student and the professional actor, singer and dancer. Students select majors in dance, drama, musical theater, and vocal music. PPAS Partnerships include…
The Ailey School
At The Ailey School, students follow a comprehensive and diverse dance curriculum with a foundation in ballet and courses in Graham (modern), Horton technique, jazz, and West African dance. Ailey/PPAS graduates attend such prestigious dance conservatories and colleges as the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Cal Arts, and The Ailey School/Fordham University BFA program. Ailey/PPAS program graduates have danced with such renowned companies as Stephen Petronio Company, Compania Nacional de Danza, Philadanco, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Waterwell offers a comprehensive study of acting and theatrical arts. The Drama curriculum includes four levels of Acting Technique, Voice and Speech, Movement, Dramatic Literature, Script Analysis, Theater History, Stagecraft, Ensemble, and Directing. The program offers classes to middle school, Drama and Musical Theater students.
School of American Ballet
School of American Ballet, founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, offers the finest classical ballet training available in the U.S. Students attend classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, adagio, character, ballroom, music education, Pilates instruction and physical therapy education. SAB alumni fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies.
Rosie’s Theater Kids
Rosie’s Theater Kids, founded by actress and comedienne Rosie O’Donnell, provides instruction in Musical Theater. The Musical Theater program synthesizes theatre, music and dance fundamentals in the preparation of musical theater repertoire for performance. Courses include: Musical Theatre Scene Study, History of Musical Theatre, Music Theory and Ear Training, Vocal Technique, Audition Preparation and Theatrical Dance.
The National Chorale
The National Chorale provides instruction in Vocal Music. The Vocal curriculum focuses on theory and sight-singing, small group voice instruction, diction (the international phonetic alphabet) and ensemble choral singing. Vocalists study a varied repertoire in preparation for professional work.