ARTS DEPARTMENT

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Adult Beginners Tap
This group class is designed for newcomer exploration as well as an opportunity for experienced tappers to dust off their shoes and start making noise again. Tap shoes required.

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THEATRE

Hands On Learning

Musical Theatre Workshop

Have your ever wanted to experience the heightened world of musical theatre style performance? Musical Theatre Workshop is an adult-beginners class that will combine the disciplines found within this performance genre while learning fun choreography along the way! Every level of experience is welcome to attend.


Physical Theatre

This introductory adult acting class will focus on creating physical characters, covering elements of LMA (Laban Movement Analysis) as well as archetype development in order to establish character. This is a wonderful class for stage and film actors as well as dancers who are wanting to boost their understanding of performance.

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TIPPI TOES

Youth Dance

Tippi Toes of the Bluegrass is now offering in-person Dance Classes at the Ballroom House for children ages 3-10 years old. Tippi Toes® Dance Company instructors are fun loving, energetic and encouraging. Each class begins with warm-ups and stretching exercises as well as activities that encourage boys and girls to use their imagination. We then introduce ballet, tap, jazz or hip hop techniques using dance terms and examples to enhance their knowledge of the art. Carefully selected staff has dance training and experience working with children.
Background checks are obtained on every member on our staff to ensure your child's safety. Tippi Toes® Dance Company teachers are trained in a positive manner with the latest training techniques.

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FAQ

WILL MY INEXPERIENCE AS A DANCER AFFECT MY ABILITY TO LEARN TAP DANCE?

There is no prior dance experience required. And although tap may seem challenging, you will learn the basic rhythms and foundational dance skills quickly.

IS ANY PRIOR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR ACTING CLASS?

Regardless of your former training or acting background, you're welcome to take part in this class.  Bringing in your former knowledge of acting will only enhance your experience in class.

ARE PRIVATE ACTING LESSONS OFFERED?

In addition to group classes, one-on-one lessons are offered as well.  Group classes are a great way to practice scene work by interacting with others.  If you are interested in preparing for an audition, or something specific, you can schedule a private lesson at any time.

AM I TOO OLD TO TAKE ACTING CLASSES?

Although we love teaching students of all ages, the goal of the Arts Department at The Ballroom House is adult education.  If you have a passion for theatre/acting, then physical acting class is for you regardless of your age.  In this class, you'll experience acting with others from all different backgrounds and ages.

DO I HAVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERFORMANCE?

The Ballroom House Arts Department as a production company has produced several original pieces of theatre, with a goal of providing opportunities for local artists to engage in their discipline.  We are already preparing for our next several productions.

WILL BASIC MUSIC THEORY BE REQUIRED FOR MUSIC LESSONS?

While having a foundation of music theory is helfpul for students who come to learn an instrument or take voice lessons, this is not required.  Our instructors are equipped to teach at every level, from beginners to professionals.

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TAP SHOES?

Dance Biz has been providing tap shoes for our students for many years.  The employees at Dance Biz will help you find the appropriate fit and style for your needs.  It is not recommended that you buy your tap shoes online.

DO I NEED TO BRING TAP SHOES FOR MY FIRST CLASS?

Coming prepared with tap shoes will help you to have a fuller experience in class.  However, you are allowed to come without tap shoes for the first class.

MEET NATHAN JOHN-PAUL

Arts Department Administrator & Director of Theatre

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Nathan has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and an MA in Theatre Practice from University College Dublin in partnership with the Gaiety School of Acting - The National Theatre School of Ireland. He has taken film directing and film acting courses from multiple universities.
A former theatre professor and professional ballroom dancer and instructor, Nathan has stepped away from his position as the Artistic Director of Town Hall Productions in order to initiate the Arts Department at TBH. As a native of Lexington, he spent earlier years teaching acting and dance at the University of Kentucky's Broadway Bound summer program, Ballet Winchester and for the Cincinnati School of Creative and Performing Arts’ Summer Intensives. He spent several summers teaching and directing Shakespeare at the former Lexington Shakespeare Festival, and was instrumental in developing Shakespeare Under the Stars with Town Hall Productions.
Nathan was the lead choreographer for the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremony, has been a featured entertainer with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, won awards from film festivals and developed original pieces of theatre in Dublin, Edinburgh and Lexington.

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