Daytime and After-School Classes 2018-01-19T07:13:26+00:00

Daytime and After-School Classes

Offered through our School of Performing Arts, our Daytime and After-School Classes allow our performers, from age 1 to 18, the opportunity to learn from experienced, professional teachers in a supportive educational environment.

For the Spring 2018 season, we will be offering classes in Musical Theatre, Ballet and Jazz Dance, Early Childhood Music, Improv, and Acting for the Stage and Camera. We pride ourselves on having a variety of performing arts offerings for students of all ages!

Class Offerings

“Mini Musicians” Pre-School Music Class (Toddlers ages 1 – 3)
This 30 minute music class introduces the basics of music theory, such as rhythm, tempo and dynamics, using songs and instruments. We also introduce a letter each lesson, introducing a new musical term/instrument that the class will get to explore.  Lessons will also incorporate elements of dance to get your musician moving! This original class curriculum is taught by the creator, Beth Hall, as part of her program called Building Education Through Harmony.

• Tuesdays, 2-2:30pm
• February 7 – May 16
• No class on Spring Break (March 19-23)
• Instructor: Beth Hall
• Location: Central Christian Church, 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd.
• Tuition: $140 ($120 for each additional sibling)

CFCArts also offers a variety of after-school and evening programs in Vocal and Instrumental Music!  Explore our other offerings below:

Homeschool Musical Theatre Class (Kindergarten – 3rd Grade)

This program is designed for the homeschooled musical theatre student. From this class your performer will gain hands-on instruction in acting, singing, dancing, and exploring musical instruments! The class will culminate in a short black-box style, musical theater performance of Lemonade! A Musical for Young Singers.

• Wednesdays, 1-2pm
• February 7 – May 16
• No class on Spring Break (March 19-23)
• Final Performance: May 18 at 6pm
• Instructors: Leah Porrata (Acting) & Kaileigh Anne Buckley (Music)
• Location: Central Christian Church, 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd.
• Tuition: $140 ($120 for each additional sibling)

CFCArts also offers a variety of after-school and evening programs in Musical Theatre and Singing!  Explore our other offerings below:

Improv: Making It Up As You Go Along (6th – 12th Grade)
This introductory Improv class will teach students the skills to perform in unscripted acting scenes. From concepts like Yes And, to Endowment, to Relationships, students will explore techniques that will allow them to be the on-the-spot playwrights in a reality they conceive together as an ensemble. Students will learn how to make interesting physical, vocal, and emotional choices as we create work ranging from funny, quirky, and absurd to downright dramatic. They will develop skills that will be applicable to both Long and Short Form Improv, and will discover how to perform in both of these types of Improv. The instructor Peter Ruiz has trained underneath teachers from SAK, Florida Studio Theatre, and a former Artistic Director of ImprovBoston.

• Tuesdays: 5:30-6:30pm
• February 6 – May 15
• No class on Spring Break (March 19-23)
• Final Performance: May 18 at 6pm
• Instructor: Peter Ruiz
• Location: Calvary Orlando Church, 1199 Clay St.
• Tuition: $140 ($120 for each additional sibling)

Acting on Camera (6th – 12th Grade)
Star in your very own short fi lm! This class will cover the basics of commercial, TV and fi lm acting. It doesn’t stop there, though. During the semester, you will have mock auditions, character studies and help in the creation of a screenplay. That screenplay will be shot and edited into a movie you can share with your family and friends. Join us this semester and we’ll go to the movies!

• Mondays: 5:30pm – 6:30pm (In the final weeks of class students may book an appointment for extra time
if needed from 6:30-7pm. More info will be given for this later in the semester.)
• February 12 – May 14
• No class on President’s Day (Monday, February 19) and Spring Break (March 19-23)
• Final Presentation: May 18 at 6pm
• Instructor: Charles Stevens
• Location: Calvary Orlando Church, 1199 Clay St.
• Tuition: $140 ($120 for each additional sibling)

Acting for the Stage (3rd – 12th Grade)
Come study the fi ne art of acting. From this class your performer will gain hands-on instruction in acting performance and audition prep. By the end of the semester each student will be equipped with the tools to perform a monologue, a group work, and have the skill set to feel confident and prepared in their next audition. Students of every level are welcome. No prior acting experience is necessary.

• Wednesdays: 3rd-5th Grade, 5-6:30pm & 6th-12th Grade, 6-7:30pm
• February 7 – May 16
• No class on Spring Break (March 19-23)
• Final Performance: May 18th at 6pm
• Instructor: John Curcuru
• Location: Central Christian Church, 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd.
• Tuition: $140 ($120 for each additional sibling)

CFCArts also offers a variety of after-school and evening programs in Theatre and Acting!  Explore our other offerings below:

Jazz Fundamentals (3rd – 12th Grade)
This course will off er the basics on dance technique, and terminology focusing on the style of jazz.
This fundamentals class is geared to reach students of varying levels to provide the foundation of
movement for later classes. Recommended attire: leotard, tights, and ballet/jazz shoes. If attire is
unattainable, comfortable clothing in which the student can move is acceptable.

• Fridays: 5:30-6:30pm
• February 9 –  May 11
• No class on Spring Break (March 19-23)
• Final Performance: May 18 at 6pm
• Instructor: BambiEllen Fadoul
• Location: Calvary Orlando Church, 1199 Clay St.
• Tuition: $140 ($120 for each additional sibling)
• Multi-Dance Rate:  If taking both Friday dance classes, the cost will be $200 per student

Ballet Fundamentals (3rd – 12th Grade)
This course will off er the focus on technique, terminology, steps, and positions of ballet that will
be the foundation of movement for later classes. Recommended attire: leotard, tights/jazz pants/
leggings, and ballet/jazz shoes. If attire is unattainable, comfortable clothing in which the student
can move is acceptable.

• Fridays: 6:30-7:30pm
• February 9 –  May 11
• No class on Spring Break (March 19-23)
• Final Performance: May 18 at 6pm
• Instructor: BambiEllen Fadoul
• Location: Calvary Orlando Church, 1199 Clay St.
• Tuition: $140 ($120 for each additional sibling)
• Multi-Dance Rate:  If taking both Friday dance classes the cost will be $200 per student

CFCArts also offers a variety of after-school and evening programs in Dance and Theatre!  Explore our other offerings below:

About the Directors

Leah is originally from Columbus, Ohio. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and teaching certification in Theatre Education from Ohio Wesleyan University, Leah relocated to Naples, Florida to take the position of Director of Education at the regional theatre Gulfshore Playhouse. While in Naples, Leah and her husband Jason co-founded Ave Maria Children’s Theatre, where Leah served as Managing and Outreach Director. Leah is thrilled to be a part of the Central Florida community and the CFCArts family!

With a degree in Music Education, Kaileigh Anne has had diverse experiences working with musicians, performers, and students of all ages. She has over 16 years experience in vocal performance, in addition to credits in directing, pit conducting, and stage-managing. Her past experiences include teaching music and theater courses to young performers, in addition to teaching workshops regarding the techniques of Creative Drama to peers at the collegiate level. Additionally, she works for the Walt Disney Company in a variety of different capacities.

Lori grew up in Central Florida and graduated from UCF with her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. She worked at Florida Hospital until she had her two daughters and then had the privilege of being a stay at home mom. She started with Central Florida Community Arts as a parent volunteer and transitioned into her current role as Administrator of Youth and Education. She enjoys getting to meet new families and assist them in getting plugged into the many exciting programs at CFCArts.

Beth Hall has been teaching music, in Downtown Orlando, for almost 5 years.  She had the unique opportunity to create her own program for ages infant through five.  When she isn’t teaching, she is performing. She has done numerous musicals, The Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Festival, as well as the CFCArts choir and Legacy!

BambiEllen Fadoul teaches children of all ages across much of Central Florida in ballet, tap, and musical theater. Favorite choreography credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., Shrek Jr., Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Nunsense, and Man of La Mancha.  BambiEllen attended Oklahoma City University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theater. She toured the world with the international tour of Grease featuring Frankie Avalon, playing Frenchy.  Other regional credits include Sister Leo in Nunsense, Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, and Ginger Rogers in Backwards in High Heels.  Bambi performs at Walt Disney World as Dory in Finding Nemo the Musical, Claire DeLune in the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, and Bridget Strong pockets as a Royal Majesty Maker. She is also a Broadway Magic Teaching Artist with Disney Performing Arts at Walt Disney World.

Peter Ruiz is an Orlando-based actor and teaching artist. He is a graduate of the Rollins College Theatre Department. Over the past three years he has the pleasure of being teaching artist and actors with many different theatres. His passion areas are Shakespeare, Improv and Playwriting. He has had the pleasure of studying Improv underneath some fine teachers including Will Luera, the Director of Improv at Florida Studio Theatre and former Artistic Director of Improv Boston. Peter is excited to be bringing his passion for Improv to CFCArts and to be joining the CFCArts family.

Charles is excited to be joining the Children and Youth Arts staff at CFCArts this semester. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed roles both onstage and off. Some favorite roles include El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Smudge in Forever Plaid, baritone with the Voices of Liberty at the Candlelight Processional, and debuting new works by Adam Guettel, Stephen Schwartz, Sheldon Harnick, Marvin Hamlisch and the band Air Supply. Offstage, Charles has music directed many youth productions in New York and has written/composed Rob Ford: Rock Star (with two more musicals on the way). He can be found performing at numerous theme parks in the area, and original shows he has co-written/composed can be seen at The Holy Land Experience. While he equally loves performing and teaching, what is held highest above the rest is getting to journey through life with his wife and two boys.

A recent transplant from The Big Apple, John is a professional live event host and actor.  He has been seen on stage and screen and has performed all over the world.  Some recent credits include Off-Broadway productions, Walt Disney World, and FX Television.  In his spare time, John enjoys working with and giving back to theatre communities to which he owes so much of his experience and training.  He joined CFCArts last season as Assistant Director of the production of Disney’s Mulan Jr. — Thrilled to be back with the kiddos!

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Contact Kaileigh Anne Buckley at (407) 937-1800, or email school@cfcarts.com.