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JOIN US FOR ADULT CLASSES THIS SUMMER!

All Adult Dance classes are 6-week sessions. You can register for the full 6-weeks or pay by class. If you are interested in paying by class, contact Lauren Sprowls at 330-836-2626 x35

Ballet for the Actor

Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. Beginning June 12th

Pliè and Tendu into a better performer! This class is designed for ALL levels who want to gain better dance technique or get in shape this summer by studying ballet to build vocabulary, gain body awareness, and build strength and stamina. Join us on Tuesday nights to learn, exercise, and grow!

Hip Hop for Adults


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Thursdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. Beginning June 14th

Get moving and have fun this summer with this upbeat and energizing dance class! Students will get to learn the basics of the hip-hop dance style, do fun choreography, and get a workout all at the same time. This class is for ALL levels.

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: 

LAUREN SPROWLS is a graduate of The University of Akron where she received her B.A. in Dance with a Business Cognate and will receive her MA in Arts Administration in 2018.  She has been teaching for almost 10 years and is currently the Education Director at Weathervane Playhouse. Ms. Sprowls has choreographed a number of pieces that have been performed in the Akron community. This past spring she set an original work in partnership with Elyse Morckel for the Akron School for the Arts dance program at Firestone CLC entitled W.W.T.D. in honor of a former classmate who passed away. Most recently she presented a duet, It’s a Man’s World at the Ballet in the City’s 5-year gala.  Lauren has also participated in Akron Children's Hospital Dancing for the Kids fundraiser for the past four years collaborating with partners to create original choreography.

Beginning Acting for Adults 

This class will explore the theory and practice of the basic tools of acting: body movement, vocal production, and imagination. This class will also include an introduction to character analysis, audition basics, monologue work, scene study, and improvisation. The class will culminate with a final performance in our intimate Dietz Theater. 

Mondays  7-9 p.m. Beginning June 18th (8 weeks) 

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: 

FRED GLOOR is currently the Associate Artistic Director and Marketing Director at Weathervane Playhouse. He has directed four shows at Weathervane: It's Only a PlayYou Can’t Take It With You, The Lyons and 4000 Miles. A graduate of Kent State University, Fred’s other directing credits include Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama, TitleWave, Charenton, The Second City Cleveland, CVLT, and Tri-C West.  As an actor, he has performed at The Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Dobama, The Beck Center, Cain Park, The Second City Cleveland, The Ensemble Theatre, and as a cast member of Something Dada. A member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, he has appeared in numerous commercials and such films as The Dream Catcher and Pirates with Leslie Nielsen, Eric Idle, and Rodney Dangerfield.

Directing Class

Learn the basics of directing. Students will learn how to break down a scene, what they should look for when casting, and the basics of actor-coaching.  Since this class will focus on script analysis, research, and how to work in rehearsal, it is a perfect opportunity for actors to learn how directors work, and how to better give directors what they need. Perfect for new and emerging directors and performers who want to sharpen their approach to the artform.  

Wednesdays 7-8:30 Beginning June 27
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