CLASSES

"Learning can only take place when children are emotionally open and receptive, and this happens only when the learning process is fun! This is the principle upon which all beginnings classes are based."

Peter Sklar
Ed. M. Harvard University
Director, Beginnings Workshop


Class Samples: Video Library

The thrust of all beginnings classes is encouraging young people to get in touch with their feelings. We believe that effective teaching should build self-awareness, which in turn fosters self-acceptance, confidence and maturity. These are qualities essential not only for success in the entertainment field, but for a healthy and meaningful life.

In New York, London, and Hollywood, class sizes average fifteen (15) students per instructor. In New York, students additionally participate in individually-assigned private coaching sessions, casting workshops, lectures, and other professional activities, all designated on the basis of age, interests, and professional needs. The total educational curriculum of all workshops, including classes and a variety of other learning activities, averages nine (9) hours daily. In Hollywood and London, acting technique classes are supplemented by professionally guided tours of major industry-related sites.

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Acting




Auditioning: First-hand professional guidance from leading New York casting directors in preparing for actual auditions for national commercials, television, film, Broadway and print.

Legitimate: Exercises, improvisations and a variety of techniques most applicable to film and the Broadway stage. Concentration on monologue work, improvisation, character and scene study.

Commercial: Interpretation of ad copy (commercial dialogue); guidance in adapting one's performance to the commercial and television camera.

Interviewing: Presenting oneself in a verbally expressive, open, sincere, interesting and comfortable manner.

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The Entertainment Business


Prominent Casting Directors, Agents, Managers, Directors, Producers, Celebrity Performers and/or Specialists in various areas of the professional entertainment field conduct seminars and workshops focusing on a variety of practical, business-related topics. These always include a behind-the-scenes view of practical procedures, basic do's and don't's, advice about rip-off's, and more. A question-and-answer period always follows.

In New York, visiting casting directors conduct an individual reading and personal interview with every student, followed by a detailed, written evaluation of marketability and potential.

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Energy Work


Beginnings offers its New York students introductory classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation and related disciplines in which students are taught techniques for handling stress, enhancing focus, increasing self-awareness and building overall health.

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Dance


In New York, every student will participate in a thorough, eclectic approach to Broadway, Jazz, Modern, and/or Hip-Hop. Emphasis is on building a solid technique through exercises, combinations, and actual choreography taught directly from the Broadway stage, and/or from the repertoire of major dance companies. All classes are taught at beginning through advanced master levels, and are assigned according to age and skill.

Selected students will additionally learn professionally choreographed routines, solo and group, for their appearance in the Off Broadway showcase.

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Voice


Every New York student will learn and practice exercises and musical pieces for improving tone and range. Special emphasis is on sensitizing children, teens and young adults to the natural limitations and vulnerability of young vocal chords, while developing vocal strength to its age-appropriate maximum.

Selected New York students will additionally develop vocal repertoire for stage and studio, including the selection, interpretation, arrangement, and rehearsal of appropriate musical material for the Off Broadway showcase, and suitable for agent presentations, Broadway auditions, and demonstration tapes for jingles and pop.

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Sample Video Library



Auditioning for Broadway


Lecture: the Broadway experience, choreography from Broadway's The Producers


Marketing and Branding for Actors


Vocal technique for musicals and recording


Introduction to Writing


Story and Character


Acting for Film and Television


Casting for Commercials


Holistic Health and Nutrition


Vocal Performance


Intermediate modern dance


Meisner acting technique


Horton-style jazz dance


Lecture: industry overview, audition workshop


Lecture: getting started in Broadway, vocal performance workshop


Lecture, Casting Process, Individual Interviews & Critiques


Lecture: casting process, individual interviews and critiques


Fosse-style choreography from Broadway's Cabaret


Improvisation technique


Lecture: the Broadway experience, choreography from Broadway's Grease


Lecture, Casting Process, Individual Interviews & Critiques


Vocal Performance


Introductory class in Shakespeare


Lecture & Discussion: getting started, choreography from Broadway's Hairspray


Voice-over and acting workshop


Choreography from Broadway's Wicked


Choreography for Stage and Camera


Vocal performance workshop and discussion: singing industry


Discussion: the casting process, individual critiques


Intermediate jazz


Character Development


British Theatre


Character Analysis


Acting for Broadway Stage


Scene Study


Shakespeare script interpretation and workshop I


Shakespeare script interpretation and workshop II


Acting for Film and Television


Discussion and question & answer session


Discussion: TV & film industry, individual reading critiques

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