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Specialized Workshops

Specialized Workshops, taught by Newark Academy faculty, offer students a variety of opportunities to expand their intellectual and artistic horizons. These workshops allow students to step outside traditional academic coursework to discover and deepen new skills and passions. Small class sizes and engaging material provide the perfect opprtunity for students to grow as thinkers and artists.
 
Beginner Tap/Jazz/Ballet Dance Workshop /
Grades 6-8     NEW
This course is designed to offer a dance student with little or no previous experience a chance to jumpstart their dance education by focusing on three styles of dance. They will learn a piece of choreography in each style and perform these pieces on the Newark Academy stage at the end of the session. In addition, students will be taught the elements of composition and will choreograph their own piece in whatever style they choose; they will present these pieces at the final informal performance. There is no prerequisite for this course.
Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance
June 23-June 27
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300

 
Intermediate Tap/Jazz/Ballet Dance Workshop / Grades 6-8     NEW
This course is designed to offer a dance student with previous experience a chance to broaden his or her dance technique by focusing on three styles of dance. Students will learn a piece of choreography in each style and perform these pieces on the Newark Academy stage at the end of the session. In addition, students will be taught the elements of composition and will choreograph their own dance piece in whatever style they choose; they will present these pieces at the final informal performance. Three years of dance experience in each style is the prerequisite for this course.
Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance
July 7- July 11
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition $300
 
 
Advanced Tap Dance Workshop / Grades 7-12     NEW
This course is designed to offer the serious tap dancer the ability to learn two full pieces of choreography in different styles of tap and perform these pieces on the Newark Academy stage at the end of the session. In addition, students will be taught the elements of composition and will choreograph their own piece in whatever style they choose; they will present these pieces at the final informal performance. Eight years of tap experience is the prerequisite for this course.
Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance
July 14 - July 18
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition $300

 
Advanced Modern Dance Workshop / Grades 7-12     NEW
This course is designed to challenge the serious contemporary dancer with elements of modern dance exercises from the Graham, Horton and Limón styles. Students will also work on improvisation and learn two full pieces of choreography to perform on the Newark Academy stage at the end of the session. In addition, students will be taught the elements of composition and will choreograph their own piece in whatever style they choose; they will present these pieces at the final informal performance. Eight years of previous dance experience in ballet, jazz, or modern dance is the prerequisite for this course.
Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance
July 21- July 25
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition $300
 
 
Introduction to Film Studies / Grades 10-12     NEW
Moving pictures are everywhere: on our computers, our tablets, smartphones, televisions and on the big screen. Because so much of what we learn comes from moving images on these various platforms, it is important to learn how to “read” what we see. Even though the technology that made the motion picture possible is relatively young, the influence of film is so vast it is immeasurable. How did we come so far so fast? By closely studying a number of classic films, created by some of the masters of filmmaking, the student who enrolls in this class will learn the “vocabulary” of filmmaking. In addition to viewing excerpts from classic movies, students will watch full length feature films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde and Alan J. Pakula’s political thriller All the President’s Men. The class will conclude with the classic screwball comedy, Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot.
Instructor: Stephanie Acquadro, Newark Academy, English Department
July 23 - July 27
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300
 

Globalization in the Modern World / Grades 8 -12     NEW
This course offers students the opportunity to study various perspectives of globalization in today’s world. It will focus on the nature and complexity of globalization, including its cultural, economic, political, and religious dimensions. Students will learn about Islam and globalization, the influence of the U.S. in the world, the rise of China, and about Africa and the Arab world at large.
Instructor: Moussa Fall, PhD, Newark Academy, Languages Department, French
June 23 - June 27
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300
 
 
Diversity in the Modern World / Grades 8-12     NEW
This course offers students the opportunity to study the various perspectives of diversity in today’s world. It will focus on defining the complex notion of diversity, including its cultural, economic, political, and religious dimensions. Students will consider the nature of diversity at school, at work, and in the world.
Instructor: Moussa Fall, PhD, Newark Academy, Languages Department, French
July 14 - July 18
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300
 

Improv Workshop / Grades 6-8     
Spontaneity and imagination are the cornerstones of this course where students learn the basics of improvisational comedy.  Through a series of fun exercises and theater games, students will gain confidence on stage as they learn the fundamental skills required to perform comedic scenes without a script. Students will learn to work collaboratively with others as they build skills that can be translated to other kinds of theatrical work.       
Instructor: Elaine Brodie, Newark Academy, Chair, Arts Department
July 7-July 11
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $250


JTole Jazz Academy / Grades 7-12     NEW
The JTole Jazz Academy is taught by a prestigious faculty of world-class jazz musicians. In order to create a balanced ensemble ready for performance, students must audition for entrance into the two-week camp. In addition to master classes and visiting artists, faculty will play with student groups providing young musicians with top-notch instruction and invaluable real-world experience. Students who wish to enroll in the Jazz Academy should send a short bio and a recording of themselves playing Billie’s Bounce and another tune of their choice to jtolentino@newarka.edu. Audio clips can be sent through Dropbox; YouTube video links will be accepted as well.
Instructor: Julius Tolentino, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Jazz
July 7 - July 18; Concert on July 19
1:00-6:00 pm
Tuition $1,600


Newark Academy Jazz Institute
 / Grades 7-12     
The Newark Academy Jazz Institute's mission is to educate and inspire young people to be confident, creative, and expressive individuals through jazz music.  Students new to jazz, as well as experienced young jazz musicians, are welcome to sign up for our two-week session.  Students will be introduced to improvisation, practice techniques, jazz repertoire, theory, and ensemble playing.
Instructor: Julius Tolentino, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Jazz
July 21 - August 1; 1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $600


Introduction to Philosophy / Grades 10-12     
In a society marked by economic instability, citizens often focus on the study of education in math and science rather than the liberal arts. In this course, students will learn about the critical role that studying philosophy can play in the development of ethically-minded critical thinkers. Five major areas of philosophy will be covered: Ontology (What exists?), Epistemology (What can we know?), Ethics (How should we behave?), Aesthetics (What is beautiful?), and Existentialism (What is life’s meaning?). Important thinkers in each of these categories will provide readings for consideration.
Instructor: Richard DiBianca, PhD, Newark Academy Upper School Principal; Faculty, Humanities Department
July 7-July 11
1:00–3:00 pm
Tuition $200
 
 
Leadership in the 21st Century / Grades 8-12     
This one-week seminar uses case studies, activities, and testimonials from successful leaders from diverse fields to help students explore what makes a great leader in today's world. We will study classic models of leadership and then consider how to blend and update these models for success in our complex, dynamic world. Students will hone communication and collaboration skills through role-play activities and team challenges. Taught an age-appropriate level, this course gives students practical skills and new ways of thinking about leadership and collaboration with the ultimate goal of preparing them to excel in teamwork and leadership in their school, sports team, or community.
Instructor: Derek Kanarek, Newark Academy, Chair, Math Department
July 21-July 25
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300
 
Model United Nations Institute / Grades 8-12      
Students attending this one-week institute will learn research and debate skills while gaining a greater awareness of global affairs through intensive Model United Nations training. Students will be coached in position paper research and writing, debate rules and speaking skills, resolution writing, and strategies to win over the committee. This program is designed for students who are Model UN novices or who have attended one conference. Skype interviews with experts and an abbreviated three-hour simulation at the end of the week will round out the institute.
Instructor: Derek Kanarek, Newark Academy, Chair, Math Department
July 7 - July 11
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Advanced Model United Nations Institute / Grades 8-12     NEW
This one-week institute is designed for students who are experienced in the writing and debate skills needed for success in Model United Nations. The centerpiece of the institute will be a series of simulations inspired by the crisis committees for top delegates featured at many premier conferences. Students will sharpen their research and debate skills and explore solutions to complex geopolitical problems in this exciting new program.
Instructor: Derek Kanarek, Newark Academy, Chair, Math
Prerequisite: Newark Academy’s Model United Nations Institute, or significant Model UN experience (attended two or more high school conferences)
July 14 - July 18
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300
How to Apply
To apply to the Newark Academy Summer Specialized Workshops program, please download and print the Summer Session application and medical form. Both forms must be filled out and returned to Newark Academy with the $35 (non-refundable) application fee. All tuition balances are due on or before May 1. Applications received on or after May 1 must include the $35 application fee and the full tuition.

Please send forms and fees to:
Newark Academy-Summer Session
91 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039

Phone: 973.992.7000 ext. 217
Specialized Workshops Faculty
Stephanie Acquadro
Stephanie Acquadro teaches American Literature, World Literature, and Film Studies at Newark Academy. Mrs. Acquadro holds a Master’s Degree from New York University and earned a BA from The College of New Jersey.

Elaine Brodie
  • Teacher of Visual Arts and Theater, Newark Academy
  • Director of Middle School Play
  • Director of McGraw Gallery
  • Teacher, The New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts
  • Member, Nutty by Nature improv troupe
Elaine Brodie holds a a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford. She also holds a degree from The Action Theater Conservatory. She is the Chair of the Newark Academy art department and teaches visual arts and theater. Brodie also directs the annual Middle School play and serves as director of the McGraw Gallery.

In addition to her responsibilities at Newark Academy, she teaches acting and improvisation classes to teens and adults at The New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts. Brodie is a longtime member of New Jersey’s premiere improv troupe, Nutty by Nature, performing regularly around northern New Jersey. 

Richard DiBianca
  • Teacher of IB Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy Seminar
  • IB School Consultant and Accreditation team member
Dr. DiBianca holds a PhD from the University of Chicago; an MA from St. John’s College in Maryland; and a BA from Colgate University. 
 
He is the Newark Academy Upper School Principal, as well as a veteran teacher of IB Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge, and Philosophy Seminar. Dr. DiBianca' was also the recipient of Harrisburg Academy's Randolph St. John Teaching Award.

Moussa Fall
Moussa Fall, PhD, teaches French in the Language Department at Newark Academy. Dr. Fall’s research interests include globalization, diversity and black diaspora with a focus on cultural studies, Postcolonial Theory, Francophone literature and West African cinema. Dr. Fall is also interested in the recycling of African traditions in West African literature and cinema.

Dr. Fall holds a PhD from the University of Iowa; an MA from the University of Iowa; an MA from the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal; and a BA from the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal.

Derek Kanarek
  • Director of Global Speaker Series
  • Model United Nations Advisor
  • Teaching Fellow: Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University
Derek Kanarek teaches mathematics at Newark Academy and serves as the Mathematics Department Chair. He also coordinates the NA Global Speaker Series and advises the Model United Nations Club, drawing on his experience as a staff member at eight collegiate conferences at Rutgers University.

Kanarek is also a doctoral student and teaching fellow in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, and his research and teaching focus on developing school leaders and building effective organizations.

Kanarek holds an an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership Studies from Teachers College; a Masters of Teaching from James Cook University (Australia) in secondary school math and IPT education; and a BS in Computer Science and BA in Communication from Rutgers University.

Yvette Luxenberg
Yvette Luxenberg directs the dance program at Newark Academy. She founded the International Baccalaureate dance program at Newark Academy and has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, International School Magazine and the European Council of International Schools Magazine. She received the Head of School Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005 and 2009.

Ms. Luxenberg specializes in tap, jazz,ballet, modern dance and choreography, but also has experience in Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Pilates, Latin Dance, hip-hop, Capoeira, West African Dance, and many other types of dance. She is an avid yoga practitioner and uses the principles of alignment from yoga in her modern and jazz dance classes. She is also fluent in Spanish.
 
Ms. Luxenberg holds an MFA in dance from the American Dance Festival/ Hollins University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in dance and Spanish from Wesleyan University.

Julius Tolentino
  • Award Winning Jazz Director - Newark Academy, Jazz House Kids
  • Illinois Jacquet Jazz Educator of the Year, 2013
Saxophonist Julius Tolentino has been part of the New York jazz scene for over 15 years. He has played with numerous small groups and big bands including Louis Haye’s Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band and Quartet, Eric Reed’s Sextet, Jeremy Pelt’s Quintet, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band and the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras. His debut cd “Just the Beginning” on the Sharp Nine label peaked at #8 on the jazz charts. As a Vandoren, P Mauriat and RS Berklee artist he has conducted regional jazz bands and has been a guest artist/clinician for numerous summer jazz programs and colleges. 

Tolentino has served as NJAJE Region I President and is currently the Jazz Director at Newark Academy and the Director of Large Ensembles at Jazz House Kids. His accomplishments as an educator have included a trip to the Essentially Ellington Finals in 2012 (Newark Academy), First Place "Conglomerate Big Band" at the Charles Mingus Competition in 2011 and 2012; and First Place at the NJAJE State Finals from 2010-2012. Tolentino was recently awarded the Illinois Jacquet Jazz Educator of the Year award.