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Specialized Workshops

Specialized Workshops are Summer Session courses taught by Newark Academy faculty. These unique courses offer students a variety of opportunities to expand their intellectual and artistic horizons. The workshops allow students to step outside of traditional academic coursework to discover and deepen new skills and passions. Small class sizes and engaging material provide the perfect opportunity for students to grow as thinkers and artists.


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, Arts Department, Chair
June 22 - June 26
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Beginner/Intermediate Tap/Jazz/Ballet Dance Workshop /
Grades 6-8     
This two-week course is designed to offer a dance student a chance to explore 3 different styles of dance.  Newcomers to dance will be introduced to the basics of each style, while those with more experience will be challenged with harder exercises. All students will learn a piece of choreography in each style and perform these pieces on the Newark Academy stage with full costume and lighting at the end of the two weeks. In addition, students will have the opportunity to choreograph their own pieces in  any style, and may choose to present these pieces at the final informal performance. There is no prerequisite for this course.
Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance
June 22-July 2
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $540


Advanced Ballet Workshop
/ Grades 7 - 12   NEW
This course is designed to offer the serious ballet student the ability to continue to perfect his/her technique. Students will learn a piece of choreography to perform on the Newark Academy stage with costume and lighting at the end of the session. In addition, students will be taught the elements of composition and may choose to choreograph their own solos to present at the final informal performance.  Eight years of ballet experience is the prerequisite for this course.
Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance
July 6- July 10
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $300


Advanced Tap Dance Workshop /
Grades 7-12     
This course is designed to offer the serious tap dancer the ability to learn a full piece of choreography and perform this piece on the Newark Academy stage with costume and lighting at the end of the session. In addition, students will be taught the elements of composition and will choreograph their own pieces in whatever style they choose and may 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 13 - July 17
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Advanced Modern Dance Workshop /
Grades 7-12     
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 improvisational skills and choreography.  Students will learn a piece of choreography to perform on the Newark Academy stage with costume and lighting at the end of the session.  Students may also choose to work on their own solos to be performed at the final 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 20- July 24
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Advanced Jazz Dance Workshop / 
Grades 7-12    NEW
This course is designed to challenge the serious dancer with elements of jazz dance including work in parallel, isolations, and rhythmic complexity. Students will learn a piece of choreography that uses elements of classic jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical jazz, to perform on the Newark Academy stage at the end of the session. In addition, students will be taught the elements of composition and may choose to choreograph their own solos, which they may present 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 27- July 31
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $300


Diversity in the Modern World /
Grades 8-12     
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 13 - July 17
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Globalization in the Modern World /
 Grades 8 -12     
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
July 20- July 24
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300


JTole Jazz Academy / Grades 7-12     
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 contact Julius Tolentino at jtolentino@newarka.edu for information concerning auditions.
Instructor: Julius Tolentino, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Jazz
July 6 - July 17; Concert on July 17
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 20 - July 31; 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 6-July 10
1:00–3:00 pm
Tuition $200


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. An abbreviated three-hour simulation at the end of the week will round out the institute.
Instructor: Derek Kanarek, Newark Academy, Math Department, Chair
July 6 - July 10
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Advanced Model United Nations Institute / Grades 8-12
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, Math Department, Chair
Prerequisite: Newark Academy’s Model United Nations Institute, or significant Model UN experience (attended two or more high school conferences)
July 13 - July 17
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300
 

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, Math Department, Chair
July 20-July 24
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Advanced Leadership in the 21st Century / Grades 8-12 NEW
This one-week seminar builds on the “Leadership in the 21st Century” seminar by using real-life leadership scenarios, role play, and leadership games to help students enact and reflect on their leadership in action.  Students will write and share case studies from their own leadership experience to build the self-awareness that they will need to act as skilled leaders in the moment.  Students will also study and apply different styles of interpersonal conflict resolution through negotiation and mediation of conflicts in varied scenarios.
Prerequisite: Newark Academy’s Leadership in the 21st Century, or significant leadership development experiences in other contexts.
Instructor: Derek Kanarek, Newark Academy, Math Department, Chair
July 27-July 31
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300


Genius and Insanity
 / Grades  10-12 NEW
We do not need to look far today to see our culture’s fascination with genius and insanity.  Both states of mind require that an individual see or express things in a way that others don’t. Looking primarily at literature, but also film, music, the visual arts and several clinical essays, we will explore the sometimes permeable line between the two states of mind.
Instructor: Neil Stourton, Newark Academy, IB Coordinator, English Department, Faculty
July 13 - July 17
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $300


Sense of Place  / 
Grades 10-12 NEW
Literature has the power to transport us to different worlds. This course will explore texts where the physical, geographical, and psychological landscape dominates our reading experience. We will consider how characters are shaped or tested in different settings, and the extent to which we are fixed as products of our environment. The class will cover fictional locales, films, reportage and travel writing, while employing photo-journalism, creative writing, and essay writing for our own attempts at evoking a sense of place.
Instructor: Neil Stourton, Newark Academy, IB Coordinator, English Department, Faculty
July 20 - July 24
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $300


Introduction to Law  / 
Grades 9 - 10 NEW
The law is everywhere. It protects the rights of citizens to speak freely, empowers the police to arrest criminals, and allows those who have been injured to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered Indeed, it's nearly impossible to watch TV, go shopping, or even drink water without coming into contact with some aspect of the law. In this course, students will examine concepts and cases that define the American legal system. They will wrestle with challenging real-world questions that lawyers and judges face every day. In addition to exploring the foundations of the law, three major areas of the law will be addressed: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Tort Law. Class activities include reading and writing court opinions, trial simulations, and debates.
Instructor: Jeff Vinikoor, Newark Academy, Humanities Department, Chair, June Term Director
June 22 – June 26
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $300

The New Science of Learning  Grades 7 - 9 NEW
In recent years educators have joined with neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists to create a new field called “Mind, Brain, and Education Science.”  By learning the basics of how the brain works, students will be introduced to the “Growth Mindset” as well as study skills such as self-testing, spacing, interleaving, mental modeling, and clumping.  Other topics covered will include the “Signature Strengths” approach of positive psychology, caring for a healthy brain and body, metacognition, and mindfulness training.  In short, students will learn the theory behind educational techniques as well the techniques themselves.
Instructor: Joseph Ball, Newark Academy, Humanities Department, Faculty
June 22 – June 26 / Grades 7 - 8
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $300
June 29 – July 2 / Grades 8 - 9
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $240


The Zombie Survival Guide: Literary Edition  / Grades 9 - 11 NEW
“A Zombie is raised by a disease, and has a single biological imperative, which is to spread the virus by biting human beings.”—Max Brooks, on HistoryChannel.com
 
In May of 2011, the Center for Disease Control’s website crashed when ten times the normal amount of weekly viewers of the site attempted to look at one post at the same time.  The name of the post?  Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. So…zombies invaded the CDC.  Literally.  With origins in Haiti, and symbolic values ranging from the evils of eugenics, the blight of slavery, and the horrors of plagues, zombies have captured the American imagination and suffused popular culture for over a decade. In this one-week course, we will read Brooks’ 2007 seminal—and satirical—book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, as well as selections from Colson Whitehead’s 2012 national bestseller Zone One, 2011’s  Aim for the Head: An Anthology of Zombie Poetry, and 2013’s Outbreak: Visions of the Apocalypse in order to more fully explore the seemingly undying power of the zombie in literature. Students will be required to keep a journal of their thoughts while reading these various works, and will analyze a zombie poem or short story.  Previous experience fighting zombies is not required to take this course.  
Instructor: Elizabeth LaPadula, PhD, Newark Academy, English Department, Faculty
June 22 – June 26
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $300


Poetry Intensive  / Grades 9 - 11 NEW
Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop out of her.” ? Lili St. Crow
 
 
This course is for people interested in improving their poetic discipline: by the end of the week, each student should produce a minimum of five polished poems.  How can we accomplish this feat?  Why, by disciplining ourselves, thus becoming assassins of Euterpe (lyric poetry), Thalia (comedy and pastoral poetry), Melpomene (tragedy), Erato (love poetry), and/or Polyhymnia (sacred poetry)!
 We will begin each day of this course by reading and briefly discussing a selection of published poems.  We will then write individually, following prompts not given ahead of time. The weeklong workshop will end with a tutorial on how to appropriately submit poems to literary publications. 
Instructor: Elizabeth LaPadula, PhD, Newark Academy, English Department, Faculty
July 6 – July 10
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, when available. 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
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.