Arts Workshops

Arts Workshops, taught by Newark Academy faculty, offer students a variety of performance arts programs.  Featured this summer are Improv Workshop, JTole Jazz Academy, Advanced Modern Dance, Tap Dance, Musical Theatre Dance, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Slam Poetry. 

Advanced Modern Dance / 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

June 25 – June 29
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $300

Musical Theatre / Dance / Grades 5 - 8
This course is designed for any student interested in the dance element of musical theater.  Do you love to sing and act, but wish you had more dance experience to audition for your school musical?  Do you love musicals and wish you could perform to music from them more often?  Do you love other styles of dance, but have yet to focus on musical theater dance?  Here is your chance!  This course is open to all levels as the choreography will be tailored to each student.  Those with significant dance experience will work on complex choreography and serious technique, and those just beginning will learn the basics.  All students will perform in a group piece and more advanced students may also choose to work on and perform a self-choreographed solo, with guidance from the instructor.
Instructor: Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy, Arts Department, Dance

July 30 – August 3
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $300

Drama / Acting / Performing Arts

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

July 9 - 13
1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition $300

Page to Stage / Grades 6 - 9
In this workshop, students will learn how to compose their own short play. The class will refine and read each play together and then choose a few to stage! The week will culminate with a lit, staged reading of original plays. It is sure to be a wonderfully collaborative experience for all involved
Instructor: Rachel Shapiro Cooper, Newark Academy Arts Department,  Director of Theatre Arts

July 23 - July 27
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $300

JTole Jazz Academy / Grades 7-12
Our Newark Academy Jazz 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 by renowned jazz musicians and experienced educators.  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. The two-week workshop will conclude with a concert showcasing each ensemble’s work.
Instructor: Julius Tolentino, Newark Academy Arts Department, Jazz Director

Example Schedule
1:00pm-2:30pm Instrument Techniques/ Jazz Improv Techniques
2:30pm-4:00pm Jazz Combo Class
4:00pm-5:00pm Jazz Theory/ Jazz Listening/ Performance Showcase/ Sectionals
5:00pm-6:00pm Big Band Class

July 9 - July 20*; Concert on July 20
1:00 - 6:00 pm
Tuition: $1,600

How To Apply

To apply to any of the Newark Academy Arts Workshops, please complete and print the Summer Session application and medical form. Both forms must be filled out and returned to Newark Academy with the $50 (non-refundable) application fee. All tuition balances are due on or before May 1. Applications received on or after May 1 must include the $50 application fee and the full tuition.

Summer Session Academic Registration Form

Summer Medical Form

Please send forms and fees to:
Newark Academy Summer Session
91 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
Phone: 973.992.7000 ext. 217

Program Faculty

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