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Fall Virtual and In-person Classes

Fall Virtual and
In-person Classes

JPAS (Ages: 7-18) and JPAS Jr. (Ages:3-6) online and in-person classes and workshops are amazing! Children will learn from and work with some of the finest industry professionals. Kids and teens, get ready to be in touch with your inner artist, build your confidence, learn skills, and have fun along the way. We have a variety of engaging in-person and online classes and workshops for your child. In addition to the classes below, check out our JPAS Connect page for creative, fun, and binge-worthy activities.

Contact J Performing Arts Space Director, Alise Robinson for a complimentary one-on-one consultation to help determine which JPAS classes are perfect for your child!
Set up your appointment:  arobinson@jccdallas.org or 214-239-7140.

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ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS

Broadway’s Ashley Kate Adams is back for a one day Be Your Own Producer JR. Workshop!

After the smashing success of the #BYOP Jr. Summer Camp, #BYOP Jr. is back to encourage your kids to create their own materials this August! Join Broadway’s Ashley Kate Adams for this exciting and interactive 1-day workshop online!

For all CREATIVE KIDS who have more than one artistic interest: writing, acting, singing, arts & crafts, playing music – you know the kind, the ones who can’t sit still! Class list of activities include:  Claiming your artistic identity, imagination station, storyboarding, the writer’s room – how to make your own TV show, expression confession, mini-pitch, and an independent artistic project.

Instructor: Ashley Kate Adams (Netflix’s UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT) & Producer of AKA Studio Productions (Rules of Cool, Mulligan)

Date: Sunday, August 23
Time: 10:00 – 2:00 pm
Ages: 8+
Price: Members $80 | Non Members $100

Join Broadway’s Ashley Kate Adams for a 1-day workshop on building your training towards Broadway and landing the roles you desire. We will work on audition prep, making a great first impression in a mock audition and end the workshop with a Q & A about all things Broadway.

Instructor: Ashley Kate Adams (Netflix’s UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT) & Producer of AKA Studio Productions (Rules of Cool, Mulligan)

Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 4:30 – 6:30
Ages: 9+
Price: Members $50 | Non Members $65

ONLINE CLASSES

Taught by TV and Movie Actress Linda Leonard with special Guests appearances from Casting Directors and Agents

Lights, Camera, Action!   Learn and develop on-camera acting techniques that are used in television, commercials, and films. No matter your skill set this class will be tailored to individual students’ abilities!  The class offers real-world experience and helps actors to be comfortable working on-camera.

Instructor: Linda Leonard (Broadway National Tour of Cats, Numerous credits in theater, TV & Film – Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and Abroad)

Dates: Thursdays, September 24 – November 12
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages: 9+
Price: Members $180 |  Non Members $225

Learn the art of acting in this course! Students are trained to become actors, and taught how to develop vocal, improvisation, characterization, and physical acting skills, all while having tons of fun and gaining performance experience. The course culminates in a virtual showcase during the last week of class, in which everyone gets a chance to shine and show off all their new skills!

Instructor: Avra Aron, published writer, global acting and writing teacher and Tisch School of Arts graduate

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 30 – November 18
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages: 9+
Price: Members $180 | Non Members $225

Learn the art of acting in this course! Students are trained to become actors, and taught how to develop vocal, improvisation, characterization, and physical acting skills, all while having tons of fun and gaining performance experience. The course culminates in a showcase during the last week of class, in which everyone gets a chance to shine and show off all their new skills!

Instructor: Avra Aron, published writer, global acting and writing teacher, and Tisch School of Arts graduate.

Dates: Thursdays, October 1 – October 22
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages: 8+
Cost: Members $85 | Non Members $108

Calling all Creative Kids and recent #BYOP JR. Graduates, #BYOP JR. is back with Ashley Kate Adams! Join Ashley Kate Broadway TV/ Film Actress, Producer & Children’s Theatrical Director based in NYC for this highly creative class, for the one-of-a-kind kid featuring new materials and an exciting weekly course!  Awesome class for kids that have more than one artistic interest: writing, acting, singing, arts & crafts, playing music – you know the kind, the ones who can’t sit still! Class list of activities include:  Claiming your artistic identity, imagination station, storyboarding, the writer’s room – how to make your own TV show, expression confession, mini-pitch, and an independent artistic project.

Instructor: Ashley Kate Adams (Netflix’s UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT) & Producer of AKA Studio Productions (Rules of Cool, Mulligan)

Dates: Tuesdays, September 29 – November 17
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Ages: 8+
Price: Members $295 | Non Members $370

Go from Guitar Zero to Guitar Hero in an encouraging environment.  Students will break down the guitar, learn to play by ear, and build a strong skillset in 4 weeks.   They will learn the names of the notes, how to tune, strum, play simple chords by ear and musical internals, the foundation of ear training.  By the end of the class, students will have learned basic chords and melodies from some of their favorite songs.  Singing along is encouraged!

Dates: Mondays, October 5 – November 23
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages: 8+
Price: Members $150 | Non Members $188

We offer a variety of private lessons ranging from dance to singing to many different instruments. Lessons available in packs of four, in either 30-minute or 1-hour sessions. All four lessons must be used within three months of purchase.

VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES

JPAS online classes and one-day workshops are going to be amazing! This fall children will learn from and work with some of the finest industry professionals. Kids and teens, get ready to be in touch with your inner artist, build your confidence, learn skills, and have fun along the way!

IN-PERSON CLASSES

Get ready to move and groove.  During this class, we will focus on three Broadway shows! We will learn original Broadway choreography and some jazz choreography to music from Frozen, Moana, and Hamilton. The class is limited to 10 students.

Instructor:  Skylar Duvall

Date: Mondays, October 5 – November 23
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages:  8+
Price: Members $180 | Non Members $225

Travel to shows from all over the world such as Matilda, Wicked, School of Rock, Hairspray, and Newsies! Acting, singing, dancing! Broadway workshops, a showcase, and lots of fun and learning! Work with a Choreographer, Director, and Music Director to hone your skills! The class is limited to 10 students.

Instructors: Cherish Robinson and Skylar Duvall

Dates: Wednesdays, September 16 – October 28
Time:  4:30 – 6:00 pm
Ages: 8+
Price: Members $220 | Non Members $275

Come “play” with us!   Students will perform in a contemporary, serio/comic play directed by Linda Leonard a Broadway Actress. An excellent opportunity to stretch young artists acting skills and get connected with the world of theater in today’s environment.  The play will deal with modern subjects and modern challenges. Learn from Ms. Linda Leonard one of the best directors in Dallas! The class is limited to 10 students.

Instructor:  Linda Leonard

Dates: Sundays, October 18 – December 13
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages: 9+
Price: Members $275 |  Non Members $345

Lead by Cherish Robinson Producer behind Elle King and Vocalist for the likes of Erika Badu. Dream of recording your own song?  This class gives you first-hand artist development of recording, vocal training,  and on-stage performance.  Come to class with a song you would like to showcase. Learn vocal technique, microphone etiquette while working towards your big day in the studio. Second, to last Tuesday or Thursday of class performers will record their song and video will be taken for them to use on social media or share with family and friends.  Singers will book ½  hour private sessions.  The last day of class will be the final showcase for their fellow pop star boot camp peers. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. 

Kids need to come to first class prepared with a song of choice and a karaoke track (mp3) on a thumb drive.

Instructor: Cherish Robinson

Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 22 – October 13
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Ages: 8+
Price: Members $125 | Non Members $158

Art Experiences is an innovative choice-based art program that offers students the opportunity to respond to their own ideas and interests through artmaking. Working at their own pace, students learn problem-solving, independent thinking, cooperative learning, and persistence through creative discovery. Veteran art teacher Susan Stein guides the community of student artists, determines their needs, creates structure, and introduces a large variety of new mediums and techniques. Class size limited to 10 students.

Instructor: Susan Stein earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and has 20 years of teaching experience

Dates: Mondays, Sept. 21 – Dec. 14*
Times: 4:30- 5:30 pm
Ages: 8-12
Price: Members $285 | $358 Non Members
Supply fee: $50

*No class on Sept 28th for Yom Kippur

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 22 – Dec. 8
Times: 4:30-5:30 pm
Ages: 5 – 8
Price: Members $285 | Non Members $358
Supply fee: $50

AT THE J

We’re ready to welcome you back to the J. Our in-person JPAS classes follow all safety protocols which include but are not limited to online pre-screening, practicing social distancing, wearing masks, continuous cleaning, and daily deep cleans. Classes have limited availability (maximum of 10 students per class) to keep engagement safe, strong, and exciting! 

Artistic Staff

Skylar Duvall is so proud to be back for her fourth year with JPAS! She is a graduate from KD Conservatory and is currently teaching dance at Dance Company of Wylie. “I feel so fortunate to get to work with, not only the amazing kids in our JPAS program, but also the incredibly talented staff. I’m so happy that I get to call my passion, my job,” Skylar says.

Cherish Robinson has over 20 years of experience as an artist.  She has traveled throughout Europe and the United States as a singer, producer, composer, music director, and songwriter. with musical references spanning over genres such as classical, jazz, blues, gospel, music theater, R&B and pop. She has sung behind some of R&B’s most impressive singers including Erykah Badu and The Roots (Tonight Show Band) and even appeared on The Colbert Show as a background vocalist. Cherish has musically/vocally produced and arranged albums for artists such as, Elle King and Paul Cauthen. She has been a contributing arts and entertainment writer for Elisia Magazine, the co-host of a radio show, The Midday Lockdown.BroadwayWorld.com has heralded her as “one of DFW’s sharpest musical theater moments in recent memory” even mentioning her as one of DFW’s Fresh Faces of 2017. She was recently seen in SISTER ACT at Savannah Theater in Savannah, GA (Deloris). MADAGASCAR at Casa Manana (Gloria the Hippo), DETROIT ‘67 at Jubilee Theater (Bunny), SISTER ACT at Irving MainStage (Deloris), PASSING STRANGE at Theater Three (Desi), and Grand Prairie Arts Center ALL SHOOK UP (Sylvia/Music Director). As an AEA member, she won the 2020 Column Award winner (Best Actress in a Musical) for her performance as Deloris in SISTER ACT at Watertower Theatre. She also loves teaching/coaching voice, piano, and organ to her many students!

Avra Aron is a writer, actress, and teacher. A graduate from the Stella Adler Conservatory at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she spent the last eight years working abroad in London where she directed various plays and musicals, including one which was shown at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She also directed students in preparation for London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts examinations. Her writing has been published in literary journals, including one which was listed as a Notable Special Issue of 2018 by ‘The Best American Essays 2019.’ She was a finalist for the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize.

Linda Leonard has been a professional director, choreographer, teacher, actor (AEA,SAG/AFTRA), singer, and dancer for over 45 years, here in the Metroplex and in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and abroad. Linda was in the Broadway national tour of Cats. Linda has directed or choreographed for WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Echo Theatre, CitiRep, and Theatre Three to name a few in Dallas and Fort Worth. Linda was the Education Director for WaterTower Theatre (3 years), is a professor at KD Conservatory, and her credits include award-winning roles such as Ann Richards (Critics Forum and Column Awards) and Aurora in The Kiss of The Spiderwoman (Leon Rabin, Column and Critics Forum Awards). Linda also has numerous credits in film and television, and is represented by The Horne Agency in Dallas/LA, and directed a web series about autism, “Saving Hope”, which premiered in March of 2019. Linda is dedicated to the process of creativity, nurturing, and empowering young artists in every aspect of the arts.

Ashley Kate Adams (AKA Studio Productions) : is an award-winning Actress & Producer who made her Broadway Debut at the age of 23 in Tony Award Winning Revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. She has appeared on television in UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (NETFLIX), ROYAL PAINS (USA), RULES OF COOL (FULLSCREEN), can be heard in TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO), THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES (HBO)  in LOGAN LUCKY, GEMINI MAN & seen in films such as PITCHING TENTS (Hulu), 1 Message (Dish Network) & stars in the upcoming short film LOVE. She recently won the Best Actress Award at the 2018 New York Theatre Festival for the play LOVE and originated the role of Carole in “A Christmas Carole: A One-Woman Show”. Off-Broadway & Regional Credits include the Culture Project, Paper Mill Playhouse, NYMF, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, MTC and more. Proud Motion Capture Performer for Rockstar Video games, featured in RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 & GRAND THEFT AUTO V: ARENA WARS. She started her Production Company, AKA Studio Productions, in 2011 and their work has been selected for over 150+ film festivals. TV Properties include: MULLIGAN (2018 LA Film Festival, 1st Place Flickers RIIFF) , RULES OF COOL (FULLSCREEN), CAPITAL ADVICE (ITV Fest) & Films include: ACE (Toronto Inside Out Fest), photo op (Winner SENE Film),  and the upcoming film’s BLINDSIGHT (LA Shorts) & ABSENT MIND (Toronto International Shorts). She inspired and Co-Produced the feature film BEAUTY MARK which was an official selection of the LA Film Festival in 2017 and was distributed by the Orchard. Her feature film BOY HERO is slated to film in Fall of 2020 in Co-Production with Pigasus Pictures.

In Eric Keyes you not only have a great teacher but a doer. Eric has performed all over the world and has put out 6 albums of original music including his last Solo album “Back in Blue.” He has recorded with guitar greats Allan Holdsworth & Clint Strong. Eric teaches by example so you can learn to trust your ears and your instincts. He has a completely original method called “The Invisible Guitar.” Using this method students learn in a fun, encouraging environment that will inspire them to be the best they can be.

Susan Stein has over 20 years of teaching experience.  Susan believes everyone can benefit from creating art, regardless of whether they are “good at it”. Her Art Experiences Classes allow students to express their individuality through their artwork and succeed to the best of their ability. As learners create, they build important life skills including problem solving, brainstorming, inventive thinking, working together, pride, persistence, intuitiveness, hand-eye coordination and so much more!Today’s world requires constant innovation and problem solving. The creative thinkers of today will be the successful, happy people of tomorrow. Through artmaking, even adults can increase their brain capacity leading to clearer thinking, new ideas and fresh perspectives. Making art is proven to be therapeutic, reducing stress and improving focus.

Sakura Brunette hails from the land of moose, mounties and maple syrup. She has been costuming for 9 years. In 2015, she graduated from McMaster University with a BA in Art History and Theatre & Film. Shortly after graduating she relocated to Texas. Her recent credits include, Noise’s Off, Comedy of Tenors, Mamma Mia, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Shop of Horrors, Southern Exposure, Move Over Mrs. Markham and Lion King, JR. 

The JPAS Experience at Levine Academy

JPAS is offering some fabulous performing arts enrichment classes taught by our JPAS staff hosted at Levine Academy – classes are open to everyone. You DO NOT need to be a Levine student to attend.

Playwrights Perform
Unleash your creative power by writing and performing your own show! Students get the amazing opportunity to form an acting company and write a play through brainstorming, improvisation, and work-shopping scenes. Students rehearse together before proudly sharing their creation with the world on the last day of class, complete with costumes, music, and much dramatic flair!

  • Tuesdays, January 28 – April 7
  • 3:30 – 4:20 pm
  • $300
  • Teacher: Avra Aron

Improv-sational
An introduction for anyone who wants to learn the power and fundamentals of improvisation…the basic tools, rules and philosophy through games, drills, and simple scenes. Experience the power of play, and the excitement of improvisational fun in a safe environment. A strong foundation in improvisation sharpens acting abilities and promotes creativity and personal growth.

  • Mondays, January 27 – April 6
    • No class Feb. 17
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • $275
  • Teacher: Avra Aron

JPAS JR.

Our JPAS JR series is exclusively for our Goldberg Early Childhood Center for preschool children 3 – 5 years and is designed to get their feet moving and their imaginations flowing all while teaching skills and building confidence. Learn the basics in a fun, safe, and nurturing setting intended to unleash the little theater bug in the youngest of children.

Go on a magical musical adventure every week with Avra and her ukulele! Each class takes the form of a musical story, during which preschoolers sing, move to music, read musical notation, learn Italian musical terms, develop appreciation for classical music, and grow awareness of pitch, tempo, and dynamics – all while having so much fun, they don’t even realize they are learning!

TIME: Mondays 1:00-1:45 pm (GECC Room 5)
DATES: September 14-December 14 (no class September 28)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $282
ARTISTIC STAFF: Avra Aaron

TIME: Wednesdays, 1:00-1:45 pm (GECC Room 6)
DATES: September 6 -December 16 (no class September 28)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $352
ARTISTIC STAFF: Avra Aaron

TIME: Fridays, 1:00-1:45 pm (GECC Room 7)
DATES: September 11 -December 18 (no class September 28)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $330
ARTISTIC STAFF: Avra Aaron

Using theater games and improv as our creative play our actors will learn the art of drama while improving their imagination, creativity and social skills.

TIME: Mondays 2:00-2:45 pm (GECC Room 1)
DATES: September 14-December 14 (no class September 28)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 4-5
MEMBER PRICE: $282
ARTISTIC STAFF: Avra Aaron

TIME: Tuesdays, 2:00-2:45 pm (GECC Room 9)
DATES: September 8 -December 15 (no class September 28)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 4-5
MEMBER PRICE: $352
ARTISTIC STAFF: Avra Aaron

TIME: Wednesdays, 2:00-2:45 pm (GECC Room 2)
DATES: September 9 -December 16 (no class September 28)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 4-5
MEMBER PRICE: $352
ARTISTIC STAFF: Avra Aaron

TIME: Fridays, 2:00-2:45 pm (GECC Room 10)
DATES: September 11 -December 18 (no class September 28)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 4-5
MEMBER PRICE: $330
ARTISTIC STAFF: Avra Aaron

JPAS Presents...Art Experiences with Susan

Inspiring, Engaging Small Group Art Classes for Children Ages 5 – 12

Art Experiences is an innovative, choice-based art program that offers students the opportunity to respond to their own ideas and interests through art-making. Working at their own pace, students learn problem-solving, independent thinking, cooperative learning, and persistence through creative discovery. Veteran art teacher Susan Stein guides the community of student artists, determines their needs, creates structure, and introduces a large variety of new mediums and techniques.

Class size limited to 12.

  • Tuesdays, January 14 – April 28
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Member: $310 | Non-member: $385
  • $50 supply fee
  • Wednesdays, January 15 – April 29
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Member: $310 | Non-member: $385
  • $50 supply fee
  • Thursdays, February 27 – May 7
  • 4 – 5 pm
  • Member: $225 | Non-member: $285
  • $50 supply fee
  • Mondays, January 13 – April 27
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Member: $310 | Non-member: $385
  • $50 supply fee
  • Sunday, March 1
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Member: $50 | Non-member: $65

Susan Stein served as Art Atelierista at Temple Emanu-El for 13 years and is currently the Art Specialist at BPCA, Dallas’ first licensed nature and arts school. Susan believes in nurturing each child’s artistic inclinations at their own developmental level, building confident, creative, curious learners.

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