Fall Semester Classes Announced at Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts

The Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts continues its award-winning programming with the announcement of the 2016 Fall Semester classes. Registration for these classes is open today.

The Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts uses the arts to its full benefit in the development of each student from 3 to 103. Performing arts training combines movement, language, music and making choices to develop a student’s gross motor, fine motor and memory skills.

“We want people to be inspired and challenged,” said Kathy Ramsberger, president and CEO of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. “Our promise is that by experiencing performing arts as a student that you will grow in body, mind and imagination.”

“We provide a safe space for students to take risks and make discoveries,” added Dana Brazil, director of education at the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts. “When you participate in the performing arts, you build self-esteem while enhancing other academic disciplines by promoting problem-solving and collaborating to achieve a common goal.”

Prospective students can visit drphillipscenter.org/classes, call 407.455.5551, or schedule a time to register in person at the arts center by emailingclasses@drphillipscenter.org. Early registration is encouraged by August 12, 2016. Schedule and teachers are subject to change.


Jazz I (Ages 8-12)

“Fun” and “high energy” characterize the Jazz I dance class. Students practice isolations, leaps, learn jazz techniques and vocabulary. Students gain the competencies to complete jazz-centric dance combinations and execute complete jazz dance routines.

Jazz II (Ages 13+)

The Jazz II dance course builds on fundamentals of the style. Students focus on honing their technique and learning new and more challenging combinations.

Dance Technique I (Ages 6-8)

Dance Technique brings the foundation of all movement to young dancers. Ballet positions and terminology, along with movement, pattern and rhythms, establish the foundations for all dance instruction.

Dance Technique II (Ages 9-12)

Dancers build on the foundational teachings from Dance Technique I and learn to expand their structured dance training and vocabulary.

Intermediate Dance Technique (Ages 11-14)

This next level of dance technique grows young dancers in areas of grace, balance and expression, from the strength of their foundation technique training.

Advanced Dance Technique (Ages 15+)

For the advanced dancer, this class is the next level of technique training, focusing on structure and presentation. Dancers will advance their barre and across-the-floor work.

Tap I (Ages 12+)

Tapping is an exciting way to start dance training. This introductory course shapes the students’ rhythm and musicality through learning the steps and basic techniques of tap dancing.


Tap II (Ages 13+)

Tap is an important part of the Broadway and musical theater craft. This intermediate tap course builds on students’ prior knowledge of technique and movements by adding more advanced steps and combinations.

Hip-Hop I (Ages 6-9)

This high energy, fun Hip-Hop class teaches basic steps, while building flexibility, precision, technique and style. Using upbeat music from various genres in addition to the latest Hip-Hop hits, this class begins with a basic warm-up to stretch and tone the body, followed by across-the-floor progressions, concluding with work on a fun and energetic combination.


Hip-Hop II (Ages 7-10)

Students who participated in Hip-Hop I in at least two previous semesters are eligible for this next level of class. The format remains the same, while the energy and the technique get amped up.

Creative Movement (Ages 3-5)

Perfect for the young dancer, this class focuses on creative movement that builds on the necessary gross motor skills needed for primary dance instruction. Students learn self-discipline, confidence, coordination and rhythm while moving to upbeat and age appropriate music. Students engage in dramatic music movement and learn introductory dance positions and steps.


Musical Theater Dance (Ages 13+)

Great musical theater dance combines jazz, ballet and tap with storytelling. Students apply their dance abilities to the context of musical theater, exploring the variety of styles from a range of musicals like Oklahoma!, Chicago and In the Heights.



Vocal Performance I (Ages 8-13 and 14+)

Vocal Performance provides singers with a proper foundation in diction, vocal production and an awareness of their body in both classical and contemporary music. Students also learn how to honestly express themselves through their song, communicate with the musicians, enhance their stage presence and effectively apply their vocal and performance techniques.


Advanced Vocal Performance (Ages 8-13 and 14+)

For the advanced singer, this class focuses on performance and vocal production for performance. Maintaining one’s instrument and creating that pitch-perfect performance every time requires more rigorous training, and this class provides that for the advanced vocalist.


Musical Theater Vocal Performance (Ages 14+)

In this class, students will focus their Musical Theater work on the vocal techniques required for a successful musical theater performer. Placement, vibrato, belt and mix will be explored in the context of a musical theater repertoire.


Rock Band (Ages 12+)

Students gain insight into performing together as an ensemble. Students are grouped into a band based on instrument, musical tastes and age. Band members learn the process of rehearsing and performing, band etiquette, stage presence, equipment set-up and more.


Guitar I (Ages 10-13) and Adult Guitar I (Ages 18+)

This class is for the beginner. Learn chords, simple strums, simple finger-picking and tuning in a fun, relaxed group setting. Students are introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony that allow one to make music in no time.


Adult Guitar II (Ages 18+)

Builds on the basics learned in Guitar I. Students develop proper left and right-hand techniques. You will learn more about reading music, musical terms, chording, alternating bass and how to move smoothly from one chord to another. Have fun learning to play duets and other simple melodies and exploring many different genres of music. Students must bring their own acoustic guitar with an extra set of strings.


Strings I (Ages 10+)

This class is open to anyone with an interest in learning string instruments such as cello, viola, violin and bass. Learn basic instrument set-up and position. Playing in a small group teaches how to match pitch, bow articulation, tone and, best of all, how to play together.


Strings II (Ages 13+)

This class is the next step for those interested in the string section. Students play simple songs that use their new skills and are introduced to the music of the great composers. They play games to develop rhythmic skills and a musical ear and also learn the basics of reading music.


Yamaha Young Musicians I (Ages 6-8)

This three-year course provides effective and enjoyable musical training for young students. They develop keyboard-playing skills, ear training, rhythm training, note-reading and writing, keyboard harmony, arranging, ensemble playing and music appreciation. This class is taught by qualified teachers in a group environment and is designed to promote confidence, team spirit and group dynamics.

To enroll, students must be 6 years of age by September 15 and must have access to a keyboard for practicing. Once the course is completed, students can take the Yamaha Student Grade 9 Exam to confirm musical achievement. Teachers refer to the exam results to correctly place students in advanced courses of study.


Yamaha Young Education System Junior Music (Ages 4-5)

A comprehensive and fun music curriculum, designed for four and five year olds, offers ear-training using solfege, basic keyboard-playing skills, rhythm and notation, music appreciation, creativity and singing various musical styles. This is a two-year program, capitalizing on the young child’s developmental characteristics to train basic music skills. Parents/Guardians are required to actively participate in their child’s music lessons, helping to cultivate a life-long love for music.


Junior Music II/III/IV (Ages 4-5 and 5-7)

These are the next level courses for those in the junior music program.


Yamaha Keyboard Encounters I/II (Ages 10-13, 11-15 and 16+)

An innovative keyboard music program for students interested in learning to play the piano. These classes are taught in small groups, combining technology with an effective and enjoyable approach. Students study piano technique, read music and learn to play various musical styles.



Creative Drama (Ages 6-8)

In a nurturing and supportive environment, young participants explore an improvisational form of drama where they are encouraged to imagine, perform and reflect on real or imagined experiences. Through stories, games and movement, young students make the connection between the magical world of theater and make believe. There is an emphasis on personal expression, creative imagination, confidence and socialization.


Fairy Tales Come to Life (Ages 7-9)

Moving from Creative Drama, young students will learn how to create a world given to them from a written story, the first step in learning how to create characters in a play. Creating a real-life version of well-known Fairy Tales by acting out the characters and environment grounds young actors in expressing emotion through a given text.


Acting I (Ages 10-13 and 14+)

Through improvisation, script analysis and scene study, entry-level students are introduced to the fundamentals of acting and performance. Special emphasis is placed on interpretation, character development and ensemble work.


Acting II/III (Ages 10-13 and 14+)

The intermediate/advanced scene study class allows students to build on the tools they gained in Acting I. Students are introduced to higher level character analyses, stretching their abilities as they attack more difficult acting problems through situations that are foreign and unfamiliar.


Recognizing and understanding the subtext of a scene is explored as students examine the texture, tone and timing found in plays of contemporary and classic writers to bring subtle nuances to their performances. Students also gain an intermediate skill set of production responsibilities that an actor should possess to contribute to a piece of successful theater.


Magic (Ages 12-18 and 18+)

Learn amazing and easy-to-master magic from Orlando magician, Kostya Kimlat, and his team of See Magic Live magicians. Appreciation and understanding of the art of illusion will grow as one experiences the various styles of magic, learning to analyze, understand and execute the important elements that make a great magic performance. At the conclusion of the session, students will be able to perform amazing magic tricks in almost any situation with everyday objects.


Sensory Friendly Theater (Ages 12+)

Theater training includes the skills of speaking, interacting, applying memorized text appropriately, listening, non-verbal communication and interpreting. For those on the autism spectrum, these skills can be challenging. In this fun and safe environment, students will learn to interact with others and project in their performance. Students with an affinity for drama will grow through the chance to practice with their peers. Students new to drama will experience a fun and engaging craft that will enhance their social skills.



Musical Theater Performance I (Ages 7-10, 10-13 and 13+)

Students integrate singing, dancing and acting into one creative expression through Broadway songs, scene work and choreography. This collaborative learning experience introduces basic acting principles, vocal techniques and fun beginning choreography. The emphasis for this class is on building a confident proficiency to execute all three art forms that make up a modern musical.

Advanced Musical Theater Performance (Ages 10-13 and 13+)

This class builds on the techniques and skills developed in Musical Theater Performance I, while introducing more challenging material. Students work on advanced musical theater training techniques, an expanded repertoire and the business acumen required for the musical theater profession.


About Florida Hospital

Opened in 1908, Florida Hospital is a faith-based institution focused on providing whole person care. It is one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country, caring for more than two million patient visits per year – more than any other hospital in the country, according to the American Hospital Association. The Florida Division of Florida Hospital stretches from coast to coast with 26 hospitals, more than 4,600 patient beds, and more than 32,000 employees. The division includes the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, dozens of outpatient facilities and Centra Care and Kids Urgent Care locations throughout Central Florida. Florida Hospital provides a wide range of health services, including many nationally and internationally recognized programs in cardiology, cancer, women’s medicine, neurosciences, diabetes, orthopedics, pediatrics, transplant and advanced surgical programs. Florida Hospital is a designated statutory teaching hospital and also trains physicians from all around the world on the newest technologies.


About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts For Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. The Dr. Phillips Center is a public-private collaboration with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors. For more information please visit drphillipscenter.org.