Classes for 4 – 7 Year Olds Susan Duerden
Broadway Kids (Ages 4 1/2 – 7)
An introduction to the wonderful world of acting, singing and dancing. These classes are designed to develop children’s confidence, self-expression, focus and social skills as well as inspiring creativity through dramatic play, imaginative theatre games, storytelling, dance and song. Students will receive training from industry professionals, experience the joy of musical theatre and perform to family and friends at the end of the session (fall performance info below).
Students are introduced to basic stagecraft through stories and plays. They participate in guided improvisation and theatre games where they are encouraged to share their ideas. They will work together to dramatize stories as well as creating their own, encouraging creativity, self-expression and teamwork, building confidence on and off stage.
Children will have fun performing a variety of dance styles and will learn routines to their favorite show tunes. We use a lot of repetition to build their confidence. Our dance activities are designed to improve technique, posture, coordination and spatial awareness.
An introduction to basic voice exercises and rhythm wherein students learn a variety of techniques to help them control their vocals. Our singing activities are designed to improve diction and range and to increase confidence and ability, whilst having a lot of fun singing much loved musical theatre and well known songs from movies.
At Young Actors Academy training is our main focus. The training will culminate in a performance at the end of the session.
“Izzi adores your classes. She says it’s SPECTACULAR! She truly shines and is happiest on the stage and she’s happiest above all working with you in the classes and on the shows. Thank you!”
“So impressed with your academy. My daughter really loved the classes and the show at the end was excellent. We can’t wait to sign up again.”
“My daughter really loves the classes and always comes out happy and enthusiastic! She asks every day if it’s a Young Actors Academy day and comes home with a big smile each week and is excited to tell me what she done. We can’t wait for the summer camp!!”
“My little girl skips into the studio on a Saturday. She absolutely loves these sessions and wished it was actual school! The teachers are enthusiastic and warm and we would totally book again!”
“Thank you for everything. You and your team are doing a fantastic job, I am very impressed. Kasia absolutely loves it and can’t wait for classes every week.”
“Brilliant program, wonderful teachers. Emily had so much fun. The teachers are excellent, lots of support, a happy environment, it’s fantastic. Big, big thank you for all your wonderful work.”
Julia (Emily's mom)
“You have such a remarkable way to bring out the best in EVERY SINGLE performer on stage. Truly, they ALL shine on stage. I’ve never seen anything like it. You are amazing and like I’ve said many times now, we are so lucky to have found you!”
“The workshop reached far beyond our expectations. Sara had such a fantastic time and learned so much. She LOVED it. We can’t wait for the camps.”
Paula (Sara's mom)
“The on-camera audition videos are wonderful – I must say we really got what we were looking for from your Acting Intensives – a musical, a drama, on camera and auditioning experience, theater games and improv…fun and supportive environment with great teachers and focused kids!”
Eric (Liv's dad)
“Ellery is loving every minute of your class! We can’t wait for the show. Your academy is amazing.”
“My two kids train privately with Susan. We’re so lucky to have someone of her caliber teaching our kids. An award winning actress working in film and TV who has played starring roles on London’s West End and on and off Broadway, teaching here! My son is working on a Disney TV show because of her amazing coaching and my 19 year old who has been coaching with her for a few years is constantly booking.’
“Amazing academy with excellent curriculum. Highly recommend!”
“One word……. **SPECTACULAR! **”
“Both Adam and Sarah had an amazing experience! Since the first class, they come home excited and happy singing the songs and talking about all the kids who were doing the class with them like they’d been friends forever. I was impressed how quickly they picked the lines and songs up and by the enthusiasm they brought home. For them was an incredible experience.”
“Thank you so much for bringing out the absolute best in my normally shy child! The teaching was outstanding, she learned so much in all three disciplines. My daughter was bubbling with enthusiasm for days afterwards and can’t wait to come back!”
“Thank you Susan & team for making Anabelle’s year so special and memorable. She loves the classes and the show was amazing.”
“Piper loves your acting class deeply. It’s so much fun and filled with positive, creative energy. Thanks so much for inspiring her.”
“We are new to Young Actors Academy and we’re really glad that we joined the session. My son is a little bit introverted, so it was great to see him really step up his confidence in such a short time. You are an amazing teacher, Susan. Loved you on LOST, too!”
Ann (Leo's mom)
“Theo really loves the classes. He has grown in confidence and sings all the time at home. You have worked wonders!”
“The girls had an absolute ball and looked forward to every Saturday. I particularly liked how the teachers looked after each child and tailored the training to their level.”