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The John Carroll School Academy of Performing Arts & Dance begins its 8th year in the fall of 2018. 
Welcoming students ages 5 through adult, we provide training in all forms of dance, acting, musical theatre, and voice. 


Class Schedule -  Monday, September 10, 2018 - Thursday, May 9, 2019

Dance Recital and Musical Theatre Performance - Saturday, December 1, 2018
(Tech Week: Monday, November 26 - Friday, November 30, 2018)

Semester II classes begin on Monday, January 7, 2019

Full Academy End-of-Year Production – Saturday, May 11, 2019
(Tech Week: Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10, 2019)

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Class Descriptions

BALLET TECHNIQUE - Mrs. Kimberly Schroeder, Instructor

Dancers will study the technique and performance of classical ballet. This class will incorporate the thoughts and practices of several codified ballet curricula to enhance a well rounded, technically proficient dancer. Throughout class, students will develop technical facility in the foundations and development of ballet steps; become familiar with classical ballet terminology; incorporate proper skeletal alignment, build body strength, flexibility and stamina through a ballet class structure, an understanding of ballet theory and class etiquette while using the body as an instrument of expression. Throughout this class, students will obtain a technical and educational foundation for reinforcing other dance styles such as jazz, modern dance, musical theatre, etc, and heighten his/her awareness of personal and artistic expression through musicality and movement.

Advanced Ballet (with Modern component) in Studio – Mondays: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Beginner Ballet in Studio: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Jazz (Ages 8 and up) in Studio: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

MODERN TECHNIQUE -  Mrs. Kimberly Schroeder, Instructor

Dancers will study the fundamental technique, various styles and performance of classical and contemporary modern dance. Class structure will include a physical warm-up, exercises that emphasize strengthening and stretching, center combinations, locomotor phrases and basic rhythmic patterns. Throughout this class, students will expand his/her awareness and appreciation of the way you and others move and become familiar with one’s own body and how it moves through space. This class will explore the compositional elements of dance (time, space, energy), through the use of improvisational and choreographic tasks “to inspire a desire for – self-discovery, self-discipline, and self-expression in the art form of dance.”

JAZZ TECHNIQUE -  Mrs. Kimberly Schroeder, Instructor

Dancers will study the fundamental technique, various styles and performance of jazz dance. Class structure will include a physical warm-up, exercises that emphasize strengthening and stretching, center combinations, locomotor phrases and basic rhythmic patterns. Throughout this class, students will become familiar with one’s own body and how it confidently moves through space; incorporate the basics of proper alignment, technique and centering into movement sequences and detailed routines; be proficient with the various styles of jazz dance, with a focus toward performance and quality of movement incorporating musicality and rhythm; assess one’s own concentration, flexibility, balance, and conditioning through dance and learn tools for improvement and good health; confidently experience new artistic practices of dance, specifically in the style of jazz; increase one’s critical facilities and perceptions through evaluation, discussion, and observation of dance in addition to a brief overview of jazz dance history.

Jazz (Ages 8 and up) in Studio – Mondays: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

TAP -  Mrs. Kim Brueggemann, Instructor

Intermediate/Advanced: For advanced dancers who have mastered intermediate level. Intricate combinations will be taught to challenge students in creativity, timing, strength and accuracy to produce a vigorous routine. Tuesdays in Studio - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

MUSICAL THEATRE COURSE -  Mr. Richard “Dickie” Mahoney and Mrs. Julie Parrish, Instructors

Musical Theatre (Ages 5-9) – Mondays in Auditorium - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Musical Theatre (Ages 10-18) – Mondays in Auditorium - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Students will have a hands-on theatrical experience, as they create a full-length musical production. Students will begin the semester by auditioning for roles in the show. The remainder of Semester I and Semester II will be focused on musical staging, choreography and vocal technique.


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Class Times and Fees

MONDAYS - ADVANCED BALLET (with Modern component) IN STUDIO - 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. 


MONDAYS - JAZZ IN STUDIO - 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

MONDAYS - MUSICAL THEATRE IN AUDITORIUM - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Ages 5-9)

MONDAYS - MUSICAL THEATRE IN AUDITORIUM - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Ages 10-18)

TUESDAYS - TAP IN STUDIO/AUDITORIUM -  Int/Advanced 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Class Fees

  • All classes are $560 per class, which includes costume fees for the full September-May season.  Payments may be made in two installments in September and January if preferred.
  • Students must participate in classes the full season in order to perform in the May production.
  • Payment in full for classes will be due prior to the start of January classes.
  • Refunds will not be offered after classes have begun.
  • Payments are made online when completing the Academy Registration Form (see Registration Form for payment details). 

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Instructor Bios

Mrs. Kim Brueggemann - Academy Director, Tap Instructor
With over 35 years of experience performing, directing and choreographing nationally from Ithaca and Syracuse, New York; to Six Flags over Mid-America, St. Louis, Missouri; to Baltimore area dinner theatres, community theatres and Harford Dance Theatre, Kim has spent the last 19 years teaching dance and theatre arts at The John Carroll School.  The John Carroll student tap dancers and theatre arts students have performed three times at Walt Disney World in Florida, showcasing such numbers as “42nd Street,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” and “Singin’ in the Rain,” to mention a few.  

Mr. Richard “Dickie” Mahoney, Musical Theatre Instructor
Richard “Dickie” Mahoney has been directing and performing for over 20 years in MD, PA, NJ and DE. He has also been the Director of Youth Programs for Tidewater Players Theater Company for 10 years. Having studied many forms of acting he likes to take a realistic approach to acting, teaching actors to live in the moment and to "make it real". Dickie walks through the acting process with students showing them a step by step approach to developing 3-dimensional characters with real feelings related to how the characters act, and reaction to situations.  

Mrs. Julie Parrish - Musical Theatre Vocal Instructor 
Julie Parrish holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Elon University. She is the Director of Performing Arts and Music Department Chair at the John Carroll School. She has musically directed for several local community, school, and children’s theatres including: Children’s Playhouse of Maryland; Phoenix Festival Theatre; Cockpit in Court; Pumpkin Theatre; Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School; Beth Tfiloh Community Theatre; Spotlighter’s Theatre; Teatro101; and The John Carroll School. In addition to Musical Direction, Julie also enjoys performing on stage. Recent roles include Mrs. Potts in Tidewater’s Beauty & the Beast, Reno Sweeney in Phoenix Festival Theatre’s Anything Goes, Maria in the JC Community Theatre’s The Sound of Music, and Fiona in The Suburban Players’ Shrek.   

Mrs. Kimberly Schroeder - Ballet, Modern, Jazz/Contemporary Instructor
Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Vocal Music Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Kimberly is an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware, where she serves as the Head of the Dance Minor program, production manager for the annual dance minor concert, as well as master teacher, choreographer and performer in a variety of venues. She teaches classes in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre, pilates, improvisation, composition, pedagogy and has had the privilege of studying with numerous guest artists in several dance techniques including African, Fosse, Graham, Humphrey-Weidman, Limon, and Horton. Kimberly has been the choreographer of over 40 musical theatre and non-musical theatre productions and concert works.  She is also the artistic director of Ignite: A Company of Dancing Artists, a professional modern dance company based in Delaware.

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Please contact us at 410 879-2480 ext. 2014 or if you have any questions about the classes or registration.

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