Youth Classes

Improv Comedy Class for Kids

April 30-June 18
Tuesdays, 5-6 pm
6-Week Class (No class May 14 or June 11)

An improv class for ages 8-12, with a minimum of 6 students, and maximum of 10. This is an introductory course that allows students to have fun learning the skill of improv. Through icebreakers, games, scenes. and short-form, the students will learn how to think on their feet while understanding how to respect each other’s contributions on stage. We will build on the lessons each week, with potentially performing for the parents on the last class which is May 28, 2024. Taught by Jason Russo.

Improv Comedy Class for Teens!

Ages: 11-17
$150 for 6-week class

Teens can now connect and unleash their inner creativity on a fun journey of laughter, spontaneity, and endless possibilities, as they learn Improv Comedy in an extremely supportive environment. Students will learn the fundamentals of improv through a series of engaging exercises, games, and scene work as each week builds on what was learned the previous week. It is a great opportunity to make friends, while having fun and learn invaluable communication skills and teamwork.

Youth Workshop: Elements of Theatre

Tuesdays, 4-6 pm
February 6-27
Ages: 7-16

This class will explore many elements of theatre including scene study, character development, improvisation, audition and callback techniques, speech, and movement. Actors will gain stage knowledge by working with their fellow actors to ‘tell the story’ using strong beginning, middle and end techniques. Ages 7-16. $155 for 4-week workshop. Tuesdays, 4-6 pm.

Meet the Instructor

Kristen Washington fell in love with theater when she performed in her very first show: Almost Treasure Island in 2008. Since then, Kristen has gone on to earn her B.F.A. in Theater Arts Performance from Hofstra University in New York. She has worked professionally with Forbes 30 under 30 Director Samantha Cannold, and Hamilton’s Ariana Afsar. As a San Diego County local, she has gotten to work with La Jolla Playhouse, The San Diego Repertory Theater, Trinity Theater Company, Coronado Playhouse and others. While her love of performing is strong, Kristen has truly found a passion for supporting the next generation of actors to fall in love with performing themselves. She has made some of her favorite memories directing children’s theater, mainly Disney shows, (you will come to know she is an avid Disney fan). She has been fortunate to put on shows such as The Lion King Jr., The Little Mermaid, Moana Jr., Annie, and Matilda Jr. to name a few! She has taught theatre in school and after school since 2017 and is so grateful to continue working to inspire the next generation of actors!

Youth Movement and Vocals Class - Cancelled

Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 am
4-Week Workshop, NOW Beginning February 10, 2024
Ages: 9-15

Kage and Brenda Hart from Fred Astaire Dance Studio Oceanside coach young performers to tap into their potential to grow their confidence and abilities through lessons based on movement and vocal expression. DATES: Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Mar. 2, Mar. 16.

Youth Program Weekly Themes:
Week 1: Intro to ballroom and swing. Voice 101, voice as an instrument.
Week 2: Posture and stage presence. Breathwork and the diaphragm.
Week 3: Distinguishing between styles of movement and dance. Getting into character through song.
Week 4: Putting it all together. Preparing for your audition.
Meet the Instructors

Kage has taught all styles of ballroom and partnership dancing for 22 years. He has owned and operated a dance studio for over 13 years helping people learn how to move their bodies through all forms, from Tango to Cha Cha, Swing and Waltz and has choreographed for competition showcases and theatrical stage performances.




Brenda Joined the Fred Astaire dance studio in 2015, where she has been teaching and participating in dance competitions ever since. In addition, she has actively participated in vocal performances and projects, as a writing and recording artist, as well as back up vocal studio work. As a young performer she attended San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts and later, the San Francisco State University vocal Jazz program.

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