Hollywood Kids Academy for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas:
With three locations in Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada, Hollywood Kids Academy (HKA) for the Performing Arts offers an excellent range of programs for kids and teenagers in Dance, Singing, Tumbling and Acting, but we specialize in Musical Theater. Our full spectrum of performing arts programs are designed to develop your child’s talents and abilities while building their self–esteem and confidence. Your child will learn skills in acting, singing, dancing and tumbling and will actually have an opportunity to perform for you. Our students will learn skills that will help them become what we call in the industry “Triple Threats!”
Performing Arts Programs for Kids & Teens:
We have learned at HKA that students who continue developing their skills year round actually retain the things they have learned and progress faster. Our HKA Curriculum runs for 12 months starting with the first week of school. The year is broken down as follows: from September to June, all students attend weekly classes and will perform once in the fall and again in June. During July and August, we temporally shift our curriculum from classes to summer programs. All our students will attend their weekly classes during the school year and Workshops and Professional Summer plays in the summer.
This allows students to maintain and continue to improve their skills year round as well as having time for an important summer break with their families. So, all HKA students are automatically enrolled in a minimum of one workshop per summer as a part of their curriculum. This automatic enrollment is based on the number of classes you are taking. For example, if you are a triple threat, you are automatically enrolled in all three summer workshops.
HKA has an open enrollment, but students enrolling later in the Season may be limited in their performances depending on how close to production their classes are. Students will attend classes weekly at the Studio of their choice. There is no limit on how many classes they can take. They will choose classes from the following areas of specialty.
Musical Theater (Broadway) Programs:
ENCORE - Ages 14-19: HKA is proud to offer the popular ENCORE class for all high school age students. This class is designed for all beginning to intermediate level kids who want to get on stage and perform. ENCORE provides instruction in singing, dancing and acting for Musical Theater. Students learn Musical Theater techniques in class each week as they prepare for two full shows per school year with workshops in the summer.
BROADWAY TEENS - Ages 11-13: For all junior high students, HKA is proud to offer our amazing BROADWAY TEENS class. For many years now this wonderful class has been introducing teens to the amazing world of Musical Theater. It is designed to help our beginning to intermediate level teens discover the wonderful world of the performing arts. Students learn singing, dancing, acting and audition techniques in class each week while preparing for a two full shows during the school year with workshops in the summer.
BROADWAY KIDS - Ages 5-11: Is your elementary age child constantly singing, dancing or pretending to be on stage? Then HKA Broadway Kids class is for your child. This wonderful beginning to intermediate level class is designed for all students who want to explore the wonderful world of the performing arts. BROADYWAY KIDS students learn singing, dancing and acting in class as they prepare for two full shows per school year with workshops in the summer.
BROADWAY ACTING - Ages 7+: This fun and exciting new class at HKA is designed to strengthen and develop each student in polished stage acting. In BROADWAY ACTING, students get to experience the exciting world of Theater and Broadway through the study of Straight Plays (no music or choreography), One Acts, Shakespeare, Improvisation, Audition Techniques, Pantomime, Comedy and more. This class is required for all HKA Professional Series and Triple Threat students.
Acting Classes / Hollywood Programs:
HOLLYWOOD ACTING: Ages 7+: HKA is excited to offer Hollywood Acting, an amazing class that specializes in acting for the camera. Students learn the subtle art of acting for film, television and commercials in this fun-filled class. All students gain the experience of working in single camera acting techniques and an understanding of what the relationship is of the camera to the performance. Students are trained in many of the technical skills that an actor must have in order to work successfully in the profession, such as cold reading, audition techniques, and focus concentration.
Students will be required to memorize and prepare material each week. As students progress through the class they not only gain the education needed to act in film but they also leave with video reels that they can use in order to get a foot door of Hollywood. The best performances will be safely posted on the Internet, accessible to talent agents. This class is required for Professional Series students who are training for professional Hollywood opportunities.
HOLLYWOOD FILM - Ages 7+: This exciting class is designed to teach and train students in the art of film. Students learn the technical aspects of filmmaking and actually get to make and edit films. Students engage themselves in and in-depth study of the development of the American film as an art form and a reflection of society. Class activities include film analysis, developing interviewing skills, scriptwriting, videotaping, effective character generation, layout design, shooting for television and producing short films. Students are encouraged to submit their projects in local and regional film festivals.
Singing / Vocal Classes:
GLEE - Ages 6+: Have you seen the TV show Glee? Well, HKA is excited to offer our GLEE class with singing and light choreography without the drama! In GLEE Kids study all types of music from Broadway to Jazz and perform a show at the end of the semester, complete with solos and group numbers. Lots of singing and lots of fun! GLEE is the fun way to develop our kids’ singing abilities!
HOLLYWOOD IDOL - The Professional Solo Singer (Ages 6+): This exciting, fast-paced class is designed to help each student become great solo performers. Each week students get to perform on stage with a microphone and lights. They learn singing techniques such as breathing and support, proper placement and pitch and develop their performing skills as solo singers. This class gives your student the techniques to “wow” audiences with their vocal performance. This class is awesome!
BALLET - All Ages: As a classical dance form demanding grace and precision, Ballet is a must for any dancer. Because of its focus on proper alignment, strength and balance, Ballet helps dancers to increase their range of motion, prevent injury, and become more polished dancers in all dance genres. At HKA, we offer Ballet taught by knowledgeable, enthusiastic instructors, who specialize in fun as well as technique.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE - Ages 7+: A form of contemporary theatrical and concert dance employing a special technique for developing the use of the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas.
JAZZ - All Ages: Jazz, which arose in the early twentieth century has evolved into broad genre that incorporates elements from African, Latin, Hip-Hop, Disco, Tap, and Modern dance. This exciting dance form offers dancers a direct and expressive relationship to music. This dance genre is particularly useful as it is regularly employed in Broadway, MTV, street dancing, cheerleading and drill team.
HOP-HOP - All Ages: Hop-Hop has its roots in urban culture and percussive music, and incorporates a wide spectrum of movement forms. This class concentrates on proper technique and musicality within this new and trendy dance style. This class is a wonderful way for students to get in shape and learn the latest moves! Dancers are taught the basics of rhythm, timing and sequencing while infusing this dun new form with the technical basics and vocabulary of jazz dance.
JAZZ / HIP-HOP - All Ages: This combo class combines the best of the Jazz and Hip-Hop worlds, and is designed to help students gain confidence in their movement. This class meets once per week, and includes a recital each semester.
Triple Threat Program:
A “Triple Threat” performer is a performer who can Act, Sing and Dance. “Triple Threat” performers are multi-talented and well rounded performers who have generally had years of education and performing experience in Acting, Dancing, and Singing. When they audition for roles in plays, they have the competitive advantage because they are so versatile and their skills add so much more to the overall production. Directors like to cast “Triple Threat Performers”. Actors who cannot sing or dance are what we call “straight” actors and are limited in the roles they can audition for. Dancers who cannot act or sing are usually put in the “Chorus Line” or dance ensemble.
HKA Professional Series (Ages 8 +):
This is HKA’s premier professional performing group for advanced student. This amazing song and dance troupe serves as an ambassador for HKA.
Technical Theater Programs:
BEHIND THE CURTAIN - TECHNICAL THEATER (Ages 9+): Is your child more comfortable behind the curtain or up in the tech box than on the stage? If so, this class is perfect for your child. This class is designed to give students training in the wonderful world of Technical Theater that happens behinds the curtain. Students learn principles of Set and Lighting Design and actually get to assist in the design of our various HKA productions.
They gain experience while helping to build sets and paint backdrops, and they receive hands-on raining on our sound and lighting boards, assisting in using them in our productions. This class is so much fun and will help give them training that they can take into the professional world of theater as Techies! This wonderful experience is open to all HKA students.
Fairytale Theater & Dance Programs (Preschoolers):
HKA FAIRYTALE THEATER & DANCE - Ages 3-5: HKA begins teaching theater to preschoolers in our outstanding FAIRYTALE THEATER program. Once a week little ones come for one hour and enter the amazing world of the performing arts in our theater. They learn one Fairytale each month and perform it at the end of the month for their families. They start with creative dance and movement with light ballet.
They then dress up in wonderful costumes complete with crowns, swords, wands, tiaras, tutus and more, actually practicing weekly on stage. They learn proper dance, acting and stage techniques through the wonderful world of make believe and imagination.
Professional Summer Plays & Workshops
Zumba classes for ages 13+ (Adults also welcome). The most popular workout in the USA comes to HKA! From Salsa to Merengue to Hip HOP, you will be burning calories like crazy while having so much fun! Walk-ins welcome! $3.00 per class or register online for cheaper. The first class is free. Come get into shape with HKA!