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Professional ballet dancer, musical theater performer and dance instructor Judith Joseph will conduct a six-week series on dance and drama at the Arts and Education (A&E) Center in Three Oaks, Mich. Called “Acting Up!”, the one-hour classes are limited to fourth through eighth graders, and cost $90 for all six sessions. “Acting Up! runs March 18 through April 22 from 4-5pm eastern time. In addition, there will be an orientation meeting at 4pm on March 11.

According to Joseph, each class will include a theater dance warm-up, a scripted monologue, a brief dance routine and an “imagination assignment” that is “part improvisation, part character development and a lot of fun.” Parents are welcome to attend and observe the classes.

Joseph has a BA in dance and an MFA in theater performance. She has worked with choreographers Bob Fosse, Agnes DeMille, Gower Champion, Charles Weidman and others, and played leading roles in the original production of Chicago, and revivals of Carousel, Brigadoon, Fosse, Damn Yankees and more. Joseph has performed abroad at the Hamburg Ballet Festival, the Edinburgh Arts Festival, Varna Ballet Competitions and more. She is founder of the Acting Theater of Michigan City and is artistic director of the Metamorphis Traveling Theater.

To register, or for more information, contact the School of American Music at schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com or by phone at 269-409-1191. Payment for the classes is due March 11. The Three Oaks A&E Center is operated by the School of American Music, www.schoolofamericanmusic.com.

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