DST CAMPS & WORKSHOPS

FIT FOR BROADWAY

Come get fit with Allie!  New music, new dances, and new combos every month!

Allie Rose, a recently-certified physical trainer, will help you become better at knowing your own body for maximum strength, flexibility, and endurance.   Have you ever felt sore after a dance call or a long 5-hour dance rehearsal?  In Allie’s class, you’ll focus on exercising the right muscles for the right moves while learning dance combos from your favorite TV shows and musicals!
 
 
NOTES: Temperatures will be taken upon arrival, masks will be mandatory for all in attendance, and social-distancing guidelines will be observed.
 
 
Instructor: ALLIE ROSE
Allie Rose has been involved at DST as an actor, choreographer, camp counselor, and dance captain for the past 9 years.  She is a certified personal trainer and is currently earning her certification for indoor group fitness instruction, spin instruction, and youth sports.   Next to living and breathing musical theatre, Allie loves nothing more than to be working out at the gym – so she is thrilled to continue bringing the two things she loves most together in this DST Academy class!

Hip Hop 8-12 

Get a taste of some old school, back-to-basics hip hop and history all the way up to today’s commercial movement. Sneakers, attitude, and sweat required.
 
Instructor: NICK FLORES
Nick Flores began dancing as a teenager. Starting in musical theatre, he did stage work up until college, performing all around the US and Europe. Getting a feel for the stage early, he decided to expand his talents and go on to different styles. While studying at Arizona State, he danced with the ASU Hip Hop Coalition and Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad. As his career continued, Nick has performed with MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew winners Elektrolytes and EPIK Dane Company; as well as placing in the top 5 at the Latin World Cup with salsa company Stilo Dance Company.
 
Nick’s choreography has been showcased in groups such as: The Phoenix Suns dance team, Denver Nuggets dance team, EPIK Dance Company, and Phoenix Theatre. He has also worked along side top choreographers such as Matt Steffanina, SYTYCD’s Comfort Fedoke, Dave Scott, and Jaci Royal, to name a few. Nick is now a member of the Cirque Du Soleil family, awarded “best
choreographer” in a professional musical by BroadwayWorld.com, a Zoni award nominee, and was last seen on the west coast tour of “The Alexander Project: A Tribute to Hamilton” as a choreographer, dancer, and MC. Nick continues to teach for numerous schools and studios around the nation to keep all youth involved in the arts.
 
 
NOTES: For the safety of everyone, temperatures will be taken upon arrival, masks will be mandatory for all in attendance, and social-distancing guidelines will be observed.

Hip Hop 13+

Get a taste of some old school, back-to-basics hip hop and history all the way up to today’s commercial movement. Sneakers, attitude, and sweat required.
 
Instructor: NICK FLORES
Nick Flores began dancing as a teenager. Starting in musical theatre, he did stage work up until college, performing all around the US and Europe. Getting a feel for the stage early, he decided to expand his talents and go on to different styles. While studying at Arizona State, he danced with the ASU Hip Hop Coalition and Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad. As his career continued, Nick has performed with MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew winners Elektrolytes and EPIK Dane Company; as well as placing in the top 5 at the Latin World Cup with salsa company Stilo Dance Company.
 
Nick’s choreography has been showcased in groups such as: The Phoenix Suns dance team, Denver Nuggets dance team, EPIK Dance Company, and Phoenix Theatre. He has also worked along side top choreographers such as Matt Steffanina, SYTYCD’s Comfort Fedoke, Dave Scott, and Jaci Royal, to name a few. Nick is now a member of the Cirque Du Soleil family, awarded “best
choreographer” in a professional musical by BroadwayWorld.com, a Zoni award nominee, and was last seen on the west coast tour of “The Alexander Project: A Tribute to Hamilton” as a choreographer, dancer, and MC. Nick continues to teach for numerous schools and studios around the nation to keep all youth involved in the arts.
 
 
NOTES: For the safety of everyone, temperatures will be taken upon arrival, masks will be mandatory for all in attendance, and social-distancing guidelines will be observed.

Center Stage “Heros vs. Villains”

Our theme for this exciting class is “Heroes vs. Villains,” featuring songs from Disney’s Descendants, Beauty and the Beast, and more! Each week, we’ll do crafts, sing songs, dance, and make friends. This class is an awesome opportunity to introduce young people to musical theatre in a fun, engaging way!

 
Instructor: KARA ARMSTRONG
Kara has been involved with DST since 2016 as an actor, counselor, and volunteer. She has helped with multiple Center Stage sessions, and she cannot wait to share her passion for theatre with the incoming generation.
 
NOTES: For the safety of everyone, temperatures will be taken upon arrival, masks will be mandatory for all in attendance, and social-distancing guidelines will be observed.

The Arts as Activism: Social Justice and LBGTQ Human Rights

The performing arts have been an integral part of social activism for centuries. During this engaging, interactive, student-led, series of masterclasses the students will explore events in local, national, and global culture as they relate to LGBTQ Human Rights, especially during these fragile and uncertain times. As part of this process, the students will also create original music, poetry, and monologues to help them give voice to the struggles of their hearts in a hopeful, compassionate, and empathetic way. All skills will be taught as part of the process, so no musical, writing or performing experience is necessary. Join us and discover how you can engage the arts to be part of the solution by learning to celebrate and embrace our differences and similarities.
 
Instructor: DAVID SIMMONS
A graduate of the University of Montana School of Music with additional study at the Vienna Hochschule Fur Musik, David’s diverse career has taken him to all 50 states, 19 countries and 4 continents. He has served as Education Director and Teaching Artist for Arizona Broadway Theatre, Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, and Desert Foothills Theater and as a Teaching Artist for Desert Stages Theatre, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen, Child’s Play Theater and Estrella Mountain Community College. David grew up in a family of arts educators and social justice pacifist/activists. His own work in engaging the arts and education as tools of activism includes work as an educator, actor, director, playwright, composer, and community organizer with
Mixed Blood Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Steppingstone Youth Theater, The Peaceful Love Warriors and his own UBU Project working in the areas of Cultural Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Pluralism, LGBTQ/Gender Rights, and Mental Health Equity.
 
NOTES: For the safety of everyone, temperatures will be taken upon arrival, masks will be mandatory for all in attendance, and social-distancing guidelines will be observed.

Yoga for Youth

In a class designed to improve awareness, confidence, and a young person’s aptitude to deal with stress, Paul Filan uses yoga, meditation, and dance-related themes to help students be more aware of self and of spatial relations.
Class begins with breathing and relaxation techniques. After minor vocal warm-ups, students will be introduced to yoga and martial art movements. Through movement and improv games, Paul will introduce “the viewpoints:” a technique that opens actors to the other people sharing the stage with them. Students are asked to wear clothing ready for movement and to bring a yoga or workout mat, towel, and water.
 
Instructor: PAUL FILAN
Paul Filan grew up in Montana and received a Presidential Scholarship from Utah State University and graduate with a BFA in Theatre, emphasis in Acting/Directing/Set Design. After three national tours with American Family Theatre, he worked in New York City as an actor and set builder for several years. Most recently, Paul has been a set designer for local theatres in the Phoenix area for the past several years, winning an ariZoni award for The Addams Family with Desert Stages Theatre.
Paul has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching for over 10 years. He was fortunate to have studied with Royal Shakespeare Company and SITI while at Utah State University. These companies heavily influenced his teaching and acting methods to help bring a genuine caring and authenticity to any and all projects he works on. Movement, confidence, voice and body control, and spatial awareness are the main acting tools that become activated while working with his teachings.
 
NOTES: For the safety of everyone, temperatures will be taken upon arrival, masks will be mandatory for all in attendance, and social-distancing guidelines will be observed.

DST “INCUBATOR”

Inspired by Freestyle Love Supreme:  “It’s finding the joy in the things we know how to do and turning them into a show.”

A gathering place on Friday nights.
Young adults only.
You will be your own teaching artists.

DST supplies the place, a keyboard, bottled water, lights, and sound.  You bring the talent and the creative energy.  Put it all together into a show that you will perform for family and friends at 7:30pm on Thursday, December 3.

Triple Threat Workshop

Are you ready to bring your musical theater skills to the next level? Join Erin and Kristin for this fun four-week intensive! Teen performers will receive tips, tricks, training, and feedback to maximize their performances. Get ready to nail your next audition as we practice singing, dancing, and acting your way to being the best performer you can be!

Instructor: Kristin Alba
Kristin Alba has been involved at Desert Stages since 2004. She began as a youth performer and moved on to hold many positions such as dance staff, camp counselor, and assistant director. Currently, Kristin is one of the directors and choreographers of the youth theater productions. Kristin’s performance based training includes 4 years of acting and dance training and 8 years of vocal training. She has performed in over 50 community theater productions in the valley. She also spent the past 3 years as a 2nd grade teacher and holds dual Bachelor degrees in Elementary and Special Education. Currently, Kristin is working on her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy. She is thrilled to continue spreading the love of performing with DST’s youth and teen community!

Instructor: Erin Tarkington
For nearly 13 years, Erin has been working hard to develop her musical theater craft. Beginning as a youth performer herself, working on over 50 productions, she has since continued to evolve and strengthen her skills both on stage and off. Over the past few years, Erin has continued performing, directing, and choreographing Desert Stages Onstage Productions, meanwhile pursuing her bachelor’s degrees at Arizona State University in Human Communication and Family and Human Development. As she continues on to pursue her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Erin looks forward to simultaneously recommencing her passion for educating youth actors, offering them a safe space, resources to discover themselves, and tools to improve their musical theater craft. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for theater with the next generation of talented performers.