Performing Arts: Theater, Music, and Dance

Instructor: Angelique Marie

What is Performing Arts?

The performing arts are arts such as music, dance, and drama which are performed for an audience It is different from visual arts, which is when artists use paint, canvas or various materials to create physical or static art objects. Performing arts include a range of disciplines which are performed in front of a live audience, including theatre, music, and dance.

Theatre, music, dance and object manipulation, and other kinds of performances are present in all human cultures. The history of music and dance date to pre-historic times whereas circus skills date to at least Ancient Egypt. Many performing arts are performed professionally. Performance can be in purpose built buildings, such as theatres and opera houses, on open air stages at festivals, on stages in tents such as circuses and on the street.

Live performances before an audience are a form of entertainment. The development of audio and video recording has allowed for private consumption of the performing arts.

The performing arts often aims to express one's emotions and feelings.

World Academies of Performing Arts Curriculum at Ivy League Royal Academy

World Musical Academy

Ivy League Royal Academy’s World Musical Academy encompasses Theater, Vocal, Music, and Dance courses.

This Musical Theater pathway provides opportunities for our performing arts students to participate in two main stage productions each year. These Broadway style productions provide real world experiences. Students will put into action the resources of human thought, feeling, and behavior that are integral in the performance of a role; examine and apply technical methodology (lights, props, costumes, sound) to scenes being performed, and explore the development of theater throughout history. The students will develop physical, vocal, and analytical skills used in creating characterizations, and performing and critiquing scenes.  Students will also be introduced to career opportunities in theater as well as life-long appreciation and understanding the art of theater.  The course will culminate in the creation of a Broadway style Musical Performance.

Music & Voice Fundamentals (All Students – 25 Units)

Students will learn scales, sight-reading and music theory. They will also work to learn about the Voice, having a healthy Voice, Speech Pathology and the fundamentals of singing and breathing technique which will foster the well-rounded performer. There will be seasonal concerts in which to display everything students have learned. 

Theatre Essentials (All Students – 25 Units)

Theatre Essentials is the first step in a theatre arts education. Open to all students with no audition, this college preparatory course provides experiences crucial to the skillset of budding performers, such as improvisation, scene and monologue work, character development, performance critiquing, and basic stage-performance. The class also features guest speakers from the entertainment industry to provide an inside look at arts after education and help show students the path to a successful career in theatre.

Show Choir (Performance Track Students Elective – 25 Units)

As part of the pathway to the musical theatre arena, this audition-only, mixed ensemble involves a focus on both singing with intention as well as dancing with it. Performing spectacular musical medleys, such as Disney classics, Rent, Fame and more, students will develop movement skills alongside their vocal skills, work to become adept performance artists in any venue. This course also offers a high number of student leadership opportunities for members who are interested in choreography, giving advanced students the ability to choreograph pieces for the concerts. 

Musical Theater Production (Production Track Students – 50 Units)

As part of the pathway to the musical theatre arena, this production crew will learn everything there is to know about lighting, set design, costumes, stage management, production and assistant directing. This course also offers a high number of student leadership opportunities for members who are interested in directing, giving advanced students the ability to stage manage and student direct scenes for the Seasonal Shows.

Musical Theatre (Performance Track Students – 50 Units)

As the capstone class at Ivy League Royal Academy, the World Musical Academy is for all levels and artistic abilities with the goal of becoming Triple Threats-accomplished singers, actors, and dancers. This mid-large sized ensemble will put on two full stage productions each year on stage, complete with full lighting, sets and costumes, and sound design. World Musical Academy’s class size provides students with an intimate look at how a musical’s cast functions and allows students to advance their performance art by taking risks in a safe and caring environment. In addition to their character and play studies, students will pursue the improvement of their vocal and dance technique, develop their resumes, and create an online portfolio for professional use for post grad opportunities.


World Dance Academy

Ivy League Royal Academy’s World Dance Academy is a performance-focused series. Each course involves the understanding of and appreciation for all genres of dance along with the study of the dance industry and the professional careers found within it.  Students become well-rounded dancers by taking part in their choice of dance classes of multiple genres and levels in order to build a solid foundation of dance technique, proper alignment/placement, group rehearsal techniques, small group choreography, and composition techniques and concepts. Students will concentrate on an in-depth study of the genres of ballet & jazz with a focus on terminology, technique, history, culture and choreography. In addition, these units will also bring attention to the various careers that are incorporated in the area of dance.

Dance Academy Course List

Ballet I (10 Units)

Ballet I introduces the student to the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. Students will gain a basic understanding/awareness of human anatomy, ballet terminology, and proper body alignment. Barre and center work will provide the foundation for proper ballet technique, increased flexibility, strength, coordination, and control. Students will perform in a faculty piece both semesters and will work in small student choreography groups for second semester.

Ballet II/III (20 Units)

Ballet II/III furthers the student’s understanding of ballet technique, focusing on perfecting placement, refining line, cleaning intermediate technique, and will introduce more advanced ballet technique, steps, concepts, and vocabulary. More emphasis will be placed on integrating individual steps into seamless, more organic phrases with focus on increasing expression and enhancing performance quality. This course will include performance in a faculty piece in the spring as well as small student choreography works both semesters.

Pointe (30 Units)

Pointe students will perform in a faculty piece in the spring as well as small student group choreography pieces both semesters. A detailed discussion of proper pointe shoe fit as well as specific shoes complementing specific body types and feet will occur prior to having students purchase pointe shoes. This will insure cost effectiveness of your pointe shoe purchase. 

Jazz I (10 Units)

Jazz I serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of jazz and develops basic skills in modern jazz technique. Emphasis is placed on the basic compositional elements of jazz and principles of choreography. Exercises help to increase flexibility, strengthen muscles and develop motor coordination and control. Style, form, rhythm and movement are explored and developed which leads to an understanding and appreciation of jazz as a visual art form.

Jazz II/III (20 Units)

Jazz II/III expands on jazz dance technique, introducing aerodynamic jumps and turns and more complex choreography. It emphasizes the necessary skills to further the development of motor coordination, jazz techniques, intermediate to advanced levels of choreography and more advanced rhythm structures. It promotes freedom of creative expression and further expands historical awareness.

Modern and Composition (Performance Track Students – 30 Units)

This upper-level class requires the dancer to have had at least two technique classes here at ILRA.  Dancers study primarily breath-based release technique, with additional references to other techniques, learning to articulate the spine, release into gravity, suspend, and recover.  Second semester we explore composition techniques, focusing on concepts of space, time, energy, direction, level, symmetry/asymmetry, and stage directions through a series of smaller and larger group studies.  For a culminating project, students choreograph their class piece, deciding on a concept, choosing the music on composing it, designing costumes, and creating the movement.

Dance Ensemble (Performance Track Students – 50 Units)

As the Capstone Course, and the most selective performance group, Dance Ensemble places an emphasis in versatility, performance quality, and professionalism.  Students perform in a variety of venues throughout the year, consisting of artistic showcases, competitions, and community events. Our dancers are featured in two large performances each winter and spring alongside our high-energy “Dancing With the ILRA Stars” Winter fundraiser. Dancers work with working professionals who set works on them in a single day, enabling them to be exposed to multiple choreographic styles and to leave ILRA with a deep dance knowledge, a rich resume, and an understanding of dance industry standards. Our dancers learn leadership, organization, and communication skills as well as real world experience through their internships.