Workshops & Classes for Youth

Check out our Fall 2018 line up of Acting and Dance classes–it’s going to be a great season!

All classes begin the week of Sept 10th and conclude with a showcase for friends and family on Friday, Nov 2nd at 5:30 pm

Register by phone (252-338-6455) or in person at AOA front desk (516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City)

ALL CLASSES: $150 for general public; $75 for current Center Players




A rhythmic and upbeat genre of dance, Jazz is a technique-based style with a strong ballet background. There are many types of jazz ranging from: Broadway Jazz, Modern Jazz, African Jazz and more. Jazz Dance develops isolation movements of specific body parts while incorporating different qualities of movement into choreographed sequences. As a dance form, it has an exciting, vibrant, and dynamic quality that makes it popular among all students. Jazz dance is used for entertainment in theater, movies and music videos. Jazz is also important for students interested in musical theater.

      Beginning Jazz (ages 5-13)     Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm     

A high energy class set to popular music that focuses on rhythm, isolations and style. Students will develop a foundation of basic jazz technique including jumps, pirouettes, across the floor progressions and stylized movement. This class will include a full warm up, across the floor progressions and center combination focusing on quality of    movement and expression.

Advanced Jazz (ages 12+)     Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm

Designed for the intermediate/advanced level dancer,  this class will include a full warm up, across the floor progressions, improvisation and a center combo. Great focus will be  put into musicality, quality of movement and expression.



Based on natural, expressive, and sequential movements, Modern Dance celebrates individuality. Students are encouraged to express a broad range of emotions through various qualities of movement. Improvisation, creative movement, interpretation of music, and basic technique are all incorporated into this style.

Beginning Modern (ages 5-13)     Fridays, 4:30-5:30pm
Designed for the more creative spirit, this class will teach the fundamental concepts of    space, time and energy through the practices of modern dance technique. Students will  explore weight and suspension, fall and recover, strength and release.

Advanced Modern (ages 12+)   Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Designed for the intermediate/advanced level dancer, this class will reinforce the fundamental concepts of space, time and energy through the practices of modern dance technique. This class will include advanced work on spacial and body awareness, use of body weight, floor work, leaps, turns, efficiency of muscle usage, and safe body alignment.


Whether you’re looking to pick up a few moves, get some exercise, meet new people, or just have a lot of fun, this high-energy class is here for you! Hip Hop infuses the latest styles of streetdancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Warm up with freestyling, stretching, and conditioning then move into choreography set to a variety of music and hip hop styles. Students are encouraged to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. We promise to challenge even the most seasoned vets while still allowing beginners to get a solid and fun introduction to dance.



The Art of Play (ages 6-8)   Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm
Students stretch their imaginations and discover the power of focused play as they  explore the fundamentals of acting—movement, voice, and story—through theatre based games and activities.

The Actor’s Toolkit (grades 3-6)   Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
Students develop and hone their acting craft through character and scene study. Using movement and vocal based exercises, students advance their understand­ing of an actor’s main tools—body, voice, and mind. They will delve into poetry, improvisation, and scene work as they build their own “actor toolkit.”

Acting I (grades 7-12)   Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm
Students explore age appropriate scenes and develop the skills to bring the playwrights’ characters to life. They will learn to read carefully, look for clues that determine the character’s objective, and experiment with tactics to overcome obstacles. Through this exploration, students will gain understanding of rehears­al technique and vocabulary of the stage.