Upcoming Events & Important Dates

October 24, 2014 

     Dirty Dancing Master Classes

     #1 STAGES Performing

         Arts Academy 4:30 - 6 p.m. 

     #2 Belleville School of

         Ballet  4:30 - 6 p.m. 


November 21, 2014

     Deadline to register

     online for the 2015

     St. Louis Teen Talent



December 5, 2014


     6:00 p.m. Lobby Activities

    7:30 p.m. ANNIE


Upcoming Master Classes


  Unleash Your Inner Dirty Dancer!

WHEN:   Friday, October 24, 2014

               4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  

WHERE:   STAGES Performing Arts Academy  website

FEE:           $20

WHO:         Ages 14 and up;  Intermediate to Advance level 

HOW:        CALL 636.449.5775 to Register     Hurry!  Space is limited

WHAT:     Two cast members of the current National Tour of Dirty Dancing- The Classic Story on Stage invite you to come learn exciting choreography from the show, and experience the 60's styled audition combination. Never delved into the world of ballroom dance? Now is your chance!   You will have the time of your life!


JILLIAN MUELLER (Frances “Baby” Houseman) just finished starring in Flashdance- The Musical! Other 1st National tours: American Idiot and Memphis. Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. TV: “One Bad Choice” (MTV), “A Gifted Man” (CBS). Thanks to the Dirty Dancing team, my team at CESD, teachers and mentors along the way and love to my mom, dad and brother Jack. @jillimueller

JOSH DRAKE* (Swing, Assistant Dance Captain, Fight Captain; u/s Robbie, Moe) Touring debut! Top theatre credits include: DreamgirlsChicago The MusicalA Chorus LineLes Misérables. Huge thanks to everyone involved with this timeless project! Let’s have the time of our lives! This is for mom and “Boo Boo.” Training: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC).


  * Instructors subject to change                  

        Playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre

October 21 - November 2, 2014


WHEN:   Friday, October 24, 2014

                  4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  

WHERE:   Belleville School of Ballet  website

HOW:        E-mail: to Register     Hurry!  Space is limited       

FEE:         $10

WHO:        Ages 12 and up; intermediate level

WHAT:     "Class will be a fusion of ballet, contemporary, and Latin movement. I will guide the students through a routine similar to the one I use to warm up for the show. We will start with a ballet based barre and a bit of center to get moving, and then transition into a more contemporary movement. I will introduce them to some Latin rhythm and teach the "Walk Down" section from "Time of My Life" which is a fun mix of Latin and hip hop. Since the students are ballet-based, I will highlight what they can use from their training, and what they've got to let go of when approaching these other styles of dancing. It should be a fun time in the studio, filled with new experiences!"            -- Jenny Winton


 JENNY WINTON* (Penny Johnson) was born in San Francisco, CA. She trained at the San Francisco Ballet School under Lola de Avila, Pascale Leroy, Gloria Govrin, and Shannon Breshnahan. She danced for Pennsylvania Ballet II in 2008. And in 2009, joined the Joffrey Ballet under the artistic leadership of Ashley Wheater. Upon finishing her fifth season with Joffrey, she was invited to the 2014 USA IBC where she competed as a Senior Soloist.

  * Instructor subject to change  



EVITA Master Class
October 16, 2013

Caroline Bowman (left) and Desi Oakley (right), from the National Tour of Evita, answer questions about playing the iconic role of Eva Peron. Bowman auditioned seven times for the role. She noted that Andrew Lloyd Weber had to give the final approval before she was given the part, resulting in a full week between her final audition and being cast. Oakley, the Eva Peron Alternate, plays the role two times per week.


John Emery performs a mock audition for Caroline Bowman and Desi Oakley from the National Tour of Evita during this master class at the STAGES Performing Arts Academy. 


Class was open to ages 14 and up.






May 31, 2013 

11 Advanced Tap students had the wonderful opportunity of taking class with Ryan Steer, a cast member from the Broadway tour of Anything Goes. Ryan taught a tap combination that is used for cast auditions and then some choreography from the show's "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" number. The class was hosted by COCA but open to anyone who wished to register.




December 28, 2012

This "audition techniques" class was hosted by Alpha Players and was held at the St. Louis County Library-Prairie Commons Branch.


          Jay Russell

Jay Russell, Dr.Dillamond in the touring production of WICKED taught a class on auditioning. 
13 students, ages 12 and up, came prepared with a song or monologue to perform for Mr. Russell's critique.
Sean Andrews provided musical accompaniment.

         Chris Ceradsky & Jay


    Wryleigh Shearin & Sean

                               Class Photo                 



December 14, 2012

Class was held at COCA.  40 intermediate to advanced dancers ranging in age from 12 - 27 took class with Ryan Jackson from the cast of WICKED.  Ryan stressed the importance of beginning to build your character as you learn the choreography. "To be in a Broadway show, you are not just a dancer, you are an actor and you must tell the story through your dance." 







October 19, 2012

Class was held on Friday, October 19, 2012 at STAGES Performing Arts Academy.

Brianna Carlson-Goodman, Jason Orstowski, Jessica Keenan Wynn 

(l - r below) from Les Miserables offered a class in musical theatre singing/auditions.




A total of 15 students, ages 14 and up, attended this very special class.

Each student came prepared with a song and these Broadway-vetted instructors gave constructive critiques on presentation, technique and more! 


  Lizzie Klemm presents her prepared song for the class and instructors (seated right).

Les Miserables cast members/ Class Intructors at STAGES Performing Arts Academy. (l to r)

Jessica Keenan Wynn (Factory Girl, u/s Fantine), Jason Orstowski (swing, dance captain), Brianna Carlson-Goodman (Eponine)

 Jessica Keenan Wynn (center) works with students Hanna Zenger (left) and Dylan Hafer (right) who presnted their prepared songs for the class.




March 30, 2012

Master Dance Class

Gregory Haney, La Cienega


30 students took class at COCA

"Class will be a mix of jazz and hip-hop. It's an urban mashup of both styles while still maintaining technical undertones. My background in dance comes from ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop so you will definitely get a mix.  Another focus of the class will be story telling as dancers are storytellers with movement"  --Gregory


Learn more about the show & cast at



To view information about Master Classes

prior to 2012

visit our Master Classes Archives




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