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Second session of IU Northwest Kids College offers students music, dance and Broadway flair

Ballet, hip-hop and jazz dance, and musical theater headline upcoming session of Kids College, now in its 26th year

For students ages 7 – 13 who think they have what it takes to become a star, Kids College at Indiana University Northwest is offering all the right classes starting on Monday, July 6. From ballet and jazz dance to hip-hop and Broadway musical theater, students will have the opportunity to strut their stuff and learn what it really takes to dance with the stars or play the lead in “Annie.”

“Beginning Ballet” is for kids ages 7 – 9 and meets from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. The class will introduce participants to the graceful and fluid movements of the form. Instruction will focus on basic positions, steps, turns, leaps, and combinations. There will be an informal ballet performance on the final day of class.

Also for the age 7 - 9 set, “Broadway Bound” meets from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. The class teaches students how to project their voices, speak clearly, and overcome stage jitters in order to perform before an audience or audition for roles. No experience is necessary, and there will be a short performance on the final day of class.

Two classes for students ages 10 – 13 will also focus on musical performance. “Broadway on Broadway” meets from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. and is geared to give students the stage knowledge and experience necessary to audition for and succeed in musical theater productions in school or elsewhere. Participants will learn and practice vocal techniques and stage movement.

In “Hip-Hop/Jazz,” which meets from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., students will learn the basic techniques used in those dance forms. Instruction will focus on body isolations, rhythmic understanding, turns, leaps, and dance combinations. This class is energetic and fun for students with a lot of enthusiasm and summer energy to burn. There will be a short hip-hop performance on the last day of class.

The second session of Kids College begins on Monday, July 6, and concludes on Thursday, July 23. Fees for Kids College classes are $65 per student, per course. Each class consists of 15 total hours of instruction.

Other classes for students ages 7 – 9 include a French class, a course on the arts of ancient Greece and Rome, a creative crafts class, and a course on reading and writing for ISTEP. Other classes for students ages 10 – 13 include a French class, “Twilight Talk,” which focuses on the hugely popular series of young-adult vampire novels, and a history class about samurai warriors.

Although Kids College courses are taught by IU Northwest instructors or area high school teachers, these classes are designed to serve as fun, interactive explorations of interesting topics. Students will learn about some of their favorite interests or pastimes while also absorbing concepts and information that will be useful to them during the school year.

By emphasizing in-class demonstrations and hands-on learning rather than textbooks or homework, Kids College helps build students’ excitement about education and the places it may take them. Kids College has served more than 10,000 students from across Northwest Indiana over 26 years.

For more information on Kids College classes, or to register by phone, contact Kids College Coordinator Joan Wolter in the IU Northwest Division of Continuing Studies at (219) 980-6805, or email her at Registration hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, and 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The Kids College office is located in Room 300 Sycamore Hall, at the corner of 35th Avenue and Jefferson Street on the IU Northwest campus.

To see a complete Kids College schedule, visit the Web at and view the 2009 Kids College Brochure.



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Christopher Sheid

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