Gisele Rucker and George Doxas, Music Director of the academy
When 16-year-old Ryan Cons
took a Media Workshop course at the brand new Academy for the Performing Arts
at the Segal Centre, he discovered it takes a lot more than a state-of-the art
camera to create a video worth watching.
learned to handle the camera to add ambiance to a scene, and how to do
interviews, how to zoom in and create special effects, and how to be in front
of the camera." Cons says he learned to see with a critical eye. "My teacher,
Paul Shore, used to say, 'You don't want to go to a movie with me because I'll
the novice filmmaker had to confront the agony of editing, which he says he
found the most challenging. "A movie's made with many takes. Editing is
basically taking out stuff that's not important."
early to say whether Cons will become a filmmaker. But one thing is certain:
his appreciation of film will have grown immensely.
has shown that performing arts education has significant impact on children,"
says Gisele Rucker, director of the Academy, as she describes the new lineup.
"It allows them to achieve greater academic success and develops
self-confidence and resilience." She says another goal of the Academy is to
make the arts accessible to the community by keeping the fees affordable and
not requiring previous knowledge.
Besides the Media Workshop program, there are courses offered in Circus Arts
for children (2-13), Theatre Performance (9-17), Theatre Production (high
school students) and Music (2+).
a practical music session offered to preschoolers, featuring elements from the
Kodaly and Orff methods. There are courses in drums, saxophone and guitar, and
jazz and rock combos, as well as two music history courses for adults. All
courses are taught by professionals experienced in working with kids.
doesn't have to stretch her imagination too far to see the Centre becoming a
foundation for the future. In her thirties she joined the Yiddish Theatre, met
her future husband there and years later brought her son to join the cast.
is possible. Rucker speaks of bringing the arts outdoors, perhaps involving the
neighbourhood with performances in the park. "We want to provide a safe place
to explore and take risks artistically, where students are allowed to dream and
just begun, this is a new voyage," says George Doxas, director of the Music
Program, who has four decades of instrumental, choral and Big Band Jazz
teaching under his belt. He speaks of kids "getting in through the ground
floor" and evolving with the Centre through the years. "Once we have a group of
kids who know something, we'll streamline the courses."
future, vast and limitless, still lies ahead. "The exciting thing about working
here is that there's a long-term vision," Doxas says. "This kind of commitment
makes everybody want to do that much better."
register, call 514-739-7944. For
more information, call Kasia
Leskiewicz at 514-739-2301 x 8379.
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