Fine Arts Classes

Explore Our Fine Arts Classes

Specializing in dance, theatre, music, and more, we offer a wide range of fine arts classes for infants to adults. In-studio, virtual, private, and semi-private lesson options available. Contact us to learn more!

Young Children’s Division Classes (Ages 6mo-6yrs)

Our young children’s program has been carefully designed to nurture the young child’s natural desire to dance. Our curriculum is presented in a fun and entertaining way that enhances coordination, musicality, and creative ability. Learn More…

The visual arts continue to be a vital form of communication in a world where gaps of distance and language are continually shrinking. Art is also that chance to escape. It gives someone the freedom to create their own reality, putting their thoughts, emotions, and feelings into a work of art that is uniquely their own.

Katie Deese sees that music can be a wonderful combination of physical, mathematical, language, and artistic education. Through voice and piano lessons, she strives to provide students with a well-rounded approach to theoretical and historical context while providing an environment in which they can learn new forms of emotional expression. Traditional techniques and repertoire mixed with modern selections and occasional silliness allow for solid foundations in a fun, relaxed experience.

Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and the adults who love them®. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. Learn More…

Theatre Class covers all elements of drama such as stage vocabulary, stage direction and movement, ensemble building, imagination and creativity, voice and body (verbal and non verbal), and character development! These skills build confidence on and off stage. We are using techniques such as monologues, storytelling, short skits, games, and musical numbers in class to teach these skills.

Junior Children’s Division (Ages 7-12yrs)

In our junior division, we provide a friendly, nurturing environment where each student can advance and grow. At this level, we emphasize classical training and proper classroom etiquette. Students will learn proper terminology, musicality, and technical skill while developing a love and appreciation for the art of dance. This division offers ballet, contemporary/jazz/modern, tap, conditioning, acro/tumbling and hip hop for ages 6 and over. Learn more…

This is an excellent class for students who are not ready for the demands of WCFA’s company and apprentice program or students who are older beginners, who want to gain a solid foundation in the technique of Jazz dance. Class will be taught with the same structured format as other Jazz and Tap technique classes, with allowance for students to move at a slower pace to master fundamental technical skills. 1 hour combined of Jazz & Tap, taught by Nancy Smith.

This hour long class taught by Cory Smith, is designed to cater to recreational beginner/intermediate students. Whether you are new to ballet and wanting to learn the foundations, or needing to supplement an additional class for technique, this class is highly recommended.

The modern classes (taught by Lesa Broadhead) at Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts focus on the beginning and intermediate levels of the Lester Horton Technique, strengthening and stretching the human body to prepare the dancer’s instrument to be expressive, and possess the ability to adapt to a variety of other dance styles. Bella Lewitzky, a former Horton dancer, said in Dance Perspectives (Autumn 1967) that “Lester developed a technique which tested the capacity of the body to move from the cultures, architecture, and artifacts of Africa, Asia, and Native Americans. A typical class will explore a warming up of the body by incorporating roll downs, flat backs, primitive squats, laterals, metatarsal press, leg swings, lunges, movement studies, and progressions across the floor exploring low, medium, and high levels of space.

We grow and nurture art appreciation and instructional skills from a very young age. Kids love to express themselves creatively because that’s what they need! Following their lead, we take kids on a multi-medium journey. Our classes for our younger students are super fun and playful, emphasizing the age-appropriateness of process, over product! Each student will learn color mixing, observational drawing/ painting, the fundamentals of line, shape, color, pattern/texture, proportion/scale, and set design! Our goal is to introduce the younger generation to artists throughout history, while cultivating a lifelong love of art!

Katie Deese sees that music can be a wonderful combination of physical, mathematical, language, and artistic education. Through voice and piano lessons, she strives to provide students with a well-rounded approach to theoretical and historical context while providing an environment in which they can learn new forms of emotional expression. Traditional techniques and repertoire mixed with modern selections and occasional silliness allow for solid foundations in a fun, relaxed experience.

Theatre Class covers all elements of drama such as stage vocabulary, stage direction and movement, ensemble building, imagination and creativity, voice and body (verbal and nonverbal), and character development! These skills build confidence on and off stage. We use techniques such as monologues, storytelling, short skits, games, and musical numbers in class to teach these skills.

The yoga class (taught by Lesa Broadhead) at Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts is Vinyasa Yoga coordinating yoga poses in specifically designed sequences with breath flow from one pose to the next. This class is open to all, as well as the dancer. In the article How Yoga Can Help You Become a Better Dancer, Grier Cooper outlines the many benefits of yoga aligning body, mind, and spirit. Yoga encourages precision focusing on fine-tuning proper alignment building the foundation from the ground up. The standing poses, as well as balancing poses, use the musculature needed for developpés, battements, jumps, adagio, etc. The backbends in yoga will produce a much sought after arabesque.

The synchronization of breath in Vinyasa Yoga carries over to dance making the dancer aware of breath, which ultimately will avoid unnecessary and unwanted injuries. Developing an increased inhale and exhale will link breath to the way movement is executed. Twists keep the dancer’s spine pliable, and the gentle pressure to the internal organs from twisting detoxifies. Inversions reverse the blood flow improving a dancer’s circulation. The brain is calmed and restored through relaxation, and this relaxation yields lower heart rate and blood pressure. And if the above benefits aren’t enough, improved patterning and memory retention will be carried over to the dance performance.

Senior Division (Ages 12+)

In our senior division, we offer a variety of recreational classes as well as classes specifically designed to develop pre-professional, career oriented dancers. Selected dancers attend multiple ballet technique and pointe classes a week. In addition to their comprehensive class schedules, rehearsals, performances, master classes, and special events. Senior division students benefit from developing more personal relationships with their teachers who may offer professional guidance towards auditions, colleges, summer programs, scholarships, and career opportunities. Learn More…

The modern classes (taught by Lesa Broadhead) at Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts focus on the beginning and intermediate levels of the Lester Horton Technique, strengthening and stretching the human body to prepare the dancer’s instrument to be expressive, and possess the ability to adapt to a variety of other dance styles. Bella Lewitzky, a former Horton dancer, said in Dance Perspectives (Autumn 1967) that “Lester developed a technique which tested the capacity of the body to move from the cultures, architecture, and artifacts of Africa, Asia, and Native Americans. A typical class will explore a warming up of the body by incorporating roll downs, flat backs, primitive squats, laterals, metatarsal press, leg swings, lunges, movement studies, and progressions across the floor exploring low, medium, and high levels of space.

This hour long class taught by Cory Smith, is designed to cater to recreational beginner/intermediate students. We are the only studio for the past two years in the region with a fully certified and trademarked progressing ballet technique program. Whether you are new to ballet and wanting to learn the foundations, or needing to supplement an additional class for technique, this class is highly recommended.

Both ballet and contemporary classes are an hour long and tend to run at more of an intermediate level.  The ballet class consists of classical ballet exercises at barre, center and across the floor. Class is customized to the need of the individual dancer and allows flexibility and encouragement for the dancer to move at their own pace in a stress free and fun environment. Dance wear and yoga wear are recommended and coverups/warmups are acceptable.

The yoga class (taught by Lesa Broadhead) at Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts is Vinyasa Yoga coordinating yoga poses in specifically designed sequences with breath flow from one pose to the next. This class is open to all, as well as the dancer. In the article How Yoga Can Help You Become a Better Dancer, Grier Cooper outlines the many benefits of yoga aligning body, mind, and spirit. Yoga encourages precision focusing on fine-tuning proper alignment building the foundation from the ground up. The standing poses, as well as balancing poses, use the musculature needed for developpés, battements, jumps, adagio, etc. The backbends in yoga will produce a much sought after arabesque.

The synchronization of breath in Vinyasa Yoga carries over to dance making the dancer aware of breath, which ultimately will avoid unnecessary and unwanted injuries. Developing an increased inhale and exhale will link breath to the way movement is executed. Twists keep the dancer’s spine pliable, and the gentle pressure to the internal organs from twisting detoxifies. Inversions reverse the blood flow improving a dancer’s circulation. The brain is calmed and restored through relaxation, and this relaxation yields lower heart rate and blood pressure. And if the above benefits aren’t enough, improved patterning and memory retention will be carried over to the dance performance.

We grow and nurture art appreciation and instructional skills from a very young age. Kids love to express themselves creatively because that’s what they need! Following their lead, we take kids on a multi-medium journey. Our classes for our younger students are super fun and playful, emphasizing the age-appropriateness of process, over product! Each student will learn color mixing, observational drawing/ painting, the fundamentals of line, shape, color, pattern/texture, proportion/scale, and set design! Our goal is to introduce the younger generation to artists throughout history, while cultivating a lifelong love of art!

Katie Deese sees that music can be a wonderful combination of physical, mathematical, language, and artistic education. Through voice and piano lessons, she strives to provide students with a well-rounded approach to theoretical and historical context while providing an environment in which they can learn new forms of emotional expression. Traditional techniques and repertoire mixed with modern selections and occasional silliness allow for solid foundations in a fun, relaxed experience.

Theatre Class covers all elements of drama such as stage vocabulary, stage direction and movement, ensemble building, imagination and creativity, voice and body (verbal and non verbal), and character development! These skills build confidence on and off stage. We are using techniques such as monologues, storytelling, short skits, games, and musical numbers in class to teach these skills.

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