Full-time professional training in Dance, Musical Theatre and Acting.
Courses undertaken at Principal Academy allow students to select a major which meets with their primary skill in the performing arts. Each major is specifically designed to produce highly skilled & diverse professional performers enabling them to succeed in this demanding industry.
This major aims to produce the most versatile dancers for the current industry. It fully engages students with a wide variety of dance genres that include contemporary, classical ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap, showgirl and commercial. in addition, musical theatre related studies in vocal and acting are undertaken as a mandatory requirement. This pathway fully prepares students for professional work by integrating the technical, theoretical and creative concepts in performance. An exceptional level of performance is required in all disciplines as students evolve into versatile dancers.
Musical theatre majors will develop strong technical skills in dance, acting and singing. It is most important to note that for those seeking a future in the musical theatre industry will require a high level of dance expertise to maintain a successful career. To achieve this, dance units are studied in modern theatre dance, classical ballet, tap and jazz with the main focus on technique, style and performance. Vocal units cover accurate use of the voice, harmony work and confidence building both as a soloist and in ensemble. Acting focuses on improvisation, script work, sight reading, text analysis, accents, physicality and characterisation.
For those students that are pursuing a career as actors for musical theatre, stage plays, film and television, this course explores a wide range of acting styles from modern drama and comedy to classical pieces. This combined with relevant genres expected in musical theatre productions enables students to enhance their creative skills as actors. The course explores a variety of acting methods including Stanislavski, Laban, Lee Strasburg and Stella Adler. Acting majors will study play production and performance, film and television, text analysis, improvisation, voice work, use of American and British accents, comedy and Shakespeare. Students studying this major will also be required to acquire solid technique in modern theatre dance along with confident vocal ability in singing for both ensemble and solo work.