More Than Just a Dance School
From tap to guitar, ballet to piano, acrobatics to show choir! If you’re interested in the arts, you’re in the right place.
We invite you to take time to explore the many disciplines of performing and visual arts that we offer and pray that you catch a glimpse of the heart of Arts in Action. Arts in Action is a non-profit organization with a highly-trained, dedicated faculty ready to serve you in four different arts education programs. Our faculty teaches with purpose and loving hearts with a focus on developing excellence in technique and artistic expression.
“The executive leadership team at Arts in Action has developed precautions in sync with CDC and state health department recommendations to address the safety of students while fostering their student’s artistry during the coronavirus pandemic. I am thankful for the diligence of the teachers to be present and engaged during a time when our children need support more than ever.”
-Dr. Amanda Deskins. Chairman of the Board of Directors
Discover your artistic gift
Arts in Action offers the opportunity to discover your artistic gift, develop it to your highest potential, and artistically express yourself in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. We are passionate about making a significant impact in the lives of students and the community through arts education!
Learn the basics or work on advancing your skills in this flexible Acro class! Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. Our experienced acro instructor will guide the class towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching such skills as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks, all each student’s individual level of experience. And it’s fun, too!
Living Colors is a visual arts education program where each student receives personal instruction in a classroom setting.
Building on a solid foundation, the nine-month program trains students in elements and principles of design and color theory.
The program culminates with an art exhibit that will be held in conjunction with the “Word in Movement” annual recital in May. Still Life * Charcoal * Pastels * Watercolors * Painting * Sculpting * Print Making * and More
Barre Above is a totally unique approach to a barre workout class. Fusing the best of pilates, yoga, aerobics, and elements of the strengthening exercises dancers do, this class delivers a results-driven workout that is not only fun and dynamic, but it will sculpt your body and get you into absolutely amazing shape. Designed for a wide range of fitness levels, ages and bodies, complete with progressions so those new to fitness feel successful their first time and seasoned Barre enthusiasts will always feel challenged. You don’t need to worry about having any dance experience in order to take this class, our instructor will teach you with the intent of progression through a safe approach. You will always feel challenged, yet consciously aware of what is right for your body. Barre Above teaches you to find the strength of a dancer within you, and to transform your body.
Professional faculty at Arts in Action offer private technical coaching in a variety of art genres, as well as, choreography for individuals, duets, trios, small groups, and large groups. These special sessions are scheduled on a first come-first serve basis with durations based on the genre and size of the group.
Crescendo is a music program designed to introduce and develop skills in a variety of instruments. It is a 9 month program. Students are featured in a spring concert.
Masterpiece is a comprehensive dance program offering training in Classical Ballet, Pointe/Toe, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Holy Hip-Hop, Tap, Acrobatic Arts and Clogging, and Mommy and Me. Classes for beginner dancers to advanced level, ages 2-adult are taught by a highly-skilled and passionate faculty dedicated to excellence in skill technique, creativity and artistic expression.
Musical Theatre focuses on exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. While learning proper dance technique, students will also learn the unique history of musical theatre and iconic trademarks of Broadway choreographers. Each week students will focus on learning about a different Broadway show and choreographer with classic and modern shows. The class focuses on ballet technique layered with broadway style jazz movements, and will occasionally include tap. Musical theatre includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, and across-the-floor and center combinations. Emphasis will also be placed on learning vital skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through facial expressions and professional audition etiquette.
The company is for students who have a desire to offer their talents and gifts through performance and ministry opportunities. Students and their families must be committed, dedicated and dependable. Students will be placed after auditions, based on age and skill level.
Tiaras and Tutus, Castles and Crafts, Tea and a Ball is the delight of every little Princess. Each princess of this fun day camp participates in daily dance classes which includes instruction in ballet and creative movement with an emphasis on poise, grace and technique.
They experience the royal treatment through dramatic play acting using props, tiaras, crowns and costumes and during art sessions they create beautiful princess treasures.
The Crescendo Company for Christ (C3) is the Show Choir Program of Arts in Action. Being taught with a Christian influence, students learn the artistic form of combining choral with dance in a team performance. There are two Show Choir seasons per academic year, each concluding with a performance event. The first season is from September through December’s performance at “A Gift of Christmas Music” recital (date TBA) and the second season is from January through May’s performance at the “Arts Celebration” recital in May (date TBA).
This class introduces students to beginning acting techniques. Students are taught the foundations of technique and introduced to the tools that will be applied to their scene work. In this acting class, students learn how to use all of their technique, and harness it for performance. This class will focus on the fundamental skills of the physical and emotional craft of acting through the study of specific acting methods and exercises. Students will practice character analysis and learn how to create and become a dramatic, well-rounded character.
Superstars is a place where ones individual ability, rather than their disability, will be the focus. Opportunities will be created for each child to excel according to their personal skills. Superstars classes will be places where it will not only be okay to be yourself, but where it will be celebrated! By featuring and focusing on each individual’s strengths, the program will allow each Superstar participant to gain confidence and shine based on their unique gifts and talents.
Exciting summer camps – information coming soon!
Urban Stage is an arts program offered to all youth regardless of race, religion and economic status.
It is especially structured to offer programming to the underserved and at-risk youth who otherwise would not be afforded the opportunity to study the arts.
Students of the program receive professional instruction from qualified and caring faculty members at no cost.
The students are featured in the Spring in a dinner style performance for family, friends, and the community, complete with costumes, props and stage decorations.
Participation in the arts has been shown to improve a child’s self esteem and emotional regulation, giving them a medium to safely express themselves. It has also been shown to bolster their academic success. The best part about Arts in Action is that it offers all of this to your child with the added benefit of spiritual growth.
My daughter is starting her fourth year of dance at Arts and Action, and I have been amazed by her technical advancement as well as the growth in her self confidence. She has found amazing role models here in the instructors and other dancers alike, and I cannot imagine a better place for my little ballerina to pursue her passion
Dr. Lauren Thompson, Pediatrician
We originally chose arts in Action because it provided any different options for arts education to accommodate all of our children, and the availability for them to take different classes at the same time worked perfectly with our schedule. We have continued our children’s art education at Arts in Action or five years now because of their exceptional instructors and programs that are Christ centered. We are extremely grateful for the opportunities our children have had at Arts in Action
Blake and Amber Stevens, Homeschool parents.
I would not be where I am today without Miss Joni and Arts in Action. I am forever thankful for all they have done for me.
Uriah Dunlap, West Virginia Weslyan student and AinA Alumni