Musical Theater (5 Weeks)

Course Code: MUT101

Step into the spotlight with MUT101, a dynamic course designed exclusively for those passionate about dance within the realm of musical theater. This five-week intensive offers a focused exploration of dance as a powerful form of storytelling in musical theater. Students will engage in practical, hands-on training to develop the choreography and movement unique to this art form, enhancing their dance skills and stage presence Additionally, in collaboration with the 'Joy of Singing Musicals (JSM101)' course, students will have the opportunity to integrate their dance training with vocal performance, culminating in a combined stage production showcased during a final class day performance.

• Technique and Coordination: Develop the technical skills and coordination required for musical theater dance. Learn complex routines and the art of embodying a character through dance.

• Performance and Expression: Elevate your ability to express narratives and emotions through movement. This course emphasizes the importance of performance quality, helping students to connect with the audience and convey the story behind the music.

• Confidence and Ensemble Work: Build confidence in your dance abilities and learn the value of teamwork. Perform in ensemble pieces where coordination and harmony with fellow dancers underscore the beauty of musical theater choreography.

MUT101 is ideal for dance enthusiasts eager to delve into the world of musical theater. Whether you’re looking to refine your dance technique or explore a new avenue of performance, this course welcomes students of all levels. No previous musical theater experience is required—just a commitment to learn and a passion for dance.

No required textbook
Nami Holderman
Nami began classical ballet training at the age of 5 with Matsuyama Ballet Company and continued her training with numerous teachers and studios throughout her life. In 1994, she moved to the USA to study dance and academics, receiving a B.A. in International Business and Psychology and later received MEd in the Globalization of Education. During her years in the US, she studied ballet and modern dance under the tutelage of major dance mentors including Katherine Horn, Mary Anne Mee, Patricia Mc Bride, and Jean-Pierre Bounnefoux. In 1997, she received a scholarship from the Joffery Ballet School in NYC. From 1998-2000 she danced professionally with the North Carolina Dance Theatre, and from 1999-2000 with The Moving Poets. She has taught ballet and creative movement as well as choreographed for numerous ballet schools in the US, including as an adjunct professor at Point Park University of the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 2004 - 2013. Returning to Tokyo in 2013 she has been a Performing Arts teacher at Aoba-Japan International School. Nami is currently researching in the link between EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and Dance through kinesthetic empathy.