Spring Classes at DanzArts

Company members Brian R. Lynner and Lisa Norris-Lynner are teaching classes at Des Moines DanzArts Studio, beginning Saturday, January 23, 2016.

Beginning Acting – DanzArts Level 3/4 (ages 9-11)
Saturdays from 1:30-2:30 PM
Instructor: Lisa Norris Lynner

For young dancers and aspiring actors, a creative, play-based approach to learning about acting that helps students develop basic skills while building their confidence as performers and learning to work collaboratively with others. Students will participate in a wide variety of activities,  with the opportunity to perform for parents and friends at  DanzArts’ spring recital at Hoyt Sherman Place on May 27.

Shakespeare_youExploring Shakespeare – DanzArts Levels 5/6 (ages 12-14) & 7/8-Adult (ages 15+)
Saturdays from 2:30-3:30 PM
Instructors: Brian Lynner, Lisa Norris Lynner

An exploration of acting, based on the concept that Shakespeare is to Theatre what Ballet is to Dance – classical training that provides performers with a solid foundation, skills, and the confidence to tackle any other style of performance.

Open to students of any level of experience, this ongoing laboratory introduces training and rehearsal strategies developed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, using a creative approach where imagination, movement, and emotional connection come first, and the language comes last. (This makes it particularly good for dancers, as we start in their comfort zone with physicality and rhythm and build towards working with text.) Physical and vocal training is emphasized as a pathway to understanding and acting the texts of Shakespeare – or any other playwright – with confidence, clarity, and emotional truth.  There will be performance opportunities available for students will include special in-studio showcases throughout the year, as well as DanzArts’ spring recital.

Both actors and dancers are equally encouraged to take this class, including adult actors who want to sharpen their skills (or simply stay in shape) to play Shakespeare.


Word Cloud for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Moonlight, Magic, & Mischief
April 2-May 21 (9 weeks) • Final Performance at DanzArts Spring Recital May 27
Cost: $141.14* + $50 recital fee

 Almost anything can happen on a wild night in an enchanted forest filled with feuding fairies, runaway lovers, and amateur actors rehearsing a play. This our spring session of Exploring Shakespeare will focus on scenes and characters from one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies as we create a performance for DanzArts Spring Recital.

Curious About These Classes?
We invite new students to come try class for FREE the first session of the workshop ( April 2) – if you like, we are here to help get you signed up!

* Class fees are reduced if you are taking other classes at DanzArts.

Workshops On Demand

Unexpected Company has offered classes and workshops for ages 6 to adults (including seniors).

  • Beginning Acting
  • Scene Study
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare Master Class
  • Production Stage Management
  • Playwriting
  • Voice & Public Speaking
  • Theatre History
  • Elizabethan Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe

If you are interested in scheduling one of these workshop for your school or community program, please ask.