Adult & Teen Classes

A series of weekly evening classes for adults and teens, ranging from beginners to intermediate experience levels in dance, movement, and drag performance, taught by esteemed BAX faculty and Guest Artists. Flexible registration is available by week or for the full 9-10 week series and offered on accessible, select-selected, tuition tiers.

BAX Spring & Summer 2022 Adult & Teen Classes

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DRAG PERFORMANCE

with Kelindah Schuster

AKA Theydy Bedbug

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HIP HOP DANCE

with SKYE MONTANTE

Tiered Pricing Rates & Details

Full Series (10 Weeks)

Tier One (Full Price) $250
Tier Two (25% Subsidy $200
Tier Three (50% Subsidy) $150

Drop In (Single Class)

Tier One (Full Price) $25
Tier Two (25% Subsidy) $20
Tier Three (50% Subsidy) $15

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations more than 2 weeks in advance of the class will be accepted and refunds/credits can be issued. 

Cancellations with less than 3 days notice may not be eligible for refunds.

Questions? Email info@bax.org

Class Schedules and Registration

Drag Performance: Between & Beyond Gender (Virtual)

With Kelindah Schuster AKA Theydy Bedbug

Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00pm, on Zoom; Register for full term
Culminating in in-person rehearsals, tech, and show the week of May 31
Ages 18+
March 29 to June 2, 2022
11 Sessions

This class focuses on developing drag characters that expand what it means to be a drag queen, king, thing, in between or beyond what we’ve seen. Through group games, writing prompts and discussion, solo and collaborative movement exercises, we give ourselves permission to express the full range of who we are and can be while releasing narratives about how we “should” move, express, or dress based on gender norms we’ve inherited. We experiment with the tools of pantomime, clowning, lip sync, caricature, structured improv and intuitive movement to build towards in-process drag performance acts. While this class is focused primarily on performance skills, we touch upon what goes into making a drag act including: makeup, costumes, creating a musical track, movement choreography and technical production choices.

This cycle will be virtual but will culminate in a rehearsal period and tech week with an in-person showcase in the BAX Theater the weekend of June 3rd-5th.*

*All in person events will follow up-to-date City and CDC covid-safety recommendations.

Kelindah Schuster (they/them) is a nonbinary educator and drag performance artist known as “Theydy Bedbug” who grew up in Singapore and Indonesia. They studied Drama and Gender studies at Vassar College and have been teaching, technical directing, and creating art at BAX since 2015. As their performance persona, they have performed and produced in venues such as Pioneer Works, Gibney Dance, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Coney Island USA, The Stonewall Inn, UCB, Chelsea Music Hall, The Tank, BAM, VICE Headquarters, Columbia University, National Sawdust, and The Knockdown Center. They are the current reigning Mx. Brooklyn and since the pandemic have been co-producing a monthly online drag show which raises funds for a range of Black trans centered grassroots orgs and artists. Their teaching makes space for problem-solving societal dilemmas, imagining new possibilities, and expressing differences with joyful authenticity. They believe that access to spaces of genderful play in performance and creation is a step toward collective liberation. www.kelindahbee.art/radical-educator.

 

Common Questions

Q: Do I have to be in New York City to take this class?

A: The virtual sessions are open to anyone in any geographic location with internet access. The in-person rehearsal period is an opportunity to perform live at BAX, however those who are not able to come in person will have the option of submitting a pre-recorded video.

Q: Do you have payment plans?

A: Tuition is tiered and self-selected. Those who are able to pay at the higher end of the scale allow for others to take this class at a discounted rate. We also have discounted spots available for Black and Brown trans folx. Please reach out to kelindah@bax.org for access to these spots.

Q: Will we be learning drag makeup skills?

A: This class is focused on drag performance, developing a character, and producing a 3-5 minute act. We will touch on makeup and costume as it relates to character expression but we will not delve in-depth into makeup techniques beyond general recommendations.

Q: What are some of the access considerations?

A: The zoom sessions will offer automated closed captioning. The in-person rehearsal period will take place at the BAX building which is currently not ADA accessible. Any artist who would like to participate in the show but for whom the inaccessibility of the building is prohibitive is welcome to submit a pre-recorded video for the showcase. The show will be livestreamed for remote access. Please reach out to artistprograms@bax.org if you would like to discuss access considerations.

Q: What are some of the access considerations?

A: The zoom sessions will offer automated closed captioning. The in-person rehearsal period will take place at the BAX building which is currently not ADA accessible. Any artist who would like to participate in the show but for whom the inaccessibility of the building is prohibitive is welcome to submit a pre-recorded video for the showcase. The show will be livestreamed for remote access. Please reach out to artistprograms@bax.org if you would like to discuss access considerations.

Q: What are the COVID considerations of the in-person rehearsal period and show?

A: Audience will show proof of vaccination and remain masked during the show. The show will be livestreamed for remote access. Performers who will be unmasked while performing will be asked to show proof of vaccination and submit a negative test.

Q: I have no experience in drag! Is this class for me?

A: This class is for anyone looking to experiment with drag as a form of creative expression amongst a supportive class community. Some people who take this class have drag experience and use this space to craft a new act or learn more about their character. Others are dipping their toes in for the first time!

Int/Adv Hip Hop (In Person)

@BAX with Skye Montante

Wednesdays from 7:15-8:45pm, @ BAX; Weekly drop in registration
Ages 16+
March 2 to Aug 17, 2022
7 Sessions

This fun, high-energy, class will focus on strength and confidence building skills as we get in touch with our bodies. By working on new choreography weekly and strengthening improvisational skills with choice making, we will develop our personal styles!

Skye Montante (she/her) began studying ballet at Petaluma School of Ballet at the age of 8. In later years as she was introduced to other forms of dance; she found her true calling with Hip-Hop and Contemporary styles. She continued her dance through college and graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Dance. While in school in San Francisco, she taught youth and adult classes at ODC School of Dance, City Dance Studios and after school programs and summer camps. She studied abroad in Argentina at IUNA University furthering her studies in Ballet and Modern dance. While studying in Buenos Aires, she began to work at PeiMei Studios, teaching Contemporary Fusion dance. Since moving to New York she has taught both youth and adult classes in multiple studios/schools including Brooklyn Arts Exchange, SassClass and Peridance-as well as being a guest artist at Frank Sinatra High. Skye’s focus as a teacher and creator is to help her dancers find their own individual voice and establish a safe space to move. She continues to work as a freelance choreographer, creating personal projects and looks forward to her continued growth as a part of the New York City Dance community

All in person BAX classes, programs, and events will follow up-to-date City and CDC covid-safety recommendations, including in accordance with “Key to NYC Pass” BAX will require vaccinations from all BAX staff and all visitors who are 12yrs or older.. Click here to read BAX’s complete covid-safety guidelines.