Dance for Musical Theatre: Grades 6 - 8

Dance for Musical Theatre: Selections from Hamilton

Do you love musical theatre but need more training in dance skills? If so, this class is for you. Since multiple dance styles are often woven together to create interesting numbers for musical theatre, you will be developing techniques in tap and jazz with some hip hop influences. We will also be increasing your flexibility, strength, and performance techniques to learn how to portray an interesting character through dance that goes beyond just technical dancing.  Students will prepare and perform selections from the musical Hamilton

Prerequisite Required: Students must have one of the following to take this course:

  • Foundations of Theatre Seminar (This 2-hour seminar is offered the week before class begins. You can sign up for it when you register.)
  • Previous ACT class or camp.

Shoe Requirement: Black Tap Shoes & Black Jazz Shoes

Days: Mondays

Times: 6:15 – 8:15 PM

Class Dates: August 21 – December 16, 2023

Class Size Limit: 16 Students (Full Class)

Student Ages: Grades 6 – 8

Class Dates: August 21 - December 16, 2023

  • No Class on September 4th (Labor Day) or November 20th (Thanksgiving Break)
  • No regular class on November 27th or December 11th (Dress Rehearsal and showcase take the place of these regular classes.)
  • Dress Rehearsal on December 1st at Sand Creek High School
  • Semester Showcase on December 11th at Sand Creek High School

Semester Showcase:

Dress Rehearsal: Friday, December 1, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Semester Showcase: Monday, December 11th, 4:30 PM

Semester Showcase Location: Sand Creek High School Auditorium

Showcase Production Fee: A production fee of $55 will be charged on November 1st. Production fees will be discounted for families with multiple students or multiple classes ($45 for a second class or student and $25 for the third, with a maximum of $125 per family).

Showcase Tickets: Tickets are not needed to attend the Semester Showcase so families can invite guests to attend the performance without cost!

Costumes: Students will be required to provide their own costumes for the show. Most costumes can be created from items around your home or from Goodwill.


Tuition Due Dates:

$95 Non-Refundable Deposit Due at Registration

$95 Due on September 1

$95 Due on October 1

$95 Due on November 1

$95 Due on December 1

A 5% discount will be given if semester tuition is paid in full at the time of registration.

Showcase Production Fee: A production fee of $55 will be charged on November 1st. 

Production fees will be discounted for families with multiple students or multiple classes ($45 for a second class or student and $25 for the third, with a maximum of $125 per family)


Tuition Discounts:

Active Military Discount*

Students who have an active military parent qualify for a 10% discount.

Multi-Class Discount*

We offer a 10% discount for each additional class a student takes in one semester.

Sibling Discount*

We offer a 10% discount for each additional sibling who participates in classes.

*Students may use only one discount per class and all discounts will be applied to the equal or lesser value class.

Shayla Mellen - Musical Theatre, Dance & Choreography Instructor at Academy of Children's Theatre and the Academy of Community Theatre.

Shayla Mellen

Musical Theatre, Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Class Instructor

Shayla Mellen has a Bachelors of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts with a Dance Major and Theater minor which she received at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. As well as an Associate of Arts in Dance Performance on a full-tuition scholarship from Casper College. She has been dancing since the age of 2 and dance and theater are her absolute passion. She has been in many musicals, plays, and dance shows such as Double-Sided Coin, Collective Trust, Mary Poppins, The Wedding Singer, Six Characters in Search of an Author, A Rock N Roll Fantasy, and an adaptation of Charlotte’s Web through dance. She is the Show Choir and Musical Choreographer at Vista Ridge High School and Show Choir Choreographer for Falcon High School. Shayla has also choreographed some of her own original dance shows such as Resurgence and Psyche through UCCS. She has loved being a part of the ACT staff for a couple of years now.


ACT Studios: Regular Classes

481 Windchime Place

Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Phone: 719-282-9101

Email: director@actcolorado.net

Sand Creek High School: Semester Showcase

7005 Carefree Circle N

Colorado Springs, CO 80922

(Please contact ACT for any questions)