Morning or afternoon sessions teach young Performing Arts enthusiasts the basic skills of Acting, Musical Theatre, Vocal Performance, and Dance/Movement. Each daily session of core classes includes a one hour class in three areas of study: Acting (StageOne), Musical Theatre (Totally Broadway), and Dance (Dance Shakedown). Participants are also eligible for beginning level Trollwood Academy elective classes opposite their selected Totally Trollwood Academy session. No auditions required.

Ages: 11–13 (as of August 31, 2021)

Dates: June 7 – 30, 2021 | Monday–Friday

Orientation: Both morning and afternoon Totally Trollwood Academy students will meet June 7, 8:30-10:20am.  Classes begin after orientation.  Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem. Attendance is required.

Morning Session Core Classes, 8:30–11:50 am and optional afternoon electives from 1:00–4:10 pm.
Afternoon Session, 1:00–4:20 pm and optional morning electives from 8:50 am–12:00 pm.

Location: Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem – 801 50th Ave. S. Moorhead, MN 56560

Performance: Sun Celebration, Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Register: Please check back in October for an update on registration details for Totally Trollwood Academy 2021!

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021. NOTE: Registration remains open after this deadline. However, a $25 late fee will be assessed.

Fees: See Program Fees for 2021 fee structure.

Bus Transportation: June 7-30, Trollwood will offer bus transportation to Trollwood Performing Arts School from various pickup points in Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead and back again. Routes will run prior to 8:20 am and again after 4:30 pm, allowing you to participate in a full day of programming at Trollwood.

For just $90.00, you may ride the bus both ways, only one way, or switch it up from day to day! Routes will operate from June 7–30, 2021. Refer to Student Services for schedule/locations.

Totally Trollwood sessions consist of the following core classes:

Stage One
Find your “inner actor” and gain confidence onstage. This class will include fun and creative acting games and an introduction to acting techniques.

Totally Broadway
Learn to sing like a Broadway star! Through this introductory course you will learn the basics of singing, how to act a song, and beginning movement and choreography — you’ll be on your way! Students will learn solos, duets and work as an ensemble, singing and moving to Broadway’s best songs!

Dance Shake Down
A class designed to introduce young students to the basic principles of dance. Simple ballet vocabulary— including barre and center work—and across-the-floor modern and jazz sequences are used to explore the common themes of alignment, coordination, strength, flexibility, balance, energy and musicality present in all forms of dance. Will include a sampling of Jazz/Hip-Hop, Modern, Ballet and Tap.

If you participated in last year’s program, we encourage you to continue your training by signing up again. Class content changes each year.

Add Trollwood Academy Electives!

Totally Trollwood Academy students are encouraged to add Trollwood Academy electives to heighten their summer arts experience! If you are a morning Totally Trollwood Academy student, you may choose from a selection of afternoon, beginning level Trollwood Academy classes. If you are an afternoon Totally Trollwood Academy student, you may choose from the morning, beginning level courses. Taught by professionals from around the nation, these classes offer opportunities to explore all areas of the arts. Add a couple classes and spend your day with us training at Trollwood!

Totally Trollwood Academy Electives

If you’re taking the Morning Session of Totally Trollwood Core Classes you can add afternoon electives:

Morning Session/8:30–11:50 am
Section includes daily one hour Core Classes of Dance Shake Down, Stage One, and Totally Broadway
Select optional elective course(s) for the afternoon if desired:

Period 3 / 1:00–2:30 pm
Hip Hop Dance
Show Troupe
Sketch Comedy Basics
Technical Theatre Experience–Scenic

Period 4 / 2:40–4:10 pm
Beginning Dance for Stage
Musical Theatre Vocal Basics
Beginning Improv
Acting Basics

If you’re taking the Afternoon Session of Totally Trollwood Core Classes you can add morning electives:

Afternoon Session/1:00–4:20 pm
Section includes daily one hour classes of Dance Shake Down, Stage One, and Totally Broadway.
Select optional elective course(s) for the morning if desired:

Period 1 / 8:50–10:20 pm
Music Video Dance
Beginning Stage Makeup
Technical Theatre Experience – Scenic

Period 2 / 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Tap Dance
Show Troupe
Film Studies
Beginning Improv

Dance Footwear: Proper footwear must be worn during dance class to ensure maximum safety and the highest quality of performance. If you already own them, please bring jazz shoes, ballet slippers & tap shoes to the dance portion of Totally Trollwood Academy.  Sandals, flip flops and some types of tennis shoes are not adequate footwear for dance classes. In the event that financial barriers preclude the purchase of appropriate dance shoes, please contact Trollwood for assistance.

 Totally Trollwood Academy Elective Course Descriptions

Acting Basics
Unlock your creativity and engage your imagination through theatre. Using games and scene work, learn how to create characters, use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools, and explore the dramatic text. Have fun and connect with fellow actors while developing self-confidence.

Beginning Dance for Stage
Beginning Dance for Stage introduces students to the world of musical theatre dance. Students learn and perform basic concepts of musical theatre choreography, audition prep skills, and standard dance technique. Great for those wanting to try something new!

Sketch Comedy Basics
Prerequisite: None
If you enjoy classic comedy, witty satire, or just a good joke, sketch comedy would be great fun for you. Learn how to develop a formula for jokes and scene structure while collaborating with a team. Write and rehearse your ideas and watch your comedy come to life! We’ll cover the basics to get you started, help you develop your ideas, and teach you what you need to complete your sketch and have your audience rolling in the aisles!

Music Video Dance
Videos and movement collide! Hone your dance skills while learning techniques for performing in music videos.  Work on combinations from classic music videos from the past and present.

Film Studies
Love watching movies? Want to better understand what makes them so incredible? This class will screen and analyze clips from popular movies, breaking down storytelling secrets such as the importance of setting, how camera movement underlines a scene, how to disguise exposition, how costuming, lighting and even the actors’ blocking all help to establish a tone–and much, much more! From classics to contemporary films, we will explore every genre to find out why we all love going to the movies so much!

Hip-Hop Dance
A class that focuses on the basics of hip-hop. The class guides students to find confidence in self-expression through contemporary hip-hop moves. The class teaches fundamental exercises to build groundedness and quick shifts of weight to use during dance sequences.

Beginning Improv
Students will learn the fundamentals of improvisation: how to accept and not block offers, how to work intuitively rather than intellectually, how to rely on storytelling rather than jokes, understand status work, and the basics of scene building—character, physicalization, careful listening, the importance of opposites, building trust, high stakes, environment, and creating a “beginning-middle-end.” Short and long form improvisation skills will be taught in a supportive and fun environment.

Join a professional filmmaker, as they teach the behind-the-scenes magic of making movies, and how students can use those tricks to make their own content for YouTube, social media and beyond! Topics covered will help you produce fun and professional-quality videos and short films. Take your moviemaking skills to the next level!

Musical Theatre Vocal Basics
This class provides essential training for the young vocalist while singing songs from your favorite Broadway shows! You will learn all the basics of singing, such as proper breathing for singing, how to support the voice, proper diction and vowel formation, extending your range, and finding the ideal resonance. You will learn how to sing for an audience, including correct posture, interpretation, and how to work with an accompanist through the use of solos and group numbers. Daily sessions include physical and vocal warm-ups, group work on vocal techniques, and individual coaching on solo pieces.

Show Troupe
Prerequisite: None
Come be a part of our show troupe designed for middle school students and perform music from genres such as pop, rock and Broadway. Additionally, each song will feature choreography and staging. This is a great way to showcase your singing and dancing talents while working with others to create an ensemble performance for Sun Celebration.

Beginning Stage Makeup
Join us for this fun, hands-on class to learn about the basics of makeup design and how to apply stage makeup. Some of the creative projects will include how to apply corrective makeup, old–age makeup, fantasy makeup and more!
NOTE: It is required that each student has their own personal makeup kit. Returning students will be allowed to use their kits from last year. Complete kits will be available for purchase from Trollwood for $70. If financial barriers preclude the kit purchase, please contact Trollwood for assistance.

Tap Dance
A class that focuses on the fundamentals of tap dancing. The course builds skills and confidence in basic tap steps, foot patterns and tap improvisation. For the more experienced tapper, the class will build upon the fundamentals, focusing on increased levels of difficulty and cleaner sound.

Technical Theatre Experience – Scenic
Get hands on experience in one of the exciting areas that comprise the discipline of technical theatre. As a performer, this course will give you the opportunity to better understand these elements of the theatre, and grasp the concept of teamwork as the backbone of any successful theatrical production. Class participants will receive training and guidance in this area from a skilled instructor.

2021 Totally Trollwood Academy Instructors to be announced soon!


Dance Footwear: Proper footwear must be worn during dance class to ensure maximum safety and the highest quality of performance. If you already own them, please bring jazz shoes, ballet slippers and tap shoes to the dance portion of Totally Trollwood Academy. Sandals, flip flops and some types of tennis shoes are not adequate footwear for dance classes. In the event that financial barriers preclude the purchase of appropriate dance shoes, please contact Trollwood for assistance.

Standards & Benchmarks


Totally Trollwood Academy exposes middle school students to the performing arts in three curricular areas: Vocal Music, Drama, and Dance.  The applicable standards and benchmarks for this program are listed below.  Not all standards and benchmarks will be addressed in the four week session, but a significant number of them will be represented.


Standard 1: Singing
Students sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

6-8.1.1. Sing accurately and with good breath control throughout their singing ranges, alone and in small and large groups.
6-8.1.2. Sing with expression and technical accuracy a varied repertoire of vocal literature.
6-8.1.3. Sing music representing diverse genres and cultures.
6-8.1.4. Sing music written in two and three parts.

Standard 2: Instrumental Performance
Students perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

*This standard is not applicable in Totally Trollwood Acacemy.

Standard 3: Improvisation
Students improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

6-8.3.1. Improvise simple harmonic accompaniments.
6-8.3.2. Improvise melodic embellishments and simple rhythmic variations on given pentatonic melodies in major keys.
6-8.3.3. Improvise short melodies, unaccompanied, over given rhythmic accompaniments.

Standard 4: Composition
Students compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.

*This standard is not applicable in Totally Trollwood Academy.

Standard 5: Reading Music
Students read and notate music.

6-8.5.1. Read complex rhythms in simple and compound meters.
6-8.5.2. Sight-read simple melodies in both the treble and bass clefs.
6-8.5.3. Know standard notation symbols.

Standard 6: Listening
Students listen to, analyze, and describe music.

6-8.6.1. Understand appropriate terminology to describe specific music events.
6-8.6.2. Know the uses of the elements of music in the analysis of compositions representing diverse genres and cultures.

Standard 7: Evaluating Music
Students evaluate music and music performances.

6-8.7.1. Know how to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of music and music performances.
6-8.7.2. Know how to apply specific criteria when offering constructive suggestions for improving the performance of self and others.

Standard 8: Music and Other Disciplines
Students understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and other disciplines.

6-8.8.1. Know how relationships expressed through music can be expressed differently through other art forms.
6-8.8.2. Know how principles and concepts of other disciplines are related to those of music.

Standard 9: Music, History, and Culture
Students understand music in relation to history and culture.

6-8.9.1. Know the characteristics of music genres and styles from a variety of music cultures.
6-8.9.2. Know exemplary musical works from a variety of genres and styles.
6-8.9.3. Know the functions of music, the roles of musicians, and the conditions of performance in several cultures of the world.


Standard 1: Dramatic Literature
Students comprehend a wide variety of dramatic literature.

6-8.1.1. Know a variety of significant works from various major playwrights.
6-8.1.2. Know themes of dramatic literature.
6-8.1.3. Understand the construction elements of dialogue and actions.
6-8.1.4. Understand elements of improvised and scripted scenes.

Standard 2: Acting
Students will engage in fundamental acting skills.

6-8.2.1.Know resource elements that help to create character motivations.
6-8.2.2. Develop a character’s behavior through a combination of movement, vocal pitch, and tone.
6-8.2.3. Interact in an ensemble.

Standard 3: Production
Students use fundamental production skills.

6-8.3.1. Know the technical elements of a scene or play.
6-8.3.2. Know publicity and house management duties.

Standard 4: Cultural Context of Drama
Students will understand the drama’s role in cultural and human experiences.

6-8.4.1. Know the historical, social, and cultural factors that influence theatre.
6-8.4.2. Know aspects of dramatic genres from a variety of cultures.

Standard 5: Consumer of Theatre
Students will understand how to be knowledgeable consumers of theatre.

6-8.5.1. Use appropriate audience behaviors.
6-8.5.2. Prepare for selected theatrical events.
6-8.5.3. Use knowledge of production elements to respond to a theatrical event.

Standard 6: Drama and Human Development
Students understand the role of theatre in human development.

6-8.6.1. Use drama to develop creative thinking skills.
6-8.6.2. Use drama to develop critical thinking skills.
6-8.6.3. Use drama to develop social skills.

Standard 7: Drama and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between drama and other disciplines.

6-8.7.1. Know the relationship of the other fine arts to drama.
6-8.7.2. Know how concepts expressed through drama can be expressed differently through other art disciplines.
6-8.7.3. Know the relationship of other disciplines outside of the arts to drama.


Standard 1: Movement Skills
Students understand the role of movement elements and skills in dance.

6-8.1.1. Understand the characteristics of various dance movements and the underlying principles common to all movement.
6-8.1.2. Know basic dance steps, body positions, and spatial patterns for dances from various styles or traditions.
6-8.1.3. Understand the process of transferring a spatial pattern from the visual to the kinesthetic.
6-8.1.4. Understand the process of transferring a rhythmic pattern from auditory to kinesthetic.
6-8.1.5. Know a range of dynamics/movement qualities.
6-8.1.6. Use kinesthetic awareness, concentration, and focus in performing movement skills.
6-8.1.7. Use dance vocabulary to describe the action and movement elements in a dance.

Standard 2: Choreography
Students understand choreographic principles, processes, and structures.

6-8.2.1. Understand the relationship of principles of creative design to dance.
6-8.2.2. Understand the significance of the processes of reordering and chance.
6-8.2.3. Understand the importance of dance structures or forms.
6-8.2.4. Understand the importance of working cooperatively in a small group during the choreographic process.
6-8.2.5. Know partner dance skills.
6-8.2.6. Know performance etiquette and stage terms.

Standard 3: Dance and Meaning
Students understand dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.

6-8.3.1. Understand the difference between pantomiming and miming.
6-8.3.2. Understand how different accompaniments can affect the meaning of dance.
6-8.3.3. Communicate feelings, ideas, and needs through dance.

Standard 4: Dance and Thinking Skills
Students apply critical and creative thinking skills in dance.

6-8.4.1. Solve movement problems.
6-8.4.2. Know the critical elements that contribute to a dance in terms of space, time, and force.
6-8.4.3. Know the possible aesthetic criteria for evaluating dance.

Standard 5: Dance, History, and Culture
Students understand the historical development of dance and its relationship to various cultures.

6-8.5.1. Know the similarities and differences in steps and movement styles from various cultures.
6-8.5.2. Know social and theatrical dances from a broad spectrum of 20th Century America.
6-8.5.3. Know the role of dance in various cultures and time periods.
6-8.5.4. Know the appropriate audience response to dance performances.

Standard 6: Dance and Personal Wellness
Students understand the connection between dance and personal wellness.

6-8.6.1. Know strategies to prevent dance injuries.
6-8.6.2. Understand the value of personal health goals for dance improvement.

Standard 7: Dance and Other Disciplines
Students understand the difference between dance and other disciplines.

6-8.7.1. Know how various dance concepts and principles relate to other disciplines.
6-8.7.2. Know the aesthetic impact of performance.