Totally Trollwood Winter Academy

Totally Trollwood Winter Academy is proud to introduce a variety of ONLINE youth performing arts classes, beginning in January 2021! These informative and unique sessions in music, dance, improv, songwriting, and sketch comedy are offered to Middle School and High School students. Join your friends and favorite teachers as we learn and have fun online!

Songwriting (Grades 6-12)

» PROGRAM DATES: Jan. 8, 15 & 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12
» FRIDAYS from 5:00-6:00 PM
» LOCATION: Online (a private link will be provided to all participants)
» PROGRAM FEE: $75
» TECHNICAL/SUPPLY NEEDS:  Internet connection, computer or phone with a camera and microphone, access to Zoom, a comfortable place to sit and write.

Billy KiddINSTRUCTOR: Billy Kidd
Billy has 30+ years of professional experience as a performer, composer, arranger, producer, and educator.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Budding Songwriters!  Join us for Songwriting from Concept to Completion:  an online Songwriting Master Class with a professional composer, arranger, and producer, Billy Kidd. As he creates a song from scratch, each successive session will show his process for one or more of the following: 1-story telling, ideas and brainstorming, 2-lyric writing and song forms, 3-melodies, harmonies and rhythms, 4-arranging and notation, 5-making a demo, DAWs and MIDI, recording and mixing, 6-expense planning, copyright, promotion, and final Q&A. Students would be encouraged to practice demonstrated skills on their own as the sessions progress. Each class would start off with a short Q&A addressing any questions, problems, or successes regarding the previous week’s skill set. Beginner to advanced.

PREREQUISITES:
2 years of musical training (voice or instrument) recommended

Musical Theatre Audition Prep (Grades 5-8)

» PROGRAM DATES: Jan. 10, 17 & 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14
» SUNDAYS from 3-4:30 pm (Dance) & 4:45-6:15 pm (Voice)
» LOCATION: Online (a private link will be provided to all participants)
» PROGRAM FEE: $150
» TECHNICAL/SUPPLY NEEDS:  Internet connection, computer or phone with camera and microphone, access to Zoom, an open space to move in (10’ x 10’ at least).

INSTRUCTORS: Katie Damico (Voice) & Haylee Thompson (Dance)

Katie DamicoKatie is excited to be back to teach the Vocal Winter Academy class!  A Trollwood alumna herself, she teaches elementary music at SG Reinertsen and enjoys filling the rest of her time vocal directing and teaching at Trollwood.  Katie lives in Moorhead with husband, Daniel, and her two children, Isaiah and Lily.

As a leader, Haylee encourages people around her to pursue their passions and be exactly who they were created to be.  Her portfolio includes experience in dance education, choreography, non-profit organizations, program development, production design, and much more.  Haylee believes that through movement and motivation we can increase quality of life across the globe.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is the perfect class to help you prepare for your next audition!

The Vocal/Music portion is a 90-minute class where students will learn to sing in varying musical theatre styles and focus on how to act the song. Assistance will be given in choosing audition song selections and preparing cut versions of songs. Emphasis will be on delivering a musical theatre sound via healthy vocal technique. BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS.

The Dance portion is a 90-minute class that presents the students with various styles of authentic Broadway Theatre dance. Dancers learn the basics of technique and alignment through ballet and jazz-based warm-ups.  They also get to practice the specifics of context and setting for each week’s combination. Learn how to improve your ability to act and dance to help you stand out in the audition room. BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS. Jazz/character shoes suggested

Sketch Comedy (Grades 5-8)

» PROGRAM DATES: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13
» SATURDAYS from 1:00 – 2:00 PM
» LOCATION: Online (a private link will be provided to all participants)
» PROGRAM FEE: $75

» TECHNICAL/SUPPLY NEEDS:  Internet connection, computer or phone with camera and microphone, access to Zoom, an open space to move in (10’ x 10’ at least), somewhere to sit and write, pen, paper.

Scott McClureINSTRUCTOR: Scott McClure
Scott is a filmmaker, writer, and actor. A Fargo native, he created a popular web-series and a following on YouTube. Currently, he is working on several film projects with Trollwood Alumni and colleagues.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
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!

Improv (Grades 5-8)

» PROGRAM DATES: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13
» SATURDAYS from 2:30-3:30 PM
» LOCATION: Online (a private link will be provided to all participants)
» PROGRAM FEE: $75
» TECHNICAL/SUPPLY NEEDS: Internet access, computer or phone with a camera and microphone, access to Zoom, an open space to move in (10’ x 10’ at least).

Kevin KennedyINSTRUCTOR: Kevin Kennedy
Kevin has been improvising for 30 years. He trained at iO and Second City in Chicago and performed professionally at the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis.  Kevin currently performs with the Linebenders all around North Dakota and Minnesota. He has been teaching Improv at Trollwood for 7 years and has been coaching the Fargo South High School Improv Troupe, Donkey Hotey’s.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
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-form skills will be taught in a supportive and fun environment.