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Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! Online

By Don Fennell

Published 11:53 PDT, Mon June 22, 2020

After a quarter century of holding summer musical theatre camps at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! is going virtual.

Starting July 6, many elements of musical theatre will be offered through online courses. Founder Perry Ehrlich will lead free morning classes that will feature theme weeks, interaction between participants, and a fun, creative, and energetic environment.

Each class will run daily for two weeks—for 45 minutes each weekday. There is a 12-person minimum, with some classes possibly combined depending on enrollment.

“We intend to repeat all classes through the summer (starting July 6, July 20 and Aug. 3),” Ehrlich said. “All you need to participate in a computer with access to Zoom software, together with video and sound of a decent quality, and space in your home.”

The Good Morning Show begins at 9 a.m. featuring hot topics, musical theatre tips, vocal warmups with Diane Speirs, and dance/conditioning warmups.

Then, it’s on to Twist and Shout kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Exclusively for nine- to 11-year-olds, it’s a virtual dance party.

The popular boot camp dance program is designed for those new to dance, or wanting to brush up on their technique.

Tune in to Rock and Roll at 10:30 a.m. The theme is the same as Twist and Shout, except it’s for 12- and 13-year-olds. It’s followed by Shake, Rattle and Roll for 14-year-olds at 11:30 a.m. 

The Actor’s Life, starting at 11:30 a.m., introduces nine- to 11-year-olds to acting. Amanda Testini will lead the class that leads participants in basic acting skills and includes improv, acting exercises and games.

What A Character, for 12- and 13-year-olds, begins at 9:30 a.m. Creating a character is the basis of acting, and these classes with Advah Soudack will discuss how to create that character along with exercises, games and studies. It will all culminate in a final interview-like game where each participant—in costume—appears as their character and the other students ask questions.

Reserved for 14-year-olds, Acting Master Class is a class focusing on the monologue. Participants will also get to write and perform their own.

Tap Your Troubles Away is a no stress class for anyone interested in tap, while On Your Toes offers up the basics of ballet as they relate to musical theatre. Those with dance experience may also be interested in learning a range of musical theatre styles from Isabelle Maheux—everything from Grease to Fosse. Tik Tok Pop introduces you to a variety of short routines to current pop songs, while We’re All In This Together and Dancing In The Street, for nine- to 13-year-olds serve up the ultimate Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! experience.

Register for any of the classes online at

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