Classes Up Close: Ballet for ages 4-12

Continuing in our blog series focusing on classes that have a few spots remaining, today’s post features our Classical Ballet Classes for ages 4-12. At AWIP, we want students to feel comfortable in any class that they pursue, so we ensure that our dance class atmospheres are warm and encouraging for all skill levels and ages. Dance classes form an excellent foundation for any performing arts student!


Students in Classical Ballet classes will learn alignment fundamentals and ballet basics. In a nurturing and fun environment, students will work on technique, physical awareness and discipline. This training will impact them for years to come as they learn self-control, poise, and grow in strength.  They will also be taught a dance which will be performed at the end of the session (in the fall), and will be a part of the Junior Production of “Narnia” in the spring (not to worry, our junior production will be much shorter this year).


  • MANDATORY OPEN HOUSE: Tuesday, January 2 @12:00
  • REGULAR CLASSTIMES: Tuesdays from January 9 – April 3 (12 weeks) per this schedule-
    • 11:15-11:45:  Ages 4-6
    • 12:00-12:45: Ages 7-11


Bailey Tolliver

Bailey began dance instruction at the age of three at The Turning Pointe School of Dance, in Plainville MA.  After almost a decade of taking ballet, jazz, and lyrical, Bailey decided to focus on classical ballet, Isadora Duncan, and contemporary. In 2014 she performed in The Nutcracker as a Spanish chocolate, flower, and angel, and decided to dance full time at Foxboro Classical Ballet under the direction of 3 former Boston Ballet performers, including a former Boston Ballet Mistress and the current Ballet Mistress for Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. In 2015 she joined Perceptions Concert Dance Experience, a pre-professional contemporary company, and performed in For the Living under the direction of Alexander Drapinski. In addition, she was the 2016 nutcracker Kissy Doll, lead Trepak, and Snowflake. She has also begun dance modeling.

Bailey has enjoyed demonstrating for 3 different studios in jazz and ballet, and likes to attend dance intensives. For fun she has taken classes in hip hop, tap, and acro but also enjoys the outdoors and camping with her family.

For more details (location, cost, etc) and to register, click here!


As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions,


Jen Roca for all of AWIP

Classes Up Close: Music Dept. Offerings #awipyearfive

Continuing our series where we shine a spotlight on classes that still have space available, this post focuses on a few chorus offerings from our fantastic music department! This post will focus specifically on High Notes (our Children’s Choir) and Vocal Technique, both being led by Laura Jenkins. High Notes, Jr, which is being led this year by Audrey Wilson, is currently full and waitlisted.


Students have thrived under the direction of Laura Jenkins, who heads up our music department and musically directs our mainstage productions. Some who considered themselves non-singers are now capable of singing solos confidently in front of large audiences. Younger students have begun to master harmony while singing as a group, listening for their note and keeping pitch. No matter what their experience level, students in our Music Department will be encouraged and inspired.

Laura Jenkins

Laura Jenkins holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music, Voice Performance, from the University of Massachusetts.  A classically trained soprano, Laura has appeared in a variety of venues and genres throughout Western Massachusetts and the Providence, RI area, including recital, oratorio, operetta and musical theatre/cabaret settings.  She has been a featured soloist with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Keene Chorale, Arcadia Players and Quinnebaug Singers.  She has also been a regular performer for the Tuesday Morning Music Club and Wistariahurst Museum Recital Series in Springfield, MA.  Laura has also taught voice as an instructor at the Springfield Community Music School for ten years, as well as running a private studio out of her home for over twenty years.  As a director, Laura was music director at West Springfield Covenant Community church for many years, coordinating and leading music worship as well as conducting both adult and children’s choirs.  Here in Providence she has appeared with the Providence Singers both as a chorister and soloist, and serves on the music team at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  Laura has four children, aged 5 to 19.  She also enjoys knitting, biking and reading in her free time.


Vocal Technique for ages 13-18

This class will introduce the fundamentals of good vocal production in an encouraging and safe group environment.  Focus will be on learning and establishing the foundations of healthy singing and vocal care.  Students will learn the basics of posture, breathing, vocalizing, diction, vowel formation and how to apply their techniques to repertoire.  Group as well as solo singing opportunities will be available in this class. 

  • MANDATORY OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, January 4 @12:00
  • Thursdays, Jan 11- Apr 5 (12 weeks)* @2:15-3:15


High Notes Children’s Choir for ages 9-14

High Notes Children’s Choir (some of them)

This intermediate level choir will give students the opportunity to grow and develop more advanced musical and vocal skills in a true choral setting.  No music reading skills are required for this class.  Students will enjoy learning to sing more challenging, yet age appropriate music, including learning to harmonize.  Students will perform onstage with the Spring Junior Production, as well as host an in-class performance for friends and family. Please note that the Junior Production will be much shorter this year.

  • MANDATORY OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, January 4 @12:00
  • REGULAR CLASSTIMES: Thursdays, Jan 11- April 5 (12 weeks)  @3:15-4:15 **†


For more information on these classes (location, cost, etc), and to register, click here!