Registration is open for New Tampa Performing Arts Center's (NTPAC) Winter/Spring Session I classes. NTPAC serves as a home for the arts and provides high-quality educational programs. Led by expert instructors, the classes span a wide range of styles and disciplines.

Students can explore everything from rhythm and dance in the Creative Movement class to Shakespeare's literary characters in the Say it with Shakespeare class. There's even a beginner adult ballet class for people who want to try something new, improve coordination and posture, or explore a new creative outlet.

Classes begin on Saturday, Feb. 3, and run through Thursday, March 28. Visit for information on registration, instructors, suggested attire, and more.

Dance curriculum

Creative Movement (Ages 6-9), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15-5 p.m.
A structured program designed to foster early development of rhythm and movement, this class provides a carefully paced sequence of exercises to advance physical skills. Through an introduction to dance movement, stories, and props, students will learn about self-discipline, listening, memorization, and coordination while engaging in creative activities. Tuition: $100.

Contemporary Movement Forms (Ages 15+), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Designed for intermediate and advanced dancers through professional-level dancers, this class is divided into three segments that explore elements pulled from the foundations of ballet technique, improvisation, contemporary ballet barre, and center work. Tuition: $150.

Adult Beginner Ballet (Ages 18+), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8:15 p.m.

This class teaches the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. Students will develop an understanding of classical ballet alignment, technique, and vocabulary in addition to improved coordination, balance, posture, and opportunity for creative expression. Tuition: $150.

Drama & Acting curriculum

Mini Acting (Ages 4-6), Saturdays, 10-10:45 a.m.

Students will learn the basics of acting through creative play. They will have fun while channeling their creative energy, learning manners and presentation skills, becoming more independent, and building social skills. Tuition: $60.

Acting Boot Camp (Ages 7-13), Saturdays, 11-11:45 a.m.

Acting Boot Camp introduces students to the basics of acting with an inspiring boot camp attitude. This fast-paced class will offer inside information on acting techniques and performance skills designed to jumpstart a career on the stage or screen. Tuition: $60.

Acting C.S.I. (Cold Readings. Scene Study. Improvisation.) (Ages 11+), Saturdays, 12-1 p.m.
Acting C.S.I. is a fun, investigative way to learn how to break down a scene and perform creatively. Students will be encouraged to step outside of their egos and into different characters while exploring the fundamentals of storytelling through cold readings, scene study, and improvisation. Tuition: $80.

Character Transformation (Ages 16+), Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:15-4 p.m.

Focusing on the character creation process, students will flesh out a character with the use of improvisation, body movement, vocal characterization, mask work, and text analysis. Using text material as a blueprint, students will transform into a living, breathing character that is original and unique. Tuition: $100.

Acting for the Camera (Ages 16+), Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15-5 p.m.

Designed for all skill and experience levels, this class teaches video and cinema acting techniques. Students will learn the methodologies necessary for non-linear performance and the subtleties of performing subtext. Tuition: $100.

The Play's the Thing (Ages 16+), Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Students will utilize the craft of improvisation and ensemble work to create, produce, and perform original sketches using rudimentary materials, inventive stagecraft, and the imagination. Tuition: $150.

Say it with Shakespeare (Ages 16+), Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

This class will concentrate on the performance and physical interpretation of Shakespeare's characters. The analysis and examination of Shakespeare's literary techniques will provide a guide for bringing his characters to life. Tuition: $150.


Sarah Walston Phillips

Sarah Walston Phillips is a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor. She is the founder and artistic director of ATLAS Modern Ballet, a professional dance company serving the Tampa Bay community. Phillips graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida.

Darrin Person

Darrin Person is an actor, filmmaker, podcaster, cinema scholar, and historian with a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor's degree in film studies from the University of Kansas. Person conducted his residency with The Missouri Rep and The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City and taught theatre for the NYC Department of Education for 11 years.

Kathy Norman

Kathy Norman is a Florida State University acting graduate who has had an extensive career in film, television, and theatre. Beginning her professional career at FSU Repertory Theatre, she moved into television directing on the Home Shopping Network, in addition to becoming a speaking model for several product lines.

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