Brandon Lee Sears Teaches The Following Courses:
Master technique and then forget about it and be natural.- Anna Pavlova
This Musical Theatre course students will perfect the ability of emotionally and physically telling a story through dance and pantomime. Although there is always great emphasis on technique in dance we will attempt to explore in this class the ability to transfer the technique of dance into something more natural - almost pedestrian, and we will use musical theater song and dance that is relevant today to teach the student how to be a better Actor/Singer/Dancer, a true 'Triple Threat'
Musical Theatre Dance class will begin with a set warmup and rhythmic exercises that improve musicality. A brief segment of across-the-floor is followed by combinations in various musical theatre styles and movies that are standard American Broadway Classics, as well as choreography and music indicative of what is happening on Broadway today.
Musical Theatre Singing will focus on solo vocal and choral arrangements, and the student will learn to act a song, and make it believable by using voice and expression to tell a story through song.
Musical Theatre Acting will focus on making a character believable by commiting to exploring objectives and the tactics that a character uses to 'get what they want' in a scene.
Jazz dance started with African-American dancers in the United States of America, and it combined elements of tap and show dancing. Some important people in jazz dance were Katherine Dunham and Jack Cole. Jazz dance is based on Afro-Caribbean dance, with a theatrical flair. It was influenced by dance forms from Indian, Brazilian, and Cuban sources. Jazz dance has rules like ballet, but the form arose from a need to be more free and flexible than ballet. You need to be able to isolate parts of the body as well, and keep rhythm. Think of the body as a jazz instrument. There are many styles: clean and cool, abstract, sensuous, and energetic. Jazz dance may be fast, or slow and lyrical. As a form, it is often associated with musicals. The emphasis in Brandon's Jazz/Contemporary Technique Class will be to concentrate on communicating with the body in more expressive ways by exploring the dynamism and contrast of movement. We will explore the juxtaposition of strength and attack with release of tension and fluidity in movement.
This class is excellent for all levels from beginner to advanced dancers who want to increase stamina and cross train. This class involves strengthening and toning the body in a more aerobic workout to music. Dance Fitness is a high-energy experience that begins with a low-impact, high-intensity aerobic warm-up. This is followed by an intense abdominal workout. Dance combinations feature simple repetitive choreography that will help to increase metabolism, strengthen and tone the body, improves stamina and flexibilyt and much more.Since it is not a technique class, Dance Fitness is appropriate for any level, as long as you're in for a challenging but fun experience. Sneakers or Dance Sneakers are appropriate for footwear.
Brandon Lee is skilled with an array of creative talents that have led to the cultivation of unique community partnerships with educational institutions, arts venues, and social service organisations in performing arts and education in the United States of America. While working as a freelance dancer and soloist for Nashville In Motion Contemporary Dance and Children's Center for Dance Education, Brandon shared his passion for the arts through educational outreach programs with the following:
Children' s Center for Dance Education, Ballet Master, Choreographer, and Guest Artist, Grant Writer, Fundraising
Evansville Dance Theatre, Jazz Instructor, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Outreach Educator
Evansville African American Museum, Outreach Instructor
Joshua Academy Charter School, Program Chair and Instructor, Grant Writer
Signature International Baccalaureate High School, Musical Theater Dance Instructor, Choreographer
In 2012, Brandon Lee Sears was presented in conjunction with Children' s Center for Dance Education a Leadership Award from the city of Evansville, Indiana's Leadership Evansville, LLC for Outstanding Project for "Yes, I Can! Arts Project" with Joshua Academy Charter School.
- To see the changes in children’s lives from the benefits of arts education is a wonderful reward. As a child I was a ward of the court, and I had the fortunate opportunity to experience the benefits of federally funded arts programs. Growing up in poverty, arts education provided for me a sanctuary of relief from the stress that is associated with growing up in an urban environment. The arts provided comfort in times of trauma, and this education served to be a stimulus for my academic growth and emotional confidence. My pre-professional career allowed me the opportunity study classical techniques in music, theatre, and dance at Boston Conservatory and as a professional entertainer awarded me the fortunate experience to travel and perform around the world. As I transition to educator it is my earnest desire to expose every child I meet to the remarkable benefits of dance, drama, music, and visual arts. Although there is a lack of funding in our public school system, it is time for those administrators who are cutting arts programs to wake up and stop taking the easy way out of this dilemma by eliminating programs when funds are tight. If arts education in America continues to be cut, then as Tina Beveridge (2010) states so well, “…we may turn today’s short term effects into tomorrow’s long term problems. And in the meantime, how many children will be left behind?” (pg. 7). Private funding should not be the only reliable source for training that can with conscious effort be integrated into the education curriculum of our public school systems, thus enriching the mental and emotional well- being of children and adolescents in America. Arts education programs should be a vital aspect of our public school systems’ educational offerings, despite the cutting of funding and strangulation of resources. I am taking a stand to defend and save arts education in America, because is vital to the development, well- being, and academic achievement of our youth.
-Brandon Lee Sears
Beveridge, T. (2010). No Child Left Behind and Fine Arts Classes. Arts Education Policy Review, 111(1), 4-7. doi:10.1080/10632910903228090