Ovations Spring 2021 - Magazine - Page 23
Since 2012, the De George Academy for Performing Arts has served as a launching pad for underserved students
in Palm Beach County who dream of pursuing a performing arts education. The Academy’s mission to offer
quality arts education experiences is generously funded by the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable
Trust. Future De George Academy students are identified by Arts Specialists at Title I elementary schools in
the Spring. Students must then participate in a week-long audition and evaluation program during the summer
to attend the DGA in the Fall. Since its founding in April 2012, the majority of students return annually and
successfully gain entrance to our local arts magnet schools.
The Academy provides year round professional
instruction in dance, theater and vocal performance,
as well as professional coaching in audition techniques
and access to special workshops and performances. It is
available to students in grades 3 through 8 who attend
Palm Beach County Title I elementary and middle schools.
The De George Academy for Performing Arts levels the
playing field for students who have little or no access
to quality arts programs. These students are competing
with peers whose parents are able to afford classes and
coaching to ready them for competitive arts magnet
school auditions. By participating in the De George
Academy, students gain high quality arts instruction while
encouraging discipline, critical thinking, and creative
risk taking in a positive, supportive and professional
environment. Students enrolled in the program are
tracked for the duration of the program to evaluate each
individual’s success in reaching their goals.
performance, in order to engage students in the program
and prepare them for their audition and subsequent
participation in the full year workshops. Returning Level I
students are also invited to take part.
FALL AND SPRING WORKSHOPS
These weekly arts discipline-based workshops focus on one
of three arts areas: dance, theater, or vocal performance. Skill
building is the primary focus of the Academy and private
coaching sessions are available for students preparing for
auditions to a performing arts magnet school.
This two-week intensive is offered to students in grades 5
through 8. The program, led by national and local teaching
artists, focuses on arts as a means of creative expression. The
program culminates in a fully-mounted production to which
parents, family and friends are invited.
The Summer Launch offers incoming students
the opportunity to attend a week of intensive arts
workshops in three areas: dance, theater and vocal
Master classes with professional artists who are contracted
to perform on the Kravis Center’s mainstage are offered
throughout the year.
KR AVIS.ORG/EDUCATION DE GEORGE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS