Classes and Courses

FHMD’s class curriculum is designed specifically for the age group in which we are serving. Our instructors are working professionals, and in the event that we need to cancel a class, a make-up class will be added to the back end of a session. Not all classes may be offered on site in your area. All classes can be offered online!

Creative Drama/Improv

Creative Drama or Improv is the foundation of play for all ages! Students will learn how to solve, work as a team and use their imagination to produce characters and stories. This class can work uniquely with each age group ensuring the material is age appropriate. Students will learn theatre skills through fun games, exercises and short scenes. Through this program they will gain self-confidence, make friends, learn memorization and projection skills that will help them succeed in life. This is a positive, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere where everyone is celebrated. Students will acquire such skills like: confidence in public speaking, dramatic structure, critical problem solving skills, inventiveness & brainstorming.

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Hip Hop Dance

Hip Hop is a fun movement class for grades Prek-12th! Students learn dances to today’s most popular pop songs, and with this class students will share their dance/s in the last class of the session. In this class dancers learn important skills like: pattern & sequencing recognition, body, ensemble & music awareness, as well as basic terminology.

Photography

Looking for a photography workshop without the need to use fancy camera’s or complicated terms? These workshops focus on ‘seeing’ and ‘fun’. A combination of some theory, looking at images and a lot of practice! It doesn’t matter which camera you have if you know what you want to capture. What makes a picture interesting? And how do you make an image special? It is more important to shoot pictures that tell something about yourself than just capturing snapshots. In this workshop, kids are encouraged to express their authentic selves and go home full of inspiration. Fun for all ages!. We offer a variety of concentrations from storytelling, portraits, press to publicity! Does your child have a knack for capturing the world through the lens of a camera, or is your cell phone full of pictures from a kid's POV? We have the class for your child! In photography students, work on self motivated projects as a photojournalist. Students will learn such skills like: shooting techniques, history, terminology, science of a photograph, recognition of famous photographers and project management skills. Students must provide a digital device to take pictures with! (IE. Digital Camera, Cell Phone or Ipad)

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Hip Hop vs. Shakespeare

Whether you’ve never stepped on a stage before, or have already been bitten by the acting bug, this class with the Bard is a one of a kind experience for students in 5th grade and up. When we think of Shakespeare, we often think of old-fashioned language, but we are actually exposed to this type of verse in our pop culture every day. We see Shakespeare’s effects in several Hip Hop artists. In this class, students will learn: text analysis, poetic techniques, writing skills, speaking elements, inventiveness, history and a study of the most influential past & current Hip Hop artists.

Musical Theatre/Glee Club

In this class students will focus on developing their singing/acting/movement skills in a variety of musical theatre performing styles. From Fosse, to Porter students practice to perfect their musical song of their choice. With guidance from the instructor, students grades K-8th design their own musical performance. Students learn skills like: healthy vocal qualities, music theory, body awareness, confidence, how to create a character and creative expression through song.

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Film Production

In the film production class students grades K-8th, will create such projects as: talk shows, music videos, training videos, sketch comedy shows, etc. Each student will get to decide on what type of film production they would like to do, and with guidance from the instructor students will work behind the scenes & on camera to create the desired project. Students learn skills like: project management, brainstorming, practical thinking, team building skills, camera techniques, acting techniques and industry standards.

Play Production

Future Hearts, Minds & Dreamers is proud to offer sites the opportunity to produce their own play onsite for all ages! We work with each site to create a production that fits best for them. We offer theme specific lesson plan assistance through the production process. Students will learn skills like: dramatic structure, character development, ensemble skills, self confidence, cognitive skills, stage techniques and terminology. Sites must pay for the rights and script printing.

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Poetry/Spoken Word

This course will explore culture and use Spoken Word poetry and Hip Hop to connect the personal with the political and open a dialogue with inspiring and vulnerable energy that is often missing from academic spaces. Grades 6th and up will learn skills like: critical thinking, creative writing, confidence, democratic engagement, and empowers their voices through verse. Students must provide writing materials.

Junk to Art

Future Hearts, Minds & Dreamers is proud to offer the Junk to Art class to grades Prek-8th. This is a project based class where students design and create their own pieces of artwork, recycling and up cycling discarded items.. Students will have hands-on guidance from professional artists. Students will learn skills like: creative exploration, observation skills, color and layout design, communication skills and problem solving skills.

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Ballet

This Beginning Level Ballet is for dancers new to ballet or for dancers moving up from Pre-Ballet or Creative Movement. Students grades Prek-8th grade will learn proper technique and are taught through creative dances and imagination. Students will learn such skills like: posture, balance, body awareness, communication skills, confidence, discipline and physical expression.

Jazz Dance/Broadway Dance

Future Hearts, Minds & Dreamers is proud to offer One of the most popular and well known forms of dance for Prek-12th. Jazz dance includes strength, flexibility and conditioning technique and progressions including turns, kicks and leaps. In a Jazz class the dancers also learn many fun and trendy dance steps that are used for all forms of dance. In this class dancers learn important skills like: pattern & sequencing recognition, body, ensemble & music awareness, as well as basic terminology.

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Painting with Watercolor

From Pencils to Paints

This course will be an exploration of visual arts.  We will utilize various mediums, including pencils, charcoal and paints.  Ultimately, students will be able to choose which medium suits them best, and begin to use it for self expression.  Creativity will be encouraged. Students will also learn about color mixing and various techniques.  This course is geared toward 4th grade and up.  Self expression is of the utmost importance, as we move through the class.

Yoga Mindfulness Meditation

A fun, supportive introduction to yoga and mindfulness, kid-style for Prek-12th! Enjoy access to fun, engaging classes that teach children the basics of yoga and mindfulness. Through our classes, kids will practice breathing exercises, yoga poses, games, visualizations, and relaxation activities. In this class students will learn resilience, positive perceptions, good health habits and mindful awareness, empowering children to excel at school, at home and in life.

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Devised Theatre

Students K-8th will break off into groups and create a small scene to be performed. These smaller scenes will come together to create one devised piece. The goal of this class is to explore devised theatre and how it can be used to tell a story. Students learn skills like: problem solving, listening, team building, communication, creative expression & ownership. Students must provide writing materials.

Creative Writing

Students in grades kindergarten and up learn and practice descriptive writing, fiction, poetry, and drama. This class will teach different types of writing styles and students will practice what was discussed. Students may also have the option to participate by sharing their work orally. Students will learn skills like: creative exploration, observation skills, color and layout design, communication skills and problem solving skills. Students must provide writing materials.

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Graphic Novel Creation

Students 3rd-12th, learn how to create their own graphic novel! With creative writing and drawings, students create a story. Students actively apply the skills and techniques to create a meaningful project. Students will learn skills like: creative exploration, observation skills, color and layout design, communication skills and problem solving skills. Students must provide writing materials.

Partner Dance (Salsa, Ballroom, Swing)

This course is for students 12 and up. Learning can be taught with or without a partner: Get the kids off Facebook & face to face as they learn partner dancing lead/follow skills they can use for a lifetime as well as etiquette. Focus areas can be styles like: Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Charleston, One Step & even basic ballroom.  Salsa, Chacha, East coast swing, west coast swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, rumba, And  merengue.  Latin Series: Chacha, Salsa, Merengue, RumbaSmooth Ballroom Series: Waltz, Foxtrot, TangoSwing series: East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing. In this class dancers learn important skills like: pattern & sequencing recognition, body, ensemble & music awareness, as well as basic terminology.

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Folk Dancing

Folk dancing is for everyone! In this course students will learn a variety of types of folk dances including, but not limited to, line dances, free form dances square dances, contra dances, scatter mixers, and circle dances. Dances and accompanying music are from a variety of countries such as Russia, Ghana, Israel, and the United States. This course is taught by starting with the basics and then building on that instruction until students can do more and more complex dances. Everyone can participate and all abilities are welcome.

Music Explorers

This course is for musicians that want to explore music in a variety of ways including moving, singing, dancing, chanting, playing instruments, and using manipulatives. This class has a curriculum of diverse music specifically designed to increase student potential while they are at this particular developmental stage. Students of all ages will learn to use their singing voice, instrument technique, and many different ways to use their bodies--all in a positive and encouraging environment.

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Fashion Sketch

Fashion & Fiber Studio

Fashion and Fiber Studio Online introduces young designers 3rd grade and up, to tailoring, mending, embellishments, and reuse experimentation with an emphasis on updating and personalizing existing wardrobe pieces and an in-depth look at the science and construction of the textiles that exist in our closets. While learning foundational skills in garment construction and exploring materials, students build skills in fashion research and drawing, altering existing garments, hand sewing, embroidery, and traditional textile techniques from across the globe. In order to develop a complex and broad view of possibilities for creating clothing and using textiles, explorations will focus not only the professional fashion world, but on fashion in everyday life––how people communicate through clothing and how we use fashion to express ourselves. Fashion and Fiber Studio Online will culminate in an online fashion exhibition for friends and family, and a digital exhibition of completed works and in-process images for the public. Note: Sewing machines will not be used in the planning, demonstration or completion of any projects. No previous experience is required.

Manifest Wellness Planning

Ages 14 and up can Manifest Wellness in a 7 Day Plan is your resource for crafting self-care rituals. This course was designed specifically so that you can establish aligned practices into your daily routine for lasting transformation change.

The Manifest Wellness Plan is stockpiled with all the wisdom you need in order to:

-Intuitively create your own mantra

-Establish a writing practice that resonates with your individual writing style

-Engage with a meditation practice and make it a habit

-Create your morning routine

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Senior Yoga Class

Gentle Yoga for Seniors

Relax and slow down. Students will move through a series of poses, only asked to do what they feel comfortable with, that are designed to improve balance and flexibility. Along with breath work and meditation, this class focuses on relaxation and well being, rather than strenuous work. Tailored to the students’ needs, each class will target a different part of the body to give students poses that help them personally. After each class, students will leave stronger, more flexible, and less stressed.

AfroFusion

Ever seen afrobeat dances and songs all around social media and on T.V, loved the beats and music?  Have you ever wanted to learn some of the dances and the history behind them, well here’s your chance! Afro-Fusion consists of African beats (drums, guitars, hard bass) tunes that will get your body moving and swaying from left to right. Some moves are Gwara Gwara, Shoki, Azonto, Kupe. Come and learn dance moves from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and more. Afro-fusion is fused with western, traditional, and modern dances. Think of Afrobeats with a mix of hip hop and contemporary.

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Online Culinary Arts

Learn with a live professional cook, from your kitchen! With step by step guidance from our teaching artists, you too can make delicious healthy food to share with your family. This is an hour long class. Participants will be emailed their recipes and ingredients list at least 3 days prior to class day to ensure they have time to gather all necessary items.

Balance and Stretch

This is not your average stretch class. This class helps students of all ages bring attention to the parts of their bodies that could use a little extra TLC. A trained instructor will walk students through a series of balance and stretch exercises while explaining why we need to target certain areas in order to release tension. You won’t feel wobbly during this class because the exercises are made to change and can be modified to the students.

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Zumba Class

Zumba

Zumba keeps people moving! FHMD offers popular Zumba classes that are versatile, and  open to all ages or skill levels. Zumba choreography is set to salsa, reggaeton, merengue, and cumbia music and each basic rhythm has four core steps. These simple steps, Latin beats, and a team environment create fun and lively fitness experiences. In this class dancers learn important skills like: pattern & sequencing recognition, body, ensemble & music awareness, as well as basic terminology. Take a class and enjoy a total-body cardio and aerobic workout!

Pilates

Pilates balance, stretch, & strength combines yoga poses as well as Pilates exercises to strengthen and lengthen the body. We hold balancing poses to work on stability as well as Pilates core exercises. Great class for people needing to work on balance and stability. Class is a flow that goes from one exercise to the next. In this class students will learn resilience, positive perceptions, good health habits and mindful awareness, empowering participants, at home and in life.

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Imagination Dance

The liberating experience of improvisational dance is necessary to all dancers. Improvisation is a very important tool in every aspiring dancer’s set of skills. Students are encouraged to think on the spot and play off of their peers in a collaborative work space. This class will leave students feeling accomplished and inspired every time. Students will acquire such skills like:, critical problem solving skills, inventiveness, brainstorming, pattern & sequencing recognition, body, ensemble & music awareness, as well as basic terminology.

Themed Virtual Journey Days

Take a journey through a theme based class on Zoom! Explore subjects like Zoo Animals, Egypt, African Culture, Insects and Sea Life through creative expression. Participants will use their mind, body and voice to learn about these subjects in games, dances, creative drama, pictures, stories and multimedia designed to keep early childhood ages entertained, engaged and gain knowledge in a specific subject or theme. Parents are expected to be in the room during the class time, and assist as need be. Students will acquire such skills like:, critical problem solving skills, inventiveness, brainstorming, pattern & sequencing recognition, body, teamwork, as well as basic terminology.

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Cheer/Stomp/Step

In this Cheerleading Class, the beginning level of cheer introduces the basics of team cheerleading. Participants will learn a routine that mirrors a competitive cheer/step team while being in a fun and safe environment.  Learning all of these elements will help athletes gain effective body control and give them the understanding of how to complete a cheerleading routine in its entirety. Students will acquire such skills like:, critical problem solving skills, inventiveness, brainstorming, pattern & sequencing recognition, body, teamwork, as well as basic terminology.

Laughing Yoga

Everyone can do laughing yoga. Laughing yoga can be done in a chair, in a bed, or on the floor, sitting or standing. If you have breath and an imagination, you will benefit from laughing yoga. Laughing triggers the release of dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin, which are joy, mood, and connection boosting hormones. Laughing lowers the stress hormones, adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine. Additionally, laughter yoga studies suggest that laughter increases secretion of cytokines that reduce inflammation, and decreases the secretion of cytokines that increase inflammation. Too much inflammation causing cytokines and too little anti-inflammatory cytokines is known as a cytokine storm, which causes poor immune response. The inflammation also travels to the brain, causing depression and other mental health problems. Laughing is good for your immune system, cardiovascular health, and mental health.

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Fun Dance Class

Dance Party

Put on those blue suede shoes, and join the dance party! Participants are guided through a variety of dances, such as Line Dancing, Partner Dancing, Folk Dances, Jazz Dance, Zumba Square Dances, Contra Dances, Scatter Mixers, and Circle Dances. Grove to popular pop songs, learn trendy dance steps that are used for all forms of dance and have a blast with some friends. Students will learn such skills like: posture, balance, body awareness, communication skills, confidence, discipline and physical expression.

Screenwriting

This course is for students 14 and up. You’ll learn the basic concepts of screenwriting, with an emphasis on storytelling and dramatic structure. Students will learn how core concepts of plot, character, and conflict can be used to tell stories, as well as express one’s personal vision.  Through readings, discussions, and writing assignments, students will practice key skills and learn industry-standard screenwriting techniques. Upon completion of this course, each student will have a 10-page screenplay that collectively demonstrates their idea transformed for the screen. Students will need to have access to screenwriting software (many are free online) and must provide writing materials.

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