“Students who have access to the arts in or out of school tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement”, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies. DASH recognizes that participating in theater is an excellent way to meet new friends, grow in confidence, learn and develop performance and speaking skills.


Check out the DASH Schedule


Writer’s Corner

This course uses a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates to give students a firm grounding in all the basics of poetry writing. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner helping students sharpen their skills and work toward completion of publishable work. Writers often repeat Writer’s Corner to continue their projects.

Acting for Stage and Film

Throughout this course, students learn the basics in theater ethics, stage direction, projection and modulation, and scene work. Acting for Teens and Adults will push your actor to broaden their horizons. This will be considered a safe space in which young people will explore issues, take risks and test their emotional and physical boundaries. Students will also learn auditioning techniques and prepare for agent and theater auditions.

Spoken Word/Poetry

Spoken Word/Poetry is an all encompassing lyric-writing and performing class. Students will learn the art of poetic structure and composition.  Students will be instructed on all aspects of song-making; from choosing music, to writing lyrics, to recording lyrics, to marketing and promoting a finished album. Top local hip-hop and R&B artists guest-teach throughout the course. This class works closely with the audio-recording class and the hip-hop class. Students who excel in this class will be presented with local performance opportunities.