NHA’s Performing Arts Center is designed to:
- Artistically train, as well as educate, children to appreciate dance, drama, and music.
- Strive for excellence within a positive, productive learning environment maintained by faculty and students.
- Create performances that enrich the students and inspire the audiences.
- Serve the community through the performances of young dancers.
Enrollment in New Hope Academy is not required. All Dance & Drama classes are open to the community. We offer convenient after school as well as Saturday classes.
Concha Marchitelli started NHA’s dance & drama program in 1991 and continues to serve as the Center’s artistic director. We offer the following classes:
Dance (for ages 3 & up)
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Spanish Dance
Dance showcase their dance skills at a recital, which is held at the end of the school year. In addition, some dancers are invited to participate in musical productions created by the drama department.
Classes for youngest ballerinas are designed to be fun and technically correct. They provide good training, an appreciation for the art of dance, and an enjoyable time.
Students who take Spanish dance classes are exposed to traditional style dances from the southern and northern parts of the country. They learn how to play castanets, and dance using the Spanish skirt as well as fans and scarves. Flamenco is fun to learn and a great complement to ballet.
New Hope Youth Dance Company (audition required)
Dancers learn a repertory of various choreographies and perform in numerous community events. The dancers are also provided with opportunities to better their understanding of the dance world and culture.
Drama (for students who are in Kindergarten & up)
Students learn acting skills, voice projection, and character development. They present a full play/musical or highlights of various musicals once a year. The New Hope Players have delighted audiences with the full productions of musicals such as “Crazy Camp”, “The Nutcracker”, “Godspell”, “Cinderella”, “The Magical Land of Oz”, “Peter and the Wolf”, “The Magic in Me”, “Pinocchio”, “Beauty & the Beast” and highlights from “Annie”, “Charlie Brown”, and “The Wizard of Oz.”
Artistic Director: Concha Egea Marchitelli
Mrs. Marchitelli has produced and directed a number of musicals, among them "The Wizard of Oz," "Godspell," "Charlie Brown," "Cinderella," "The Magic in Me," "Peter & the Wolf," "The Magical Land of Oz," and "Pinoccio." She has also worked with Prince George's Parks & Recreation summer camps "Making a Musical" and "Making a Band."
Mrs. Marchitelli has performed professionally for over 20 years and has been teaching children for over 15 years, including 12 years at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, under the direction of Oleg Vinegradov. She adores working with children and passing on her rich experiences to them: "I enjoy watching them flourish as dancers and actors. I rejoice when I successfully pass on to the children the love and appreciation for the performing arts." Many of her students go on to pursue careers in dance or musical theater. She is proud to say that one of her students performed on Broadway in the musical "The Lion King."
Statement of Purpose
1. To artistically train as well as educate children to appreciate dance, drama and music.
2. To strive for excellence within a positive, productive learning environment maintained by faculty and students.
3. To create performances that enrich the students and inspire the audiences.
4. To serve the community through the performances of young dancers.