Giant Leaps ICAN Academy.

The ICAN PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY has grown from the belief that as a community we can all learn and grow by celebrating our individual differences. 

ICAN performing arts academy is about extending ourselves and encouraging connections between us as individuals and as a community - without changing what is unique. We believe that our communities are strengthened by the beauty of diversity. ICAN Academy is about unique and creative expression through performing arts. Classes are for all ages and abilities. Together we empower each other to break down barriers, say ICAN, get on the stage, and shine!  Weekly classes focus on acting, singing and dance. At the end of every year an annual production it put on for the community. ICAN Act engages individuals and communities. 

 

Sing.

ICAN Sing is a singing and instrument group celebrating the love of music and its universal capacity to reach everyone.  The accessible and interactive nature of music makes it a fun and effective teaching tool. Music can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction. Lyrical melodies, rhythms and harmonies can elicit a response in individuals that stimulates learning, promotes responsiveness, encourages communication and fosters growth.

Dance.

ICAN dance is about engaging and encouraging connections through dance. Our dance classes celebrate connections, relationships, musicality and movement, without changing anything that is unique. The ICAN dance academy is an exchange of teaching and learning. Everyone has an equal role in that exchange. 

Act.

ICAN Act is about unique and creative expression through acting and drama. classes are for all ages and abilities. Together we empower each other to break down barriers, say ICAN, get on the stage, and shine!  Weekly classes focus on drama, mime and movement, voice work, improvisation, devising performance and dress-up. At the end of every year an annual production it put on for the community. ICAN Act engages individuals and communities.

Our classes.

ICAN Act classes are specifically designed to encourage individuals of ALL abilities to understand, respond to and use speech and drama in a wide range of situations. Students will learn to use verbal and nonverbal language appropriate to different situations, while building confidence and working in a team. We foster a fun and non-judgmental environment to learn and develop new skills. ICAN Act gives everyone involved the chance to experience the buzz and thrill of performing and coming together through the love of drama. Within each group you can be assured that each student will receive the individual attention they need. The class is one hour in duration and occurs on a weekly basis over the year.

Our Tutors.

Anna Keno is the founder of GIANT LEAPS Speech Company. As a Speech & Language Therapist and a Speech & Drama Teacher she identified the need for quality and varied programmes for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. She has over 20 years’ experience as a Speech Therapist and teaching Speech and Drama to individuals of all ages and abilities. Anna is passionate about working with young people and adults to develop confidence, creativity and most importantly communication skills for life. The belief behind Anna's work is simple - That every individual can achieve their communication and performance potential - whatever that may be!

Enquire/Enrol.

Get involved in an ICAN class today! Our classes are for EVERY individual of EVERY ability.  Talk to us to find out more about our classes and programmes. We have drama, dance, singing + kapahaka options. Be empowered to achieve your potential - whatever that may be! 

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Join the ICAN ACADEMY team. 

The ICAN Academy is an exchange of teaching and learning. Everyone has an equal role in that exchange. What you learn very quickly when we work as a community is that we can all teach each other and we can all learn from each other. Get in touch if you want to JOIN US! We have a role for everyone! We need teachers, learners, singers, actors, dancers, volunteers, we want children, adults and leaders… we want a community celebrating our differences together.