“Twinkle toes that’s me. I live for the stage! Singing is my passion, LA, LA, LA.” Aspiring children can join a new program in the works for this area which will feed their mind and their artistic soul. Lake Houston Performing Arts Center is opening a school where students will receive a full academic education in addition to dance training. For five years the idea has been germinating, and this fall Director Heather Nicholas and Audra Langston, academic advisor, hope to put their concept into full production mode. No dancing around it, they are committed to academics first, but what makes this concept unique is the component of the chosen art concentration built into the school day. A regular school day does not allow for this. “Children come home from a regular day, and then spend so much time in practice that they do not have time for family. Our program will allow them to have more time for family and other pursuits as their training will be primarily during school hours,” said Nicholas. She added that the academics of the particular area of performing arts the student wants to pursue are addressed in the curriculum. “The curriculum will be designed to help students grow in all areas of dance, if that is the concentration, as well as learning much more in depth about the art.” Following the K-12 home school model approved by the Humble Independent School District, a student coming from HISD will not miss a step in the academic dance. The option of the ABEKA home school program can be a choice for all students if that plays to their needs. Another plus for the budding thespians and prima ballerinas is the curriculum can go with them. “You know how devastating a student missing a week of school can be. When one of our students is called for an audition, or performance which calls them out of town, we have the tools for their academics to go with them. They will not fall behind,” said Langston. Students of all ages may audition for a spot in dancing, theater, singing or a chosen musical instrument, but they do not have to be advanced to land a part. The script will be written for the student in one or more creative areas. “We want the student to grow in their field. They must be hungry for it. They should really want to do it. We do not expect them to come to us fully developed,” said Nicholas With 23 years behind the family owned business and with small children of their own, the creative spark will perhaps be a wildfire of creativity. With the new talent auditioning in the next months, and the concept expansion, the curtain is opening, and the first act is to begin this fall. Lake Houston Performing Arts Center is located at 7515 Tournament Trail Drive. For more information, visit lhpac.com or call 281-812-3883.

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