Amazing Grace Conservatory

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Published on Wednesday, 03 February 2010 21:27
Written by Renee Montgomery

 

 The next time you pass Washington and  Wilton slow down if you want to see the stars of tomorrow.

You’ll notice them coming and going from their dance, voice and acting classes at the Amazing Grace Conservatory, now relocated from Adams Blvd. to larger quarters on the Washington Corridor, between Arlington and Western.  Attend an  AGC production and you’ll exit the theatre with the realization that you don’t have to leave the neighborhood to see real heart-moving, show-stopping talent. Kids and young adults from ages 7–21 hold the audience in the palm of their hands with natural stage presence, originality and moxie. As the Conservatory’s name implies, the Good Lord hath bestoweth talent abundantly in our area.

Kudos to charismatic Co-Founder/Artistic Director, Wendy Raquel Robinson and her incredible staff for molding this raw talent into disciplined professionals with important stage experience in high quality productions.  Robinson is best known for her starring roles on The Steve Harvey Show and Cedric the  Entertainer Presents plus recurring roles on NYPD Blue, Yes Dear, Getting Personal, The Parker’s, as well as the animated The Proud Family.

At the January 23rd, ribbon-cutting dedication and VIP reception, all the beautiful people were in attendance, including some alumni who are currently appearing in Broadway tours and network TV or are writing professional music.  They all came to celebrate the 13 year history and thousands of children who have passed through AGC, some going on to performing careers in such productions as Precious, Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.  In honor of AGC’s new home, 13 state, city and county officials recognized  AGC for its community contribution.

When asked “why do you like AGC?,” so many students responded “it changed my life” that after awhile this reporter stopped asking.  “It helps set you apart,” one teenager explained.   “Ask not and you will receive not” is Robinson’s mantra and she sets high expectations for her students, like the idea that being at least 15 minutes early for class or auditions is considered “on time.” The conservatory is unique in that all participants must study dance, voice and drama.  Dance classes include jazz, ballet, modern, and hip hop; drama consists of improvisation, stand-up comedy and commercial acting; with musical theatre, vocal techniques and gospel offered too.

Check out past performances at

http://www.amazinggraceconservatory.com/ and you’ll say “Wow!  This IS NOT your public school recital!” Demanding professionalism is their trademark.

 
For information on AGC spring semester classes which begin on Feb. 6th.
www.amazinggraceconservatory.com
or phone 323 732-4283 

 

The site is located at 2401 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, 90018
Donations (none too small) are  welcome and encouraged.

We applaud AGC for providing a magnet for teens with a performing arts dream.



 

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