NextStage Classes and Workshops



Comedy improv is the art of plugging audience suggestions into scenes and theater games. This supportive and nurturing workshop consists of warm-ups, skill building theater games, followed by playing the performance games themselves.  The results are often hilarious, or at least always interesting. Side effects include laughter and camaraderie as well as limber minds and muscles.    Experienced improvisers and the newly curious are welcome!  The final class will be a show for friends and family.  

Saturdays October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16


Capitola Mall Art Gallery (by Target)

Instructor: Carol Roberts

Cost: $100 ($90 Early Bird price ends Oct 4)

Bio: Carol Roberts is a teacher of standup and improv comedy in the Monterey/Santa Cruz area. She was a member of Femprov, a popular all-female comedy improv troupe in San Francisco. And a standup comic (Ellen Degeneris was her opening act) and 1983 winner of the San Francisco Cable Car Award for Entertainer of the Year. 

B.C. (Before Comedy) Carol earned a B.A. in Communications and Psychology from Antioch College and an M.A. in Gerontology from the University of Southern California.  A.D. (After Comedy) she worked as a Bereavement Counselor for Hospice. 

Carol has combined social service with comedy to conduct “Accidental Social Skills” experiential workshops where she uses comedy improv games to improv social skills of youth on the Autism Spectrum.  Carol also teaches standup to adults in Santa Cruz and comedy improv to older adults at the Carmel Foundation (it’s great for memory, cognition and connection).  Her workshops stress creative comedy that’s respectful of all people.



Let your inner stage-performer loose by learning and dancing original choreography set to iconic Broadway musical pieces. Classes will start with a full body warm-up followed by dance technique instruction and choreography. All skill levels welcome. 

Mondays Oct 7 - Nov. 11, 2019 

10:15-11:45 AM

Holiday Showcase on 12/7/19 with Synergy Dance Studio (optional).

Synergy Dance Fitness Tai Chi
9055 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Instructor: Jill Steel

Cost: $102.00 ($92 Early Bird price, ends September 20)

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Bio: Jill Steel is co-owner of Synergy Dance Fitness Tai Chi in Aptos. She is a California native with extensive training in Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom and Latin Dance. An 8-year member of the San Francisco 49er's Goldrush Cheerleaders, she also served as line captain and choreographed for the team. She taught alongside pop star and professional dancer/choreographer Paula Abdul.