Moving Up!

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Next Steps @ 33 Hawley Street

Just drive by, and you can't help but notice the dramatic changes going on at the Arts Trust Building @ 33 Hawley Street. The process of renovation and transformation is well underway, and we are very excited about making the transition from old space to new. We how have use of a 1200 square-foot studio/rehearsal space and a state-of-the-art dedicated dance studio. Feel free to call the office at (413) 584-7327 or email ncfa@nohoarts.org for details about availability and rental rates. Take a look below for information on upcoming events. Click on the menu above for class and workshop offerings. Everything takes place at 33 Hawley Street. Entrance at the lower level, adjacent to the FREE parking lot!

In the meantime, we continue to produce Arts Night Out in conjunction with the Downtown Northampton Association and the Northampton Radio Group. We also support a variety of visual and performing arts events including those connected to our resident companies as well as Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares.

Radical Closeness for the People: Peer Counseling

A 9 week series taught by Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell

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Sunday nights from 6-8pm
January 21-March 19, 2018
33 Hawley St, Northampton Center for the Arts

To register, go to: Samanthaburnell.com/workshops/
$280 by January 5th and $300 after that date. 
Scholarships for people of color. Some work study available. Contact us for a payment plan.

We live in a society of isolation and separation, where feelings are considered too much and few people have the skills to help out or even listen. As peer counselors for 20+ years, we have seen the value of creating a network of counselors as part of every day mental and emotional health.

Human beings are meant to live in community, to be in relationships where true intimacy can flourish, where pain and joy are shared equally with compassion. This work aims to create a context for developing deep and lasting connection through time. This workshop will introduce the practice of peer counseling, fostering a safe space, tools, and theory to begin building enduring peer support. This workshop creates an experience that helps you move forward in:

1. Not feeling alone in your life
2. Allowing feelings to cycle through without getting blocked
3. Having new insights that move your life out of stuckness
4. Creating relationships that support you to have true intimacy
5. Waking up emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and creative avenues of expression


Join us and start using tools to create more intimacy in your life.

To read more about this incredible practice read this wonderful article by Rythea Lee: http://rythea.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Peer-Counseling-A-Counterculture-Healing-Process.pdf

Happier Valley Comedy Show: Second Saturdays of the month. Next up is January 13, 2018.

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Saturday, January 13, 8-9:30 pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Tickets $13 at the door. Please use lower level entrance adjacent to FREE parking lot!

This month features The Ha-Ha's and SeaTeam Improv Touring Company! The Ha-Ha's perform an "Armando," where a guest monologist graces us with their life experiences and anecdotes which The Ha-Ha's use as inspiration for a slew of silly, imaginative improvised scenes. Internationally acclaimed musician Peter Blanchette is our story teller this month! Peter Blanchette is the founder and Artistic Director of Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra and inventor of the 11-string archguitar. Winner of the NEPR Foundation Arts and Humanity Award for outstanding individual artist, Peter has appeared previously on NPR's Prairie Home Companion and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The first act of the show features our special guest star performers Sea Tea Improv Touring Company, our friendly improv neighbors to the south! Sea Tea Improv performs and teaches improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy in Hartford, Connecticut. 

And stick around after the show for our free open improv jam and showcase MORE IMPROV, MORE BETTER!

For more information about Happier Valley Comedy click here.

Youth/Teen Dance Classes Spring 2018

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Session 1 (10 weeks): January 9 - March 21, No class February 20 & 21
Session 2 (9 weeks) March 27 through May 30, No class April 17 & 18

Youth classes are $140 for Session 1, $130 for Session 2.
Registration is ongoing, and there will be informal showings at the end of each session!

To register, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable by cash or check to "NCFA." They can be paid in person on class day or mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

Creative Dance
Ages 3-5, Tuesdays 4 - 4.45pm
Ages 5-7, Tuesdays 4.45 - 5.30pm
Students will learn basic ballet technique in a healthy, creative environment with plenty of time for dance games and creative movement. Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

Youth Contemporary Ballet
Ages 7-12, Wednesdays 4-5pm
This class offers the fundamentals of ballet training and choreography from a contemporary perspective. Emphasis is placed on strength and alignment in a creative, healthy environment. Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

Youth Modern Jazz
Ages 7-12, Wednesdays 5-6pm
Learn upbeat, fun moves to a variety of music including but not limited to jazz and pop. Emphasis is placed on strength and alignment in a creative, energetic environment. Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

Teen Ballet
Ages 13+, Wednesdays 6-7pm
This is for teens wanting a great ballet class without committing to pre-professional training. Like the adult class, it is mixed-level and offers students a physical and mental workout while focusing on alignment and strength building in a healthy, welcoming environment. Students may wear leotards or comfortable exercise-wear. Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

Teen Ballroom/Social Dance
Ages 13+, Tuesdays 5.30-6.30pm
Not your grandmother’s cotillion...think of this as Nohotillion! Students will learn the basics of social dances including swing, waltz, rumba, foxtrot, and tango, and skills such as leading and following, while gaining comfort and versatility in partner dancing. Taught by Tom Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

About the Instructors:

Kelly Silliman is an experienced dance educator who emphasizes healthy alignment, integrated warm-ups, individualized attention, and having fun while exploring movement and music material. Students are encouraged to develop movement patterns intended to serve their bodies long term, and to think about why we move the way we do and how the lessons of dance class can apply to life outside the studio. Kelly holds an MFA in dance from Smith College, and is the founder/director of the tinydance project. She is also Program Director for NCFA.


Tom Silliman, an IT professional, has been dancing socially since 1995, when he discovered that it's actually possible to train two left feet to dance comfortably. Because he started as an adult, he is skilled at introducing dance steps and technique in easy-to-understand ways. During college, Tom took ballroom lessons both socially and competitively, and competed in the collegiate ballroom circuit in Boston, MA. He began teaching in Tucson in 2000, but it was in Virginia where he had the opportunity to develop his class structure and teaching style, which focuses on leading/following skills and helping students feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor. Tom is excited to be teaching again in this area, and is available for private lessons and wedding prep in addition to the weekly social dance class.

Adult Dance Classes Spring 2018

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Session 1 (10 weeks): January 9 - March 20, No class February 20th
Session 2 (9 weeks) March 27 through May 29, No class April 17

Adult Classes are $15 drop-in or $110 for an 8-class card

Adult Ballet
Wednesdays 7-8.30pm
This is a mixed-level ballet class that offers students a physical and mental workout while focusing on alignment and strength building in a healthy, welcoming environment. No leotards necessary here, comfortable exercise-wear is just fine! Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

Adult Ballroom
Tuesdays 6.30-8pm
This class offers instruction in various social dance styles including swing, rumba, cha cha, foxtrot, waltz, tango, night club two-step, and hustle. Each month two dances will be taught, and each class will build on the one before, while also accommodating students who drop-in. All levels welcome, and no partner is necessary (but you can come with one if you want!). This class takes a progressive approach to "ballroom gender norms." Taught by Tom Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

About the Instructors:

Kelly Silliman is an experienced dance educator who emphasizes healthy alignment, integrated warm-ups, individualized attention, and having fun while exploring movement and music material. Students are encouraged to develop movement patterns intended to serve their bodies long term, and to think about why we move the way we do and how the lessons of dance class can apply to life outside the studio. Kelly holds an MFA in dance from Smith College, and is the founder/director of the tinydance project. She is also Program Director for NCFA.


Tom Silliman, an IT professional, has been dancing socially since 1995, when he discovered that it's actually possible to train two left feet to dance comfortably. Because he started as an adult, he is skilled at introducing dance steps and technique in easy-to-understand ways. During college, Tom took ballroom lessons both socially and competitively, and competed in the collegiate ballroom circuit in Boston, MA. He began teaching in Tucson in 2000, but it was in Virginia where he had the opportunity to develop his class structure and teaching style, which focuses on leading/following skills and helping students feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor. Tom is excited to be teaching again in this area, and is available for private lessons and wedding prep in addition to the weekly social dance class.

Valley Performance Playground: Creative Drama After-School Class on Tuesdays Starting on January 2, 2018

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12 sessions on Tuesday afternoons, 3:45-5:15 pm, from Jan 2-March 27 (No class on Feb 20)

Each week, students will play theater and improvisation games and explore vocal and movement exercises as they create and develop original characters. Collaboration, careful observation, and creative thinking will be emphasized throughout the process as students gain theater technique and confidence. The session will culminate in an informal showcase for family and friends. Ages: 7-11. Instructor: Sarah Marcus. Fee: $225. For more information and to register click here .

Valley Performance Playground: Movers and Shakers: Friday Morning Sessions with Drop-In Option

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10-week sessions on Friday mornings, 10-10:45 am, Winter Session: Jan 5-March 16 (No class Feb 23), Spring Session: April 6-June 15 (No class April 20)

Go on a creative adventure each week with your child as you move your bodies and stretch your imaginations. Children will gain physical awareness and hone social skills as they explore the dynamics of movement and rhythm. The class is designed to give caregivers the opportunity to connect with their children in a joyful and playful environment and take home creative tools to incorporate into everyday life. A variety of music, imaginative props, and stories will be used to create a stimulating and fun creative movement/drama class. Ages: 18 mos-5 yrs, and their grown-ups Instructor: Sarah Marcus. Fees: $125 for each 10-week session, $225 for both sessions, $15 drop in, half-price for siblings 18mos-5 yrs, free for siblings under 18 months. For more information and to register click here .

What Can Social Media Do For You As a Writer?

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Come listen to presenter Marya Zilberberg discuss how to break down the barriers and put Twitter, blogs and other online formats to work. The event will be at the Northampton Center for the Arts on March 3, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Social media seem to be a necessity for marketing anything in the 21st century. But are they? What are the best approaches for a writer? We will discuss some of the successful strategies and potential pitfalls of this brave new communication ecosystem.

Marya Zilberberg is a physician-health services researcher living in Western Massachusetts. In addition to over 120 academic articles, she has authored the book Between the Lines: Finding the Truth in Medical Literature, which, thanks to her blogging and tweeting, is used by many residency programs as a textbook of evaluative medicine. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Six Hens, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Cleaver, Vox Poetica, The Blue Hour and Boston Poetry Magazine, among others. If you want to follow Marya on Twitter, her handle is @murzee.