Moving Up!


Next Steps @ 33 Hawley Street

Just drive by, and you can't help but notice the dramatic changes going on inside and out at 33 Hawley Street. The process of renovating and transforming the Arts Trust Building is well underway, and we are very excited about making the transition from old space to new. We now have use of a 1200 square-foot studio/rehearsal space on the lower level and a light-filled dedicated dance studio on the third floor. Feel free to call the office at (413) 584-7327 or email to learn about options for use, 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!


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two more weekly sessions. registration open!

JULY 23-27


The Center for the Arts introduces a new and exciting summer program for youth ages 6 to 12 years. Artplay encourages kids to think of themselves as fundamentally creative beings with a fun, interactive, interdisciplinary approach. The program connects youth to local teaching artists through classes and workshops, as well as providing space and structure for youth-initiated performances and exhibitions. Kids will have the chance to experiment with dance, music, drama, visual arts, collaborative play, and more! It's all happening in the new Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street in downtown Northampton.

Youth/Adult Dance Classes Fall 2018


The fall session consists of 14 weeks of classes held from from September 8 to December 19 on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. See below for exact dates and times.  There are no classes during Thanksgiving week.  Youth classes are $190 for the full session.  Adult classes are $15 drop-in or $110 for an 8-class card. All classes are taught by the Center's Program Director, Kelly Silliman.  The NCFA dance program is organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students' experience levels.

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.

Tuesdays: September 11 thru December 18 except November 20

Wednesdays: September 12 thru December 19 except November 21

Saturdays: September 8 thru December 15 except November 24


Ages 3-5, Tuesdays 4 - 4:45pm

Ages 5-7, Tuesdays 4:45 - 5:30pm

Ages 4-6, Saturdays 9:30-10:15

Students will learn basic ballet technique in a healthy, creative environment with plenty of time for dance games and creative movement.


Ages 7-12, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm

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.


Ages 13+, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30

Rooted in jazz technique, students in this class will learn classic and original choreography to well-known musical theatre tunes, including Broadway through-the-ages and contemporary movie musicals. Singing is welcome but not required, and interested students may have the opportunity to create their own choreography!


Ages 7-12, Wednesdays 4-5pm

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.



Ages 9-13, Wednesdays 5-6pm

This class is for every kids making up dances to their favorite songs! Come learn some basic principles of choreography and composition, and learn how to create solos and group dances. Registration in a dance technique class in addition to this class is strongly recommended. All styles and interests welcome.


Ages 13+, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30

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! Geared towards adults but mature teens are very welcome!


Saturdays 10:30-12

This advanced beginning/intermediate modern class focuses on alignment, strength building/maintenance, and creative expression. Students will be guided through integrated warmups, locomotor exercises, and choreography, and are encouraged to listen to their bodies and modify movement as necessary, with support from the teacher.

About the Instructor:

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.


Radical Closeness for the People: Peer Counseling Course, Level 1


A 9 week series taught by Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell

Sunday nights September 16-November 11 2018, 6-8pm
Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley Street

To register go to                                                  

Or call Rythea 413 586-7390 or Samantha 413 824-2870

$280 or $100 deposit by August 16th and $300 after that date. Due to our commitment to addressing white privilege and societal racial inequality, we offer scholarships for people of color. Please inquire.

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.
Peer Counseling is the practice of learning to give and receive empathetic, caring, love and support. We will cover material that is good for beginners and for people who have experience and want to be a in group doing this work regularly.

The aim of this class is to learn the skills and gain resources to:
-Feel less alone in your life
-Allow feelings to cycle through without getting blocked
-Have new insights that move your life forward
-Create relationships that support you to have true intimacy
-Wake up emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and creative avenues of expression

-Gain the ability to act and make choices with confidence

If you have been in crisis recently or currently, please email us before you register to discuss if this course is appropriate for you.