Artplay at Hawley

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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.

4 weekly sessions: 
June 25-29, July 2-6, 
July 23-27, July 30-August 3

Monday through Friday
9:00am -4:00pm with flexible drop-off and pick-up options

Fee: $275-$350 sliding scale. In order to offer individual attention, each week is limited to 15 young people. For registration details, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact plus the name and age of the participant. You will be contacted directly by return email or phone according to preference.

Participants have access to indoor, air-conditioned spaces as well as outdoor play areas. 33 Hawley offers abundant free parking for easy drop-off and pick-up, and is conveniently located for local, walkable field trips.

Classes include dance, music, drama, and visual arts. Sample schedule:
9-9:45 Arrival and open art station activities
9:45-10:00 Opening gathering
10:00-10:15 Snack
10:15-11:05 Class I
11:10-11:55 Class II
12:00-1:15 Lunch and collaborative games
1:15-2:15 Class III
2:20-3:50 Main project time (rehearsal, writing, art projects)
3:50 Closing gathering

Staff directors: Kelly Silliman and Jayme Winell

Kelly Silliman is the Program Director for the Northampton Center for the Arts and also teaches the in-house dance program. She holds an MFA in dance from Smith College, and a BA in Theatre Arts from Stetson University. In addition to her dance and theatre interests, Kelly has a strong background in music and a long history of interdisciplinary study. As an educator, she emphasizes artistic exploration, the integration of art and life, hard work, and having fun! Kelly is also a collaborator with Deborah Goffe/Scapegoat Garden and the founder/director of the tinydance project. 

Jayme Winell is a local artist and educator with a long background in music and movement. She holds a BA from Hampshire College in dance and theatre for community building, and majored in dance at the San Francisco School of the Arts. Jayme specializes in collaborative games and is a physical education teacher at the Common School. She also teaches dance at the YMCA, is a collaborator with the tinydance project, a theatre maker with Theatre Truck, and plays music with a local band.

Youth Dance Classes Spring 2018

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SPRING Session (9 weeks) March 27 through May 30
No classES April 17 & 18
 

Youth classes are $130 for 9-week sessions EXCEPT for Youth Contemporary Ballet which is $115 for an 8-week session beginning on Tuesday, April 3.
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, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm (Note: 8-week session begins on April 3)
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.

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.

 

Valley Performance Playground: Movers and Shakers ON Friday Mornings with Drop-In Option

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10-WEEK SPRING SESSIONS. FRIDAYS 10-10:45 AM. APRIL 6-JUN 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-7 yrs, and their grown-ups Instructor: Sarah Marcus. Fees: $125 for the 10-week session, $70 for 5 class flex pass, $15 drop in, half-price for siblings 18mos-7 yrs, free for siblings under 18 months. For more information and to register click here .