The Earth on Turtle’s Back — Isadora Duncan Dance for Children




Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm, ages 5-7, 10 week session begins September 19

Cost: $120.00. Please inquire about financial assistance.

For questions or registration, please contact Laura at or 413-237-4978

“A child ought to dance as naturally as a plant grows. An inner force ought to come to the surface to find accordance with nature” —Isadora Duncan

Classes weave themes drawn largely from nature into warm ups and dance phrases, introducing children to the philosophy and foundations of Duncan dance. Story, image and musical attunement inspire our steps as we walk, run, skip, and leap along the earth and towards the stars.

Center for the Arts Youth Dance Classes Fall 2019


Classes begin September 9th and run through December 21st, with no class the week of November 25th. Youth classes are a 14-week session for Fall 2019.

Youth Classes: $190 per session

The Center for the Arts dance program is organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students' experience levels.

To register, email us at 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, Wednesdays 4 - 4:45pm * Ages 5-7, Wednesdays 4:45 - 5:30pm * Ages 4-6, Saturdays 9:30-10:15am

Wednesday classes taught by Jayme Winell, Saturday class taught by Sofia Engelman

Students will learn the fundamentals of dance technique in a healthy, creative environment. Time will be spent on alignment, vocabulary, and foundational steps with plenty of time for dance games, creative movement, and improvisation!

Caregiver/Child Creative Dance, ages 1.5-3 (caregivers and siblings attend) Mondays 9:30-10:15am, taught by Sofia Engelman

Dancers learn the beginnings of basic dance technique through movement games and exercises. Students will gain self-confidence, awareness, coordination, and focus all while engaging their creativity.

Youth Creative Jazz, ages 7-12, Wednesdays 5:30-6:30, taught by Jayme Winell

Students will learn upbeat, exciting moves to a variety of music including but not limited to jazz and pop, and get to experiment with choreography. Emphasis is on strength, alignment, and creative play in a fun and energetic environment!

Youth Modern Dance, Ages 7-12, Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm, taught by Sofia Engelman

This Modern dance class will emphasize freedom of movement and expression alongside technique. Drawing from traditional and contemporary forms, dancers will expand their kinesthetic awareness through practice of across the floor and center combinations, improvisation, floor work, and performance skills. We suspend, release, and find the floor.

Jayme Winell is a local dance artist, educator, and musician, and the co-director of the Center’s summer ArtPlay! program. She majored in dance at the San Francisco School of the Arts and holds a BA from Hampshire College in dance and theatre for community building. Jayme is a collaborator with the tinydance project, and an ELL tutor in the Greenfield Public Schools. She is thrilled to be teaching at the Center again in 2019!

Sofia Engelman is a local dance artist who enjoys working with students of all ages. Sofia has presented choreographic works independently and alongside partner and collaborator Em Papineau at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), Judson Church (NY), Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (MA), FRESH Festival (CA), The Dance Complex (MA), and School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (MA). Sofia received a BA with highest honors in Dance from Smith College where she studied with artists including Jennifer Nugent, Paul Matteson, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, and David Dorfman and received the Excellence in Dance Studies Award. Sofia has held artistic residencies at The Living Room (ME) and Ponderosa in Germany, and is a Fall 2019 Artist in Residence at School for Contemporary Dance and Thought and The Dance Complex.

ArtPlay Summer Arts Program

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Update: Please visit this page again this fall for new vacation programming coming in 2020!!!

ArtPlay returns to the Center for the Arts in 2019! Register early for this 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 Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street in downtown Northampton.

Fee: $275-$350 sliding scale. Payments on the upper end of the scale help support our new scholarship program (information available soon), as well as our low teacher/participant ratio. In order to offer individual attention, each week is limited to 15 participants.

There are four one-week sessions: July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, and July 22-26, 2019

For registration details, email us at 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.

ArtPlay 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.

ArtPlay is directed by Jayme Winell, an organizer, educator, dancer and musician. A graduate of Hampshire College, Jayme is a collaborator with the tinydance project, a local dance educator, and a physical education teacher at the Commons School. Jayme has also performed with Theatre Truck and the band Flame’n’Peach. Jayme was the founding co-director of ArtPlay in 2018 and is thrilled to be back again this year!

More images from ArtPlay 2018 can be found here!