Valley Performance Playground - fall classes!

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Movers and Shakers
A creative movement and drama class for little ones and their grown-ups
Fridays, 9:30-10:15am, Sept 14-Nov 16
$125 for 10-week session

Creative Drama: Mixed-Up Fairy Tales
An after-school class featuring theater games, improvisation, and movement, culminating in an original play
Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm, Sept 18-Dec 4
$225 for 12-week session

Mini Musical for Homeschoolers
A daytime class featuring theater games, improvisation, movement, and singing and drumming, culminating in an original musical
Thursdays 10am-12pm, Jan 10-April 4 (excluding Feb 21)
$325 for 12-week session

Story Play
A weekend class for young children exploring theater, movement, singing, and storytelling
Sundays, 10-10:45am, Nov 4-Dec 16
$100 for 6-week session

Please visit the website to register and learn more!

Youth Dance Classes Fall 2018


The fall session consists of 14 weeks of classes held from from September 8 to December 19 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. See below for exact dates. 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 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.

Fall session dates: Tuesdays: September 11 through December 18; Wednesdays: September 12 through December 19; Saturdays: September 8 through December 15. No classes on November 20, 21, 24.


Creative Dance: Ages 3-5 on Tuesdays 4 - 4:45pm; Ages 5-7 on Tuesdays 4:45 - 5:30pm; Ages 4-6 on Saturdays 9:30-10:15

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

Youth Contemporary Ballet: Ages 7-12 on 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.

Youth Modern Jazz: Ages 7-12 on Wednesdays 4-5pm

Learn upbeat, exciting moves to a variety of music including but not limited to jazz and pop. Emphasis is placed on strength and alignment in a fun and energetic environment.

Teen Jazz/Musical Theatre: Ages 12+, on Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm

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.

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.