The Evening Arts Program extends the artistic and creative possibilities by providing a wide range of arts-based classes after dinner. It is an opportunity for students to try something entirely new or to delve more deeply into an art form for which they have already developed a passion. While active participation is required, these classes are ungraded. The classes meet from 7:30-9 PM either once or twice per week, and students are required to participate at least two evenings per week. The Evening Arts program operates in two sessions: Fall and Winter/Spring. Unless otherwise noted, classes run during both sessions.
Fusion Belly Dance
This dance class draws inspiration from the nomadic and Romani groups of northern India, North Africa, the Middle East, and Spain. Music ranging from traditional Middle Eastern to Arab-American-Balkan Electronica drives each class. The movement is funky and strong utilizing torso isolations and a literal interpretation of rhythm and melody. All are welcome
Developing a repertoire of basic cooking skills and educating the palate are life-long endeavors. This activity will take a hands on approach to the world of cooking, food and taste. We will begin class by learning a basic cooking or baking skill that will be used as a foundation for our exploration. Each week will focus on a different Latin American country and dish. We will also learn about the culture of food through related historical, social, political and artistic materials. Weekly tastings will be an important part of the activity and we often have food to share. Join us for a tour of Latin America through food!
Dance Ensemble offers experienced and dedicated dancers the opportunity to grow deeper as dancers and artists while being a part of a performing ensemble. We will work together on Wednesday afternoons to create and rehearse new or revived works for our Spring Gala Dance performance and potentially perform at other local venues. The season's repertoire will include at least one featured Guest Choreographer who will create a work on Dance Ensemble dancers, as well as opportunities for student choreography. Commitment, diligence, and tenacity are needed, as we only meet for three hours per week and ask everyone to bring their best energy to the group. Dancers need permission from the Director of Dance, and must be in at least one other technique class for their afternoons. Full year commitment is preferred.
Hip Hop Dance
Hip-Hop is a dance class designed to increase rhythmic awareness and timing while exploring a full range of body mechanics. The class incorporates break dancing, pop-locking, freezes, power moves and a touch of jazz. No previous experience necessary.
Students will learn some basic footwork, dance positions, and connections between partners. A partner is recommended but not required. Ability to play leader and follower is a plus. Students will also focus on learning the basics of Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and more.
This aim of this activity is to cultivate mindfulness, which is defined as present-moment awareness. We will learn how to pay attention, in the present moment, to whatever arises, in a non-judgmental way. The awareness that comes out of paying attention in this way allows us to center ourselves and to develop clarity of mind and stability. We will cultivate mindfulness through practices such as gentle stretching, eating, sitting and walking meditation. We will also learn ways in which we can bring mindfulness into our daily lives. We will reflect on these practices through discussion.
Performance Art Workshop
This class explores the ways in which various forms of performance inspire political and social change. We will learn how artists have used performance as protest, from the Dada movement to Lennon & Ono’s famous “Bed-in for Peace” and today’s highly-debated performances such as Beyoncé’s “Formation” half-time show. Students will try out “performance” in their daily actions and on a larger scale through theater, movement, and dance in hopes of sparking dialogue and creating expressive work.
Students learn the basic elements of tap dance and refine skills of "hoofing" and "rhythm tap" styles. Emphasis is placed on using the tap shoe as an instrument, and much of the work in this class is done a cappella. Open to beginners and seasoned dancers who want to improve musicality and rhythm.
Putting on a show!
All students, faculty, and staff are invited to audition for the fall and winter/spring theater productions. We'll put two short plays up in the last four days of Project Week in December. We'll learn how to read the way an actor reads, memorize lines and block our movement. Rehearsals are delightfully intense, ask everyone to bring their best energy to the group, and require both a seriousness of purpose and a penchant for play. In addition to the evening time slot, rehearsals happen Sunday afternoons for the fall and spring terms - though not everyone is required every Sunday. You'll have a chance to learn about all aspects of theater magic from story and character to costumes and staging . Because of the collaborative work, once the show is cast, students may not change despite the add/drop period.