Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra Spring Concert At Sweeney Hall, Smith College

Friday, May 9 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 general and $12 students/children. Purchase online now at Brown Paper Tickets

The Center for the Arts is pleased to present composer, performer and guitar innovator Peter Blanchette directing his critically acclaimed Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) at Sweeney Hall on the campus of Smith College. HVGO’s annual spring concert features an expectedly unexpected program of music from minimalist composers Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt, 18th century Scottish dance music of Nathanial Gow, music of critically-acclaimed midwest rockers Wilco, and instrumental music of the post-punk rockers The Smiths.

Now in its fifth season, HVGO pushes the music of Philip Glass further with arrangements of Metamorphoses I & III for piano. Blanchette on HVGO’s embrace of Glass: “He came of age as an artist in the 60s in ...


The Lisa Leizman Dance Company Spring Concert

Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 pm, Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. All tickets at the door: $10 adults, $5 children under 10. Please use lower level entrance adjacent to the parking lot.

There will be birds… there will be blues… there will be bamboo and bags… and, best of all, there will be spring!

Please join the Lisa Leizman Dance Company for a spring concert in the new Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street! A resident company of the Center for the Arts, the group has chosen a program featuring works old and new, audience favorites "All Blues," set to music by Miles Davis and "the secret that bamboo guards" with music by company composer in residence Andrea Kwapien. The performance will also include a new work, "some bird, perhaps," with music by Arvo Part. Ticket proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Arts Trust.

The performance is followed by a festive reception featuring home cooking by members of the company.

Center for the Arts STRONG

Our office is located at 5 Strong Avenue. Our classes are held in the Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley Street. Use the lower level entrance adjacent to the parking lot. For program information, click here.

For almost 30 years, the Center has been a valuable resource, encouraging participation in a variety of expressive forms and producing quality events that bring people together in celebration of creativity. Although the City of Northampton’s non-renewable lease for the space that housed the Center for the Arts has expired, we have NOT! You can find us downtown at 5 Strong Avenue where we are making exciting plans for new arts spaces at 33 Hawley Street in collaboration with the Northampton Community Arts Trust. At this time, we are offering limited space rental for arts-related classes. We also hope to schedule some pop-up events from time to time. Please join our email list (link below) to receive news as it unfolds.

Studio Figure Drawing

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

These sessions with live models take place in studio space at 33 Hawley Street. Use the lower level entrance for "Universal Kids" adjacent to the parking lot.

The fee is $10 per session if paid monthly in advance or $15 cash for drop-in. To keep up to date with what's happening, please contact organizer Susan Halls and join the group's email list.

Models: please use the same contact if you would like to participate.

School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

For a schedule of classes, more details and registration information, visit the SCDT website.
Jennifer Polins SCDT

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, under the direction of Jennifer Polins and Jennifer Nugent, is made up of a collective of innovative and experienced teachers that are independent performance artists with international experience. A number of classes are being held at 33 Hawley Street.

Dahlia Najar teaches a Contemporary Indian Dance class for ages 7-12 on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm. There are three hip-hop classes for kids, teens, and adults with Maijalisa Miltz, Nate Odell and Charlie Markham on Saturdays between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Fusion Dance with Miriam Rose

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm

Fusion Dance is a combination of Middle Eastern belly dance, Flamenco, and jazz. Engaging the upper body, torso and hips to build core strength and flexibility, the class consists of drilling techniques followed by a short combination. Performances are optional but encouraged. Please bring a hip scarf and wear comfortable clothing. All levels welcome!

Fees: Drop In ($15 per class)
5 Class Card: $50 for 5 classes ($10 per class)

For more information, visit the Miriam Rose Dance website

Partner Dance Classes with Deborah Cohen

Wednesday and Thursday evenings. April class schedule below.

Deborah Cohen, former owner of Paradise Dance, offers weekly partner dance classes. She is joined by ballroom experts Diana and Mick Malek on Wednesdays. Come alone or with a friend! Partners are rotated so everyone can participate. Schedule and fees below. Contact Deborah via email for further details.

Wednesday Evenings, 4-week sessions, April 2-23
6:15 p.m. Advanced Ballroom Technique
(rise and fall, swing, body shaping)
7:15 p.m. Advanced Waltz
8:15 p.m. Advanced Foxtrot

Thursday Evenings, 4-week sessions, April 3-24
6:15 p.m. Intermediate-Advanced Hustle
7:15 p.m. Intermediate-Advanced Salsa
8:15 p.m. Intermediate-Advanced Waltz and Foxtrot

Single class $16
One four-week course $60
Two four-week courses $108
Three four-week courses $120
Unlimited classes for the month $125

Cash or check payment accepted.
No refunds or make-ups.
$15 refer-a-friend credit.

Capoeira for Adults

Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:30-8:30 pm

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art that incorporates self defense, music, dance, acrobatics, and community. The worldwide Omulu group is led by renowned Capoeira master, Mestre Preguiça. Instructor Marola leads the Northampton classes. He has been practicing Capoeira for over 20 years and directed the Omulu group in Madison, Wisconsin for 10 years. Now residing in western Massachusetts, Marola continues to share his knowledge of Capoeira with this newest extension of Omulu.

Classes are $70 monthly and $15 for single drop-ins. For more information, visit the Western Mass Capoeira website.

Body Structure Fundamentals: Floor and More with Lisa Leizman

Thursday mornings, 9:00-10:30 am thru May 1

What do you get when you integrate dance technique with conditioning and flexibility training, principles of structural alignment, and Floor Barre methods? Floor and More! And all of this while lying down on the floor…
$15 for single class, $64 for class card. Walk-ins welcome.

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