Moving Up!

Next Steps @ 33 Hawley Street
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Just drive by, and you can't help but notice the dramatic changes going on at the Arts Trust Building @ 33 Hawley Street. The process of renovation and transformation is well underway, and we are very excited about making the transition from old space to new. We how have use of a 1200 square-foot studio/rehearsal space and a state-of-the-art dedicated dance studio. Feel free to call the office at (413) 584-7327 or email ncfa@nohoarts.org for details about availability and rental rates. Take a look below for information on upcoming events, dance classes and art instruction. Check back frequently as we increase offerings. Everything takes place at 33 Hawley Street. Entrance at the lower level, adjacent to the FREE parking lot!

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Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio. Downstairs @ 33 Hawley

Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
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Virtuoso flamenco guitarist/composer/improviser Juanito Pascual has been called "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years" by National Public Radio, a major accolade which in this case is just the jumping off point for the Minneapolis native's musical style. His sound is a truly organic blend of a mastery of traditional and contemporary flamenco plus influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach.

The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, Jose Moreno (percussion/vocals) one of the most sought after flamenco artists in the U.S. percussion, and stunning bassist Brad Barrett (Jason Moran, Ran Blake). By combining their distinct musical ...

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Halloween at Hawley

Tuesday, October 31, 4-6 pm at 33 Hawley Street.
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We're partnering with the Downtown Northampton Association to make the City's traditional Trick or Treat even bigger this year! Join us before, during, or after your stroll downtown. 33 Hawley Street is just around the corner from Main (at Spoleto) where we'll be offering family fun for all. A dance party with DJ Quintessential. A free photo booth so you can capture costumes on camera. Sweets and giveaways courtesy of the Tommy Car Auto Group. Complimentary cider and mini-pumpkins from State Street Fruit Store. And the Bistro Bus will be on hand to serve up food truck classics for anyone who wants to grab a meal.

Wednesday Dance Classes with Kelly Silliman

A full menu of movement, from ballet to ballroom. 12-week sessions run September 27 - December 20 (Except November 22). See below for class descriptions and registration instructions.
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All fees are $160 per 12-week session. There is a drop-in option of $15 per class for tinydance Technique, Adult Contemporary Modern and Adult Ballet.

To register, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to "NCFA" and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

Technique with the tinydance project, Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 am
Join the tinydance project in their weekly technique class! This mixed-level adult class offers students a chance to move and use their voices from warmups through choreography. ...

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Thursday Dance Classes with Jayme Winell

Three opportunities for MOVEMENT! Classes run October-December (Except November 23). See below for details and registration instructions.
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Creative Movement for ALL: Thursdays 3-4 pm, October 19 thru December 14

This class will guide students through a gentle warm up, improvisational exercises, and simple choreography, with many modification options available to make the class accessible to people with varying ability and experience/mobility levels. Previous dance experience is welcome but not necessary. Fee: $110

Get Moving! Dance for kids of all ages and their grown-ups: Thursdays 4:15-5:15 pm, October 19 thru December 14

This is a class to get the blood pumping, stay active, and have fun as we head into those dreary winter months. Fun, simple, easy to follow dance steps combined with upbeat music will make this an enjoyable class for all ages. Kids ...

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Ballroom and Social Dance with Tom Silliman

Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, $20 drop-in. All levels welcome!
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This Tuesday evening class offers instruction in various social dance styles including swing, rumba, cha cha, foxtrot, waltz, tango, night club two-step, and hustle. Each month two dances will be taught, and each class will build on the one before, while also accommodating students who drop-in. All levels welcome, and no partner is necessary (but you can come with one if you want!). This class takes a progressive approach to "ballroom gender norms."

Tom Silliman, an IT professional, has been dancing socially since 1995, when he discovered that it's actually possible to train two left feet to dance comfortably. Because he started as an adult, he is skilled at introducing dance steps and technique in easy-to-understand ways. During ...

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Ballet Beginnings: Classes with Katherine Bervera

Saturday morning instruction for young people takes place in our beautiful new dance studio at 33 Hawley Street. Details below.
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Saturdays, 10-10:45 am.Creative Ballet for ages 3-6 years. This is an introduction to ballet class in a fun and nurturing environment. $12 drop in or session fee to be arranged with the instructor.

Saturdays, 10:45am - Noon. Level Two Ballet for ages 8-12 years. The focus is on ballet technique in a friendly and nurturing environment. $15 drop in or session fee to be arranged with the instructor.

For questions or to register in advance, call Katherine directly at (413) 992-7821 or email her: academyofballetarts@hotmail.com

Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshops

Sunday afternoons, October 22-November 12, 1:30-3:30 pm. These workshops are held in memory of Eli Daniel Nemetz Todd, a writer born and raised in Northampton who died in October 2016 at the age of 23. They are made possible by donations to the Center for the Arts in Eli’s honor. Fee is $5 per workshop. Space is limited. RSVP required. See descriptions and links below.
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Intro to Fiction: Generative Writing Workshop
Sunday, October 22 (1:30 – 3:30pm) $5 fee
Instructor: Kate Senecal
To RSVP click here .

This fiction writing workshop is for writers who have a short story or novel dying to come to life but don’t know where to start. We’ll cover the basic elements of fiction (characterization, plot, conflict, narrative structure, pacing, etc.) through brief craft lessons, discussing short readings, and trying our hands at several in-class writing exercises. You’ll also leave with tips and strategies about how to get started on new pieces of writing and ...

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Drawing: The Basics and Beyond with Paula Gottlieb

Five sessions on Thursday evenings, October 26-November 30 (Except November 23), 7-9 pm at 33 Hawley Street
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Steady Lane by Paula Gottlieb

Learning to draw is about learning to see and learning the concepts for translating this seeing onto paper. In this class we will work with the elements of line, shape, value, mass and proportion to create the illusion of three dimensions on paper. Through observation of the still life and interior space, we will explore the use of compositional studies and perspective to create depth. The fee is $190 plus material list below.

To register, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to "NCFA" and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not ...

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Watercolor Big & Bold with Deborah Rubin

Five sessions on Wednesday evenings, November 1-December 6 (Except November 22), 6:30-9 pm at 33 Hawley Street
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Birds of Paradise by Deborah Rubin

Learn techniques and theory to create wonderful colorful paintings. Techniques include dry brush, wet on wet, big brush and flat brush. Theory includes color, composition and more. Some demos, some critiques, and a lot of fun! All levels welcome. The emphasis is on "learning by doing," so expect to jump in with paint immediately. Fee is $195 plus supply list below.

To register, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to "NCFA" and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

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Botanical Illustration with Jan Ruby-Crystal

Five sessions on Wednesday mornings, November 15-December 20 (Except November 22), 9:30am-noon
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Leaves by Jan Ruby-Crystal

Do something special for yourself this Holiday Season! Join us for an interesting course in botanical illustration and learn how to create beautiful drawings of plants, flowers and natural findings. We will begin with instruction in line and tonal, dimensional drawing before moving on to colored pencil techniques. No Prior experience is required, but those with experience will find plenty to learn and re-learn in new ways.

We will complete several dissections of plants to identify their key parts. Lessons in composition, color theory and spatial relationships are some topics we will study. Along with multiple exercise studies, students will have the opportunity to complete several finished compositions. Each class will include a ...

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Woven Word Young Writers Workshops with Lynn Bowmaster

Monday afternoons, November 6-December 11, 3:30-5:30 pm at 33 Hawley Street. Designed for writers ages 12-19. $5 per workshop. Space is limited. See below for registration and details.
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To register, please email the instructor directly. Lynn Bowmaster: Lrbowmaster@gmail.com.

Everyone has something to say, and writing is a powerful way to say it! Please join us for a writing experience that’s far away from the classroom and closer to who we are. We invite you to write poetry, personal story, fiction, or song. We invite you to free your writing voice. The program is based on Woven Word’s 19 years experience working with young writers. We create safe guidelines for sharing writing (adapted from Amherst Writers & Artists) and tell each other what’s working in each new piece.

These workshops are held in memory of Eli Daniel Nemetz Todd, a writer born and raised in Northampton who died in October 2016 at the age of 23. They are made possible by donations to the Northampton Center for the Arts in Eli’s honor.

Advanced Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman

Monday evenings, September 11-December 11 (Except October 9 and November 20), 6-7 pm
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Explore a variety of technical skills drawn from modern and contemporary dance, classical ballet, floor barre and more! Moving combinations, floorwork, conditioning and flexibility training encourage healthy alignment and the development of artistry, rhythmic awareness and expression. Fee: $15 single class or $64 8-class card. Cash or check to be paid to the instructor.

Intermediate Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman

Thursday mornings, September 14-December 14 (Except November 23), 10-11 am
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Explore a variety of technical skills drawn from modern and contemporary dance, classical ballet, floor barre and more! Moving combinations, floorwork, conditioning and flexibility training encourage healthy alignment and the development of artistry, rhythmic awareness and expression. Fee: $15 single class or $64 8-class card. Cash or check to be paid to the instructor.

Body Structure Fundamentals with Lisa Leizman

Thursday mornings, September 14-December 14 (Except November 23), 9-10 am.
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What do you get when you integrate dance technique with conditioning and flexibility training, principles of structural alignment, and Floor Barre methods? Body Structure Fundamentals! Develop a strong foundation of healthy alignment and deepening physical awareness. All of this while lying down on the floor…Fee: $15 single class or $64 8-class card. Cash or check to be paid to the instructor.

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