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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Botanical Illustration with Jan Ruby-Crystal

Five sessions on Wednesday mornings, November 15-December 20 (Except November 22), 9:30am-noon at 33 Hawley Street
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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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Story Performance/Story Sharing

Saturday, November 18, 7:30-9:45 pm at 33 Hawley St. Fee: $10 per adult at the door. Use lower level entrance adjacent to parking lot.
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Community Inspired Social Action: An evening of story performance and sharing. ReBelle and Eveline MacDougall begin the night with their individual instrumental story performances on the theme. There will be a break and then an optional opportunity for participants to meet in small groups to share their own stories of Community Inspired Social Action. Everyone welcome.

Straw Dog Writers Guild presents Writing As A Tool For Social Justice

Saturday, December 9, 3 pm at 33 Hawley Street. Please use lower level entrance adjacent to the parking lot.
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You are invited to a Roundtable Discussion with facilitators Ellen Meeropol, Christopher Sparks, and Liz Bedell. Join us as we gather following the Abel Meeropol Social Justice Writing Award program. Free to attend. Please rsvp to admin@strawdogwriters.org.

Wednesday Dance Classes with Kelly Silliman

A full menu of movement, from ballet to ballroom. Every Wednesday through December 20 (except November 22). See below for class descriptions and registration instructions.
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Fees for joining sessions mid-term are negotiable with the instructor. There is a drop-in option of $15 per class for tinydance Technique, Adult Contemporary Modern and Adult Ballet. All classes are held at 33 Hawley Street. Please use lower level entrance adjacent to parking lot.

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.

Technique with the tinydance project, Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 am
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Ballroom and Social Dance with Tom Silliman

Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, $20 drop-in. All levels welcome! Classes are held at 33 Hawley Street. Please use lower level entrance adjacent to parking lot.
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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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Happier Valley Comedy Show

Saturday, December 9, 8-9:30 pm at 33 Hawley Street. Tickets $13 at the door. More Improv, More Better follows at 10-11 pm. Suggested donation $3-5. Please use lower level entrance adjacent to FREE parking lot!
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All-new monthly improv comedy show! The December version features the Ha-Ha's performing with special guests. Then it's time for More Improv, More Better Improv Jam & Showcase. Open improv jam for everyone and anyone to play and watch improv games.

For more information about Happier Valley Comedy click here.

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

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.

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.

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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