Lisa Leizman Dance Company Winter Concert

Saturday, January 31 at 7:30 pm at the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. All tickets are sold at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years.

On a cold, dark winter night, join the Northampton Center for the Arts' resident dance company for an evening full of warmth and light.

To celebrate the beginning of their 24th season, this special program includes “When There is a Mountain”, a new work set to music by company composer-in-residence Andrea Kwapien. Inspired by her travels to Southeast Asia, Kwapien’s score shimmers with the sounds of bells, bowls and flute. The concert also features audience favorites “Pur ti miro” with music by Benedetto di Ferrari, as well as Unsquare Dance (music by Dave Brubeck).

As always, a festive dinner reception follows the performance. Dancing and dinner for $10?! And pillows! Did we mention front row pillows for the kids?

Northampton Ice Art Festival is Feeling the Love

Arts Night Out: Friday, February 13, 2015. For a map showing the ice artists and their locations, CLICK HERE.

Thanks to an infusion of funds from the Northampton Radio Group—broadcasters of WRSI The River, WHMP and Hits 94.3—and the energetic support of Arts Night Out and the City of Northampton, there will indeed be a Northampton Ice Art Festival. For the fifth time, the public is invited to share in thrills and chills as icy masterpieces take shape at a dozen downtown locations. Work starts at 10 am on the day, and completed pieces highlight Northampton's "Arts Night Out,” 5pm-8pm. They remain on display throughout the Valentine’s Day weekend—longer, if the weather cooperates.

Featured ice artists come from diverse backgrounds with different levels of experience and expertise. Several of them have participated in all of the ...


Watercolor, Loose & Fast with Deborah Rubin

5 sessions on Tuesdays, February 24-March 24, 6:30-9:00 pm. Classes held in studio space at 33 Hawley Street.
Deborah Rubin: Purple Crocus

Learn to let go with water and paint. Some watercolor basics for those beginners and then off to creating quick watercolors filled with color and movement. All levels welcome. The emphasis is on "learning by doing," so expect to jump in with paint immediately. The fee is $200 plus supply list below.

Learn more about Deborah on her website

To register, call the Center at (413) 584-7327 or email us. 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.



Studio Figure Drawing

Sessions resume on January 21, 2015. Please join Susan Hall's email list below for updates on the schedule.
Susan Gelotte

These sessions with live models take place on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am until 12:30pm. Organizer Susan Halls seeks firm commitments from interested artists. For further information, please contact Susan and join the group's email list.

Note: Please use lower level entrance adjacent to the parking lot at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street.

Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman

All classes at 33 Hawley Street. Advanced Level, Mondays 6-7:30 pm, January 5-March 23 (no class January 19)/Intermediate Level, Thursdays 9-10:30 am January 8-March 26.

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 and expression.

$15.00 for single class
$64.00 for 8-class card

Dance Composition Workshop with Lisa Leizman

Tuesdays, February 3-March 24, 5:30-7:00 pm at 33 Hawley Street. Offered as 8-week series or single classes. See pricing below.

What’s in a dance? Space. Time. Body. Idea. Expression. And more!

Drawing on a wide range of choreographic practices, improvisational structures and response techniques, we will create, observe, refine and score a variety of dance studies. Working in groups and on our own, we will build phrases, explore structural elements of choreography and develop extended sequences. We will also practice different kinds of feedback techniques-- writing, drawing and physically "playing back" what we see-- to evaluate and refine our work.

$ 80.00 for the 8-week series or $15 single class (no single class on March 24)

Ballroom Dancing with Diana and Mick Malek

Wednesday evenings. Schedule below

Ballroom experts Diana and Mick Malek offer weekly partner dance classes. Their expertise and fun teaching style are ideal for both competitive and social dancers seeking to improve their skills. Come alone or with a friend! Partners are rotated so everyone can participate. $15 per class.

6:15 Advanced American waltz and foxtrot
7:15 Beginner samba
8:15 Foxtrot performance team

All workshops and classes are held in the downstairs studio at 33 Hawley Street. Free parking, enter through the side door at lower level. Please remember to carry in clean, dry dance shoes. Street shoes are not permitted in the dance studios.

Partner Dance Classes with Deborah Cohen

Thursday evening classes have been temporarily suspended.

No partner necessary as we rotate partners in class. Everyone is welcome!

6:15 Beginner salsa
7:15 Intermediate salsa
8:15 intermediate/advanced waltz

Single class: $16
One four-week course: $60
Two four-week courses: $108
Three four-week courses: $120

January Newcomer special: $10 off the price of a four-week course
Receive a $15 refer-a-friend credit for every newcomer you refer who signs up for a course.

All workshops and classes are held in the downstairs studio at 33 Hawley Street. Free parking, enter through the side door at lower level. Please remember to carry in clean, dry dance shoes. Street shoes are not permitted in the dance studios. Contact Deborah via email for additional information.

School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

2015 Winter Classes at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street
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.

Contemporary Indian Dance for Kids
Dahlia Nayar | Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm (7-12yrs)
January 7- February 24 | $96/8 week session

Adult Modern Dance
Shaina Cantino | Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm
February 4- March 25 | $96/session

Contemporary Modern Dance for Intermediate/Advanced Artists
Jenn Nugent & Jen Polins | Fridays 10:00am-12noon
ongoing | $15/class, $96/8 week session

Improvisation for Intermediate/Advanced Artists
Peter Schmitz & Andrea Olsen | Saturdays 10:00am-12noon
January 31- March 7 | $90/6 week session

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