Peter Blanchette's 8th Annual Bach Birthday Celebration Concert

Friday, March 20, 7:30 pm at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street. Advance tickets highly recommended: $25.00 front row, $22.50 premium view, $17.50 general. Purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets at the door are $20 cash.

Peter Blanchette and the Northampton Center for the Arts uphold what has become a valley tradition: Blanchette’s annual concert celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday. As always, the concert includes Blanchette’s trademark arrangements of music composed by the 330-year-old honoree.

Archguitarist Blanchette is joined by special guests Duo Orfeo--Joe Ricker and Jamie Balmer, electric guitars. Duo Orfeo's new release, Guitar Nouveau, has already received critical praise. Ricker's arrangements of keyboard music of the late baroque composer Jaques Duphly, which will be performed in the concert, were featured on BBC's The Early Music Show. Blanchette and Duo Orfeo will combine to perform Blanchette's arrangement of Bach’s Trio ...


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.



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)

Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses, and Non-Profits

Free Information Session on Wednesday, March 4, 6-8 pm at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton
Kim Carlino

One of the advantages of our 5 College area is access to interns! For students, interning defines career paths and builds resumes. For creative businesses and non-profit organizations, interns bring fresh ideas, energy and a willingness to learn. In this information session, learn how to become an internship provider, labor law compliance, and best practices for making the most of your intern's time.

Food and drink will be provided. Session is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please use the lower level entrance to the Arts Trust Building adjacent to the (free!) parking lot To attend a workshop, please RSVP at 413-545-2360 or

"Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses, and Non-Profits" is part of the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service's Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative and is presented in partnership with the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Studio Figure Drawing

Wednesdays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Susan Gelotte

These sessions with live models are ongoing through March 2015. 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 thru March 23/Intermediate Level, Thursdays 9-10:30 am thru 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

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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