Peter Blanchette's Seventh Annual Bach Birthday Concert
Peter Blanchette and the Center for the Arts uphold what has become a valley tradition: Blanchette’s annual concert celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, this year at the Christian Science Society of Northampton.
Tickets are $17.50 and $22.50. Advance purchase is recommended. For online sales and more information, click here.
Blanchette will be joined by Grammy-nominated mandolinist/guitarist Mark Davis and, in a reprise of last year’s success, by West Coast archguitar virtuoso Elliot Gibbons. The concert will feature Blanchette’s trademark Bach arrangements of solos, duos and trios by the 329-year-old ...
Center for the Arts STRONG
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.
Watercolor, Big and Bold with 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. Work on 15 x 22 paper. Individual and group critiques. All levels welcome. The emphasis is on "learning by doing," so expect to jump in with paint immediately. The fee is $195 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, ...
Drawing: Just Beyond the Basics with Paula Gottlieb
This course is for those who have taken an introductory class but still feel at the beginning stage of learning to draw. We will apply and practice methods of putting marks on paper and work with the difference between what you think you see and what you actually see. This will be a safe non-threatening space in which to continue to learn to draw. The fee is $200 plus supply list below.
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.
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Studio Figure Drawing
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
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. Charlie Markham teaches hip-hop classes on Saturday afternoons--teens ages 12-18 at 12-1 pm and adults at 1:30-3 pm. Dahlia Najar teaches a Contemporary Indian Dance class for ages 7-12 on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm.
Yoga for Dancers and Fusion Dance with Miriam Rose
YOGA FOR DANCERS (5:30-6:30 pm) is a class focussed on strength and flexibility for the dancer's body. A range of practice facilitates a healthy balance of stamina building and relaxing postures. Please bring yoga mat and yoga strap if required.
FUSION DANCE (7:00-8:00 pm) 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
Straw Dog Writer's Room
Straw Dog Writers Guild offers a drop-in writing room at the newly purchased and not-yet-renovated Northampton Community Arts Trust space. Bring your current project, your imagination, and your notebook or laptop. We’ll have quiet space, warmth, bathrooms, ample free parking, no wifi, and the supportive companionship of other writers.
There is no fee. Donations are gratefully accepted to defray rental costs.
Partner Dance Classes with Deborah Cohen
Deborah Cohen, former owner of Paradise Dance, offers weekly partner dance classes. Come alone or with a friend! Partners are rotated so everyone can participate. Schedule below. Contact Deborah via email for fees and further details.
6:15pm Advanced American Waltz
7:15pm Advanced NY Style Hustle
8:15pm Intermediate Two Step
6:15pm Intermediate Waltz
7:15pm Intermediate Hustle
8:15pm Intermediate Salsa
Capoeira for Adults
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
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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