A Blog in Progress.
The first half of AWIP Year Five has been filled with cheer, as students pursued everything from art (in our new, and immediately popular, Picassos Classes), to Media (film and photography), to writing. We offered a Behind-the-Scenes class where students helped build and design sets for our MainStage production of “White Christmas,” which has been hailed as our most spectacular production yet (if you missed it, click here for info on our high-quality DVDs)! Hearts were warmed when the Tolman Junior ROTC joined our cast on stage, and the audience was mesmerized by the snow falling overhead in the finale. We honored the “Singin’ in the Rain” cast from our first production, while welcoming new faces to our acclaimed performing arts troupe, Salt+Light. Our hallways are bursting with energy on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as students are delighted to take classes each week, being inspired and challenged as artists. We spare no expense in quality and hire the best instructors around!
Yet behind the curtain of the AWIP Stage, there’s more being developed for future families and students who will grace our hallways. Scholarship funds are being collected, plans are being made for new locations, work is being laid out for us to continue to bless the city of Pawtucket (where our productions are mounted), and outreaches are underway to local food banks, churches, nursing homes, public schools, and community organizations.
An elementary school principal recently said he spends a fortune bringing the arts to his school, and couldn’t believe our community-outreach performances are free. Help us keep it up! A gift of any amount helps so much, but any gift of $50 or more will receive a free ticket to our Junior Production in April! Click here to donate!
Thank you, and Happy New Year! We hope to see you at one of our classes, workshops, or productions this spring – check out all of our offerings here!
~Jennifer Roca, Executive Director
…for all of us at AWIP
Continuing in our blog series on classes that have a few spots left next semester, this post will focus a spotlight on our Creative Dance classes. AWIP is committed to providing opportunities in the arts for all ages, and sometimes younger kids just need to move! Creative Dance basically offers a chance for students to get their wiggles out, learning jazz, simple acro, and basic choreography. Students are encouraged to have fun and be creative!
Our Creative Dance classes will encourage children to have fun, be confident, and use their imaginations while learning beginner jazz steps and acrobatic skills. Students will build on their flexibility, balance, strength, and memorization. They will also be taught a dance which will be performed at the end of the session (in the fall), and will be a part of the Junior Production of “Narnia” in the spring. Not to worry, the junior production will be much shorter this year!
Danielle’s love for dance began at a very young age. After discovering Donald O’Connor for the first time, she begged her mother to sign her up for tap dancing lessons. Soon after, she fell in love with all styles of dance. Danielle currently trains over 12 hours a week in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, and acro with Shooting Stars School of Dance in Seekonk, MA. Her favorite genre is acro and she received the Acro Dancer of the Year Award for 2015.
Additionally, Danielle has been competing for the past three years and is currently a class demonstrator at her studio.
Creative Dance schedule:
- MANDATORY OPEN HOUSE: Tuesday, January 2 @12:00
- REGULAR CLASSTIMES: Tuesdays from January 9 – April 3 (12 weeks) per this schedule-
- 11:00-11:45 Ages 7-11
- 12:00-12:45: Ages 4-6
For more details (location, cost, etc) and to register, click here!
As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Jen Roca for all of AWIP