Neely Arts Center will add new course offerings in several exciting areas for those seeking opportunities in arts and arts-related activities, according to coowner Deborah Beason. Below is a summary of new courses available.
Recreational Music Making (RMM)
This course, offered for both adults and teens, focuses on music making in the context of popular bands or ensembles. It includes keyboard lessons, and branches into a number of different styles. It also includes instruction for two younger groups, 4-7 years and 7-12 years, focusing on rhythm using various percussion instruments. Objective of classes is personal development and to develop ability to perform in bands small-group ensembles.
Dance Trance franchise
Features five dance instructors with classes for both teens and adults. Approach is three dance “tracks” – lyrical, jazz, and hip hop – all employing fully choreographed routines and classic dance movements, all with a definite fitness component. Three structured classes per week. Expected to appeal mainly to women, but not limited to women. Combines esthetic expression and fitness workout concepts.
Designed for children of all ages, broken into age groups 3 to 5 years, 6 to 9 years, and 10 years and up. Meets one time per week. Includes beginning instruction in tap, ballet, and jazz dancing as well as a “combo” group which serves as a prerequisite for the Neely Arts Center Dance Company.
Neely Arts Center Dance Company
Rigorous instruction and training for competitive dancing. Students willprepare for at least two competitive dancing events in the spring. Sessions broken into junior (6 to 9 years) and senior ( age 10 and above). Classes meet one time per week.
Afternoon and evening classes based on tumbling and the classic “floor exercise” will be taught by Zachary Beason. Boys only and mixed classes will be featured for three age groups: preschool, ages 6 to 9 and age 10 and up. Classes meet once per week.
Musical Theater Class
Teaches singing, dancing and acting in combination, and features learning scenes from well-known musicals. Ages 7-10 with class limited to 10 students. Free of charge. Taught by Jessica Beason as a part of her platform “Heart for the Performing Arts” in preparation for her entry into Alabama’s Outstanding Teen Pageant soon. Class meets one time per week.
Those interested in classes for themselves or their children may register at Neely Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, or may pre-register by phone beginning Aug. 1 by calling Neely Arts Center at 274- 7529. On Aug. 8, a demonstration of Dance Trance will be given at 10:15 a.m. Facebook users may register using that medium.