The Darien Arts Center is offering a variety of new summer camps and classes for all ages in theatre, dance, martial arts, visual arts and music. Use the DAC’s new improved registration system, sign up for their newsletter or find more information at darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.
Visual arts, theatre & music camps
Performance kids - Two age groups available: Group A: Ages 3 to 5, Group B: Ages 6 to 8. Monday-Friday, 10:15 to 12:45 p.m. Session 1: June 10 to 14, Session 2: June 17 to 21, Session 3: July 22 to 26. one week: $250, two weeks: $450, 3 weeks: $600. Ages 3 through 8 create scenery, age appropriate costumes and learn songs and dances that culminate into a mini show performed on their final day of camp.
Art in movement: drawing, yoga, dance - Grades 1-5, Monday-Friday, 9:45-11:45 a.m., June 24-28, (5 classes), $200. This class will combine the art of yoga and dance with learning the basic techniques of drawing and sketching.
Young composers camp - Grades 3-High School, Monday-Friday. Session 1 Beginners: 3:30-4:30pm, July 8-12, $125; Session 1 Advanced: 4:30-6 p.m.; July 8-12, $185; Session 2 Beginners: 3:30-4:30 p.m.; July 15-19, $125; Session 2 Advanced: 4:30-6:00pm; July 15-19, $185. This is a 5-day intensive composition workshop. Projects will be individually tailored to meet the level of the student. This camp aims to fill a gap in students’ music education that is too often overlooked: the ability to write, notate, record, and perform one’s own music.
Shakespeare On The Sound, Twelfth Night, Jr. - Grades 7 to 10, June 24 to July 5 (No class July 4), 11:30 to 5:30 p.m, $910. Campers will explore and rehearse a 45-minute version of Twelfth Night. This version will be directly adapted from the script used in Shakespeare on the Sound’s main stage production. Campers will learn acting techniques for creating character, the difference between monologue and soliloquy, general stagecraft, and more.
Open Arts Alliance, Into The Woods, Jr. - Grades 5 to 12. Auditions week of June 3. To schedule an audition email: Maria@darienarts.org.
Rehearsals Aug. 12 to 23, 11:30 to 5:30 p.m. Performance Aug. 24 and 25 in the Weatherstone Studio. $1,200. Featuring all of your favorite characters: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch, in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.
Cartooning/graphic novel - Grades 2 to 6, Monday-Friday, 9:45 to 11:45 a.m., July 29 to Aug. 2 (5 classes), $200. Students will create and illustrate their own short comic strip. Students create their own text and characters, and focus on facial expressions, body language, and the use of color.
Dance - Grades 3 to 6, Monday-Friday, 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. July 15-26, $565. This intensive will include three dance classes each day for all levels. The classes will include jazz, tap, ballet, modern and hip hop. There will also be classes in theater arts, improv and yoga.
Pointe - By permission only, Level 3 and up, Monday-Friday, 1:15 to 4:15 p.m., July 29 - Aug. 16, $685. A ballet technique intensive for intermediate and advanced students including pointe work. There will be a showing on the last day.
Pre School Ballet 1 - Ages 3 to 6, Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., July 9-Aug. 13 (six classes), $120. Young dancers will learn basic ballet steps in a fun, creative atmosphere.
Pre School Ballet 2 - Ages 3 to 6, Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., July 11-Aug. 15 (six classes), $120. Young dancers will learn basic ballet steps in a fun, creative atmosphere. CHOREOGRAPHY - Intermediate & Advanced, Wednesdays, 6 to 7:15 p.m., June 19 to Aug. 14 (nine classes), $180 full session or $20 per class. This class will explore many different styles of dance technique, concentrating on a different style each class.
Martial Arts - Ages 4 to 12, Tuesdays, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., June 18 to Aug. 13 (nine classes), $180. This class will teach children the art of Karate. It is designed to refine motor and organizational skills, improve self-discipline & teach proper behavior through respect and self-control, teach self-defense and of course to have fun! Class will be separated into mixed age groups.
For Private Music Instruction email Juanita Bosee at Juanita@darienarts.org.
Adult classes: $20 Drop-In Fee for Adult Classes Or 10-Class Card for $180 (good for all adult classes)
Ballet - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:45 to 11:15 a.m., June 17 to Aug. 23. All students are encouraged to try this popular intermediate level class. Each class will include a thorough barre, center oor, and well-balanced combination.
Martial Arts - Tuesdays, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., June 18 to Aug. 13. A great workout while learning many self-defense theories and skills. This class will improve coordination, stamina and self-awareness.