Winter Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA

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The Center

Amherst, MA ♦ Winter/Spring enrollment is open! At The Center in Amherst, children spin stories from movement using classical and modern dance techniques. Sister duo Ashley and Caddy Carlisle combine their years of dance training with a special approach to teaching that gets kids reading, writing and dancing; connecting, collaborating and creating. It’s a holistic approach to dance. Drop by their Open House on Thursday, January 7th from 5-6:30 PM. For more information visit or email 321 Main Street. Amherst, MA. 413-687-7953.

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Stone House Farm

Amherst, MA ♦ Join Stone House Farm in Amherst this winter for the following weekly classes: Arts and Crafts (Mondays 3:30-5:30pm, grades 1-6); Kids in the Kitchen (Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm, grades 1-6); Sewing (Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm, grades 4-8). Also offered are Vacation Day classes from 9am-3pm: January 18 (MLK Day), Bread Baking & Soup; January 29 (Amherst/Northampton Curriculum Day), Cookies & Decorative Platter. February and April vacation week programs are available. Classes at Stone House Farm are held in small groups for youth in 1st-8th grades. For more information visit or email

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Music Together & Upside-Up Music

Lui Collins' Upside Up MusicAshfield, Shelburne Falls & Williamsburg, MA ♦ All children are musical! Winter classes start January 12 in Ashfield, Shelburne Falls, Williamsburg & Online. Comfortable, welcoming. Meet other families and give yourself time to enjoy your child. No experience necessary. Music Together (birth-5) and Kids’ Jam (5-7) provide singing, large & small movement, singing games, and ear training exercises through play to prepare a child for a lifetime of musical expression. Tuition includes 2 CDs, Songbook. Music at Home family homeschool music curriculum for grades K-2 or 1-3 and siblings. Music at Home support materials include interactive videos with Lui Collins, making music accessible to all families regardless of parental musical experience. Information and registration at

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Vortex Dance Fitness Studio

Easthampton, MAVortex Dance Fitness Studio teaches a mix of jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, ballet, and modern dance. Classes focus on healthy body intelligence, increasing self-confidence, tolerance and support for all ability levels, developing calmness and ease to make friends more easily, strengthening balance, rhythm, and flexibility, and emphasizing cooperation over competition. Next session for ages 5-9 runs Friday, January 8-March 11 from 4-4:45pm. Next session for ages 10-15 runs Tuesdays, January 5-March 9 from 3:30-4:15pm. Discounts available when session is paid for in full. Located on the 2nd floor of the Eastworks Building in Suite 251 right above Riff’s Restaurant. For more info visit or call 413-727-1366.

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Florence, MACyclePottery in Florence announces the next 3 sessions of kids’ & teen/adult wheel throwing classes that run for 6 weeks each. First session begins January 6th. Sheilah Bolger has joined the studio to teach her own Handbuilding and Sculpting class for pre-teens. More special classes taught by guest Potters are soon to pop up. Are you an artist and would like to use the studio to Teach Your Own Class? Check out for full details. CyclePottery is now offering monthly studio rentals, ongoing drop-in Sunday Open Studios, and part-time or full-time private room rentals for professionals. As always, workshops, private lessons, special events, homeschool classes can be arranged! Contact Kathryn:; 413-219-9594.

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FMC Ice Sports

Greenfield & Springfield, MAFMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating without relying on skating aids. This method of teaching increases a skater’s independence on the ice and encourages their learning of balance and maneuverability. Students eventually graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE.

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Central Rock Gym

Hadley, MACentral Rock Gym is offering Climbing Vacation Programs during school breaks! Great for ages 7-13, their program focuses on climbing for all skill levels, and includes an emphasis on problem solving and team building initiatives. Throughout their week, children will have the opportunity to experiment with different types of climbing, engage in exciting games and group activities, and concludes with a pizza party on the final day. Email for more information and to register.

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Whole Children

Hadley, MAWhole Children in Hadley, MA. Keep the kids moving this winter at Whole Children! Whole Children offers a wide range of after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for children and teens of all abilities, particularly those with special needs. The emphasis in all classes is on finding and celebrating children’s individual strengths, having fun, and making and sustaining friendships. From Kung Fu to Winter Sports, Dating 101 to Science Club, Whole Children has winter fun covered. Winter session classes begin January 11. Register for classes at or call 413-585-8010. Whole Children is located in the Inclusive Community Center at 41 Russell St., Hadley, MA.

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Filmmaking at GCA

Holyoke, MA ♦ Interested in filmmaking? Perhaps you have a friend or family member that is and you need to find them a unique holiday gift! In this new one-day intensive Filmmaker Workshop at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on January 10th each student will learn basic aspects and best practices of production, editing, and how to use websites like YouTube to upload and share work. The class is ideal for artists, students, communications professionals, beginning filmmakers, and anyone interested in DIY video. In today’s world, entire films are shot on iPhones, edited on laptops, and then shared to a worldwide audience with websites like YouTube. Now learn how to be a part of it! For more info and to sign up, visit:

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UBU Theater

Pittsfield, MA ♦ Winter/Spring enrollment! Join UBU Theater’s Middle and High School Teen theater programs at the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires. No auditions! Just bring commitment and curiosity to explore theater through acting, improvisation, theater games, voice and movement, devising, ensemble work, scenes, monologues, plays. Includes 2 final performances. Starts January 27th, Monday’s and Wednesday’s. High School 3-4:30pm, Middle School 5:30-7pm. Register 16 Melville St. Pittsfield, MA. 413-448-8258. $10 Club membership plus $10 activity fee. Homeschoolers welcome. Alternatively, contact UBU Theater directly for individualized homeschool groups at

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Piti Theatre Company

Shelburne Falls, MA ♦ Piti Theatre Company to create Youth Troupe in Shelburne Falls! Learn new skills, make new friends and get ready to be in a play about how children lived around here 100 years ago, “Olde Coleraine: A Musical Hilltown History” at Piti’s SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival, March 20th at Memorial Hall. Youth Troupe is for ages 7-12, starting January 21st at Shelburne Falls Yoga. Adults, teens, and younger children who would like to participate as actors or in other ways should also get in touch. No experience required. Other Piti classes include “Sing and Dance in French” and “Soapstone Carving.” More at, call 413-625-6569, or

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