After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs in Western MA

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Amherst Ballet

Amherst, MA ♦ Amherst Ballet is enrolling new students for the 2018-2019 season! Programs in classical ballet and contemporary dance for children age 3 +up and for teens are open to new students September through January. Open adult classes run all year on a drop-in basis! Amherst Ballet offers performing opportunities for all students age 5 +up, including adults! Faculty are experienced and knowledgeable dance professionals who maintain an atmosphere of fun, creativity and passion for movement. Check out our new beginning teen classes in ballet and contemporary! Visit www.amherstballet.org for an up-to-date class schedule, email info@amherstballet.org or call (413) 549-1555 for more info! Conveniently located at 29 Strong St. in Amherst.

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Intergenerational Music and Dance

Amherst, MA ♦ Intergenerational Music and Dance is a group that celebrates the joy of music and dance for all generations. Participants will engage in choral singing, folk dancing, singing games, music literacy activities, and plenty of laughter and joy. Choral literature will be selected from a variety of genres and cultures. We will learn folk dances and play singing games to foster community and engage in musical play. No prior music experience is necessary. For children (ages 6+) with a participating adult or adults alone. Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Amherst. To register for the Fall semester, contact the director, Rachel Gibson: email rgibson@westfield.ma.edu or visit www.drrachelgibson.com.

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Joy Art Space

Amherst, MA ♦ At Joy Art Space, students experience the joy of creating art while developing new skills and finding their unique artistic voice! Joy Art Space offers private art lessons and small group classes for children, teens, and adults in painting, drawing, sculpture, and more! Students learn art techniques in a warm, supportive environment. Classes for all experience levels, beginner to advanced! Art teacher Lily Joy Friedling has taught privately and in schools for 10 years, and has an M.A. in Art Education from Columbia University. Located right in downtown Amherst on N. Pleasant Street. Visit www.joyartspace.com, contact lily.joyartspace@gmail.com, or
call 413-345-2747 to learn more!

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Upside-Up Music: Music Together/Kids’ Jam

Ashfield, Greenfield, & Shelburne Falls, MA & Online ♦ All children are musical! Early-childhood & elementary music programs in Western MA & Online. Music Together (birth-5) and Kids’ Jam Family Music Workshop (ages 5-7 + sibs). All classes provide singing, small & large movement, singing games, percussion instrument play & more, preparing the child for a lifetime of musical expression. Parents participate in classes; tuition includes CD & Songbook. 10-week sessions Fall/Winter/Spring, 6-week Summer. Upside-Up’s Music at Home family homeschool music curriculum for grades K-2 or 1-3 and siblings: Support materials include interactive videos with Lui Collins, making Music at Home accessible to all families regardless of parental musical experience. Information / registration at UpsideUpMusic.com. You can email Lui at lui@upsideupmusic.com.

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FMC Ice Sports

Greenfield, MA ♦ Learning to skate is as easy as 1-2-3 with FMC Ice Sports! For new skaters and hockey players, our 3-step program is the perfect way to hit the ice and learn the basics of skating. Our trained instructors use toys, games and on-ice activities to make learning to skate fun & exciting! Future hockey player? Get in the game with our Bruins FUNdamentals program, where our experienced coaches prepare skaters for entry into organized youth hockey! 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 www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s Community Dance Programs

Greenfield, MAStoneleigh-Burnham School offers Community Dance programs for all children ages 5-18 from Sept. 26, 2018 to May 22, 2019. Director Cat Wagner offers quality creative movement, ballet, and contemporary classes in a nurturing environment. Students build confidence and a sense of well-being through dance. The program’s foundation is on robust skill development, but also brings dance alive using a collaboration. Students build trust, community, and new perspectives. Classes are limited to 15 students and take place in the school’s dance studio in Greenfield. The program ends with a full-length collaborative piece with SBS students at a Spring Dance Concert. Questions: wtherrien@sbschool.org or Register: www.sbschool.org.

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Pioneer Valley Ballet

Easthampton, MA ♦ Join Pioneer Valley Ballet for its Fall Session, September 10-December 1. PVB offers an 11-week ballet training program for ages 4+. A Beginner Modern class for ages 9-15 will also be offered, and Adult Ballet is held Sunday evenings. Visit www.pioneervalleyballet.org to register. Join PVB for its 40th anniversary of The Nutcracker from December 7-9. Community auditions will be held September 15 for ages 5-10. No dance experience necessary. Pioneer Valley Ballet is located in the Eastworks Building at 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton, MA. 413-527-6363.

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CyclePottery

Florence, MA ♦ Kids, Teens and Adults! Join new friends and neighbors this Fall for Wheel throwing and Hand Building classes at CyclePottery, beginning the second week in September. Fall/Winter session begins in late October. All levels of instruction are offered. Holiday & Vacation Workshops, Weekend Workshops, Private Lessons, Birthday Parties, Friends’ Night Out and Cycle Sampler Classes are all offered throughout the year and upon request. Visit www.cyclepottery.com for more info send an email to cyclepottery01062@gmail.com.

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Central Rock Gym

Hadley, MA ♦ Central Rock Gym in Hadley is offering Climbing Vacation Programs during school breaks! Great for ages 7-13, our 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, and engage in exciting games and group activities. Email youth.crghadley@gmail.com for info. www.centralrockgym.com

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Whole Children

Hadley, MA ♦ Whole Children’s goal is to create an inclusive environment where every child is successful and valued for who they are, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Classes emphasize skill-building, social skills, self-advocacy, and just plain fun. They offer a diverse roster of afterschool and weekend classes including gymnastics, yoga, theater, art, music, cooking, performing arts and so much more. Whole Children is filling a vital need by creating classes where the hard work of skill-building is made social and fun for children of all abilities and, perhaps just as importantly, by creating a supportive and caring community for their parents. For more information about Whole Children’s classes, schedules, and programs, visit www.wholechildren.org, email info@wholechildren.org or call 413-585-8010.

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Woven Word Young Writers Workshops

Hadley, MA ♦ Do you know a young writer who loves to tell stories and write poetry? Perhaps Woven Word is the place for them! Now in its 21st year Woven Word offers a program of inspiring prompts, safe space for every writer’s voice, and a community of writing peers. Adapted from Amherst Writers & Artists, Woven Word teaches writing craft through specific, affirmative feedback from teacher and peers. Woven Word is appropriate for all levels of writing ability. Week #1 is FREE for new writers. Contact Woven Word for information on the 3 weekly workshop options by emailing Lynn Bowmaster at Lrbowmaster@gmail.com, 413-584-3373, on the web: www.wovenwordyoungwriters.com or on Facebook.

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Valley Performance Playground

Northampton, MA ♦ Looking for a fun and creative outlet for your kids this year? Check out Valley Performance Playground’s theater classes, weekend workshops, and vacation and summer camps. Their programs for young children (1.5-6) celebrate imaginative play and encourage creative expression. For older kids (7-12), their programs provide a nurturing environment to stretch creatively while exploring acting, improvisation, movement, and voice. For more information visit www.valleyperformanceplayground.com or email sarah@valleyperformanceplayground.com.

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FMC Ice Sports

Springfield, MA ♦ Learning to skate is as easy as 1-2-3 with FMC Ice Sports! For new skaters and hockey players, our 3-step program is the perfect way to hit the ice and learn the basics of skating. Our trained instructors use toys, games and on-ice activities to make learning to skate fun & exciting! Future hockey player? Get in the game with our Bruins FUNdamentals program, where our experienced coaches prepare skaters for entry into organized youth hockey! 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 www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE.

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Starlight’s Youth Theatre

Sunderland, MA ♦ Theatre classes for grades K-12! Starlight’s Youth Theatre welcomes students from all over the valley under the direction of the Cyn Strycharz. Starlight’s Youth Theatre is dedicated to providing quality education and production of children’s theatre. Their priority is the development of the child, using theatre as the tool to build self-esteem, communication, and confidence. Focusing on process over product, they invite children to enter, enjoy, and expand their imagination in the world of theater. Offering Fall, Spring, & Summer programming, everyone can be a star at Starlight. Classes & rehearsals are held at Mapleridge Community Center at 659 Amherst Road (Route 116). More info: starlightsyt@gmail.com; www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

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The Animation Course

Online ♦ Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and veteran home school Dad, offers a 12 week LIVE – online Animation Course for ages 11-18.  He also teaches 2 online Drawing Classes as well. Each assignment, whether completed in hand-drawn or computer animation, is given a professional review with feedback for the individual learning of each student! We are taking registrations for our 2018 Fall Session (September 17-December 10)! Classes tend to fill up very quickly, so we encourage families to hold their child’s spot with a $50 registration fee.  We have live spots and recorded classes, so there are options available for many different needs. Our live and recorded classes – with grading – are $350. Please send inquiries to kayla@theanimcourse.com or check out our website: theanimcourse.com.

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Hilltown Families is committed to the economic development of our region, and by offering this special fall program post, local businesses can thrive and provide a much needed service to our local community. All descriptions have been submitted and all links are provided as a courtesy and not as an endorsement.

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