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WINTER/SPRING 2014

As part of our Heritage Arts Studio initiative, Blackstone River Theatre pursues arts education outreach by offering classes and workshops at the theatre with respected performers and teachers. This initiative allows the community to discover or reconnect with traditional art forms (music, song, dance, visual and literary arts) and become PARTICIPANTS in our regional arts heritage.

Heritage Arts Studio offerings for Winter/Spring 2014 will include an 8-week session of five levels of fiddle classes starting on April 1 and April 2 with Cathy Clasper-Torch. We will offer an 8-week session of non-competitive Irish step dance classes for children and adult beginners and advanced/intermediate beginners with instructor Erika Damiani starting March 9 and March 15 as well as two classes geared for performance as part of Tir Na Nog Irish Dance. We continue our Zumba classes on Monday evenings with April Hilliker and have also added Zumba for beginners/seniors with Lori Senno on Thursdays. There will be a two-hour clogging workshop with Aubrey Atwater on April 12 and 3 two-hour workshops for beginner dulcimer with Elwood Donnelly and continuing dulcimer with Aubrey Atwater on April 5, 19 and May 3.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR ANY BRT CLASSES
So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.
If you are interested in any class, please:
1. E-mail russell@riverfolk.org to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864


FIDDLE CLASSES
NEXT SESSION: Tuesdays & Wednesdays starting April 1 and April 2, 2014 with instructor Cathy Clasper-Torch


8-Week Beginner Fiddle Class (one session completed)
8-Week Continuing Beginner Fiddle Class (two to four sessions experience)
8-Week Continuing Intermediate Fiddle Class
8-Week Advanced Intermediate Fiddle Class
8-Week Advanced Fiddle Class


A class for beginner fiddlers (completed one 6-week session) will be offered on Tuesdays, 5:30-6:20 PM, starting April 1 through May 27, (NO class 4/22). Class limited to 8; minimum 5 needed to hold class. Students must bring own instrument and tape recorder. Fee: $100.00 for each student per 8-week session. Both playing by ear and some sight reading will be included. Prepayment necessary!

A class for continuing beginner fiddlers (two to four sessions experience) will be offered on Tuesdays, 6:30-7:20 PM, starting April 1 through May 27, (NO class 4/22). Class limited to 12; minimum 6 needed to hold class. Students must bring own instrument and tape recorder. Fee: $100.00 for each student per 8-week session. Both playing by ear and some sight reading will be included. Prepayment necessary!

A class for continuing intermediate fiddlers will be offered on Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM, starting April 1 through May 27 (NO class 4/22). Class limited to 12; minimum 6 needed to hold class. Students must bring own instrument and tape recorder. Fee: $100.00 for each student per 8-week session. Both playing by ear and some sight reading will be included. Prepayment necessary!

Advanced Intermediate Fiddle and Advanced Fiddle classes will be offered on Wednesdays, starting April 2 through May 28 (NO class 4/23). Class for advanced intermediate runs from 6:30-7:30 PM. (Please arrive by 6:20 to tune!) Class for the advanced level runs from 7:45-9:00 PM. Classes limited to 14; minimum 7 needed to hold each class. Students must bring own instrument, stand and tape recorder. Fee: $100.00 for each student per 8-week session. Both playing by ear and sight reading will be included. Players will be placed in these classes by the instructor's evaluation of skill level. Prepayment necessary!

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Complete Beginner Fiddle Class (NO COMPLETE BEGINNER CLASS OFFERED THIS SESSION)

This course is for those just starting to fiddle around or for those who always wanted to! It's also great for people who want to start over again after some time away from playing. The beginner class includes: fundamentals of playing the fiddle (fingering and bowing technique), instrument care, tuning the strings with confidence, and learning simple tunes and exercises by both ear and notation. A tape recorder is recommended for each class along with a music stand. Students need to bring their fiddle and bow to first class!

Continuing Beginner Fiddle Class
This class is for fiddlers who have played a year or less or who want to brush up on fundamentals. The Continuing Beginner class includes: continued honing of bow and fingering skills, ear-training and intonation, and continued work on building repertoire of fiddle tunes/music. Notation is used as well as learning by ear. A tape recorder and music stand are recommended for each class.

Continuing Intermediate Fiddle Class
This class is for fiddlers who have taken BRT fiddle classes a year or more, or by discretion of the instructor. Note-reading skills as well as ear training are worked on during each class as well as fine-tuning intonation and general fiddle technique/skills. The growing music repertoire includes American fiddle standards as well as waltzes, airs, reels and jigs in Celtic, American and a variety of other traditions. A tape recorder and music stand are recommended for each class.

Advanced Intermediate Fiddle Classes
This class is for fiddlers who have played for three years or more, or by discretion of the instructor. General fiddle proficiency (intonation, bowing, fingering) as well as comfort with sight-reading or reading notation is needed. This class will include: learning a broad repertoire of fiddle music (American, Celtic and more), playing by ear, performance skills and comfort, beginning ornamentation of tunes, session and jam etiquette. A tape recorder and music stand are recommended for each class.

Advanced Level Fiddle Class
This class is for independent fiddle players who are comfortable with notation/sight reading, and have a general mastery of their instrument. The advanced class includes: ear training and memorization of tunes, as well as exploration of improvisation and harmony. Placement in this class level will be at the discretion of the instructor. Tape recorder and music stand are recommended for each class. Players at this level will, on occasion, also learn tunes/repertoire for performance at BRT events.

Cathy Clasper Torch is a multi-instrumentalist whose primary focus is fiddle/violin and piano. She combines her early classical training with love of improvisation and music of all genres and cultures. Cathy records and performs in the area with numerous bands and musicians including the Atwater-Donnelly Trio and The Gnomes and released her first solo CD in 2011. Visit www.cathyclasper-torch.com



IRISH STEP DANCE CLASSES for children AND adults!
NEW 8-week session starts Sunday, March 9 and Saturday, March 15 with instructor Erika Damiani


8-week Irish step dance class for beginner children, ages 6 to 10 (non competitive)
With instructor Erika Damiani. 8-week class for beginner children ages 6-10 offered on Saturdays, March 15 through May 10 (NO class 4/26), from 9:00 to 9:45 A.M. Class limited to 15; minimum 7 students needed to hold class. No experience is expected for beginner level and no special shoes are required. (We do ask children to wear soft-soled shoes (or just socks) and wear loose, comfortable clothing.) Fee: $80.00 for 8-week session per student. Note: Very often, students at this age level will take this beginner class two, three or more times before being placed in a continuing beginner class as it is VERY important to really learn and be able to execute the basic steps of Irish dance before moving on and adding to them.

8-week Irish step dance class for continuing beginner children, ages 6 to 12 (non competitive)
With instructor Erika Damiani. 8-week class for continuing beginner children ages 6-12 offered on Saturdays, March 15 through May 10 (NO class 4/26), from 10:00 to 10:45 A.M. Class limited to 15; minimum 7 students needed to hold class. Children in this class will have taken 2-3 previous sessions with BRT; no special shoes are required. (We do ask children to wear soft-soled shoes (or just socks) and wear loose, comfortable clothing.) Fee: $80.00 for 8-week session per student. Note: Very often, students at this age level will take this continuing beginner class two or three times before being placed in an advanced beginner class as it is VERY important to really learn and be able to execute the basic steps of Irish dance before moving on and adding to them.

8-week Irish step dance class for beginner ADULTS & children age 11-and-up (non competitive)
With instructor Erika Damiani. 8-week class for beginner adults (and children age 11-and-up) offered on Saturdays, March 15 through May 10 (NO class 4/26), from 11:00 to 11:50 A.M. Classes limited to 16; minimum 8 students needed to hold each class. No experience is expected for this beginner level and no special shoes are required. (We do ask you to wear soft-soled shoes or just socks, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.) Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student. Note: Very often, students in this adult beginner level will take this beginner class two or more times before being placed in an advanced beginner level class as it is VERY important to really learn and be able to execute the basic steps of Irish dance before moving on and adding to them.

SUNDAY CLASSES

8-week Irish step dance class for intermediate adults & children age 11-and-up (non competitive)
With instructor Erika Damiani. 8-week class for intermediate adults (and children age 11-and-up) offered on Sundays, March 9 through May 11 (NO classes 3/16 and 4/20), from 11:00 to 11:50 A.M. Classes limited to 15; minimum 8 students needed to hold class. Students in this class will have taken 2-3 previous sessions at BRT or have comparable experience. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student. Emphasis on soft shoe technique and full dances.

8-week Irish step dance class for advanced soft shoe and beginner to intermediate hard shoe (non competitive)
With instructor Erika Damiani. 8-week class for advanced soft shoe and beginner to intermediate hard shoe offered on Sundays, March 9 through May 11, (NO classes 3/16 and 4/20), from noon to 12:50 P.M. Classes limited to 15; minimum 8 students needed to hold class. Class will include soft shoe advanced technique, traditional ceili dancing and beginner to intermediate hard shoe skills and steps. We ask at this level that you have Irish dance shoes (ghillies), and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Hard shoes are also necessary. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student.

8-week TIR NA NOG IRISH DANCE (TROUPE GEARED FOR PERFORMING AT EVENTS)
BRT's performance troupe is split... There are two levels of TIR NA NOG IRISH DANCE. Neither group is based solely on age but on dance skill and technique levels, performance levels, maturity, and commitment to dance.

10:00 to 11:00 A.M. is a mix of beginner/advanced beginner/and intermediate dancers.
1:00 to 2:30 P.M. is for more advanced dancers, with a focus on large group choreography, including hard shoe.


With instructor Erika Damiani. 8-week classes for TIR NA NOG IRISH DANCE offered on Sundays, March 9 through May 11, (NO classes 3/16 and 4/20). Class limited to 15; minimum 8 students needed to hold class. We ask at this PERFORMANCE TROUPE level that you have Irish dance shoes (ghillies), hard shoes, and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Participation in either level is at the discretion of the instructor. All dancers in the TROUPE must also be taking at least one other class at BRT. Fee is $100.00 per 8-week session for the 10-11 A.M. class and $120.00 per 8-week session for the 1:00-2:30 P.M. class.

Erika Damiani runs Tir Na Nog Irish Dance at Blackstone River Theatre and also teaches at two other regional dance studios. Erika placed nationally in 2010 with the American Association of Irish Dance Teachers and in 2011 and 2012 with the North American Irish Dance Federation, and has danced her way to Prizewinner level. She has experience in teaching classes with children from age 6 and up to adults. Erika choreographs her own dances and is proficient in teaching both modern Irish dance and traditional ceili dances.



MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOP WITH AUBREY ATWATER & ELWOOD DONNELLY
3-week session of TWO-HOUR Classes for Beginners and for Continuing Players


These three-week sessions of two-hour classes for beginner and continuing mountain dulcimer will be offered on Saturdays, April 5, April 19 and May 3, from 1-3:00 P.M. These will be separate classes (beginner with Elwood and continuing with Aubrey). Minimum of 5 students needed to hold class; maximum of 14 students. Fee for the three-week session is $75.00. Prepayment necessary!

The many possibilities of the mountain dulcimer are part of the beauty of this extraordinary Appalachian instrument. Moving at a comfortable pace, the dulcimer will be approached from a variety of angles: singing and playing chords, tunings, using the traditional noter, strumming, fingerpicking, flatpicking, and any other topics that may "happen" as a result of group chemistry and as time allows. Participants will leave the class amazed with themselves and full of new ideas. Aubrey and Elwood will be teaching these classes which will be divided into two levels, beginner and continuing. For the beginner class, participants need no prior knowledge of reading or playing music! If you can, please bring a dulcimer in good playing condition; otherwise, contact Aubrey about renting at: aubreyfolk@aol.com or by calling (401) 392-1909.



CLOGGING WORKSHOP
2-Hour Workshop for all levels on Saturday, April 12, 1-3:00 P.M.
(for adults/teens/children age 8-and-up)


A two-hour clogging workshop for all levels will be offered with instructor Aubrey Atwater on Saturday, April 12, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. This class is designed for all levels including complete beginner adults, teens and children age 8-and-up. Minimum of 5 students needed to hold class; maximum of 20 students. Fee for the two-hour workshop is $25.00 ($15 for children 8-15). Because this is a two-hour workshop, some time will be spent watching a few short videos and exploring the cultural roots of clogging. Prepayment necessary!

Clogging, also known as flatfooting and jigdancing, is American step dance which developed, historically, after Irish step dance and before Tap, with Irish, English, European, African, and Native American roots. With percussive tapping of the feet, clogging is traditionally danced to old-time fiddle tunes. Aubrey will supply the music with her own banjo playing, teaching steps she has learned from cloggers all over the United States and in particular, Kentucky, Arkansas, and North Carolina. Please wear smooth, leather-soled shoes and comfortable, loose clothing (no taps please!)



ZUMBA CLASSES - Ongoing/drop in
Zumba Toning classes offered Monday evenings 5:30-6:15 p.m. with instructor April Hilliker
Zumba classes Offered Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. with instructor April Hilliker


Mondays, 5:30-6:15 PM - ZUMBA TONING WITH APRIL HILLIKER
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 PM - ZUMBA WITH APRIL HILLIKER
$5.00 per class; pay at the door - no signup needed! Free class after ten classes taken!
$8.00 if both classes taken same day.

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That's EXACTLY what the Zumba program is all about. It's an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness party that's moving millions of people toward joy and health. Zumba Fitness® is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a "fitness-party" that is downright addictive. Zumba is for all fitness levels and ages. It is all about moving, laughing, and most of all having FUN! You don't have to have the perfect body or be a professional dancer to do Zumba, all you have to do is move and SHAKE IT! Step out of your comfort zone and join the hottest dance party around... Our instructor April Hilliker has become known as one of the area's best and most popular Zumba instructors in just three years of teaching. One of the extra attractions of BRT Zumba classes is that April will be teaching from a raised stage allowing everyone in class to more easily see and follow her moves... come down and give it a try! Capacity at BRT for Zumba is 50 people!



ZUMBA FOR BEGINNERS/SENIORS - Ongoing/drop in
Zumba for beginners class offered Thursday evenings 6:30-7:30 p.m. with instructor Lori Senno


$5.00 per class; pay at the door - no signup needed! Free class after ten classes taken!
Looking for a Zumba® class that's lower-impact, easy-to-follow and still an awesome dance fitness party? Come join one of Cumberland's first area Zumba® Instructors, Lori Senno, and get active for the new year with great people at a dance party workout that moves at your pace! This lower-impact, Latin-inspired class will keep you in the groove of life and is ideal for seniors and Zumba beginners. BRT offers free, safe parking and the added benefit of having the instructor teach from a raised stage so EVERYONE in the room can easily see and follow the moves!