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Premier of HipOpera

posted Jul 3, 2019, 12:27 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jul 3, 2019, 12:42 PM ]

Composer, pianist and producer Joel Martin, debuted a concert reading of his original production, HipOpera to a full house in the DAC Weatherstone Studio on Saturday, June 29th. The enthusiastically received premier, which married classical music, jazz, world music and hip-hop with opera, included the talents of nine accomplished vocalists, an orchestra of thirteen and an ensemble of seven. To stay informed about special events at the Darien Arts Center, sign up for our newsletter. For more information on Joel Martin and HipOpera, visit jazzical.com.


Pic Darien Photos at the Darien Library!

posted Jun 21, 2019, 2:25 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 25, 2019, 12:44 PM ]

We are very pleased to announce, that with the help of a generous donation, the first printed Pic Darien show is now hung in the lower level of the Darien Library. Winner and runner-up photos are featured. Please stop by and admire the amazing smartphone photography in this show that will be up through August 8th. We appreciate the support and creativity of all who entered this year's contest and in making the 2019 PIC Darien photo contest something that we can all be very proud of!

Buy a Reusable Bag at Stop & Shop and Support the DAC in the Month of June

posted Jun 10, 2019, 3:49 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 10, 2019, 3:51 PM ]

The Darien Arts Center has been selected as a beneficiary of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program for the month of June. The Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which launched in May 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. The DAC was selected as the June beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Stop & Shop located at 148 Heights Road in Darien. The Darien Arts Center will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during June, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.
Buy a bag, help the environment and the DAC!  


Our Online Auction is Live!

posted Jun 3, 2019, 5:41 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 3, 2019, 5:46 AM ]

Show your support for the DAC and bid on auction items through 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 15th, the evening of our Saturday Night Fever Disco Dance Benefit. Anyone, even those not attending the benefit, may bid until the closing time on the luxury items, fun experiences, and local gift certificates made available through the auction.

Online auction items include: a weeklong house rental on Kiawah Island; a Two Roads Brewery Tour; a Day of Beauty at Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa; a Sirius XM tour including lunch with ‘Mad Dog’ Russo; a sunset cruise; a NYC private gallery tour; ‘Blowouts and Bubbly’ at LeBoudoir; and a psychic reading. Tickets to a Giants/Dolphins game, Westport Country Playhouse and Caramoor are also included, as well as 6 tutoring hours at C2 Education, a Fresh Light Driving School course, an OsteoStrong Platinum package and a 10 person art workshop at the DAC. Entertainment experiences for parties include singer/songwriter Doug Allen (pictured), magician Steve Dane, rock and roll band Old School, and a Juke Box trivia night.

Our 70’s dance party and fundraising event, Saturday Night Fever, takes place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio, which will be transformed into a 1970’s disco, complete with disco ball and a DJ playing all of the biggest hits of the era. Come show off your best dance moves while enjoying drinks and hors d’oevres! A prize for best costume will be awarded at this fun celebration open to all. Purchase tickets soon, as space is limited and the event is expected to sell out.

Sponsorships for the event include tickets, reserved tables, song requests and special shout outs from the DJ. The Bee Gees Sponsorship for $2500 includes 6 tickets, a reserved table, your name listed in all 2019 DAC programming and 5 song requests to the DJ, with a special shout out on the night of the event; a Village People Sponsorship for $1000 includes 4 tickets, a reserved table, and 3 song requests to the DJ, with a special shout out on the night of the event; and a KC and the Sunshine Band Sponsorship for $500 includes 2 tickets, 1 song request to the DJ, with a special shout out on the night of the event.

Individual tickets are $125 and a light-up Disco necklace for the evening is $20. 

For questions or event sponsorships, please email Amy Allen, DAC Executive Director at amyallen@darienarts.org


Purchase sponsorships and tickets for Saturday Night Fever Disco Dance Benefit.

Spring Dance Concerts Announced

posted May 9, 2019, 12:06 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 9, 2019, 12:19 PM ]

We are happy to announce our end-of-year concerts, showcasing the talents of our dance students! The Senior Dance Concert features the culminating work of experienced dance students in a professionally run production on June 8th at 4pm & 7pm, at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane. $20 tickets will be available at the door. The Junior Dance Concert takes place on May 18th at 11am, at the Darien Town Hall auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road, in a smaller more intimate production, with $5 tickets available at the door. Both concerts are open to the public.

"We are so proud of what our students have accomplished over the years through hard work and dedication, and are particularly bittersweet over our high school seniors who will be moving on to college next year," commented Bonnie Gombos, DAC Dance Director, "Our objective is to provide an enriching learning experience that students carry with them throughout their lives."

Our 45-year-old dance program is one of the largest in Connecticut, with over 600 students. It offers over 50 classes weekly for all ages and levels in an ideal dance space, the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Our youngest students, aged 3 to 5, explore rhythm and creative expression in addition to learning dance vocabulary and basic positions, while technical proficiency is a goal for older dance students. Unique to the DAC program is the number of performance opportunities available to all of our students, with multiple dance productions throughout the year.

The dance program offers students who don’t participate in a school sport, the opportunity to fit in with like-minded peers and enhance creative talents while keeping fit. Dance students, like Eva Larino, frequently feel that they have a second family at the DAC, "Dancing at the DAC has played such a huge part in my growing up. The dancers and the teachers create a sense of community that really makes you feel like you belong, while also pushing you to work hard, gain strength through exercise, and learn respect through team work."

Cindy DeForest, DAC teacher, dance mom and student, commented, "The DAC's dance program encourages students to explore a wide range of dance styles and provides a very supportive environment for students. There is no one 'type' of dancer who succeeds in our program. Success is measured by each dancer's personal growth as they learn to master technique and performance skills. This sets us apart from other schools and creates a welcoming vibrant community of students, teachers and parents, which is why I started here as a dancer 18 years ago, enrolled my daughter in the dance program 15 years ago and have been a teacher in the program for 8 years."

Full year and half year dance classes are available from September through June, with some classes offered through summer. Find out more about the Darien Art Center's dance offerings here, call us at (203) 655-8683, or email DAC Dance Director, Bonnie Gombos at bonnie@darienarts.org



Audition Workshops & Twelfth Night

posted May 1, 2019, 5:16 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 31, 2019, 1:31 PM ]

Theatre Kids: Are you participating in the Musical Theatre Workshop at Darien Summer School this year? Make sure you're prepared and sign up for our:

For Grades 6 - 10
June 2 
The Vocal Audition from 2-3:30pm, with Zach Redler
The Dance Call from 4-6pm, with Julia Feeley and Ryan McConville

For The Vocal Audition, bring your audition music! Students will receive tips on how to prepare for your audition and personal coaching. Teacher Zach Redler is an award winning music theatre composer, writer of operas and an adjunct faculty member at NYU. Max 15 students 

The Dance Call will give students the tools to understanding how to follow a choreographer, pick up the steps and give them the confidence to have fun, even during the audition process. Julia Feeley has studied under the direction of Chet Walker, conceiver of Fosse and choreographer of Pippin. Ryan McConville is back at DAC after a successful workshop for Theatre 308’s CHICAGO. 

Max 20 students. $60 for one session, $95 for two. Questions, email maria@darienarts.org




TWELFTH NIGHT Jr. Camp in partnership with Shakespeare on the Sound
Grades 7-10
June 24 – July 5, 11:30am-5:30pm, no class July 4

Tuition: $910 

Twelfth Night Jr. is ideal for the budding actor in your family! After creating a supportive and nurturing ensemble through ensemble building activities and theater games, the campers will explore and rehearse a forty-five minute version of Twelfth Night. This version of Twelfth Night will be directly adapted from the script used in Shakespeare on the Sound. 

Campers will learn acting techniques for creating character, the difference between monologue and soliloquy, general stagecraft, and more. This camp promotes artistic self- expression, collaboration, literacy, self-confidence, and self-reliance. July 5, the cast will perform on the Shakespeare on the Sound stage in Rowayton!

NEW! Ladies Night Out: Fused Glass Jewelry Making

posted May 1, 2019, 4:56 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 1, 2019, 4:58 AM ]

Learn all the steps of the glass fusion process including glass cutting, with Dorothy Hafner, award-winning artist and designer. Compose fused glass pendants using a rainbow assortment of colored, metallic and patterned glasses supplied by the artist from her personal collection. Each student makes 3 separate designs. 

Silver bails and cotton cords are provided or bring your own chains. Finished pieces are ready for pick up at the Darien Arts Center in 2 weeks. 

Fee: $70. Please register by May 28th.

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019

Saturday Night Fever, 70’s Disco Dance Benefit on June 15th

posted Apr 4, 2019, 11:31 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 4, 2019, 11:33 AM ]

The board of directors of the Darien Arts Center, along with Amy Allen, executive director, are excited to announce their Saturday Night Fever, 70’s Disco Dance Benefit planned for June 15th at the DAC Weatherstone Studio. The party starts at 7:30pm and will be a fun night of celebration with friends to benefit the Darien Arts Center. Tickets will be available online later this month.

Sip and Paint Ladies Night Out

posted Mar 28, 2019, 12:04 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 28, 2019, 12:05 PM ]

Due to popular demand, a Sip and Paint Ladies Night Out is returning to the Darien Arts Center’s Visual Arts Studio on Wednesday, April 24th, from 7-9 pm. Artist Stephanie Lush-Mastriano will lead this fun and friendly workshop inspired by the famous French artist Edgar Degas, who is especially identified with the subject of dance. A live ballerina will pose as a model for the attendees to use as inspiration to create their own painting. Small canvases will be provided; participants may bring larger canvases if they prefer to create a larger painting. Easels, paint, brushes and drawing materials will be available. Beginning painters and professional artists are welcome and participants may bring their own wine and refreshments. Fee for the workshop is $45 and registration is necessary by April 22nd.
For questions, call (203) 655-8683.

Sip and Paint Ladies Night Out
Wednesday, April 24th, 7-9pm
DAC Visual Arts Studio


'Shakespeare or What You Will' for Grades 9-12

posted Mar 14, 2019, 1:42 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 14, 2019, 1:44 PM ]

Shakespeare or What You Will  
With Claire Kelly and Nick Urda  
Grades 9 - 12  
Thursdays, 5-6:30pm  
April 4 - May 18  
Culminating Performance Saturday, May 18 
in DAC Weatherstone Studio  

Young actors will work alongside Shakespeare on the Sound Artistic Director, Claire Kelly and Education Director Nick Urda to uncover the secrets of performing, understanding and loving Shakespeare. Over the course of the program, participants will learn how to analyze text, develop a character, strengthen performance skills, and conquer cold feet. There will be a culminating event where students will have the chance to perform their scenes 
and soliloquies for family and friends in the Darien Arts Center's Weatherstone Studio.
$250 plus $35 registration fee

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