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Ladies Night Out! Glass Earring & Pendant Jewelry Making: February 6th

posted Jan 21, 2020, 9:58 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jan 21, 2020, 3:59 PM ]

Join us for fun & creativity with friends! BYOB wine & refreshments and carve out some time for YOU!   

Thursday, February 6 | 7-9PM   
$75.00    
Learn all the steps of the glass fusion process including glass cutting with Dorothy Hafner, award winning artist and designer. Compose fused glass pendant necklaces or earrings 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.


Thursday, March 12 | 7-9PM
$45.00
Get into gear for spring and summer with an art filled evening where you will learn to paint beautiful sunflowers based on the paintings of Van Gogh. DAC painting instructor and artist Stephanie Lush-Mastriano will lead this vibrant and exciting workshop that is open to beginners or seasoned painters. A beautiful sunflower still life will be present, and the class will learn how to create their own interpretation of the beautiful scene. All materials will be provided, all levels welcome.







Thursday, April 23rd | 6-9PM
$75.00
Bring your friends and join the DAC for a fun Fashion Night Out! In this 3 hr workshop, participants will learn how to design and create their own pajama pants, and leave the workshop with their masterpiece! Materials and sewing machines will be provided. 





SO WE THINK WE CAN DANCE Tickets Available Now

posted Jan 17, 2020, 6:16 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jan 17, 2020, 11:55 AM ]

Our student-run production, consistently a sell-out, is back for its ninth year! Totally produced by DAC dance students, ages 10 to 18, So We Think We Can Dance returns to the DAC Weatherstone Studio with performances on Saturday, February 1st at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 2nd at 2 p.m. Eighteen DAC student choreographers with 40 dancers, manage all stages of creation and execution, and choreograph and perform approximately 18 dances that encompass many different styles of dance. 


The DAC dance program is proud to provide this one of kind opportunity for students to produce a show from start to finish. So We Think We Can Dance was the brainchild of past DAC students, some who have moved on to pursue careers in dance. They envisioned using the skills they had developed from years of dancing at the DAC, to express their individuality in their very own dances, while having a chance to shine. It has proven to be a great success, beyond selling out audiences. According to Amy Allen, DAC executive director, “So We Think We Can Dance truly fills us with pride. Our students utilize years of practice, to create, choreograph and produce an entertaining show. It empowers creative thinking and builds confidence. They really put their hearts into this, as well as a lot of time and effort. I can’t wait to see this year’s performances.” 

DAC dance students, Samantha Gombos, Mackenzie Swift and Eva Larino are producing the 2020 show.

Tickets for So We Think We Can Dance are $15 and the show runs for approximately 2 hours. 

Visual Arts Classes & Workshops for All Ages, Available Now

posted Jan 9, 2020, 5:34 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jan 9, 2020, 5:34 AM ]

Sign up now for Visual Arts offerings that include Winter Break & Spring Break Camps for kids, Ladies Night Out Workshops, Digital Photography, Colored Pencil Drawing, Cartooning, Watercolor, Calligraphy, Art Studio & Drawing & Painting classes. 

Sign Up Now for Dance Classes for All Ages

posted Jan 1, 2020, 3:28 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jan 1, 2020, 3:28 PM ]

Registration is open for winter/spring dance classes! Our Dance Program offers a wide variety of classes for all ages and skill levels. Classes for ages 3 & up include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Teen Lyrical, Adult Lyrical Jazz, Teen Contemporary, Modern, Broadway Dance, Pop-Pilates Tap, and Pointe. Winter/spring classes begin January 20; it is strongly suggested not to wait to register as classes fill quickly. 


Students train in one of the finest dance spaces in Fairfield County and have the unique opportunity to participate in multiple performances throughout the year. In the introductory program for ages three to five, students explore rhythm, music, creative expression and basic coordination skills in addition to dance vocabulary and basic positions. For intermediate and advanced level students, the focus is on technique and creative exploration. Adult students enjoy opportunities to work at their own level. The DAC Weatherstone Studio is utilized for classes, but also converts to a full black box performance space, giving DAC students more performance opportunities than any other dance program in the area. Junior and Senior Dance Companies perform in all DAC Dance productions and at other venues in and around Connecticut.

Winter/spring performance opportunities include:
Dancefest at the Palace Theatre (January) - DAC students take master classes and workshops with other students from across Fairfield County. This local convention culminates in a performance with all participating students on the iconic Stamford stage.
So We Think We Can Dance (January) - Members of the DAC Senior Company produce, direct and choreograph an exciting evening of dance performed by their peers.
Original Spring Ballet (April) - Students demonstrate their technique and storytelling abilities in original DAC ballets written and choreographed by Dance Director, Bonnie Gombos.
Junior Spring Concert (May) - The DAC's littlest ballerinas take the stage in this production designed just for them. This recital demonstrates their newfound abilities and puts them front and center for being the stars that they are.
Senior Spring Concert (June) - Intermediate and advanced dancers give their final showcase of the season in this jam packed performance on the Darien High School stage.
Bi-Annual Summer at Disney World (June) 2020 is the next year for the opportunity to perform at Disney World in Orlando Florida. Students in intermediate and advanced levels spread their joy throughout the Magic Kingdom.

The DAC Dance program has a long history of fostering cohesiveness as a “Dance family” as portrayed in the following DAC Dance student testimonial. “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 through exercise, with team work and respect.” (Eva L.)

For questions, please call the DAC office at (203) 655-8683 or email DAC Dance Director Bonnie Gombos at bonnie@darienarts.org.

Sign Up Now for Music Classes Starting in January

posted Dec 12, 2019, 10:06 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 12, 2019, 10:06 AM ]

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Our Music Program includes private lessons for cello, guitar, flute, violin, voice, piano, and music theory as well as group classes. DAC instructors, professionals chosen for their individual artistry and teaching skills, include Juanita Bosee, Music Director, Christine DeMaio, Anthony DiTaranto, Christine Geeding, Daniel Hague, Sharon Levin, Stephanie Wong and Daniel Saulpaugh.

Private music instruction is available for students as young as five years (if the young student is ready) and for older students including middle and high school students, who develop skills to play music they enjoy, and adults who have decided to acquire a new skill or to keep minds and hands nimble. Qualified students have the opportunity to participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music Program, which offers adjudicated testing in both music theory and practical application. To register for private music instruction or for more information about the RCM program, contact Juanita Bosee at juanita@darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.

Group music classes are available for kindergarten through high school students and include piano, voice, composition and jazz band classes. 

“In a town where sports are so heavily emphasized, it was important to us to find a way to support other aspects of our children’s growth in addition to athletics. Our son was interested in learning how to play the piano, so we signed him up for lessons at the Darien Arts Center. Within a few weeks of starting lessons, we were amazed by his progress, but even more so by how much he loved to play. To this day (more than a year after starting lessons), he frequently chooses to play piano without being asked, and loves to play both pieces that he has memorized and his new pieces. He has gained a lot of confidence in the past year, and I attribute much of this to his piano lessons. I am also thrilled to see him gaining a skill that he will be able to enjoy for the rest of his life.” (Megan M.)

Group Music Classes:

New Group Piano for Beginners, Grades K-2, Friday, 4-4:45pm, Jan. 10-Mar. 20, $225. Students will be exposed to a musical “playground” and will be fully engaged with visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (feel/touch) activities while using electric keyboards.

New Sing! Sing! Elementary Group Voice, Grades 1–5, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:15pm, Jan. 9-Mar. 19, $210. Through musical games and activities, students will learn proper vocal techniques while receiving an introduction to music literacy. The group will have an in class performance for parents.

Beginning Young Composers
, Grades 3–5, Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00pm, Jan. 11-Mar. 21, $168. Beginning composition students will learn the basics of writing music and compose simple pieces that explore specific parts of the compositional process. Guidelines for the Young Composers Program at the DPS will be adhered to.

Advanced Young Composers, Grades 5–12, Saturday, 1:15 – 2:45pm, Jan. 11-Mar. 14, $256.
Student composers with more experience will work in a workshop setting, writing and critiquing each other’s music and work on self-directed pieces, with the opportunity of recording them. Pieces may be submitted to the Young Composers’ Program through the DPS.

New Beginning Jazz Band, Grades 5-9, Saturday, 12-1pm, Jan. 11-Mar. 21, $168. Open to all students in grades 5-9 currently playing a band instrument, piano, guitar, bass or drum set. Learn music in the jazz, pop and rock styles and develop skills in improvising, creating and performing original music in preparation for any audition for school jazz bands.

Please Give to our Annual Appeal

posted Dec 2, 2019, 12:11 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 9, 2019, 9:50 AM ]

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Be a friend and support us in this season of giving. We are so grateful that you are a part of the Darien Arts Center community. 

Donate Now & Support Our Good Work


Your generosity makes it possible for us to:
Serve over 1000 members of the community each year in Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, Music and Martial Arts classes; providing the full scope of arts enrichment and keeping programs affordable for all.
Produce special events for the community including the PIC Darien Smartphone Photo Contest, Darien's Got Talent, and Scenes from the Nutcracker, in addition to live music, improv and dance events.
Provide a unique place for artistic growth and expression for those with special needs in collaboration with Star, Inc. 

Celebrate this season of giving and please donate today to help keep the arts alive and thriving at the Darien Arts Center! 

Winter/Spring Classes & Workshops Available Now

posted Nov 14, 2019, 4:50 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jan 17, 2020, 11:32 AM ]

Sign up now for our winter/spring offerings! Classes begin in January. 

SEE ALL CLASSES BY DAY & REGISTER

DANCE CLASSES:
The DAC dance program offers students from the age of 3 through adults, the opportunity to train in one of the finest dance spaces in Fairfield County and to participate in multiple performances throughout the year. The DAC Weatherstone Studio converts to a black box performance space, giving DAC students the most performance opportunities in the area. Winter/Spring classes begin on January 20, 2020. Dance classes for all levels, ages 3 & up include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Teen Lyrical, Adult Lyrical Jazz, Teen Contemporary, Modern, Broadway Dance, Pop-Pilates Tap, and Pointe. See all dance classes.
Register for dance.

MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES:
Classes are designed to hone fine motor skills and improve focus and self-discipline, while learning self-defense and having fun. Students have the opportunity to participate in a Spring Martial Arts Tournament and the Spring Concert.
Beginner/Intermediate Martial Arts, White-Blue, Monday, 4:00-4:45pm, Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm, Jan. 20-Jun. 1
Advanced Martial Arts, Blue & Up, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm, Jan. 20-Jun. 1
Open Martial Arts, Ages 8 & Up, Thursday, 6:15-7:15pm, Jan. 23-May 28
Adult Martial Arts, Tuesday, 10:30-11:30am, Thursday, 7:15 - 8:15pm, Jan. 21-Jun. 2.

MUSIC CLASSES:
The DAC music program includes private lessons for guitar, flute, violin, voice, percussion, piano, cello, composition and music theory as well as group classes for both adults and children. Email Juanita@darienarts.org for private lessons. Find out more about music offerings.
New Group Piano for Beginners, Grades K-2, Friday, 4-4:45pm, Jan. 10-Mar. 20, $225. Students will be exposed to a musical “playground” and will be fully engaged with visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (feel/touch) activities while using electric keyboards.
New Sing! Sing! Elementary Group Voice, Grades 1–5, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:15pm, Jan. 9-Mar. 19, $210. Through musical games and activities, students will learn proper vocal techniques while receiving an introduction to music literacy. The group will have an in class performance for parents.
Beginning Young Composers, Grades 3–5, Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00pm, Jan. 11-Mar. 21, $168. Beginning composition students will learn the basics of writing music and compose simple pieces that explore specific parts of the compositional process. Guidelines for the Young Composers Program at the DPS will be adhered to.
Advanced Young Composers, Grades 5–12, Saturday, 1:15 – 2:45pm, Jan. 11-Mar. 14, $256.
Student composers with more experience will work in a workshop setting, writing and critiquing each other’s music and work on self-directed pieces, with the opportunity of recording them. Pieces may be submitted to the Young Composers’ Program through the DPS.
New Beginning Jazz Band, Grades 5-9, Saturday, 12-1pm, Jan. 11-Mar. 21, $168. Open to all students in grades 5-9 currently playing a band instrument, piano, guitar, bass or drum set. Learn music in the jazz, pop and rock styles and develop skills in improvising, creating and performing original music in preparation for any audition for school jazz bands.

VISUAL ARTS CLASSES & WORKSHOPS:
Students practice in the spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio, and participate in various exhibits at the DAC and around town. New projects are planned for each session to accommodate new and returning students.
Cartooning, Grades 1-5, Monday, 4-5:30pm, Jan. 27-Mar. 9, $195. Work on aspects of character and story development in relation to 3 or 4 panel comics, 1-page story cartoons & graphic novels/comic books.
Art Studio, Grades 1-5, Wednesday, 3:45-4:45pm, Jan. 22-April 22, $250. Create developmentally appropriate art projects using the elements of art. A variety of different media & techniques explored.
Digital Photography, Grades 5-8, Friday, 4:40-5:40pm, Jan. 24-April 24, $250. Students learn to use their digital device to capture amazing photos.
Drawing and Painting, Grades 5-9, Wednesday, 5-6:30pm, Jan. 22-April 22, $380. All levels welcome. The class includes traditional & experimental materials. Students draw figures, landscapes, portraits & still life as well as images from their imaginations.
New Paint the Masters: Winter Break Vacation Camp, Grades 1-4, T-Th, 12-2pm, Feb. 18-20, $210. Students learn about artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and more, and take what they learn to create their own masterworks based on the techniques and styles of the masters.
New Introduction to Fashion: Spring Break, Grades 5-8, M-F, 10am-1pm, April 6-10, $350.
Students will be introduced to the art of fashion design and will learn about different materials and styles of clothing, using learned techniques to create their own piece of clothing.
Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy, Adults, Monday, 7-9pm, Mar. 2-April 6, $295. This 6-week course is geared towards beginners & those who have previous experience with calligraphy. No prior experience or skills necessary.
Adult Watercolor, Adults, Tuesday, 9:30–11:30am, Jan. 21-Mar. 31, $385. All skill levels welcome. Beginning students learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting, while more advanced students work on technique and composition.
Colored Pencil Drawing, Adults, Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am, Mar. 4-April 8, $255. Open to all levels. Fundamental techniques, color basics, layering, blending, surface textures, shading, composition background & creating atmosphere are covered.
Introduction to Digital Photography, Adults, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, Mar. 4-25, $125. Learn the basics of taking beautiful digital photographs using iphones or digital cameras. Point & shoot techniques, photo-editing, uploading to a computer, using Instagram and social media to display photos covered.
Ladies Night Out! Glass Jewelry Making, Adults, Thursday, Feb. 6, 7-9pm, $75. Learn the steps of the glass fusion process including glass cutting with Dorothy Hafner, award winning artist & designer. BYO wine & refreshments!
Ladies Night Out! Sip & Paint Van Gogh Sunflowers, Adults, Thursday, Mar. 12, 7-9pm, $45. Paint beautiful sunflowers based on the paintings of Van Gogh. A beautiful sunflower still life will be present. All materials provided, all levels welcome. BYO wine & refreshments!
Ladies Night Out! Sew it Up, Adults, Thursday, April 23, 6-9pm, $75. Design and create your own pajama pants & leave the workshop with your masterpiece! Materials & sewing machines provided. BYO wine and refreshments!

Photos from Musical Improv Night with Rumpleteaser!

posted Nov 11, 2019, 11:10 AM by Darien Arts Center

We had a jam-packed weekend at the DAC with 2 sold out events: the breathtaking premier of East coast Ballet's performance of 'Unveiled' and loads of silliness at a night of musical improv with Rumplteaser! Here are a few pics from Saturday night with Rumpleteaser.


































Photos from REGARDS TO BROADWAY

posted Nov 8, 2019, 6:30 AM by Darien Arts Center

After last year’s sold out performance of Broadway Beat!, Open Arts Alliance returned to collaborate with the DAC once again on a new musical revue, REGARDS TO BROADWAY on Saturday, November 2nd. The fun production featured students in grades 3 through 6 that have been participating in this recent theatre class with Kyle LeMaire and Hale McSharry. 

REGARDS TO BROADWAY starred: Brooke Banner, Elena Cappella, Mari Cardenas, Lauren Erdlen, Reagan Godfrey, Sofia Goebert, Hanna Pierpont, Amelia Schmidt and Henry Zaino.

Photos by Kyle LeMaire.




































Fun at Halloween Family Fest!

posted Nov 1, 2019, 5:20 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 1, 2019, 5:21 AM ]

Children of all ages enjoyed pumpkin painting, crafts, sing alongs, spooky stories and drop-in dance classes at our first-ever Halloween Family Fest on October 26th! 

Find out more about upcoming DAC events and classes for all ages in dance, music, visual arts, theatre and martial arts by checking back here, or signing up for our newsletter.

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