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Winter/Spring Classes & Workshops Available Now

posted Nov 14, 2019, 4:50 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 15, 2019, 2:58 PM ]

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

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.

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.

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.
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.

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, Feb. 26-Mar. 18, $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 Nights Out! Holiday Wreath Making Workshops, Adults, Friday, Dec. 6, 7-9pm or Saturday, Dec. 7, 10am-12pm, $60. A festive wreath-making workshop! Wreaths & materials provided. BYO Wine & refreshments.
Ladies Night Out! Glass Jewelry Making, Adults, Thursday, Feb. 6, 7-9pm, $70. 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!

Telling Stories Together, Toddlers - K, Friday, 9:30-10:15am, Jan. 24-Mar. 12, $200. Connect with your child in a new way and see them grow by acting out stories! This is a jam-packed session full of fun, dressing up & dancing.
Kids in the Cast, Grades K–2, Thursday, 4-5pm, Mar. 26-May 21, $225. This theatre skill building class will be fun for the first-time performer and the child who has done this 10x! Students experience theatre games, improv & acting exercises that help them approach scene work, songs and musical theatre dance.
Elementary Musical One-Act -The Magical Land of Oz, Grades 3-5, Auditions Feb. 8, Rehearsals Feb. 29-April 25, May 2 & 8 Tech rehearsal, May 9 Dress & performance, $385. This first-ever DAC performance opportunity for 3rd-5th graders offers young artists the chance not only to perform, but also to hone their skills as actors. Participation based on an audition scheduled by emailing Maria Pizzarello at maria@darienarts.org.
Middle School Musical One-Act, Grades 6-8, Auditions Feb. 29, Rehearsals March 7, 14, 21 & 28, April 4, 18 & 25, May 1 & 2 Tech rehearsal, May 3, Dress & performance, $385. This is an audition-based program and roles are limited. Participants will be expected to meet deadlines and be proactive members of the cast. To schedule your audition, email Maria Pizzarello at maria@darienarts.org.

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.


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.

We'd love to see you at the DAC!

REGARDS TO BROADWAY Performance on November 2nd

posted Oct 28, 2019, 11:50 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 28, 2019, 11:50 AM ]

After last year’s sold out performance of Broadway Beat!, Open Arts Alliance has returned to collaborate with the DAC once again on a new musical revue. We are so excited for the young and talented performers who are showcasing their abilities in our new Broadway style production!

REGARDS TO BROADWAY takes place on Saturday, November 2nd at 5:30pm in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Bring a friend! 

Tickets are $10 at the door. To reserve tickets, please email DAC Theatre Director, Maria Pizzarello at maria@darienarts.org.

This fun production features students in grades 3 through 6 that have been participating of our recent theatre class with Kyle LeMaire and Hale McSharry. 


Brooke Banner 
Elena Cappella 
Mari Cardenas
Lauren Erdlan 
Reagan Godfrey
Sofia Goebert 
Hanna Pierpont
Amelia Schmidt 
Henry Zaino

Break a leg guys!

The DAC Weatherstone Studio is located at 2 Renshaw Rd, behind the Darien Town Hall.

UNVEILED, Special Performance by East Coast Contemporary Ballet

posted Oct 14, 2019, 7:57 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 27, 2019, 12:38 PM ]

Please join us on November 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio for Unveiled, a special performance by East Coast Contemporary Ballet. 

Be moved by this evening of contemporary dance and live music that consists of entirely original works and six world premiers produced by the groundbreaking non-profit.

With their roots firmly planted in the community and in their devotion to the art of creation and collaboration, East Coast Contemporary Ballet presents ballets that push the physical and artistic boundaries of contemporary dance, seeking to reach a diverse audience through works viewers can relate to. Unveiled’s performances span from a historic icon’s tale to musings on relationships, and from a parlor-style jaunt to a ritualistic gathering, portraying diversity in both dance and music.

Experience ECCB from its beginning—immerse yourself in the arts. 

ECCB strives to fill a void as a continually active and innovative contemporary ballet company. Based in Connecticut but serving the entire East Coast, it has a wider scope than its founders or its artists, borne to be a vehicle through which art will be generated, cultivated, and shared. 

“East Coast Contemporary Ballet, cultivating both art-lovers and artists through the creation of art itself.”

Tickets are $35.


posted Oct 1, 2019, 12:26 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 1, 2019, 12:26 PM ]

We are happy to offer the new Mommy and Me: Music and Movement class for parents or caregivers and their 18-month to 3 year olds! Our very own Danette Meigel is teaching this fun-filled class from 9-9:45am on Wednesdays from October 16 through November 20. The 45 minute class will meet the needs of each child and will include a variety of dancing, instrument exploration, story time, singing and more. Activities are designed specifically to support and enhance social-emotional, physical and cognitive development.

Danette received her Dance Certificate with majors in Modern and Ballet from the Cultural Arts High School on Long Island and continued her dance education at Nassau College. She also danced with Club MTV for many years. 

Join us for a fun morning! Fee for the Mommy and Me; Music and Movement class is $180. 

Special Event: A Night of Improv with RUMPLETEASER

posted Oct 1, 2019, 9:17 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 27, 2019, 12:39 PM ]

A Night of Musical Improv with RUMPLETEASER 
Saturday, November 9 | 8pm 

New York City comedy is coming to the Darien Arts Center for one night only on November 9th. Adults can belly laugh their way through the evening with Rumpleteaser, the hilarious musical improv team formed at New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. UCB Theatre’s founders include Amy Poelher, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, who debuted their sketch comedy series on Comedy Central in 1998 and are credited with popularizing long-form improv in New York. Tickets for the show are $30.

An Evening of Dance

posted Sep 26, 2019, 6:35 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 27, 2019, 9:52 AM ]

We are proud to present a new dance showcase that includes professional and college dance groups at An Evening of Dance on October 19th at 7pm in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. The Sacred Heart University dance program will be performing, as well as East Coast Contemporary Ballet, DAC and Latin Moves companies.

Dance performances will encompass classical ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, and ballroom styles, and approximately 30 dancers will perform in the 60-minute show. Audience members are encouraged to stay for refreshments and a ‘meet and greet’ with dancers following the showcase.

Tickets ($25) are available by emailing bonnie@darienarts.org or by calling (203) 655-8683.

Introduction to Fashion Design for Grades 5-8

posted Sep 17, 2019, 1:35 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 25, 2019, 7:32 AM ]

In this exciting new class, students will be introduced to the art of fashion design. Students will learn about different fabrics and styles with artist and Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, Sooo-z Mastropietro. 

Sewing machines and all materials will be provided. At the end of the semester each student will have several different articles of clothing to take home. 

Thursday | 3:45–5:15pm
Oct. 10 – Dec. 12 | 9 classes 
$320 plus $35 Registration Fee 
No classes on Nov. 28

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