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Register Now for Fall Dance & Martial Arts Classes

posted Aug 13, 2019, 2:36 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Aug 14, 2019, 5:32 AM ]
Our Dance Program offers a wide variety of classes for all ages and skill levels. Classes begin September 3rd; it is strongly suggested not to wait to register as classes fill quickly. 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. 

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. Following are many of the performance opportunities for DAC dance students.


Scenes from the Nutcracker (December) This one hour DAC tradition is comprised of excerpts from
this classic ballet. It is a wonderful introduction to seeing live ballet and also features an original
narration that brings the story to life. 
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 Recital (May) The DAC's littlest ballerinas take the stage in this production designed
just for them. This recital demonstrates their new found abilities and puts them front and center for
being the stars that they are. 
Senior Spring Recital (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”, accurately 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.



THE DAC Martial Arts Program offers classes that are divided by age and designed to hone fine motor skills and improve focus. Enhanced awareness and proper behavior through respect are achieved, all while having fun. The practice of martial arts contributes to better self-discipline while learning self-defense. DAC Martial Arts students also have the opportunity to participate in the Spring Martial Arts Tournament, a day of friendly competition with other Fairfield County Martial Arts Schools.

“DAC Martial Arts is a fantastic program that builds strength, flexibility, and character. We take advantage of the classes for both kids and adults, and really enjoy the camaraderie of the students and staff.” (Tessa) 

“It’s not just for kids! I began studying 10 years ago at the age of 45, now I’m a 2nd degree black belt. Martial Arts at the DAC will help you get stronger, feel accomplished, and might just save your life. Get out of your comfort zone and join us.” (Victoria)

Martial Arts Director & instructor, Bonnie Gombos and husband Sensei James Gombos, have achieved the rank of 5th degree black belt (Master) in Shaolin Kempo Karate. 


MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES:

BEGINNER MARTIAL ARTS 
White-Blue | Monday | 4:00-4:45pm
Sept 9 - Jan 13 | 17 classes
These classes are divided by age and are designed to refine motor and organizational skills, teach self-defense and awareness, improve self discipline and teach proper behavior through respect and self-control while having fun.

LITTLE DRAGONS
Ages 3–5 | Tuesday | 9:45-10:30am
Sept 3 - Jan 14 | 17 classes
This is Martial Arts for the pre-schooler. This class will include basic technique and tumbling. While working on discipline and proper behaviour in a fun calm atmosphere.

BEG/INT MARTIAL ARTS
White-Blue | Tuesday |5:30-6:30pm
Sept 3 - Jan 14 | 17 classes
These classes are divided by age and rank and are designed to refine motor and organizational skills, teach self-defense and awareness, improve self discipline and teach proper behavior through respect and self-control while having fun.

ADVANCED MARTIAL ARTS
Blue & Up | Tuesday | 6:30-7:30pm
Sept 3 - Jan 14 | 17 classes
Advancing students will concentrate on technique, material and performance while exploring the philosophy of the art.

OPEN MARTIAL ARTS
Ages 8 & Up | Thursday | 6:15-7:15pm
Sept 5 - Jan 16 | 17 classes
Open Martial Arts for ages 8 and up.

ADULT MARTIAL ARTS
Tuesday | 10:45 -11:45am
Thursday | 7:15 - 8:15pm
Sept 3 - Jan 16
A great workout while learning many self-defense theories and skills. This class will improve coordination, stamina and self-awareness. 

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