Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Drama and Dance Workshop for Kindergarten Kids and up.

Sonoma State University's
Center for Performing Arts
Press Release

Drama and Dance Workshop For Children
Offered At Sonoma State University

ROHNERT PARK -- Children from 4 to 10 years-old will have the opportunity to participate in a five week Theatre or Dance Workshop for Children at Sonoma State University designed to have them experimenting in storytelling, improvisation, movement and dance. This is the 30th year of this wonderful program for children. Under the guidance of Theatre Professor Judy Navas and Dance Professor Nancy Lyons, youngsters will be taught by Sonoma State University theatre and dance majors.

The cost for the five week class is $10. If a second child in the family participates in the workshop, the cost is $5 for that child, or $15 for both of them. If a child takes both the dance and drama class, the fee is $15. If a second child in the family does the same thing, the cost for the two children is $20.

The theatre classes will be broken down into two sessions. Classes begin on Thursday, April 23, and meet for consecutive Thursdays through May 21. Youngsters ages 5 and 6 will meet from 4:15 to 4:45pm. The older group, ages 7 to 10, will meet from 5:00 to 5:45pm.

The dance classes will also be broken down into two sessions. Classes begin on Wednesday, April 22, and meet on consecutive Wednesdays through May 20. Youngsters ages 4 and 5 will meet from 4:15 to 4:45pm. The older group, ages 6 to 9, will meet from 5:00pm to 5:45pm.

All the classes are held in Ives Hall at Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Avenue in Rohnert Park, CA.

Dance for Children, according to Lyons, is a creative rhythmic movement class with live music. Children are encouraged to jump, gallop, twirl and dance with each other in a large open dance studio. The accompanying musician will play piano and percussion instruments, giving the children a vibrant experience of live music and dance. Children that participate need not have prior dance background. The Dance Workshop will be held in room 80 in Ives Hall. Dress for the class is casual.

The purpose of the Theatre for Children class is to have fun, says Navas, but to also introduce youngsters to the art of storytelling, the creativity of improvisation, the enjoyment of puppets and artistry of masks. The instructors have established an environment where all the young students will be free to express themselves in a caring and nurturing way. The Theatre Workshop will be held in room 76 in Ives Hall.

Parents are encouraged to participate in the last class with their children, viewing their performance and progress.

To register your children for the classes, contact the Center For Performing Arts at 707-664-2235. Class enrollment is limited, so don't delay. Checks can be made payable to Sonoma State University, care of Theatre Arts, 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928.

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