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Classical Music & Opera
Finding joy in music
Adults and Youth 16+
Join us for four 2-hour classes led by a skilled instructor with vast experience in a life-long exploration of how to find ever more excitement in classical music, seeking the utmost experience from music, both familiar and new. Guaranteed fun for everyone no matter how new or familiar with classical music.
In an air-conditioned home theater with state-of-the-art sound and video, we will experience samples of what can be thrilling, powerful, hilarious, sad and/or beautiful in music, both vocal and instrumental. We will explore, and learn from, differences in how each of us experiences music. We watch and listen to outstanding performances, seeking always to understand what makes them so moving. The goal is to expand our ways of experiencing what can make music and musical theater so nourishing and fun. Please bring an eagerness to experience new sources of joy, an openness to how others experience, and a willingness to agree to disagree about strongly held opinions.
Instructor: Rod Parke has 25 years reviewing classical and opera, 6 years teaching English and 2 years teaching a course on how to listen to music (Experimental College of the U of W). Contact Rod: firstname.lastname@example.org. Min 1; Max 12.
Dates: Wed, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7
10am - Noon
Location: A private home theater in Langley, location TBA. Location has 15 steps to be negotiated.
Adults, older youth by permission
Come study with professional artist, illustrator, and field-journal-keeper, Susan Zwinger. Do you love plants and wildlife, and long to do simple, but elegant line drawings in your journals, garden book, or class projects? This drawing method, Ippon Sen, teaches everyone to draw. Even “non-drawers”. In a few weeks you will be executing lovely and informative nature illustrations.
Supply list: pencil, charcoal or conte or chalk; newsprint or “throw away” paper, nice drawing tablet or or journal, good black pen (roller-ball).
Instructor: Susan Zwinger’s natural history essays have been collected in anthologies and published in journals. Her first book received the Governor’s Author’s Award. She is known for her ability to teach workshops in natural history, writing, art and illustrated journaling. She has been hired by The Nature Conservancy, Audubon, National Park Institutes, and the Smithsonian, to combine the skills of art and writing into the science of natural history. Contact: email@example.com. Min 7; Max 22
Dates: Thu, Oct 2–Nov 20
Location: Park District Building, 5475 Maxwelton Rd, Room 111, Langley. We also will work outside some.
*Additional $4 materials fee for joint art supplies paid to instructor at first class.
Belly Dance Basics
(Adults and Youth 16+)
Please join instructor Gwendolyn as we explore the beautiful and graceful movements of belly dancing in a fun, social environment. Our main focus is to teach basic belly dance movements and foundations, through
gentle repetition, and will also include an introduction of basic belly dance
rhythms and props. Students will learn a general history of the dance
as it travels from its roots in the Middle East to its current resurgence in
the West. Each class will consist of a gentle warm-up, review of proper
dance posture, break down of basic movements and cool-down. This
class is for those with little or no previous belly dance experience or those
looking for a fun, new way to add a little exercise to their life. Please wear
comfortable loose clothing you can move around in. Min 5 / Max 15.
Instructor Gwen Sipes has 10+ years experience belly dancing -
practicing, performing and taking lessons and workshops from a wide
variety of well known and respected teachers from around the world.
Gwendolyn has performed throughout the West Coast with live musicians
and DJs at concerts, festivals, restaurants, competitions and haflas (belly
dance recitals). As a belly dance teacher she has continued on to share
her passion for belly dance, providing beginner’s classes for adults and
Belly Dance Basics Level I:
Dates: Tue, Oct 21 - Nov 25
Time: 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Location: SWPRD Rec
Center Room 125
Contact: Gwen Sipes: firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 430-5282