Length: Small Group Guitar 10 Weeks. ( Approx. 3-5 students)
February 12- April 23
Ages- 12- Adult Beginner Guitar or those will some experience. 10:30-11:30 am
Instructor: Castle Farinas
Small Group guitar offers instruction basic guitar chord instruction and strumming and picking techniques. Introductory techniques such as chord progression, basic music theory ,simple strengthening activities will teach the students the fundamental of how to become a better musician and performer.
Castle has been playing the guitar, Ukulele, slide guitar, Acoustic and electric guitar for close to 4 decades. Castle is a native Hawaiian who hails from a family of native musicians who have influenced his passion for music and his love of sharing his experience with his Students. He has studied with Johnny K. Alameida, and Pua Alameida. Castle continues to electrify the Seattle music scene with is passionate and intricate playing style. His dynamic touch on the guitar inspires those around him to study music. He joins West Seattle Performing Arts faculty offering small group guitar lesson every other Sunday
Course: 18 weeks Drop In Special $25 or 18 classes/ $450
Instructor: Christine Juarez
Executive Director of West Seattle Performing Arts, has been directing dance programs for the past 23 years. She has served as the Summer Dance Coordinator directing a national program and teaching for the Preparatory Dance Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts since 1994. She is part of the External Programming team for the college. She has been the acting Director of Dance for Vashon Center for the Arts since 1996 on Vashon Island, WA and the Artistic Director of the Vashon Center for the Arts, a pre-professional dance company, Christine has dedicated two decades bringing the classical and contemporary arts to communities in the Seattle area . She has directed and taught dance to diverse populations for the past 34 years.. Christine has also served on the dance faculty of Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a M.S. from Indiana University in Modern dance and Physical Sciences and a B.S. in Ballet and Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Christine is a Master Artist in Residence for the state of Washington and enjoys collaborative projects annually with classroom teachers integrating academics and movement She has staged numerous full length ballets. Christine is thrilled to introduce her program and stellar faculty to the artists of the community.
Adult Beginner/ Intermediate Ballet is a perfect class for those wishing to learn the fundamentals of classical Ballet or to build on a foundation of classical training already in place. There will be a focus on building strong core and proper alignment to allow the body to work economically and easily within it's structure. Barre work, stretching, center floor exercises and combinations across the floor will be introduced and taught for all types of learners. Jumping exercises will also be taught and options for lower impact jumps will be offered as an alternative. A love of moving, music, and camaraderie will all be embraced in this adult class. Invite a friend to join you.
Attire: leggings, yoga pants, leotard, t-shirs, Ballet slippers, hair back, no jewelry and a good attitude!
Length: 18 weeks 54 classes
Instructor: Christine Juarez
Ballet 6/7 is an advanced technical level. Students who have been dancing at in intermediate level or advanced level for 5 years or more would be eligible for this level. Class will be taught at a high skill level emphasizing barre, center, petite and grand allegro. Multiple turns, beats in petite allegro and longer floor sequences. Strength, flexibility, musicality and emphasis on proper alignment are strongly taught at this level. Artistry at the highest level will be taught. Ballet 6/7 is our most advanced technical level and we welcome dancers studying ballet with a focus on skill, those that may be entertaining a future as a dance major or minor in college a professional career in dance or those that have danced in their lives and desire an advanced level of training.
Students are invited to enroll in Pointe Technique or Men’s Technique. This is strictly a technique class. Students wishing to perform need to register for Rehearsal 6/7 on Saturdays. Those enrolled will have 2-3 dances in our Seasonal Winter Concert. Contemporary Modern 6/7 and Lyrical 6/7 are highly recommended as a performance component to this class.
Teaching philosophy: I have a very strong philosophy of respect in the classroom. Student to teacher, teacher to student ,students to each other, the space and the learning environment. Every student is an individual that learns in a unique way. My job, as a teacher, is to choose the best language and examples to create a stimulating and playful learning environment. I choose to eliminate negative words in the classroom like” No”,” not” or” wrong.” I believe in transparency. I crave an authentic and healthy relationship with both my students and their families.