Contra Dance Becomes Signature Program at The Community Center
The Community Center of Abingdon has added a new signature program for 2017: Contra Dance! Dances will be held twice a month on the second and fourth Saturday in the new year. Times will alternate between afternoon dances from 3-6pm and evening dances from 6-9pm to accommodate all schedules. A live caller and band will be on hand for added fun. All ages and levels are welcome.
January dances will be held on Saturday, January 14th from 3-6pm with Caller Clinton Ross and musicians Lee Bidgood and Joseph Sobel and January 28th from 6-9pm, caller and musicians to be announced. Admission is $7 and full-time students are $5.
Add to the fun with lessons and country dance waltzing an hour before each dance with Ashby Dickerson. A lesson for beginner contra dancers will be held in the first 30 minutes of each event. Snacks will be available for purchase. Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Come to dance or just to listen and watch. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. This dance is smoke and alcohol free.
“When we hosted our first dance in December, we saw all ages and walks of life join hands and dance together at The Community Center. It was really a joyous experience, even if you were just watching! It turns out, if you can walk, you can contra. Our vision for The Community Center is to help bring people together. Contra Dance helps us achieve that goal and is precisely why we are making it our Signature program. We are committed to bridging generational gaps and serving as a resource to Abingdon, Washington County and beyond, said Christine Webb, marketing director.
Webb also reaffirmed that The Community Center is committed to its charitable flagship program, Meals on Wheels, and has plans for expansion for it in the new year thanks to an outpouring of community support in 2016.
For further information call The Community Center of Abingdon at 276-628-3911.
Spring Expo at the McKinney Center
Do you have a child that is interested in art, music, dance, drama, or writing? Are you interested an art form and don’t know where to begin? Join the McKinney Center and Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts on January 14, 10am – 2pm for their annual Spring Expo.
“The Expo is a way parents and students can learn more about our classes,” states McKinney Center Director, Theresa Hammons, “Each faculty member will be set up at his or her table in the auditorium with information about the classes they will be teaching in the spring and some of the instructors will even be doing demonstrations. It is a great way for potential students to learn more about the classes they are interested in, get to know the instructors, and test the waters. We hope that by coming to the Expo that will meet our staff, tour the building, and feel at home here at the McKinney.”
January 21st, is the last day to register for spring classes but registering as early as possible is highly encouraged as classes are filling up quickly. “We pride ourselves on having small classes so that each student gets adequate attention. Over the past year we have seen a huge increase in enrollment. It is great problem to have, but some of our classes are already full. It is important that people register now,” states Hammons. Records show that since the fall of 2014, the student enrollment has increased by 170% and that Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts has provided arts education to approximately 700 individuals over the past two years.
New to this season’s selections are: Kids N Clay (Grades 1 – 3), Young Potters (Grades 4 – 6), Hand-Building with Clay(Adult), Functional Pottery 101 (Adult), Beginner Ballet (Several classes for ages 3 – 12), Baton Twirling (Grades K – Adult), and Beginning Jazz (Several classes for ages 5 – 12).
Several popular classes are returning during the spring semester including: Art Adventures (Grades K-2), Creative Construction (Grades 3 – 6), Homeschool Art-Time (Grades K- 5), The Potter’s Wheel Series (Grades 7 – Adult), Studio Art (Grades 9 – Adult), Watercolors (Adult), Charcoal Portraits Grades 9 – Adult), Adventures in Drawing (Grades 9 – Adult), Exploring Printmaking (Grades 9 – Adult), After School Drama Class (K – 5), Creative Circle Writers Group(Ages 15 – Adult), Bucket Drums (Grades 5 – Adult), and Hip Hop (Grades K – Adult).
This spring promises to be an exciting, artful adventure at the McKinney Center. Most classes begin the week of January 30. Registration may be completed at the McKinney Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by mailing the registration form to The McKinney Center at 103 Franklin Avenue, Jonesborough, TN 37659.
The Spring Expo will be held at the McKinney Center on Saturday, January 14, 10am – 2pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Find a complete catalog of classes at: www.jonesboroughtn.org/images/2017_Spring_Class_CatalogRV_9_003.pdf
For more information, contact McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons at 423-753-0562 or email email@example.com.
Civic Chorale to hold auditions
The Civic Chorale, the region’s leading independent auditioned choir, will hold auditions for new members at 7:30 PM on Thursday, January 12 in the choir room of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, at the corner of Roan and Market Streets in Johnson City, where the group rehearses. Additional audition dates are available by appointment. The choir rehearses Thursday nights from 7:30-9:30 PM, and the first rehearsal for the spring season is Thursday, January 19. There will be two concerts in the spring: March 11 and May 6, both at 7:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City.
Ideal candidates are singers with good sight reading skills who love choral music. Interested singers should contact the conductor, Rod Caldwell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 570-837-9792 to schedule an audition. Auditions are private and short (about 10-15 minutes), and involve singing a familiar piece and musical skill assessment. Specific auditions requirements are available on the chorale’s website www.thecivicchorale.org under the “join us” tab.