DAA offering five afterschool classes
by Courtney Warren
Aug 15, 2014 | 2230 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
School is back in session and the Delta Arts Alliance is ready for students with after school classes for all ages.

"We are proud to be delivering four outstanding after-school programs this fall semester, including five offerings through our School of Dance, two classes in partnership with Simplicity of Music, a Future Artists class for sixth-graders & up, as well as our inaugural offering of a Story Tellers program for third through sixth-graders. It is satisfying to look at our programmatic line-up and see varied interests and mediums addressed through dance, music, visual arts and literary arts," said DAA Executive Director Rori Herbison.

"Each discipline offers so much to our creative landscape, and to be able to provide the youth of this area the opportunity, the access to each of these — that's doing our job. That is fulfilling our mission as a non-profit organization that is making a difference.

“Each and every one of our kids that come through those front doors, they have the opportunity to change the world we live in with their voice, their talent and their heart. If the Delta Arts Alliance can play just a small part in a child find their confidence, their courage, their creative outlet, the ability to process the world around them, I'll take that. I will take that every single time," she said.

According to a press release, in the future artist course, Lawson King will work cooperatively with each student to enhance their craftsmanship, by understanding and applying principles of design. Students will explore mediums often used in creating two and three-dimensional art, while gaining a visual awareness and a visual literacy through an introductory focus on art history.

The School of Dance will provide sound, fundamental dance techniques, while also teaching stage presence, choreography and performance delivery.

The Simplicity of Music program focuses on developing a child’s music vocabulary and ability to read music. Those skills are then practically applied to areas of percussion (bongos, rhythm sticks), piano and voice.

Funded through a place-based grant by Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, the program uses central music figures from our state’s deep and rich musical credentials to teach appreciation and understanding of this magical place we call home. In this semester’s learning, students will have the opportunity to collaborate and perform with some of Mississippi’s finest songwriters.

In the story telling program budding storytellers will learn on this 14-week fantastical journey, as they write, create, and storyboard their own tales into a custom chapter book.

Chapter books for transitional readers give children their first opportunity to experience a substantial story, in both length and content, as independent readers. They range over almost all genres and provide tight construction and peppier pacing.

Along the journey, aspiring writers will explore different chapter books and learn about magical realism and fairy tale retellings, while focusing on structure, development and pacing. Students will come together to create a wonderful, illustrated chapter book; working on their very own chapter to complete the project.

Class space is limited and a 15 percent family discount is awarded to multiple children enrolled or multiple class selections.

The discount is taken from class instruction fees, only.

The costume and/or material fees are non-negotiable.

When asked why is the DAA a safe place for young artists in regards to their not being afraid to be creative, Herbison said, "I think that's a two-part answer. There are the obvious preventive measures we take in protecting our building, background checking our instructors and keeping our facility clean, secure and safe. The instructors I'm asking you to trust with your babies are the same instructors I trust with my own daughter. She's been involved in the School of Dance since she was four.

"I think the second part of that question is more in the environment we rely on our instructors to foster and encourage. It's a safe place to explore, to be creative, to make mistakes. It is not a place of judgment or ridicule. It is place where you find your courage in the support of those around you—those who are tight roping out into their creative place for the first time too.

“We applaud, we hug, we boast and we brag on the process, not the product. Our journeys aren't measured collectively. It's a singular journey in a group setting. There are few things in the world that can compare."

Classes begin Monday with the enrollment period to stay open two weeks.

The last day of sign-ups will be Aug. 29. 

Need-based tuition deferment packages are limited, but do exist for each of the classes. 

Interested participants can call 662 843 3344 or 662 588 3342 or email rori@deltaartsalliance.org.