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Arts Notes: May 18, 2014

Instructors for TrilliumPalooza are Chally Erb (from left), who handles sets and costumes; Beth White, movement; and Blair Hicks, music. Photo by JOSIE MARTIN.
Banjoists Abigail Washburn (left) and Béla Fleck will perform May 23 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg. Photo by LYNNE HARTY.

Ballet classes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A four-week Summer Dance Intensive will be held by the American Academy Ballet, Official School of the Charleston Ballet, June 2-27. Classes will be held throughout the day for students of all ages.

A creative movement class plus a special ballet activity program for 4- and 5-year-olds, adult beginning ballet, Pilates, zumba, jazz and musical theater, modern, Irish dancing and ballet classes for 6-year-olds through professional levels will be offered.

Guest and staff instructors include Tara Jeanne Vallee, a jazz and musical theater teacher from New York City; well-known Charleston Ballet guest artist Zoltan Boros; Beckley Dance Theatre artistic director Jerry Rose; modern dancer and teacher Carli Mareneck, of Trillium Collective in Lewisburg; Irish dance teacher Chantel McCormick, and Charleston Ballet artistic director Kim Pauley.

A ballet circuit training session and additional seminars, classes and related activities are also part of this program.

For more information, schedule of classes and pricing, visit and link to the American Academy Ballet. You may also call the office at 304-342-6541 or email

Clay Center camps

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Children of all ages can explore filmmaking, space, music and more with the Clay Center’s Summer Discovery Camps. The schedule includes:

Mission Mars Space Camp: Design a rocket for a journey to Mars where you will have to land, survive and face obstacles as you venture back to planet Earth. June 24-27 10 a.m. to noon, grades 1-4, $65 for members and $80 for nonmembers, registration deadline June 17.

Experience Engineering: Explore the branches of engineering using household materials, Legos and your imagination. July 8-11, 10 a.m. to noon, grades 2-6, $65 for members and $80 for nonmembers, registration deadline July 1.

Sci-Fi Film Camp: Go behind the scenes of the silver screen to write, produce and direct a science-fiction film. July 14-18, 9 to 11:30 a.m., grades 2-5, $85 for members and $100 for nonmembers, registration deadline July 7.

Virtual Stories: Tell your story with the latest technology in this all-new film-production camp. July 14-18, 1 to 3:30 p.m., grades 6-8, $85 for members and $100 for nonmembers, registration deadline July 7.

Kids Can Act: With instructor Michael Murdock, kids explore acting and get to write, produce and perform their own scenes. July 21-25, 1 to 4 p.m., grades 3-7, $85 for members and $100 for nonmembers, registration deadline July 15.

Science of Superpowers: Get your spidey-sense tingling as you reveal the science behind true superpowers and the gadgets that help superheroes beat the bad guys. July 22-25, 9 to 11 a.m., grades 2-6, $65 for members and $80 for nonmembers, registration deadline July 15.

Making Music: Investigate world musical instruments and take part in a performance at the end of the week with songs written by you. July 29-Aug. 1, 9 to 11 a.m. for grades K-2, 1 to 3 p.m. for grades 3-5, $65 for members and $80 for nonmembers, registration deadline July 22.

Home School Science Camp: Kick off the school year with a week of rockin’ science exploration! Aug. 12-15, 10 a.m. to noon, grades 1-5, $65 for members and $80 for nonmembers, registration deadline Aug. 5.

Pre-registration for each camp is required; space is limited. Grades for children indicate the grade they will be entering in the fall. Call 304-561-3570 or visit to register.


LEWISBURG, W.Va. — The Trillium Performing Arts camp TrilliumPalooza will take place June 16-20 at the Greenbrier Episcopal School in Lewisburg. Campers will complete a Mad Libs-style script, create original movements and music and one-of-a-kind set and costumes.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for five days and will end with a performance put on by the campers for family and friends.

Registration is open for children ages 7-14. The camp costs $200 for the week and this year offers an early-bird special price of $180 until June 2. Scholarships are available.

To register or apply for a scholarship, contact Josie Martin at 304-645-3003 or, or visit the Trillium office at 113 N. Court St., Lewisburg.

Banjo performance

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — World-renowned banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg at 7:30 p.m. May 23.

Fleck, winner of 15 Grammy Awards, has collaborated with Chick Corea, Oumou Sangare, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Dave Mathews, Earl Scruggs and the entire Cleveland Orchestra for his banjo concert “The Impostor.”

An alumnus of Uncle Earl, the powerhouse all-female string band, Washburn’s adopted second homeland is China, and her music resounds with echoes of Appalachia and the tidal wave of emerging Chinese cultural influence.

Tickets range in price from $35 to $45. Call the hall at 304-645-7917 for more information or visit to purchase tickets.

Arts academy

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts is accepting registrations for summer camps, classes and private lessons in art, music and theater. Classes and lessons begin the week of June 2.

For schedules, dates, registration forms, prices and instructor information, visit or call academy director Leigh Anne Bolyard at 304-333-3655.

Seeking ensembles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra has several spots available for musical groups to volunteer to perform in the Artisan Tent at Bayer Symphony Sunday on June 1.

The Artisan Tent contains arts and crafts vendors and tables for sit-down dining on the lawn of the University of Charleston.

The stage area is 16 by 16 feet with electrical power available and a small sound system provided.

Groups interested may contact Betty King, vice president of education and operations, at or 304-561-3531. For more on the event, visit

Spring Bling benefit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Teays Valley Craft & Vendor Spring Bling fundraiser, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of West Virginia, will take place May 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4216 W.Va. Route 34, Teays Valley, across from Liberty Square.

The event includes shopping, music, concessions, raffles and more. Admission is $1 and all raffle fees will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


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