Moncton’s Centre for Arts and Education expands programs

Centre for Arts and Education

The Centre for Arts and Education is now accepting registrations for the fall session of its new Arts After School Program and its returning evening and weekend programs. The Centre is managed by Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada and provides a broad range of opportunities to experience the performing arts.

“Students have the opportunity to learn and to be engaged in a professional, positive and supportive learning environment focused on creative and personal development,” says Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, CEO of Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. “We’ll be building on the success of our first year. We’re also very excited to be offering our new Arts After School Program beginning in September.”

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To register, parents and guardians are urged to contact the Centre as soon as possible by calling 506-383-5951 or emailing centre@atlanticballet.ca. The Centre’s website is www.centarts.com.

The Arts After School Program is open to students 5 to 12 years of age. It is a structured daily program taught by professionals providing instruction in musical theatre, music, acting and dance five days per week from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The program is designed so that students feel both nurtured and challenged. Transportation is available from some schools. Students in the Arts After School Program have the opportunity to participate in full-length productions including A Chrismas Carol in December and a spring production in June.

“We pride ourselves on providing professional instruction in classes for all ages and levels,” Ms. Chalmers-Gauvin says. “Classes are open to boys and girls in our state-of-the-art facilities at Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada in downtown Moncton. As well, we will continue to end each semester with a fully produced musical theatre/dance production.”

The Centre’s spring production of the musical Annie was met with rave reviews from audiences. At the end of the fall semester this year, students will be staging a musical version of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol. “I’m sure our students will put on a spectacular musical theatre production of this iconic play,” Ms. Chalmers-Gauvin said. “We’re greatly looking forward to bringing Ebenezer Scrooge to life this holiday season.”

The Centre for Arts and Education is a performance-based program integrating professional-level training, including Arts After School (Monday through Friday); ballet; musical theatre (voice, dance, drama); stage production; and youth leadership in the arts.

The Centre’s Dance Program includes: ballet (girls and boys); creative movement (ages 3-4); primary ballet (ages 5-12); intermediate ballet (ages 9 and older); advanced ballet (ages 12 and older); and jazz (girls and boys). Adult classes are also available.

Meanwhile, the Youth Leadership in the Arts Program provides students with an opportunity to improve their communication, leadership and team-building skills while learning the value of the arts and the basics of arts management such as marketing, promotions and event planning.

The intermediate (ages 9-17) and senior (ages 14-21) Musical Theatre Programs offer classes in voice/music, acting, and dance for musical theatre.

“Arts play a positive role in the intellectual and emotional development of youth and children,” says Ms. Chalmers-Gauvin. “Our distinctive program encourages diversity by allowing students to embrace their unique talents within our broad range of disciplines. The breadth of our program means that every student has an opportunity to develop, to be engaged and to learn.”

Founded in 2012, the Centre for Arts and Education promotes creativity, artistic expression, self-confidence, teamwork, physical activity, body coordination, self-discipline and cultural awareness. All programs and classes for students are taught by professional artists and educators in their respective discipline. Eligible students may receive subsidies or bursaries.

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