The first day of school is Aug. 1, but school isn’t the only place where classes will be held. Youths also can register for classes at the Averitt Center for the Arts.
Registration for all of the Averitt Center’s youth programs is this every day this week through Friday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This year, the center is offering more than 40 programs in ballet, chorus, theater and the visual arts to help shape children’s creativity and abilities.
One of our most fun and helpful programs is Art After Hours, an after-school program giving children a place to go when school hours end where their parents can have peace of mind. Kids are given snacks and get straight to their homework. When study time is done, children do art-based activities including painting, creative movement, drawing, writing and literature. This unique after-school experience provides students in kindergarten through eighth grade with a safe and fun way to spend their afternoons.
During the past year, the Statesboro Youth Ballet has flourished. This year, there will be 20 dance classes available spanning creative movement for students as young as 3 to advanced classes in ballet and pointe and even adding adult ballet and tap lessons. Students will have the opportunity to perform with professional dancers during the annual “Nutcracker Ballet” and from the Neos Dance Theatre. The program has also added a Mommy & Me class for parents and their 2- and 3-year-olds. Both new and returning students must register in person at the Averitt Center.
The Statesboro Youth Chorale provides the Averritt Center with a music performance and education program for elementary through high school students. Running five choirs, director Sarah Hancock focuses on the musical skills and understanding of her students and says, “We sing, we play, we perform, we travel and we make enduring friendships.”
The Statesboro Youth Theater, directed by Mical Whitaker, is offering two year-round theater programs beginning this fall. These programs are designed by age group and will teach children the skills and awareness they need to be successful on stage. Whitaker enjoys “observing the creativity, speed and sharpness of young actors” and through these programs he will shape his students’ natural talents. The SYT will hold two performances this year, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” in December and “The Velveteen Rabbit” in May.
The Statesboro Youth Visual Arts is offering more than 10 programs this year with everything from beginning drawing to wheel-throwing classes. These classes allow kids to get their hands dirty and their creativity pumping as they begin to build their confidence through arts classes. This year, director Kim Riner will also offer adult clay classes.
For more information about registering your child, call Tony Phillips at (912) 212-2787 or go to www.averittcenterforthearts.org.