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Tiny Treasures in Clay

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Tiny Treasures in Clay
Ages: 8-13
Mon-Fri, Aug 8-12 |10 am-2 pm
Tuition: $275 Member | $295 General (includes $35 for materials)
Instructor: Alisara Martin
Location: Blue Heron Gallery and Backyard

Use your imagination to make mini ceramic treasures like embellishments, beads, and pocket-sized sculptures. Learn the basics of working with ceramics on a small scale and use tiny tools to add texture and details to your art. We will use low-fire clay, colored pigments, and screen-printed glaze applications. Jewelry making supplies are provided. A great camp for making art for yourself, and gifts to share with friends and family!

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Musical Theatre: Little Mermaid – FULL (Join Waitlist)

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Musical Theatre: Little Mermaid - FULL
Ages: 8-16
Mon-Fri, Aug 1-12 | 10 am-2 pm
Performance in Kay White Hall: Fri, Aug 12 | 7 pm
Tuition: $495 Member | $525 General (includes $45 materials fee)
Instructors: Elise Ericksen, Marita Ericksen
Location: Kay White Stage

Dive into two weeks of musical theatre as you journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

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Faces and Expressions Drawing Camp

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Faces and Expressions Drawing Camp
Ages: 8-13
Mon-Fri, Aug 15-19 | 10 am-2 pm
Tuition: $260 Member | $280 General (includes $20 materials fee)
Instructor: Alisara Martin
Location: Blue Heron Gallery and Backyard

Bring your characters to life by learning how to draw faces with emotion. Explore how a face moves and how small details in your work can change the emotion of a face. Draw people and animals with proportionate facial features and interesting expressions and learn how to tell a story through art. Practice the basic placement of the parts of a face and how they change as we express joy, surprise, curiosity, and more. Use pencils, graphite sticks, chalk pastel, charcoal, pens, inks and markers. Learn tools and tricks like tracing, drawing a reflection, and drawing on top of a photograph to make drawing feel easier. This camp is for everyone, regardless of experience level with drawing.

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Intermediate Modern and Choreography 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Intermediate Modern and Choreography 
Mondays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $70 Member | $80 General  
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $150 Member | $160 General  
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Downstairs Studio 

Miss Vanesa teaches students the movements that are the foundation for classical modern dance and helps students develop their creative voice.  Contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and the concepts of Modern dance (space, time and force) are the building blocks of Modern dance and are taught in a manner that is encouraging and fun.   

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Ballet V-VII – Mondays

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ballet V-VII 
Mondays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $70 Member | $80 General 
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $150 Member | $160 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Students at this level are trained in intermediate to advanced pointe work, partnering, controlled adage, adept petit allegro, as well as advanced combinations, turns, and jumps.  

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Advanced Modern 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Advanced Modern 
Mondays, 5:30-7 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $70 Member | $80 General 
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $100 Member | $110 General 
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $150 Member | $160 General  
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Modern dance is important training for all dancers. Miss Vanesa’s experience teaching and choreographing this style of dance is extensive, and her classes are fun and energetic. At this level, Graham, Cunningham, Limon and other modern disciplines are covered. 

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Advanced Jazz 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Advanced Jazz 
Mondays, 7:00-8:15 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $60 Member | $70 General  
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $80 Member | $90 General 
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $120 Member | $140 General  
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Miss Vanesa gives a fabulous class for advanced dancers in our treasured American dance genre that includes a warm-up, stretching, across the floor combinations and fun choreography that builds every week.  

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Ballet III 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ballet III 
Ages: 8-11 
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 5-July 26, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 2-Aug 23, $100 Member | $110 General 
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Barre is followed by center work where steps are strung together in combinations.  Technique and terminology are infused with fun ballet history, and students will practice dancing together as a group. 

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Ballet IV 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ballet IV 
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm 
Session 1:  July 5-July 26, $100 Member | $110 General  
Session 2:  Aug 2-Aug 23, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Ballet IV combines elements of pre-pointe and beginning pointe work, as well as intermediate combinations, stretches, turns, and jumps.  

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Swing Dance Summer Series

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Swing Dance Summer Series
Teens and Adults
Tuesdays, August 16- September 6 | 7:00-8:30 pm
Tuition: $165 General | $150 Member
Instructor: Jo Hoffberg
Location: Kay White Hall Atrium

In this series, we will dance our way through time, becoming comfortable with two iconic dance styles from the 1920s to the 1940s: Charleston and Swing. These two energetic dances have both solo and partner components. We will learn how to dance comfortably to uptempo music so that you can hit the floor with confidence. Classes will be progressive and each week we'll add to the challenges and to the fun!

Some additional notes about class:

- As dance is a language, and it's important to learn how to both speak and listen. For that reason, everyone will lead and everyone will follow at some point during the series.
- All are welcome! Partners are not required, and we will rotate partners during class. As COVID-19 is still a concern, if you and a partner wish to remain together, we respect and support it.
- Dress comfortably, and be prepared to move a lot and get your steps in for the day - and maybe for the next day too!

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Authentic Jazz with Jo Hoffberg

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Authentic Jazz with Jo Hoffberg
Ages 11+
Wednesdays, Aug 17-24| 2:15-3:45 pm
Tuition: $50 General | $45 Member
Instructor: Jo Hoffberg
Location: Upstairs Studio

Jazz dance to jazz music! Authentic Jazz is also referred to as “vernacular jazz” and includes the Cakewalk, Charleston, Black Bottom, and Lindy Hop. Yes, Jazz existed before the Bob Fosse and Jack Cole. It was all-the-rage in 1920’s Harlem, and is an important part of American dance history.

The class will cover: The history and culture of jazz, classic jazz routines, and improvisation.

Previous dance experience required.

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Advanced Contemporary 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Advanced Contemporary 
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 6-July 27, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 3-Aug 24, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: Madeline Morser 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Advanced Contemporary includes a full body warm up with combos standing, upside-down, and on the ground followed by phrase work and some feel-good across the floor progressions. Let’s have a blast with our favorite music while taking apart and getting into the nitty-gritty details of timing, floor-work, inversions, and a powerful grounded center. We will also begin building a group piece in class. This is an advanced class open to level V dancers and above.

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Advanced Lyrical 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Advanced Lyrical 
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm 
Session 1:  July 6-July 27, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 3-Aug 24, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: Madeline Morser 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Hone your fluidity, expression, and grace in Advanced Lyrical! Lyrical dance is most often defined as a combination of ballet and jazz techniques, with emphasis on graceful, fluid motions that often mirror the lyrics or theme of the music. Class will start with a center warm up including both standing exercises and daily workshops for jumps, turns, and falls to be used in phrase-work. We will use the second half of class for traveling progressions as well as longer phrases/group dances. This class is an advanced level open to level V dancers and above.  

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Ballet V-VII – Thursdays

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ballet V-VII - Thursdays
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am 
Session 1:  July 7-July 28, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 4-Aug 25, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Students at this level are trained in intermediate to advanced pointe work, partnering, controlled adage, adept petit allegro, as well as advanced combinations, turns, and jumps.  

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Crown & Canopy Nature Building Camp

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Crown & Canopy Nature Building Camp
Ages: 8-12
Mon-Fri, Aug 22-26 | 10 am-2 pm
Tuition: $255 Member | $275 General (includes $15 materials fee)
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Blue Heron Gallery and Backyard

Bring your imagination to life as you construct small worlds out of natural materials. Make fantastic crowns. Build mini-tree houses, forts, and fairy houses complete with ladders, swings, hammocks and staircases. What will you create?

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Late Start Arts: Ecosystem Art

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Late Start Arts: Ecosystem Art
Grades: K-2
Fridays, Sept 2-Jan 20 | 9-10:30 am (skip holidays and school breaks)
Tuition: $380 General | $350 Member (includes $75 materials/snack fee)
Instructor: Sara Bennett
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Students will create projects that inspire them to consider their uniqueness as individuals, and slowly broaden their scope to consider their part in larger spectrums... family, homes, community, Vashon Island, and our amazing ecosystem. Expect to decorate body tracings, assemble self-portraits, "grow" family trees, build miniature houses, create representations of Vashon businesses and landmarks, construct a ferry project, paint a wall hanging of our beloved Vashon-Maury Island, create mosaics from fir and cedar cones, design monograms from seashells and sand, make driftwood mobiles, paint beach rocks, and play with different mediums to represent the likeness of orcas, jellyfish, starfish, owls, raccoons.

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Vashon Opera | Ariadne auf Naxos

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

A RECIPE FOR DELIGHT, OR DISASTER? TURNS LEMONS INTO LIMONCELLO IN JUST 2 ACTS! Ariadne auf Naxos will mark Vashon Opera’s first foray into the repertoire of Richard Strauss with this […]

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Late Start Dance 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Late Start Dance 
Grades: 3-5 
Fridays: Sept 2-Jan 20 (skip holidays and school breaks) | 9:00-10:30 am 
Tuition per session: $350 General | $320 Member (includes $45 materials/snack fee) 
Instructor: Elise Ericksen 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Join us on Late-Start Fridays in an exploration of dance in its many forms. Each month will focus on a new genre of dance, including its history and specific movement qualities.  We will study ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern and will also get to learn some trendy dances too!  No previous dance experience necessary. 

Shawn Mullins

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

VCA and Debra Heesch presents Shawn Mullins Shawn Mullins is the prolific and talented singer-songwriter who penned multiple hits, including Grammy-nominated "Lullaby" and "Beautiful Wreck" (from his 1998 album, Soul's Core). […]

Family Clay Lab – FULL

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Family Clay Lab - WAITLIST
Ages: All ages welcome (kids under 10 must register with an adult) 
Saturday, Sept 10 | 3-5 pm 
Tuition: $45 General | $40 Member (includes $5 materials fee)  
Instructor: Laurie Thorpe 
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Join us for an afternoon of family fun and create a terra cotta sun to brighten your walls. All ages welcome – kids 10 and under should sign up with someone older.