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Adult Beginning Tap 

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

Adult Beginning Tap 
Ages: 13+ 
Wednesdays, Sept 14-Oct 26 | 6:30-7:30 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $130 General | $120 Member  
Tuition for Session 2: $160 General | $150 Member 
Instructor: Miles Wingett 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

If you have always wanted to try Tap Dance or if you are dusting off your Tap shoes, this is the class for you.  We’ll cover ball-changes, shuffles, flaps, cramp rolls, the tap Shim Sham, riffs and so much more.  Tap shoes required, and no experience needed.  

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Intermediate Tap

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

Intermediate Tap* 
Wednesday, Sept 14-Jan 18 (skip Nov 23, Dec 21 & 28) | 6:30-7:30 pm 
Tuition: $290 General | $270 Member 
Instructor: Miles Wingett 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

Building on the fundamentals of tap, students will work on their rhythm hoofing, time stepping, improvisational skills, and more! Must have tap experience and tap shoes. *Instructor permission required. 

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Advanced Contemporary

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

Advanced Contemporary* 
Level: 5-7 
Wednesdays, Sept 14-Jan 18 (skip Nov 23, Dec 21 & 28) | 7:15-8:45 pm 
Tuition: $500 General | $460 Member 
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 knitty-gritty details of timing, floor-work, inversions, and a powerful grounded center. This is an advanced class open to level 5 dancers and above. Class time will be spent on learning and rehearsing a class piece for our annual Original Works Show March 17-19 (performance fee included in tuition).  *Instructor permission required. 

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Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary & Lyrical – FULL

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

Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary & Lyrical - WAITLIST
Ages: 8+
Thursdays, Sept 15-Jan 19 (skip Nov 24, Dec 22 & 29) | 5:45-6:45 pm 
Tuition: $350 General | $320 Member 
Instructor: Madeline Morser 
Location: Downstairs Studio

A combination class of Contemporary and Lyrical techniques and phrase-work, this intermediate level will introduce and train level 3-4 students in Lyrical timing and expression, floor-work, and Contemporary movement. Following a center warm up focused on building upper body strength, floor fluidity, and parallel alignment, we will continue with across the floor phrases in both styles. The final portion of class will be dedicated to building longer Lyrical and Contemporary phrases to be practiced and honed in preparation for spring performance opportunities. Class time will be spent on learning and rehearsing a class piece for our annual Original Works Show March 17-19 (performance fee included in tuition). 

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Adult Intermediate Ballet (Thursdays) 

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

Adult Intermediate Ballet (Thursdays) 
Ages: 13+ 
Session 1: Thursdays, Sept 15-Oct 27 | 5:45-6:45 pm 
Session 2: Thursdays, Nov 3-Jan 19 (skip Nov 24, Dec 1, 22 & 29) | 5:45-6:45 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $130 General | $120 Member  
Tuition for Session 2: $160 General | $150 Member 
Instructor: Kathleen Bonner 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

One of our two weekly Intermediate adult ballet classes taught by island dancer/teacher/choreographer Kathleen Bonner. Class focus is technique, choreography, and fun. Ballet experience recommended. 

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Adult Contemporary 

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

Adult Contemporary 
Ages: 13+ 
Session 1: Thursdays, Sept 15-Oct 27 | 6:45-7:45 pm 
Session 2: Thursdays, Nov 3-Jan 19 (skip Nov 24, Dec 22 & 29) | 6:45-7:45 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $130 General | $120 Member  
Tuition for Session 2: $160 General | $150 Member 
Instructor: Madeline Morser 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

Having trained and performed on both coasts, Madeline’s unique style of Contemporary Dance incorporates the powerful and striking lines of Classical Modern, mixed with the intricate timing, inversions and floor work of present-day Contemporary Dance along the West Coast.  Class will begin with a full-body warm-up in center, including proprioceptive challenges, floor work, and timing exercises built into expressive, feel-good movement and music.  Across the floor progressions will follow center work, culminating in the building of longer phrases to be practiced and expanded upon throughout the session.  Dance experience recommended. 

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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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Adult Belly Dance 

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

Adult Belly Dance 
Ages 17+ 
Session 1: Fridays, Sept 16-Oct 28 | 2:00-3:00 pm 
Session 2: Fridays, Nov 4-Jan 20 (skip Nov 11, 25, Dec 23 & 30) | 2:00-3:00 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $130 General | $120 Member  
Tuition for Session 2: $145 General | $135 Member 
Instructor: Maya Krah 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

This course incorporates basic Belly Dance isolation techniques with Flamenco, Cabaret, and Raqs Sharki classical stylings. You'll learn several short phrases of movement comprising our "dance language" and be able to take those dance phrases to build your own solo by the end of the semester!  Mainstream Belly Dance is divided into two broad categories of dancers: with and without hand cymbals (zills). We are no zills, all frills in this class!  

Joseph Keckler

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Joseph Keckler is a singer, writer and multimedia creator who performs both absurdist operatic monologues and eerie, emotive ballads, often zeroing in on moments of daily life and spinning them […]

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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. 

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Vashon Island Chorale

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

This Christmas, the Vashon Island Chorale celebrates the 150th birthday of the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. His "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" has been a favorite for over a century, […]

James Hyde – Underwater Oddities

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Dive into Vashon's underwater world without having to hold your breath! Underwater photographer James Hyde will share and discuss a selection of his favorite subaquatic stills and videos.   Bianca […]

Patterson Hood

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Debra Heesch and VCA are thrilled to welcome Patterson Hood back to Kay White Hall. Patterson Hood is a prolific writer and performer whose character-driven stories are packed with political […]

MarchFourth into 2023!

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Vashon Center for the Arts is excited to announce a New Years Eve extravaganza featuring MarchFourth! This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats are a joy-inducing colorful explosion of brassy […]

Vashon Repertory Theater: Simply Sondheim

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

An Evening of Musical Delight! There’s nothing simple about Stephen Sondheim’s plays and that’s their appeal. Part of Sondheim’s genius was in his heart-stopping skill at capturing the highest and […]

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Clay Vessels – ADDITIONAL SESSION AVAILABLE

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Clay Vessels
Ages: 16-Adult
Session 1: Tuesdays, Jan 10-Jan 31 | 6:30-8:30 pm (FULL)
Session 2: Thursdays, Jan 12-Feb 2 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuition: $150 General | $140 Member (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor: Laurie Thorpe
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Learn techniques to make functional vessels, such as cups, small pourers and bowls. Explore coil-building, slab construction, and Kurinuki - a traditional Japanese hand-building method of carving out of a single block of clay.

Jovino Santos Neto Trio

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

with Alex Dyring, bass and Mark Ivester, drums  A master pianist, composer, arranger, flutist, and player of a multitude of other instruments including the melodica and the accordion, Jovino Santos […]

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Knitting Just Beyond the Basics: Fingerless Mittens/Handwarmers

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Knitting Just Beyond the Basics: Fingerless Mittens/Handwarmers
Age:13-Adult
Tuesdays, Jan 17-Feb 28 | 6:30-8:30 pm (skip Feb 21)
Tuition: $170 General | $160 Member
Instructor: Rachel Keil  
Location: Blue Heron Classroom

Do you know the basics of knitting and want to branch out? Learn how to knit with double pointed needles, use more than one color, and create simple designs with knit and pearl stitches as you make fingerless mittens or handwarmers for winter (a great project for scrap yarn!) Materials list provided upon registration.