2022 – 2023 Classes and Workshops

The Charleston Gaillard Center serves students and the others throughout the Lowcountry by offering curriculum-based workshops, master classes, pre-show lectures, and more. All of these programs are designed to bring the arts to the classroom, the community, to you.

Please contact Sterling deVries at sdevries@gaillardcenter.org with any questions.

MASTER CLASSES

Scholarships are available for all master classes or other paid programs below. Please email sdevries@gaillardcenter.org.

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED MASTER CLASS

October 19, 2022 | 5pm – 6:30pm

$35 Participation Fee, Limited Availability.


Dance Theatre of Harlem Intermediate & Advanced Master Class. Learn More…

Intermediate & Advanced (For those 12 years of age or older). This event will be held at the Dance Conservatory of Charleston on Ashley Hall Road.

Support for this program is made possible by generous donors who have committed time and resources to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative.

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MASTER CLASS

October 21, 2022 | 10am – 12pm
Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom

Free to Attend. RSVP Required. (Limited Availability.)

Dance Theatre of Harlem Teacher Professional Development Master Class. Learn More…

Please join the Charleston Gaillard Center Education & Community Program in welcoming three Dance Theatre of Harlem instructors for a two-hour master class cultivated especially for dance educators. Three hours of recertification credit are approved for Charleston and Dorchester County teachers.

Support for this program is made possible by generous donors who have committed time and resources to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative.

VOCAL PERFORMANCE MASTER CLASS WITH STRAIGHT NO CHASER

November 13, 2022 | 2pm – 3pm
Gaillard Center

Middle School to College Students

$25 Participation Fee, Limited Availability.

Vocal Performance Master Class with Straight No Chaser. Learn More

This group performance based workshop gives students the opportunity to develop creatively and connect with each other as a cohesive group. Straight No Chaser will provide guidance as they coach participants through a song of their choice (ideally from SNC’s catalogue) as well as cover other vocal performance-related topics that will create a stronger stage presence and overall sound. Participants and teachers will also be able to ask questions and get help with their specific needs during a Q & A section of the class. This interactive class will also offer insight into the world of touring musicians and how they keep their bodies and voices prepared for the rigors of life on the road. Learn more about Straight No Chaser here.

WORKSHOPS

COMMUNITY MOVES WITH DANCE CONSERVATORY OF CHARLESTON

November 13, 2022 | 12:30-1:30pm
Gaillard Grand Ballroom

A Free, Customized Movement Workshop.


Community Moves will bring the joy of dance to children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular challenges. This program, based on the best practices in adaptive dance from The New York City Ballet, is open to all participants and their siblings at NO COST! Learn More…

Dance Conservatory of Charleston in partnership with the Charleston Gaillard Education & Community Program announces the return of Community Moves, a program created to provide more access to dance for people of all abilities. This program explores movement in an inclusive setting that can increase confidence, improve physical strength, and forge important social bonds.

This workshop includes movements based on the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, and is supported by medically-trained volunteers.

Participants and their families are invited to a special educational performance of Scenes from the Nutcracker at the Gaillard Center on Monday, November 28th at 1pm, followed by a holiday-themed reception where students will meet student performers in costume.

POETRY WORKSHOPS

Workshops are offered both in-person and virtually.


Poet Laureate and Gaillard Center’s Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker is Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate and an Academy of American Poets fellow.. Read more…

In addition to poetry, Marcus is an award-winning graphic designer and musician. He’s published nine poetry books and has been recognized by NPR, the Kennedy Center, The Washington National Opera, PBS Newshour, and more. Learn more about Marcus here.

Poetry Workshop Opportunities

Self-Portrait Poems (Grades 9–12)
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Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker will teach students a poetry lesson that shines a light on each student’s personal story. During the lesson, students will learn the impact of the written word, and realize that their voice matters. During the experience, they will write two poems using guided prompts. At the end of the lesson, students will have the opportunity to share their work.

Write About What You See! (Grades 6-9)
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Ekphrastic poems are a common tool used by poets to make their poems come alive. Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker will use various images – famous paintings, album artwork, video game images, and more – to guide students in writing poems that are vivid descriptions of a scene.

All About Alliteration (Grades 3-5)
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Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker will teach students all about one of the most-used figurative language tools: alliteration. During the lesson, Amaker will show examples of alliteration in well-known poems and lead the students in writing their own fun and impactful pieces.

Music Poems (Grades 5-9)
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Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker will use figurative language tools (alliteration, rhyme and repetition) to guide students in writing poems inspired by music. Students will hear examples of spoken word and be given the tools they need to write their own!

Metaphors! (Grades 5-9)
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Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker will guide students on a deep understanding of metaphors and how to use them in their writing.

EVENTS

FREE VERSE: POETRY SLAM

November 5, 2022 | 1:00PM – 2:30PM
Charleston Gaillard Center, Salon I

Middle and High School Students

A poetry slam for middle and high school students at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Parents & guardians – come and watch the slam to support your poets! Learn more…

Join Gaillard Artist-in-Residence Emeritus and Charleston’s first Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, for the Gaillard’s Youth Poetry Slam. Celebrate poetry with a little friendly competition. The slam is open to all middle and high school students. Students should prepare three poems, memorization is not required. The competition yields three winners with cash prizes.

FIRST PLACE: $200
SECOND PLACE: $100
THIRD PLACE: $50

Each winning poet will receive three poetry books.

MUMMENSCHANZ LECTURE DEMONSTRATION

November 5, 2022 | 2PM – 3PM
Charleston Gaillard Center Gallery Lobby

For Those in Middle School and Above (Including Adults!)

RSVP Required, Limited Availability

Mummenschanz Lecture Demonstration. Learn More…

Floriana Frasetto, founder of Mummenschanz, will engage students with the history of Mummenschanz and the art behind the company. Props from the performance will be demonstrated. Q&A will follow.

Please learn about the company here prior to attending.

Floriana Frassetto (Swiss) is the daughter of Italian emigrants to the States (Norfolk, Virginia), she studied at Alessandro Fersen’s Theatre Academia in Rome from 1967 to 1969. She completed her training as actress attending a comprehensive course (mime, acrobatics, dance) at Roy Bosier’s Teatro Studio. Between 1969 and November 1970, she worked in Rome in several pantomime and theatre productions. The idea of founding MUMMENSCHANZ resulted from meeting, in 1972, Andres Bossard and Bernie Schürch … two young Swiss clowns called Before and Lost.

She has since then co-invented the repertoire of MUMMENSCHANZ and played in each performance. The creation of costumes, the choreography of Giancarlo Sbragia “Faust” played in the Roman amphitheatre of Taormina (Sicily), the staging of some MUMMENSCHANZ scenes for André Heller’s musical Body and Soul, the artistic collaboration with Isabelle Baudet for the children musical Oliver Twist in Lausanne (Switzerland) all rank among her best individual achievements.

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