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Six Local Judges Named for Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest

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Darien Art Center has named six local judges to select the winners of its 2020 Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest, now in its fifth year. Jon Zadgrosky, Megan Dey, Gary Morello, Ali Curtis, David Wagner and Jeffrey Wyant will judge photo entries from both adults and children in ten categories: Darien Bicentennial; Landscapes; Seascapes; People; Pets; Sports; Architecture; Food and Drink; Abstract; and Nature & Flora. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

The contest garnered over 500 entries in 2019. More About the Contest
This year, contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes at the DAC website until Feb. 29.

So We Think We Can Dance 2020

‘So We Think We Can Dance’ Returns Feb 1 and 2 — Register Before They Sell Out

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The popular showcase of talent, So We Think We Can Dance is back for its ninth year at the Darien Arts Center, where the student-run production has had sold-out audiences for the past eight years. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Totally produced by DAC dance students, ages 10 to 18, the show returns to the DAC Weatherstone Studio with performances on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

Eighteen DAC student choreographers with 40 dancers, manage all stages of creation and execution, and choreograph and perform approximately 18 dances that encompass many different styles of dance. The DAC dance program is proud to provide this one of kind opportunity for students to produce a show from start to finish.

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Three New ‘Ladies Night Out’ Workshops Coming at Darien Arts Center — Register Soon

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Due to popular demand, the Darien Arts Center has added more “Ladies Night Out!” one-night workshops to its offerings in early 2020. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Ladies Night Out! Glass Jewelry Making returns on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., for participants to enjoy an evening of fun and to compose fused glass earrings or pendants using a rainbow assortment of colored, metallic and patterned glasses.

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Visual Arts Classes for All Ages Start Soon at DAC, You Also Can Register for Spring Break, Winter Break Camps

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The Darien Arts Center has added several new offerings to its 2020 Visual Arts program for children and adults. New for children in Grades 1 through 4 is a “Paint the Masters; Winter Break Camp” that takes place from Feb. 18 to 20, and an “Introduction to Fashion; Spring Break Camp” for Grades 5 to 8 from April 6 to 10. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Returning classes for children begin in January and include Art Studio and Cartooning for Grades 1 to 5, Digital Photography for Grades 5 to 8 and Drawing and Painting for Grades 5 to 9. New Visual Arts offerings for adults include Glass Jewelry Making (Feb.

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Register Soon for Winter/Spring Dance Classes at Darien Arts Center

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Registration is open for Darien Arts Center winter/spring dance classes, beginning Jan. 20, with a wide variety for all ages and skill levels. Don’t wait too long — classes fill quickly. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Classes for ages 3 & up include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Teen Lyrical, Adult Lyrical Jazz, Teen Contemporary, Modern, Broadway Dance, Pop-Pilates Tap and Pointe. Different Levels:

—In the introductory program for ages three to five, students explore rhythm, music, creative expression and basic coordination skills in addition to dance vocabulary and basic positions.

Music Classes Begin in January at Darien Arts Center: You Can Register Your Kid Now

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Registration is available now for music classes that begin in January at Darien Arts Center. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

DAC instructors, professionals chosen for their individual artistry and teaching skills, include Juanita Bosee, Music Director, Christine DeMaio, Anthony DiTaranto, Christine Geeding, Daniel Hague, Sharon Levin, Stephanie Wong and Daniel Saulpaugh. Private Music Instruction

The DAC Music Program includes private lessons for cello, guitar, flute, violin, voice, piano, and music theory as well as group classes. Private music instruction is available for

— students as young as five years if the young student is ready

— older students including middle and high school students, who develop skills to play music they enjoy,

— adults who have decided to acquire a new skill or to keep minds and hands nimble. Qualified students have the opportunity to participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music Program, which offers adjudicated testing in both music theory and practical application.

Wreath-Making Workshop at Darien Arts Center

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Enjoy a cup of coffee at the Darien Arts Center and have a relaxing morning of creativity at their Saturday morning Wreath Making Workshop on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.

Get in the holiday spirit & bring a friend. Wreaths & supplies are provided. $60 per person. Sign up online, here, or find out more at darienarts.org.

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Get Chance to Win $4,200 Worth of Prizes With a $20 Raffle Ticket Supporting Darien Arts Center

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The Darien Arts Center is hoping to make your every wish come true this holiday season, while raising vital funding with its “Oh Christmas Spree!” raffle. Those who buy the $20 raffle tickets by Dec. 15 will have the chance to win a treasure trove of gifts and services generously donated by over 40 local businesses, worth over $4,200. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

“Not even the Rockettes can promise something this spectacular!”

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Rumpleteaser Comedy Improv Performs Nov 9 at Darien Arts Center

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New York City comedy is coming to Darien on Improv Night at the Darien Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 9. Adults will enjoy a night of laughter at the DAC with Rumpleteaser, an improv team from New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

The talented and unique performers promise a hilarious evening as they create new musicals on the spot. Audience members will belly laugh their way to a whole new world and all that jazz, as anything goes!

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Darien Arts Center Hosts ‘Unveiled’ Nov 8 by East Coast Contemporary Ballet

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The Darien Arts Center is hosting, Unveiled, a special inaugural performance by East Coast Contemporary Ballet on Nov. 8. The evening of contemporary dance and live music consists of entirely original works and six world premiers produced by the groundbreaking non-profit. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Dance performances will encompass classical ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, and ballroom styles, and approximately 30 dancers will perform in the 60-minute show. The show’s performances span from a historic icon’s tale to musings on relationships, and from a parlor-style jaunt to a ritualistic gathering, portraying diversity in both dance and music.

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New ‘Mommy and Me: Music and Movement’ Class at Darien Arts Center Starts Oct 16

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Danette Meigel is teaching the new “Mommy and Me: Music and Movement” class at the Darien Arts Center. Music and Movement is geared toward children ages 18-months to 3 years and their parents and caregivers. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Classes will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Wednesdays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 20.

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Dancers from Darien Arts Center, Colleges and Professional Groups Perform Oct 19 in ‘An Evening of Dance’

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The Darien Arts Center is presenting a new dance showcase that includes professional and college dance groups in An Evening of Dance on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Sacred Heart University dance program will be performing, as well as East Coast Contemporary Ballet, DAC and Latin Moves companies. Dance performances will encompass classical ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, and ballroom styles, and about 30 dancers will perform in the 60-minute show. Audience members are encouraged to stay for refreshments and a ‘meet and greet’ with dancers following the showcase.

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Kids in Grades 3 to 6 Can Shine in Darien Arts Center’s ‘Regards to Broadway’ Show

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Young & talented performers in Grades 3 to 6 will be given a chance to shine in the Darien Arts Center’s classic Broadway style production, “Regards to Broadway.” — an announcement from Darien Arts Center (we’ve put both the nitty and the gritty in boldface.)

After last year’s sold out performance of “Broadway Beat!,” the DAC has teamed up with Open Arts Alliance again for this exciting new revue. Rehearsals take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from Sept. 10 though Oct. 29.

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Two New Dance Instructors at Darien Arts Center

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The Darien Arts Center has announced the addition of two new instructors to their dance faculty. Victoria Ulmer and Jana Powers will join the popular DAC dance program which offers students from the age of 3 through adults, the opportunity to train in one of the finest dance spaces in Fairfield County and to participate in multiple performances throughout the year. Victoria Ulmer joins the DAC staff from Steps Performing Arts Center and has over 35 years of experience teaching dance. She has trained with Madame Darvash, Chet Walker, Chuck Kelly, Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway and Peridance. She is trained in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop and Swing.