COVID Creativity: STJ School of the Arts Offers Free Virtual Classes

Temptations (Photo courtesy of Yelena Rogers)

The St. John School of the Arts is adapting to “the new normal” by videoconferencing classes in dance, art, theater and drumming – primarily to youngsters – through Zoom.  There is no charge for participation.

“It’s not ideal, but it keeps the kids engaged and learning an art form,” said Kim Wild, executive director.

The St. John School of the Arts closed its doors in response to the COVID-19 epidemic in March, but the school wants to make sure that students who are shut out of so many of the usual summer activities have some opportunities to experience the joys of movement, color, sound and self-expression.

The school is currently offering the following classes:

Monday:

Art: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., ages 9+, Shira Sofer, instructor.

Conditioning and Stretch: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m., ages 6+, Jude Woodcock, instructor.

Tuesday:

Ballet Barre: 11 – 11:45 a.m., teens and adults, Kim Wild, instructor.

Thursday:

Ballet Barre: 3 – 3:30 p.m., ages 7-9, Christina Hughes, guest Instructor.

Ballet Barre: 4 – 4:45 p.m., ages 5-6, Christina Hughes, guest Instructor.

Drumming: 3 – 4:15 p.m., ages 4-7, Eddie Bruce, instructor.

Learning to Speak Patois: 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., all ages, Eddie Bruce, instructor.

Friday:

Caribbean Movement: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Jeune Provost, Instructor.

Theater Monologues: by individual arrangement, Alesia Georgiou, Instructor

In addition, the school will mentor students who want to work on special projects in the arts.  Students are encouraged to choreograph their own dance, polish a musical performance, develop a theater or comedy sketch or recreate an art masterwork to share with the public at a video-conferenced recital.

Those who want to keep the carnival spirit alive can design their own costume and plan a dance that may be performed online, or possibly be performed live with appropriate social distancing.

Classes will continue through July. Although most classes started at the end of May, students are still welcome to join.

Registration is required.  Please email the St. John School of the Arts at [email protected] to find out how to join these free classes.