A Schedule of Fall 2011 After-School Programs

Braden Anderson - September 13, 2011

"From fencing and dancing to horseback riding and gymnastics, a comprehensive list of kid-friendlly events and activites taking place this fall can be found below"

As the summer comes to an end and children are slowly getting comfortable in their classrooms, it's good to know that there are a wide variety of after-school activities available. From fencing and dancing to horseback riding and gymnastics, a comprehensive list of kid-friendlly events and activites taking place this fall can be found below.

FALL 2011 After-School Programs

Another Bird of Song Music Lessons

Piano, voice and composition lessons for the young and the young at heart. Day, afternoon and evening lessons available. Have fun and develop skills. Call Angela at 310-3699 or e- mail anotherbirdofsong@gmail.com. You can also visit www.anotherbirdofsong.com for more information.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, under the direction of Gisela Genschow, offers year-round dance training, pre-ballet through professional, and is committed to providing the finest classical ballet training for ages 3 to adult. Classes include ballet, pre-ballet, creative dance (also available at our Eldorado and Southside satellites), jazz, tap and modern. Fall classes begin September 6. Call 983-5591 for schedules and registration, or visit www.aspensantafeballet.com.

Candyman Strings & Things Band Camps

  • Rock Band Camp

Summer Rock Camp is an ideal music program for students ages 8-18, with beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, who want an immersive rock ensemble performance and recording experience.  Campers spend 2 weeks working in a hands-on environment, learning real performance and recording techniques and the joys and complexities of being in a rock band. Campers will enjoy forming a band with others at their playing level, learning new songs from their favorite bands, composing original songs, improving their skills, developing their band’s identity and logo all the while working with some of the top professional working musicians of Santa Fe. This access to established music professionals who will share their experience and knowledge will help young musicians understand some of the options open to them in the music industry.  Campers will also record a CD at the professional audio recording facility ‘Rancho Digital,’ will perform in a live concert at the Santa Fe Performance Exchange and will enjoy the opportunity to visit 98.1 Radio Free Santa Fe for an on-air and in-studio interview and to have a song (one song per band) played live on air to promote the concert. Each camper will receive a professionally mastered CD of their songs, a DVD of the concert, some swag, a camp T-shirt and a working knowledge of songwriting and performing, and memories and experiences that they will cherish for a lifetime.  http://candymanstringsandthings.com

  • Worship Band Camp

The mission of Worship Band School is to prepare each student to start and/or successfully continue their own worship band (or just experience the joy in being in a worship band during the session). This will be accomplished by providing students the opportunity to become part of a worship band guided by a teaching professional to learn all facets of beginning, polishing and marketing a worship band. http://candymanstringsandthings.com

Belisama Dance

Belisama Dance is not just Irish anymore. We are now home to ballet, creative movement, jazz and modern (formerly Charisma Dance), in addition to Irish dance. For more information, including how to enroll, contact Adrienne at 670-2152 or e-mail belisamadance@aol.com.

Children’s Dance Program

Directed by Pearl Potts, this program has offered dance classes to the Santa Fe community for the past 20 years. We offer dance classes to children from 2 years to teens, and adult Zumba. We also offer performances, with a Winter Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert at the James A. Little Theater. Classes in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Creative-movement and Gym begin August 22. Call 982-1662 to register.

Chinese Classes

Chinese classes start October 3. Beginning level only with emphasis on pronunciation and tones. Convenient location near Trader Joe’s. Tamara Farache MA, MS Ed is an alumna of the Beijing Language Institute, China, and has a native accent along with ten years of language teaching experience. Call 946-8746 for information.

Desert Scholars

Desert Montessori proudly presents Desert Scholars, a remedial reading, writing and spelling program for people with learning differences. The program is for students age 6 to adult. We will start on Saturday, September 10 and run each Saturday until December 10. Times will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. 316 Camino Delora. Contact Desert Montessori at 983-8212 for more information.

Dragonfly Art Studio

After- school art classes for ages 6 to16. Our art classes are designed to stimulate kids’ imagination and creativity, while they have fun experimenting with a range of art mediums and materials. Each class meets one day per week, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m, with a maximum of 12 students. Classes begin September 15. Limited space is available, registration required. For cost and details, visit dragonflyartstudioforkids.com or call Oceanna at 670-5019.

Eldorado Children’s Theatre and Teen Players

Learn healthy singing techniques, receive professional-quality acting and dance training, and build confidence, while having a great time presenting a zany version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the James A. Little Theater in early December. Students ages 7 to18. Classes begin August 30 and include age-appropriate theater development skills. All students perform in the musical with a professional orchestra, costumes, lights and sound. Scholarships available. For registration and information visit www.eldoradochildrenstheatre.org or call 466-3302.

FACT After-School Art Classes

Fine Arts for Children and Teens. Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printmaking. Youth learn vocabulary, history and skills in positive critique as they create their own works. Six-week sessions start in September, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays. Teen workshops every second Saturday of the month, September to December. Classes meet at FACT’s ARTbarn, 1516 Pacheco Street. $150 per session, $10 per teen workshop. Snack and supplies included. Scholarships available. Register at www.factsantafe.org or call 992-2787.

Fencing Classes

Offered by New Mexico Fencing Foundation. Fast-paced, mentally and physically challenging, fencing is a sport unlike any other. After-school sessions for beginners ages 8 and up Tuesday and Friday 4 p.m. Adult classes on Saturday 9 a.m. and Tuesday 6 p.m. (Parents can have fun too!) 1306 Clark Road, Suite C (across Cerrillos from Jackalope). Registration is open for September classes; go to www.nmfencing.org for more information.

Fun Art for Children

Activities for children at events. Fun Art for Children offers a unique way to make your next event special. We bring an interactive children’s space with arts & crafts and movement activities to special events, birthday parties, schools, children’s camps, weddings and resorts. Whether you are planning an event just for kids, a family event, or an event for adults with a children’s space, our original activities are fun for everyone! Call Anabella St. Peter at 992-3261 or go to www.funartforchildren.com.

Genoveva Chavez Community Center After-School Program

After-school care for elementary school children age 6 to 12 (proof of age required for 6-year-olds). Cost is $50 per week, Mondays to Fridays, from 3 to 6 p.m. Programs are FEStive because we ensure that activities are Fun, Educational and Safe. Activities include sports, swimming, ice skating, board games, social games and arts. Program includes daily homework help and afternoon snack. Call Mona at 955-4014 or Melissa at 955-4005. www.chavezcenter.com.

Girls Inc. After-School Program

At Girls Incorporated, every girl has the right to be herself and express herself with originality and enthusiasm. Our after-school program meets at 301 Hillside Avenue, downtown. Girls participate in fun, hands-on activities in a safe, girl-centered environment. Pick-up from many schools. Science, sports, homework help, art and fun! After school until 6 p.m. Sliding-scale tuition assistance available. Call 982-2042 or go to www.girlsincofsantafe.org.

Lifespan Therapy Services

Pediatric speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy available. Contact Julie
Holifield at 954-9940 or lifespantherapy@juno.com.

Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts Flamenco Classes

Beginning flamenco dance classes are ongoing through the year – join any time. Intro classes for ages 5 to 9 with no experience; Level I classes ages 9 to 12; Level II classes, for ages 12 to 17, and Level III – Flamenco’s “Next Generation” open to anyone who can keep up! Youth flamenco guitar classes, ages 7 to 14. Adult introductory flamenco classes on Saturdays; no experience necessary. All classes meet at Larragoite Elementary School, 1604 Agua Fria. For more information: 467-3773; www.mariabenitez.com;flamenco@mariabenitez.com.

Movement Arts for Every Body

New! After school on Tuesdays, Play in the Park, September 6 to October 25, 5:30 p.m. Guided outdoor games, weather permitting, at Orlando Fernandez Park, $10 per family. Saturday classes continue at The Railyard Performance Center, 1611 Paseo de Peralta, September 17 to October 29 and November 26 to December 17. Creative Movement, ages 2 to 6, 9:15 a.m.; Barefoot Ballet for Beginners, ages 5 to 9, 10 a.m. $10 per class. Some discounts available. Drop-ins welcome. For more information, call or e-mail Kathryn Mark 699-3464,

Music Lessons at Santa Cecilia Music Studio

Lessons in voice, violin and music reading. Individualized to the needs of the student. Ensemble coaching and group lessons also available. Teachers are qualified, experienced professional musicians. Call now for rates and to schedule lessons. All ages are welcome. Santa Cecilia Music Studio, 621 Old Santa Fe Trail. Call 920-5145 or 920-9728, or visit www.chavezdeleitner.com.

National Dance Institute of New Mexico

Offering high-quality performing arts classes in ballet, tap, jazz, voice, creative movement, as well as NDI New Mexico’s signature program. Ages 3 to18. Tuition assistance is available, making our classes accessible to all families. The Dance Barns, 1140 Alto Street. Call 795-7088 or go to www.dancebarns.com.

Pandemonium Productions

Classes begin August 29; all students perform in the fall musical, “Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Rehearsals at The Santa Fe High School Theatre; performances at the James A. Little Theatre, November 11 to 20. Tuition is $695 if paid in full. $710 with a payment plan. $100 deposit required with registration. Space is limited, scholarships available. For information call 920-0704 or visit our website @ www.pandemoniumprod.org.

Riding Lessons at Arrowhead Ranch

Riding Horses = FUN! Beginners welcome, kids and adults, ages 6 and up. Lessons on safe, gentle horses in a supportive atmosphere on a beautiful ranch minutes from downtown Santa Fe. Private or small group lessons on grooming, care, arena/trail course riding and games on horseback. After-school and weekends. Special School-Break sessions. Arrowhead Ranch is 2.5 miles west of St. Francis Drive, on W. Alameda Road. Call for rates/dates: Sandy, 424-7592, or e-mail sandybenson@earthlink.net.

Santa Fe Performing Arts

Presenting The Creation Of A New Play workshop with co-founders and prominent members of Meow Wolf. Students will be immersed in a theatrical collaborative to write, produce and perform a new play, culminating in a mainstage production in December. Meow Wolf (www.meowwolf.com) is Santa Fe’s artists collective, widely known for its current installation, “The Due Return” at CCA. Ages 7 to 19. September 7 to December 11. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call 982-7992 or visit www.sfperformingarts.org.

Santa Fe Playhouse Children’s Theatre Productions

After-school theater classes begin September 6 for grades 3 to 9 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and for grades 1 and 2 on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Everyone has a starring role due to our unique “swing casting” approach. Tuition is on a sliding scale, based upon ability to pay. Presented by Playhouse Children’s Theatre Productions (a.k.a. Southwest Children’s Theatre) at the Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 East De Vargas. Call 988-4262 for an enrollment packet and more information.

Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences After-School Enrichment Program

Exciting and enriching after-school activities for kids of all ages: Robotics Club, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Cello, Violin, Filmmaking, Lacrosse, Soccer, Folk Ensemble, Irish Dance, Swing Dance, Piano, Recycled Fashion Show Club, Math Tutoring, Drawing Class, Trumpet, Ceramics Club, Homework Help and a nurturing aftercare program for young children as well! Financial aid available. Open to children from all schools and homeschoolers. Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences, 5912 Jaguar Drive. Call 438-8585 or go to www.santafeschool.org.

Skateboard School

Indoor ramps for year-round fun; daily lessons for all abilities, ages 3 and up. Camps, clinics, parties, monthly events. Complete shop, short boards, long boards and safety gear. Curriculum includes learning the history of skateboarding, using our museum and video library. 825 Early Street #H. Call 474-0074 or go to www.SkateboardSafety.com.

Spanish After School

Qué Viva El Español. We offer after-school Spanish classes and tutoring during school hours. Our fall session is ten weeks, from Tuesday, September 6 to Monday, November 21. Classes cost $16.23 per class for groups of four or more, and most take place at 110 Sol y Lomas Drive. Adult classes are also available. Call 467-8393 or visit www.quevivaesp.com.

Susan Bodenstein’s TLC Babysitting Services

Highly respected infant/toddler child care facility also offers evening, weekend, day and sometimes overnight babysitting services. At your residence or hotel. Possibly at my child care location. Mature, responsible, well-spoken and loving adults. $16 for one child; $20 for two and $24 for three. Susan Bodenstein 471-0508.

Tumbledown Studios

Tumbletots, on the first Friday of every month, from 9 to 10 a.m., September to May. Tumbletots is a parent-child open gym time. New for the fall is Bouncing Babies, a structured class for non-walking babies, starting at 6 months. Bouncing Babies will be on the second Friday of every month from 9 to 10 a.m., September to May. Cost for either class is $10.00. Call with questions, 473-0926. www.tumbledownstudios.com.

World Music Classes for Kids

Want your child to be a global citizen? In fun, educational and entertaining classes, your child will learn to play instruments from around the world such as African and Middle Eastern drums, Native American flute, Chinese zither and more. They will sing songs and chants from around the world and play in a world-music ensemble. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, ages 4 to 12. Ongoing weekly classes at New Mexico Academy of International Studies on Old Santa Fe Trail. Contact Suzanne Teng, M.Mus, 473-2001 or suzteng@mysticjourney.net . www.worldmusicjourneys.com.

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