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Art Center to host Tutus and Tiaras

Pictured are young dancers from the North Country Ballet Ensemble during a performance of the Nut Cracker in 2012.

Pictured are young dancers from the North Country Ballet Ensemble during a performance of the Nut Cracker in 2012.

PLATTSBURGH — A workshop planned at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will help little dancers put a tutu on their hip, a tiara on their head and dance in their step.

The workshop — dubbed “Tutus and Tiaras Dance” will take place from 1-2 p.m., March 8 at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh.

“It will be about helping to create a costume, helping create movement and then putting it all together,” said Artistic Director of the North Country Ballet Ensemble Alice Schonbek.

The program is a joint collaboration with the North Country Ballet Ensemble and the art center to introduce textile artistry with the art of dance to children ages 4 to 7. The cost of the program is $10 and includes the price of all materials.

“This experience for the kids will give them a chance to see what dance is all about, learn about the art and meet dancers who have been dancing for a long time,” said Education Coordinator Emily Owens.

The workshop will be led by Schonbek, NCBE board member and costume curator Tracy Plimpton, and high school age dancers from the NCBE.

During this one-hour program, each participant will create their own tutu and tiara and use their creations as they participate in a story ballet. The dancers will work with the students to create a simplified dance for their age group.

“It should be really exciting, fun and a real creative outlet,” said Schonbek.

The little dancers will create simplified versions of a tutu with a skirt. The kids will use tool and ribbon to create their new tutus. The tiaras will be made from an assortment of sparkly crafts pieces.

Participants will be able to bring their final products home with them, for use in other dance activities.

“It is a great way to start off our month of workshops in March and to increase the visibility of dance in our region and especially for dance offerings at the Arts Center,” Janine Scherline, NCCCA executive director, said in a press release.

“This program combines visual and performing arts and would be a wonderful afternoon for young dancers in your family,” Owens said.

Participants are requested to preregister by calling the Arts Center directly.

For more information about upcoming classes, visit the NCCCA Arts Center’s website at: www.plattsburgharts.org.

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