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Our classes are designed for individuals of all backgrounds to meet new people and expand their horizons through the Arts. Classes will take place on the second floor of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, inside the Firehouse Gallery. Click HERE to register.



June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Ages 18 and up
6:00 pm -7:15 pm
$15 per class or $80- 6 session package

It’s going down every Wednesday! For this six week series, classes will explore themes and styles that pay homage to Hip Hop culture. Every dancer, beginner or advanced, can come and challenge themselves in a judgement free space that welcomes all backgrounds, gender, shapes, and sizes. Six Week Series Lineup: Come Thru Smooth, Throwback Feels, Confidence Boost, Baton Rouge City Limits, Shakedown Social, and Sensual Finish.

Instructor Information:

Terreze Williams is a dancer, choreographer, and artist from Baton Rouge, La. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts with a concentration in dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She began dancing at McKinley Senior High, Debbie Allen Summer Intensive in Los Angeles, and River North Dance Chicago Summer Intensive. Her training also includes working and taking classes with former principal dancer of Martha Graham Dance Company, Blakeley White-McGuire, Evidence Dance Company(Ron K. Brown), Camille A. Brown and dancers, Maleek Washington, Alvin Ailey Dance Company and BodyTraffic Dance Company, Coco Loupe, Jeanette Plourde, Musical Artist, Pell and Nancy Gregory. In 2018, Terreze directed and produced PROCESS, which debuted at 'That Rent Party!' in New Orleans, La. She is now working with Manship Theatre and Art Council of Greater Baton Rouge as a teaching artist. Some of her recent credits include: 2017 and 2019 Ebb and Flow Festival, Jazz Jubilee, Cheatin' In the Next Room, Hair the Musical, Jambalaya the Musical (assistant dance captain/performer). Film credits include Girl's Trip, NCIS and Claws and Happy Death Day 2.


the fun and fundamentals of drawing - part 2

June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Ages 18 and up
$200; 6 session package (includes materials)
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Michelle is back on Mondays for another series of drawing! This summer, learn techniques of pen and ink drawing from life or your own photos. Crosshatching, stippling and ink wash will be discussed, with examples of shading techniques and media to add to ink for definition and sharpening the drawing. 

Instructor information:

Michelle Elder received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of South Carolina in her hometown of Columbia, SC. She has worked as an illustrator for many years, first as an artifact illustrator for the South Carolina State Office of Archaeology, and as an Assistant to the Curator of the South Carolina State Museum, where she received an award for her contributions to the organization and preservation of the Museum’s WWII Exhibit. As a commercial illustrator, her clients have included National Geographic, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival And Louisiana State University’s Veterinary School, as well as with various publishers and advertising agencies both in Louisiana and along the East Coast. She accepts commissions and continues to draw vintage-inspired portraits and landmarks with her unique brand of detailed colored pencil and mixed media illustrations. 




June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
ages 18 and up
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
$10 per class or $50- 6 session package

Spend your Wednesday lunch hour moving with Mina. No experience necessary. All are welcome.

Instructor information:

Mina Estrada is a ruminator of dance, among other things, and attempts to commit a substantial amount of time to teaching, creating, and facilitating some kind of dance experience for herself and those who care to join. She received her MFA in Dance at Temple University, and her choreography and workshops, which are rooted in contemporary movement concepts and improvisation, have been commissioned by several college, high school and studio dance programs, and professional companies including Spelman College, Grand Valley State University, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. Mina has served as faculty for the dance programs at Temple University, Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University, and Drexel University. She is often producing concerts in collaboration with other artists, and contributing dance works in festivals around the country. While in Philadelphia, she performed in the Live Arts Festival and Collage Festival, received the New Edge Residency at the CEC, worked with notable artists IdiosynCrazy Productions, Silvana Cardell, Shavon Norris, and Leah Stein Dance Company. Mina currently resides in Louisiana, where she is the Director of Artist Resources at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. She has also served as dance faculty at Louisiana State University, and conjured fantastical dance dreams with CoCo Loupe and their group CKA: currently known as. She is always in hot pursuit of great storytellers, generous muses, equilibrium, and more time to pet her cats, smile at her husband, and hang out with Mother Nature.


mind, body, soul, home

June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 28
Ages 18 and up
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$250 - 5 session package (Includes Materials)

On Thursdays, experience art in a way that will bring joy and peace to your mind, body, soul, and home. Participants will create bath products, home decor, and other items to awaken the maker in you.

Instructor information:

Karen Koprowski-Stout is a fine artist, art and artifact restorer, and visual art teacher in the EBR School System. She has worked in various historic museum institutions in special events and marketing and in the film industry’s Art and Locations Department. Karen has developed art programs for both cancer patients and children of trauma. She makes semi-precious/precious hand beaded, high vibration jewelry with “The Catfishflower” and is co-owner of "L'Amour Louisiane" .

"Working with adults and children both allow me to share what I know, love, and find as a healthy, joy-filled, fun, cathartic outlet which also brings accomplishment and calm. Art is for everyone, there is no boundary or limitation. Connecting to our world and ones spirituality is of the utmost priority. Art makes that personal journey all the more gratifying and enjoyable." 


For questions about our classes, contact Leea Russell at or (225) 344-8558 ext. 227