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.
mommy (or daddy) and Me flamenco
January 22, February 19, March 19, April 4, June 4
Children ages 6 months to 3 years and their caregivers
FREE and Open to the public
This class will applying flamenco music and dance concepts to connect you and your little one! Experience this beautiful art form through storytelling, clapping, singing, and dancing.
flamenco dance class
February 21, March 21, June 6
Ages 18 and up
FREE and Open to the public
Explore the rhythms, music, and movement authentic of Flamenco. All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome to attend. Character shoes or the like recommended but not required.
A graduate of Arizona State University, Kris had the opportunity to study with renowned composer Daniel Lentz & performing artist Richard Lehrman. There he developed his skills by composing for modern dance performances and accompanying ballet & modern dance classes on piano, guitar, and percussion at ASU for 10 years. Some of his recordings & compositions for dance have been performed at the Joyce Theater, NYU, Times Square, NYC, & at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival. Live Performance credits also include PHX symphony hall, L’Usine in Geneva, Museo del Barrio: NYC, Teatro Alameda Sevilla, Spain, and Woodstock as well as many other international venues. His music can also be heard in the Sony Pictures release Universal Soldier III: Regeneration, available on DVD and on Netflix. Kris has spent 15 years in the field of education working in many capacities: Conducting music workshops with at risk children in group homes, after school programs, and detention centers throughout Arizona with Free Arts AZ and Ear Candy Charity; teaching guitar and music classes at Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Scottsdale Community College, and Metro Arts High School, as well as working with developmentally disabled and autistic children. He has spent the last four years studying flamenco guitar in Sevilla, Spain performing in Andalucia, Spain with various artists and playing and working for dance schools of Juana Amaya, Luis Peña, Juan Polvillo, y Flamencos por el Mundo. In 2014-2015 he had the honor of performing with el maestro José Galvan and his flamenco dance Company. Kristofer currently performs and teaches internationally as an independent artist and works as a guitarist for flamenco dance companies such as Carlota Santana: Flamenco Vivo, Inspiracion Flamenca, and Flamenco por La Vida.
the fun and fundamentals of drawing
Instructor: Michelle Elder
March 11, 18, 25 and April 1
Ages 18 and up
Price: $125 – 4 session package
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Never utter the words "I can't draw" again! Explore fundamental drawing and sketching techniques during this 4 week course. Each session will build upon the other and utilize a variety of materials. You will leave inspired and equipped to create your own work of art.
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.
Instructors: Betty Mujica-Milano and T.C. Matherne of the Leather Apron Theatre Company
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Ages 18 and up
Thursday, January 31
Thursday, February 7
Thursday, February 14
Thursday, February 28
Thursday, March 7
Thursday, March 14
Monday, January 28
Monday, February 4
Monday, February 11
Monday, February 18
Monday, February 25
Monday, March 4
Level 1 & 2 Recital
Friday, March 15
LATCo. Comedy will host a series of classes introducing new improvisers to the basic tenets of improv comedy. Each 2-hour class will consist of group exercises focused on listening, support, and character development. Themes covered throughout the series include Agreement or “Yes And,” Emotional Life, Object and Environment Work, and ensemble building. The final 30 minutes of each class will include improvised scene work in order to practice and integrate the tools learned around each theme. The series will culminate in a recital for family and friends to show off these very cool new skills!
The founder of Leather Apron Theatre Co., T.C. has performed and taught improv nationwide for over 6 years. He trained in Chicago at The Second City, iO, and Annoyance theaters. After moving back to Baton Rouge in 2015, he felt like something was missing from the performance community and started a small improv group in the back room of Whole Foods. In October 2016, LATCo began putting on monthly performances, featuring guest monologists, local stand-up comics, and performance artists. Since then, LATCo has created a loyal following, drawing business to the local bars where they perform and exposing new people to improv.
The creative director of LATCo, Betty has trained at Station Theater in Houston, TX, iO in Chicago, and The New Movement in New Orleans. After moving back to Baton Rouge in June 2016, she was looking for a creative outlet and was connected with T.C. After joining LATCo, she saw the growth potential of the group and their audience’s interest in wanting to perform. As someone who had to leave Baton Rouge to discover improv, she feels passionate about creating a space in our community for people to learn this art form without having to move.