Registration is underway for fall/winter/spring classes taking place Aug. 12 through May 16, 2020, at the Creative Arts Guild. The Guild is a nonprofit organization that serves the community. In keeping with its mission to cultivate and sustain the arts in Dalton and its surrounding counties, the Guild offers year-round instruction in dance, visual arts, music and gymnastics for students of all ages.
Classes in music and visual arts are offered at the Guild's facility at 520 W. Waugh St. The music department provides private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, flute, brass instruments, percussion, violin, banjo and recorder. All students can perform at seasonal recitals and concerts.
The visual arts department offers classes for children and adults in drawing, painting, pottery, mixed media and art exploration. Specialty arts classes range from an introductory Discovering Art class to advanced Acrylic Painting and Life Drawing. Many Guild art students showcase their work in the Guild's galleries.
Classes and specialized training in dance and gymnastics are offered at the Guild Center, 2518 Cleveland Highway. Ballet Dalton, the Guild's resident pre-professional company, provides intense training needed to pursue a dance career. The Dance Department and Ballet Dalton produce an original, full-length ballet, "The Snow Queen," each fall plus a spring recital each May.
The dance department offers classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, hip-hip, Capoeira and occasionally ballroom for students of all ages. Capoeira is a dance form involving skilled acrobatic movements. It originated among African slaves who, in the absence of access to weapons, combined dance and martial arts into a form of self-defense.
Also available at the Guild Center are gymnastics, tumbling, parkour and visual art introduction classes. The competitive gymnastics team offers two training and competition tracks -- compulsory and excel -- allowing gymnasts flexibility in scheduling practices and choices in training level. All students participate in an annual Gymnastics Expo, a chance to showcase their skills and celebrate their accomplishments.
Open house Aug. 5-8
Open House days on Aug. 5-8 are perfect times to visit the facilities, talk to instructors and staff and learn more about the variety of classes available for students of all ages.
Students may also register for fall classes at www.creativeartsguild.org/classes or by visiting either of the Guild locations. Creative Arts Guild hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guild Center regular hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; closed Friday. Students and parents are welcome to tour either facility.
For more information, call (706) 278-0168.