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Saturday at the Academy

Looking to explore a new experience or sharpen your skills in the arts? Turn off the cartoons and the video games; Morgan Park Academy will be offering classes on Saturdays, starting Oct. 13. Classes in drama, dance, art and more in an safe and engaging  environment. We can keep the whole family active on a Saturday morning.

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Contact Betty Callihan (773-881-6704; bcallihan@morganparkacademy.org)

101 Dalmatians Musical

Who: ages 6-11
When: 9-11 a.m.
Where: Arts Center
Instructor: Peggy Bergin
Cost: $160
Performance: Saturday, Dec. 8

Disney's classic tale of a litter of dalmatian puppies that prove too much for Cruella De Vil and her minions. The parents of the pups have to find the puppies before she can pull off her diabolical plans. This charming musical offers opportunities for young actors to sing, dance, and experience all that a play on a big stage has to offer.

Saturday Morning Preschool

Who: ages 3-4
When: 9-11 a.m.
Where: Early Learning Center
Cost: $200

This eight-week program is designed for children who are three and four years old and independent in the washroom. The program provides a warm and nurturing environment where a young child’s learning can thrive through play and directed activities. Learning is stimulated through activities in areas of reading readiness, language arts, math readiness, music, and art. Enrollment is limited to twelve students.

You & Me Art

Who: ages 18 months to 4 years
When: 9-10 a.m.
Where: Arts Center
Instructor: Kris Sonntag
Cost: $120

You & Me Art caters to parents/caregivers and their children between the ages of 18 months and 4 years old. While each class begins with a story or experience and ends in art, this is a child/together-driven experience. Each lesson is planned to expose the children to an element of art and a new art material.

Global Art

Who: Middle School grades 5-8
When: 10-11 a.m.
Where: Arts Center lower level
Cost: $120

Travel through cultures and time! The riches of diversity direct the hands on projects and processes of this class. African masks, native weaving and beading, South American metal designs, calligraphy, Sumi-e painting, origami, kirigami, and so much more await to be explored.

Open Studio

Who: Upper School grades 9-12
When: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Arts Center lower level
Cost: $120

Got to keep your hands moving? Need to make something? Explore your own style. Engage your creative voice. Whether it’s drawing, painting, sculpture, or more, every class is an experience and opportunity to push your own ways of thinking about your work. Independent and/or guided experiences welcome.

Irish Dance for Beginners

Who: all ages
When: Two classes available: 10 a.m. or 11 a.m.
Where: Arts Center lower level
Cost: $120
Instructor: Shaylin McNamara, TCRG

Fall Session: Dance exercises focused on flexibility, core and leg strength, basic Irish dance moves: (hop 1,2,3's) 1st and 2nd step of the jig for those 5yrs and younger; older students usually learn 3 steps of the jig and move on to the reel.

Shoes: Plain black ballet slippers, or light Irish dance shoes. Irish dance shoes are not necessarily recommended for the first class because they are so expensive and children will grow out of them quickly. Students will not be allowed to dance in bare feet; they must at least wear fluffy socks if they have lost a shoe or two.

Attire: Comfortable clothes. Shorts or leggings are best. Jeans are not recommended.

About the Instructor: Former champion Irish, multiple Mid-America regional championships, North American championships, and represented the U.S. in the World competitions held in Ireland. The McNamara dancers compete throughout North America and perform at various events around Chicago. Our mission is to provide children the opportunity to learn Irish dance in a low pressure environment that focuses on the dancing and culture, not wigs and dresses. Our students improve coordination, grow in self-esteem, display good sportsmanship, meet new friends, and have fun!

The Global Gourmet

Who: ages 14 and up, all levels of cooking ability are welcome
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Barker Hall lower level lab
Cost: $200, includes cost of food
Instructor: Brian Blackmore

The Global Gourmet is an eight-week exploration of cultural diversity and global cuisine. Participants in this class will learn how to prepare simple healthy one-dish meals inspired by cooking traditions from around the world. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own sushi, Indian curry or Sicilian gravy? Would you like to know more about those lesser-known spices in your kitchen pantry, such as turmeric, fenugreek and saffron? Come join us for a delicious and fun introduction to global cooking!

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