Lanterns!

February 28-29, March 1

Wildwood’s annual deep-winter festival celebrates the first full moon of the lunar new year. Held over three magical evenings, guests are transported to far away lands and times as they stroll through the beautifully lit pathways of Wildwood’s gardens. Cultural vistas feature live entertainment, food, drink, games and more throughout the Park’s Butler Arboretum and inside the Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre.

Godspell

March 27 – April 5

Wildwood Park for the Arts and Praeclara join forces again to bring a new Main Stage to the Cabe Festival Theatre. Set in New York City on the eve of the historic financial collapse of 2008, Schwartz & Trebelak’s famous musical Godspell brings the gospel of Matthew to colorful life in a unique retelling of the parables and life of Christ. This production features some of the most incredible talents in Arkansas from the band to the singer-actors on stage. This musical is sure to be a hit with the whole family.

These classes, along with private lessons in voice, piano, violin, and more, are being offered as part of our new education initiative!

A welcomed addition to the West Little Rock community, the West Little Rock Performing Arts Academy strives to become a leader in the development of arts-based programs that serves the families of our community. Our Mission is to make a difference in the lives of our students, audience, and our community through the power and beauty of the Arts.

The WLR Performing Arts Academy, under the leadership of professional musicians and artists, will provide a definitive standard of excellence in curriculum design, assessment, performance training, and arts-based social programs.

Providing one-on-one studio instruction, ample opportunities for solo and ensemble performances, and small group instruction in choral music, dance, fitness, and a host of discipline-specific subjects, the WLR Performing Arts Academy seeks to support and enhance the artistic lives of our closest neighbors and the wider arts community of which we are privileged to be a part.

To register, or for more information, call (501) 821-7275.

MixxedFit with Rachel Kamphausen

Winter Classes beginning January, 2020

Join regular Wildwood performer and MixxedFit Maven, Rachel Kamphausen for up to two classes a week, starting on August 15th! MixxedFit is a people-inspired, dance based body weight fitness movement designed not just to make you sweat, but to tone your body with explosive dance moves and your favorite music from all genres! Join the MixxedFit Movement at Wildwood Park with the West Little Rock Performing Arts Academy!

Dance at Wildwood

Moriah Patterson, instructor

Winter Classes beginning January, 2020

Beginner I Dance & Movement, 9:00-9:30 a.m.

This beginner class will give students a technical foundation and the basics of modern dance forms, creative movement and jazz. The goal of this class is to create a fun environment in which the young student can learn to love movement as well as some of the basic terminology of various dance forms. Rhythm and movement games will also help students find new ways to express themselves. A wonderful introduction to dance for young children. Ages: 4-7

Beginner II Dance & Movement, 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Our second beginner class is an introduction for students to a class structure, age appropriate stretches, coordination exercises and rhythm. This class encourages the student to express themselves through dance, music and imagination. The second beginner class will continue to build on the concepts introduced in our Beginner I class. Ages: 8-12

Teen Broadway Dance, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

This fast-paced class geared towards teens will accommodate both those with prior dance experience and those who may be new to dance. The goal of the class is to introduce the language of jazz and musical theatre movement while teaching positions, dance vocabulary, good technique, body placement, and musicality. In addition, focus will be placed on expression and interpretation. This class is perfect for the teen Musical Theatre student looking to further their skills in both dance and performance. Ages: 12-17

Adult Jazz and Tap Technique, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This adult musical theatre class is intended for more intermediate – advanced dancers, and will incorporate jazz technique (i.e. pirouettes, kicks, jetes, etc.) while staying true to Broadway-inspired choreography and music. Dancers will fine tune their performance and stage skills, while learning Broadway-inspired choreography and movement. The tap portion of this class, will emphasize rhythm, style, and sound. Students will study basic tap steps, combinations, and precision timing with an emphasis on developing proper tap technique and producing clear tap sounds. Ages: Adult (Younger with instructor approval)

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