2018 Community Classes

Check below for specifics and PLEASE CONFIRM dates, times and location with instructor / contact person.

SVA Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Scholarships available to all who ask. 

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Classes for Children and Teens



NEW Art Classes for Children and Teens

Contact:  Sarah at

Location of all classes:
Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 East Main Street, Poultney VT

Scholarships available to those who ask.

Marc Chagall – Scene de Cirque (1958)


Mondays, October 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th



In this class, students will learn about artist Marc Chagall. They will be making their own colorful and imaginative pieces inspired by his work – painting, drawing and experimenting with oil and chalk pastels.


Mondays, November 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th



Learn about the life and work of Henri Matisse. Students will explore his paintings and cutout techniques.  They will create original artwork in a similar style by making paintings with bold colors and “painting with scissors” as they create collage pieces.


Tuesday, November 6th, 13th and 20th


In this 3-week class, students will learn about the Indonesian art of Batik. They will experiment with traditional tjanting tools to apply wax to fabric and will also use non- traditional brushwork.  They will dye pieces of fabric multiple times throughout our classes to make beautiful multicolored batiks.


ages 4-7
Taught by Bonnie Watson

Thursday 4:15 – 5:00 pm

This class is an opportunity for young dancers to begin learning some basics of ballet but the primary focus is on moving, creativity, and fun. There will be an opening circle each day to learn some stretches and vocabulary which will move into games and movement across the room. It is all about getting the kids to better understand their own levels of coordination and motor skills while getting excited to dance.

(See Bonnie’s bio under Adult classes, Thursdays, Adult Ballet, below)

6-week session: September  13, 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18

$10 drop-in  or  $48 for a 6-week session

Also see: Teen/Adult Ballet under Adult classes, on Saturdays, below

 Classes for Families (Parent-Child)

Taught by Kristen Whitman

When: 5 sessions, Wednesdays 5:00-5:50, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17.

Where: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E Main St, Poultney, VT 05764

Description: A chance to get exercise and bond with your child at the same time. Classes will include both individual and partner yoga poses. Adult/child pairs will work together to build strength, balance, and flexibility in a relaxed, joyful setting. Kristen Whitman is a dancer, an educator, and a mother of two boys. She enjoys practicing yoga and looks forward to helping parents and children explore this type of exercise together.

Cost: $10 a class for adult/child pair.


 Classes for All Ages

EVA SCHMIDT Photo credit: Sebastian Escalona

Taught by Eva Schmidt

This class is great for beginners and all ages! House dance is a style of dance rooted in early hip-hop and social dancing. We will break down basic house dance steps to build a solid foundation that will allow you to move, groove and freestyle to the music. You’ll learn to dance in both free-flowing and syncopated movements to a variety of rhythms. This class is great for anyone looking to integrate all parts of the body while dancing to upbeat music, and getting an aerobic workout! Please bring tennis shoes to dance in.

About Eva:
Since a young age, Eva has been exploring and sharing her love for dance. She trained at the Ballet Conservatory Dance Center in Winter Haven Florida and continued to study dance and performance at Bennington College in Vermont. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City where she collaborated with several contemporary dance choreographers and performed nationally. During that time, she took interest in House Dance and was the student of legendary House Dancers: Marjory Smarth, Ejoe Wilson, Kim Holmes, Caleaf Sellers, Chanan Lareche and Sekou Hera. Eva loves the expression, fun, and music of House Dance – and is excited to bring it to the Stone Valley Arts community!

Location: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E. Main Street, Poultney VT, across from Poultney High School

$10  per class for members
$12 per class for non-members


 Classes for Adults




RESTORATIVE YOGA – NEW Session: Oct. 30th, 6-7:30pm.  Sign up before it’s full!
A stand-alone restorative yoga class with Brooke Hughes-Muse, RYT

When: Tuesday, 6:00-7:30 pm, October 30th

Where: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E Main St, Poultney, VT 05764

Description: Restorative yoga is designed to help you find physical, emotional, and mental relaxation with the aid of props. It brings the breath and the body back into center by practicing stillness for extended periods of time. The poses offer the body the opportunity to linger quietly … and longer. The props help to maintain balance while giving you the benefits of deep, passive stretching. Poses are held anywhere from 2-10 minutes and the use of props is encouraged to make each pose as comfortable, while as beneficial, as possible. Perfect for beginners, those who are unable to move quickly from pose to pose, and anyone interested in bringing the body, breath, and mind back into alignment during a gentle practice.

Cost: $13 for SVA members and $15 for non-members. Limited to 12 participants.

To save your spot, contact: Brooke at

SLOW FLOW YOGA Taught by Brooke Hughes-Muse, RYT

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm

Session 1:  6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17
Session 2:  8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28
Session 39/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23

Description: Slow Flow Yoga is a meditative flow that practices slowing down by using a slow steady breath, holding postures, transitioning smoothly, and opening gently and mindfully with the ability to move deeper into one’s body and self. Great for all levels.
Limited number of mats and props available for use.

Cost:  Drop-in prices $10 for SVA Members and $11 for non-members.
Your first class with Brooke is FREE!

Contact: Brooke Hughes-Muse at

For information on Brooke’s other yoga classes email or visit



script being proofed

Photo by Karen Klami


Date/Time:  Usually, Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 pm But, please contact Karen Klami – – to confirm time/dates/location of these sessions. Send her an email and write “SVA Script Writers” in the subject line for a faster answer. 

Description: The SVA Script Writer’s Workshop is an ongoing, weekly workshop for college-aged on up individuals who wish to hone their skills in writing stage plays and screenplays. The format consists of bringing in ideas for a script or works-in-progress at any stage of development, reading them aloud in a roundtable setting, and discussing the ideas/works. This is not a critiquing group, but fellow writers reflecting upon and encouraging their fellow writers in their individual works. Karen Klami will run the workshop by facilitating the discussions and working individually with each writer within the group, at their own level and experience, to develop and hone their craft.  Novices through advanced script writers are welcome.

About Karen: Karen Klami has been teaching in the Castleton University Theatre Department since 2004. Originally from NYC, where she received her MA in Theatre at Hunter College, Karen has been teaching playwrights and screenwriters since the 1990s, has won several awards for her plays and screenplays, and has had several works produced in NYC and Vermont. She presently has six eBooks of her plays, screenplays, and poetry available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Cost: A one-time registration fee of $10, plus $5 per class attended.
Contact: Karen, for any questions about the workshop, at

Complete online Registration HERE

Make payment for one-time registration fee HERE



Date/time: Ongoing every other week on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
2018 Fall schedule: September 5th and 19th, October 3rd, 17th and 31st and so on.

Description: Join us for SVA’s bi-weekly open figure drawing sessions. No instruction is offered, but participants can practice their drawing skills working from the human figure. Ages 18+

Cost: Participants share the costs of the model’s fee, which usually comes to about $8-10 per person. The more people who come to draw, the lower the cost.

Contact: Phil at or Dick at 



Taught by Bonnie Watson

Thursday 5 :15 – 6:30 pm

This class will use ballet vocabulary to find artistry and movement through technique. We will look closely at body alignment, body awareness in space, and dive deeper into some classical positions and steps. There will be a barre and some stretching to build strength and flexibility in a way that works for everybody. Ballet can be daunting to many; this class will aim to make it accessible and enjoyable, removing the pressure and using the art as a pathway. A desire to move is all you need. Any level of experience is welcome.

About Bonnie
Growing up in a family of artists, dance was a natural path for Bonnie. She studied classical ballet at the Milwaukee Ballet Academy and has also trained with Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Point Park University, and in 2014 she earned a BFA in contemporary dance and composition from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Since graduating, Bonnie has danced, professionally, with Wildspace Dance and The Gina Laurenzi Dance Project, and as a soloist with Ballet Vermont in the Farm to Ballet Project, as well as teaching at the Milwaukee Ballet school, Danceworks and other dance studios around the Milwaukee area. Her choreography has been selected to perform at the American College Dance Festival and she has choreographed for Lake Arts Project for the past four years. Most recently, she choreographed 12 Ophelias for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee main stage production and choreographed for War, Words, Dance in Treadwell, New York. In 2016 Bonnie received her yoga and meditation certification from the Hari Om Yoga Vidya School in Rishikesh, India. She finds it to be a great honor to share the philosophy and practice of yoga with fellow practitioners and finds that it makes her stronger as a dancer and teacher. Currently, Bonnie is attending Green Mountain College, pursuing wilderness and outdoor therapy. She believes in an integrative approach to teaching, encouraging a healthy lifestyle, creativity, and expression, treating students as individuals, and helping them to develop skills that are applicable for whatever they choose to pursue in their lives.

6-week session: September 13, 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18

$12 drop-in member rate, $14 drop-in non-member

$ 65 for 6-week session


Taught by Bonnie Watson

Thursday 6:30 – 7: 30 pm

This class will bring a variety of styles inspired by classic modern technique, and contemporary dance. There will be a warm-up and small technique focused combinations with longer phrase material towards the end of the class. Inspiration will come from a variety of dance styles and techniques. This will be a fast-moving class, getting us moving and grooving. All levels welcome, be ready to challenge yourself and get the whole body dancing.

6-week session: September 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 11, 18

$12 drop-in member rate, $14 drop-in non-member

$ 65 for 6-week session




Hosted by David Mook, Burnham Holmes, and other special guests

Date/time: Ongoing/Fourth Friday of each month, 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm (September 28th, October 26th and so on)

Description: Poets, Storytellers, Spoken Word Artists in all genres are invited to perform your own original pieces, classics, or other favorites. It’s like having NPR’s “The Moth” story hour here in Poultney. So do come to read or just to be entertained by the spoken word! Free and open to the public.

Cost: SVA Membership or Freewill Donation

Contact: David Mook at 802 -884-8052 or




Taught by Molly Winslow Hanson

Saturdays 9:30-11:00am

This class will focus on developing a strong foundation of classical ballet technique in tandem with individual creative and artistic expression. The class will consist of barre and center work, with an emphasis on musicality, footwork, and harmonious integration of the movements of the lower and upper body. All levels of experience are welcome, though this class is best suited for those with some prior dance experience.

Saturdays, September 8, 15, 29 and October 6, 13, 20

Cost: $12 drop-in SVA member rate, $14 drop-in non-member, GMC students free

Location: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E. Main Street, Poultney VT, across from Poultney High School




To find a description of our past classes and events please go to our archive page