Ballet Classes at Walton, CALS host book discussions

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dance: Classes and tests

Canada Professional division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet SchoolFollowing Ballet’s November performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Walton Center for the Arts in Fayetteville, free interactive master classes will be held from 2:45-4:15 p.m. Monday for students in academic eighth grade and up and 4:30-6 p.m. for adults at the Star Theater at the Center, 495 W. Dixon Street; Register at (Participants may also register in person one hour before the start of each class.)

The Ballet School also holds auditions on January 24 for students entering Grade 6 and up in September: 4 p.m. for grades 5-7 and 5:45 p.m. for grades 8 and up. The company is looking for dancers to join one of three full-time programs: Ballet Academic, Anna McCowan-Johnson Aspirant, and Teacher Training Program. Applicants are tested as a group and evaluated on talent, aptitude for classical dance, flexibility, coordination, musicality and movement, and a demonstrated passion for dance. Students identified as having apprenticeship potential will be invited to attend the summer session in Winnipeg in July, which will serve as the second step in the examination process.

Test cost $50; log in Take a picture of yourself facing forward, showing the chord in the second position, and your arms in the second position; wear a leotard (bodysuit), tights and soft shoes (pointe shoes not required); Students who do not have ballet slippers, shirts, and/or tights may wear tights and tights that allow them to move. Long hair should be in a bun if possible, or at least away from the face.

Books: Author talks

Stephen Markley He will be discussing his book “The Flood” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2, the first of two virtual book discussions of the Central Arkansas Library System’s “Six Bridges Presents” series. Catholic High School principal Steve Strassel will be the moderator. Submission is free. log in 17.

The Flood plots a possible near-future avalanche that begins with a death threat to a scientist studying undersea methane deposits. Markley’s other books include “Ohio”, “Publish This Book” (a memoir) and “Tales of Iceland” (a travel story).

At 6:30 p.m. March 2, Benjamin L. Karp wrote his book, The Fire of 1776: A Lost Story of the American Revolution. The moderator will be Vaughn Scribner, Associate Professor of British American History at the University of Central Arkansas. Submission is free. log in

Karp is Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of Defying the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America and Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution.

For more information, call (501) 918-3098, email, or visit

etc.: NEA grants

National Endowment for the Arts It awards 10 grants totaling $230,000 to Arkansas organizations, in the categories of Grants for Arts Projects, Challenge America and Research Awards, as part of its first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2023.

Arkansas Grantees, Amounts, and Categories:

  • ◼️ Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, $50,000 Grants for Art Projects – Museums
  • ◼️ Oxford American Literary Project (aka Oxford American), Conway, $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects – Literary Arts
  • ◼️ University of Central Arkansas, Conway, $30,000 Arts Projects Grants – Visual Arts
  • Alex Foundation, Dermott, $10,000 Grants for Arts-Design Projects
  • ◼️ TheaterSquared Inc. Fayetteville, $30,000 Arts Projects Grants – Theatre
  • ◼️ University of Arkansas Main Campus, Fayetteville, $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects – Folk and Traditional Arts
  • ◼️ Meadowcreek Inc. Fox, $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects – Folk and Traditional Arts
  • ◼️ Sonny Boy Blues Society (aka King Biscuit Blues Festival), Helena-West Helena, $30,000 Grants for Arts Projects – Music
  • ◼️ Southwest Arkansas Arts Council Inc. Hope, $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects – Local Arts Agencies
  • ^ Chamber Music Association of Little Rock, Little Rock, $10,000, Challenge America.

the tickets: “Chicago” in LR

Tickets – $39 – $93 – On sale at 10 a.m. today for the Kander & Ebb Musical 25th Anniversary Tour “Chicago,” at 7:30 p.m. on March 17, 2, and 7:30 p.m. at the Little Rock Robinson Center Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham Street on Broadway. Call (501) 244-8800 or visit or

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