Northwest Block

Northwest Charlotte bordered by Rozzelles Ferry and Beatties Ford roads and Freedom Drive and State Street

Check out this article from The Charlotte Post about the ‘Hamilton’-style master class that took place at Northwest School of the Arts. Led by cast member and NWSA alum Willie “Tre” Smith, the event was sponsored by ASC’s #CultureBlocks program.

Photo: The Charlotte Post

Ballroom Made Easy and Soul Line-Dancing by Purple Charlotte Steppers

When: Tuesdays through June 29, 2020. Various times, see below
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr, Charlotte, NC 28216)

This series is a great way to meet wonderful people, try something new, exercise and a great date night! You may ask, “What does dance do?” Dance reduces stress; increases energy; improves flexibility, strength, balance and endurance; increases mental capacity; and is a great social outlet. This program is sure to meet and exceed your expectations. Let us be a part of your dance journey. See you on the dance floor! No partner needed. More information here or by calling 980-314-1120.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Morning Soul Line-Dance Class

6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Evening Ballroom Made Easy Class


Zimbabwe African Dance Classes by Charlotte Ballet

When: Every Wednesday, until June 24, 2020 (7:00 p.m.)
Where: Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center (2921 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

A fusion of Zimbabwe dance styles using traditional Zimbabwe vocabulary mixed with contemporary movement. Class is for all ages. No previous experience required. For more information, contact Shannon Fraser sfraser@charlotteballet.org or call 704-414-2774.


Visual Art and Music Community Experiences by Arts+

When: Various Dates, See Below (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Where: Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Arts+ invites all community members to participate in a visual art workshop series with a different activity each workshop. Arts+ teaching artists will lead participants through various art projects and techniques. Live music will accompany the art-making experience throughout the workshop. These two-hour workshop experiences are intended for families and appropriate for all ages.

Classes take place on Saturdays, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

November 30 and December 7, 2019

January 4, February 15, March 21, April 25, May 16, and June 6, 2020

For more information, contact Beatties Ford Road Library at 704-416-3000.


Learn Life Skills Through Theatre Skills presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

When: Mondays in Fall 2019 from September 30 to December 16, and Tuesdays in Winter 2020 from January 7 to March 24
Where: Tuckaseegee Recreation Center (4820 Tuskaseegee Rd,Charlotte, NC 28208)

This program will allow preschool-aged children to gain exposure to life skills through theatre skills by utilizing theatre and art activities. Students will engage in early childhood appropriate theatre activities, theatre games, group storytelling, craft and prop creation, and introduction to public speaking. Children will be engaged through guided activities to improve communication skills, support creative choices, be more confident, have empathy and work in cooperation with others, and to better appreciate the arts. This program will provide arts access for early childhood ages and programming for children not enrolled in a formal preschool program. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Classes are held on Mondays in 2019 from September 30 to December 16, and on Tuesdays in 2020 from January 7 to March 24. All classes take place from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. There are NO CLASSES on 12/23/19, 12/30/19, 1/21/20 or 3/3/20.

For more information, contact Al Carter at 980-314-1115 or Alfred.Carter@mecklenburgcountync.gov


African Drum Circle presented by Drums 4 Life

When:  Every 3rd Saturday: December 21, 2019 & January 18, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, 2020
Where: Beatties Ford Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Drums 4 Life presents an exciting African Drum Circle for people of all ages. Participants will learn about the rewards of African drumming and have a hands on experience drumming on different African instruments. Drums are provided for all participants.No prior experience is required.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Youth

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | All ages


Reclaim 37: The Exhibition presented by JCSU and Levine Museum of the New South
When: Ongoing
Where: James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University (100 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

The Reclaim 37 exhibit chronicles the past and present-day narratives of historic black spaces along the Beatties Ford Road Corridor/Biddleville which is located on the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina. Using the lens of Afrofuturism, Reclaim 37 exhibit takes the concept of the everyday Beatties Ford Road Corridor/Biddleville experiences and recreate them to provide tangible access to this community’s history through reshaping the lens of today and projecting a strong future. The exhibit will create a learning experience using art, sound, and visual to share the history of Charlotte, NC’s only survived post-bellum, streetcar black community, Biddleville. Biddleville is just minutes from uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities across the nation. The opening programming will feature music, tours, light refreshments, meet and greet with the creative team and more. For more details contact Monika Rhue, Project Director at mrhue@jcsu.edu


Jazzin’ & Bluzin’ With the Seniors presented by Dapper Street Productions

When: Thursday, April 2, 2020 (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Jazzin’ & Bluzin is an hour of live jazz, blues and storytelling by the Dapper Street Jazz Band. Attendees are encouraged to cut a strut, if the music moves ya. You dig? More information here.


Senior/Adult Pottery Workshop presented by Clayworks

When: January 9, 2020 & April 9, 2020 (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr, Charlotte, NC 28216)

In this hour and a half long pottery workshop, our ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. These programs are designed to provide an opportunity to explore the material of clay and to learn different hand-building techniques. Projects created during a workshop will be brought back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to the workshop location for pickup. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery. Pre-registration is required for these classes. Call 980-314-1120 to order.


Pottery Workshop for All Ages presented by Clayworks

When: December 14, 2019 / January 25, February 1, March 7, April 11, May 2, June 27, 2020 (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Where: Tuckaseegee Recreation Center (4820 Tuckaseegee Road Charlotte, NC 28208)

In this two-hour long pottery workshop, our ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. These programs are designed to provide an opportunity to explore the material of clay and to learn different hand-building techniques. Projects created during a workshop will be brought back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to the workshop location for pickup. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery.

Pre-registration is required for these classes. Call 980-314-1115 to order.

 

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