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School of YES! | Summer Camp

Date: July 11 - Aug 06, 2022

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2022 School of YES!

Students are encouraged to attend ALL (4) weeks of camp. This is not a requirement.

$25 per student per week.

10:30 - 12 PM | 7-10 years of age
12:30 - 2 PM | 11-14 years of age

Parents are encouraged to be present. Please read "Terms and Conditions"

Scholarships are available by submitting to arts@cityofmesquite.com. Please specify, how many children, your age, and a brief description of why you are needing assistance.

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You can also email us at arts@cityofmesquite.com
At this time, Mesquite Arts Center does not offer childcare.

Instructors will be onsite to instruct children. Parents are encouraged to stay with child in case of emergency. Staff will be present during all summer camp courses.
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About The School of YES!

In 2013, CMT was one of 19 organizations in the world to receive a grant from the Hermes Foundation in France to create a curriculum for what is now called “The School of YES!” The program's mission is to give young people the tools and understanding to say “yes” to a future of their choice, through multidisciplinary and multicultural arts residencies, rather than a future determined by their environment. The vision of The School of YES! is to prepare a corps of young artists and leaders to succeed and positively impact their communities for future generations. The School of YES! provides students the courage and tools to pursue their own projects in their own communities, thus strengthening cultural and community relations while providing a sense of ownership and strong social responsibility. Students learn to become citizens of the world rather than mere consumers.

Week 1 | July 11- 15 | Visual Arts

Students will create artwork inspired by the artistic traditions of Mexico and Latin America. They will explore different art styles and mediums while learning a little about the history of how these art forms came to be. Students will gain skills in perseverance, creativity, and cultural literacy.

Instructor: Frida Lozano

Frida Espinosa-Müller is a Mexican-born artist. She holds her BFA in Dramatic Literature and Theatre at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (U.N.A.M.), and studied physical theatre at the Diplomado Teatro del Cuerpo (DTdC) in Mexico City. In 2005, she joined Cara Mía Theatre’s Resident Ensemble where she has served as an actress, designer, and teaching artist. She has written and directed several children's plays that are part of CMT's repertory. Frida has also served Cara Mía Theatre as director, editor, and ensemble on the Broadway en Español Series with ATTPAC. She teaches theatre, puppetry, and visual arts as part of CMT's Educational Programs for Youth and through the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture's Community Artist Program (CAP). Frida’s designs include puppetry, props, costume, and masks for CMT’S productions The Magic Rainforest, TEOTL: The Sand Show, Crystal City 1969, Nuestra Pastorela and Bless Me, Ultima, masks for the University of North Texas’s production of The Siege of Numantia, and costumes and masks for Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet in collaboration with the Dallas Children's Theater. Some of her roles include the Nurse in Romeo and Julieta, Dolores in Zoot Suit, Rosa in Lydia, the title role in Yerma, the Mother and Death in Blood Wedding, la Niña in Nuestra Pastorela, Alicia in The Dreamers: A Bloodline and Abu in Deferred Action in collaboration with the Dallas Theater Center (parts one and two in Cara Mía’s trilogy on immigration), Mami and Lila in Yemaya’s Belly, Lupe in De Troya, Leaning Strong in Where Earth Meets the Sky, Magog in Gog and Magog, Tina in Tina's Journey, Ultima in Bless Me, Ultima, and she was last seen as Nadia in Ursula or let yourself go with the wind, written and directed by herself.

Week 2 | July 18-22 | Theatre Arts

In this highly imaginative and fun workshop, students will explore the fundamentals of acting by working on short scenes. They will learn how to develop a character while also working collaboratively to develop a scene. Through this workshop, students will gain self-confidence, boost their creativity, and expand their skills in acting, improvisation, and communication.

Instructor: Jeffery Colangelo

Jeffrey is a writer, director, actor, fight director, and co-founder of Prism Movement Theater. He has been working in the DFW area for the last four years for theatre companies like Cara Mía Theatre Co., Undermain Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare, Water Tower, Dallas Shakespeare, and the Dallas Theater Center. He has taught with a number of excellent Dallas school programs like Junior Players, Dallas Theater Center, and School of Yes. Jeffrey graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2013 with a degree in Theater Studies.

Week 3 | July 25-29 | Dance

Students will dive into the art of classical dance styles and creative movement. Students will study ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary techniques, as well as improvisation and strength training. Students not only will explore these technical movement skills but also will increase their creativity and collaboration skills.

Instructor: Zachary Hammer

Zac began his dance training at age ten. During his early training, he apprenticed with Ballet Oklahoma, under the direction of Bryan Pitts. In 2007, Zac graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in dance performance from Southern Methodist University, where his original choreography was produced as part of the mainstage season. He has been cast in numerous industrials, and is a nationally recognized teacher of ballet, modern, and jazz. From 2007 to 2010, Zac toured both abroad and domestically with Parsons Dance, and from 2010 to 2014, was a dancer in the New York City cast of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Other companies include the Nicholas Andre Dance Company, Amy Marshall Dance Company, dre.dance, and Alison Chase Performance. Upon returning to Dallas in 2014, he has worked as an adjunct professor of jazz dance at Southern Methodist University, managed and taught all styles at Preston Center Dance, and has been on faculty at the KD Conservatory. Choreographic works include the DIFFA Fashion Show, The Miss Texas Pageant, the Mary Kay Industrial, and numerous modern and jazz pieces for soloist and groups across the country.

Week 4 | August 1 -5 | Music

Students will use found objects and their voices to learn the fundamentals of music techniques, proving anyone can create music. They will learn simple and complex rhythms as well as proper vocal technique and pitch matching. Students will play rhythms and sing with each other while following the teacher. They will not only gain technical skills in music but will also gain skills in perseverance and collaboration.

Instructor: Nychelle Winters

The Irma P. Hall award winning actress, Nychelle Winters, is a distinguished director, educator, actress and musician. She currently serves as the General Music Instructor and Director of Choral Studies at Harry Stone Montessori Academy, in the Dallas Independent School District. Under her direction, the choir has earned UIL Sweepstakes awards for superior performance in both concert and sight reading. They have also been afforded the opportunity to be a featured guest at the 2022 Texas Alliance of Black School Educators Convention. Ms. Winters earned the Bachelor in Music Business and Management from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds professional affiliations with the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association. As an educator, Ms Winters has been afforded the opportunity to teach, train, and perform at many venues nationally. Her talents have been seen in off-Broadway productions including Aida (Nehebkah), Dreamgirls (Effie), and Beauty and The Beast (Ensemble). Her work in these productions earned her awards and acknowledgment including Best Featured Actress in a Musical (The Column Awards). Ms. Winters is highly sought-after to be a musical role-model for students. Her energetic instruction can be described as a helping tool for students to develop a love for music. By teaching at a very high level - constantly adjusting instruction and differentiating, Ms. Winters can guarantee that every student that encounters her instruction can all find musical success.

Aug 6 | Community Celebration: End of Summer Camp Procession

Location: Downtown Mesquite ( 100 W. Front Street Station)
Time of Performance: 10-10:15 AM

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