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Twin Steeples Creative Arts Center Announces Summer Activities | Livingston/Tangipahoa

The Twin Steeples Creative Arts Center in downtown Ponchatoula is gearing up for its first summer program.

The summer events kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 with Trippin’ with Trailblazers. Discover the innovative women in dance and music of Cynthia Fellom Tricou, co-founder, artistic director and teacher at Fellom Ballet, and James Square, director of groups in the parochial schools of Tangipahoa.

The summer festivities continue with a live show from Lake Ragan at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 3.

Twin Steeples launches its first series of professional preparation in various art forms.

During the week of June 20 to 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., choreographer and professional dancer Albert Cattafi leads the first series of professional preparation: dance and theater.

During this week-long workshop, Cattafi will focus on four specific dance styles in which he teaches both the physical movement and the practical business skills of that style. This workshop is intended for performers wishing to launch their professional career in dance and theatre.

The second session of the Professional Prep series will focus on visual arts. This one-day workshop will take place on June 28th. Kim Howes Zabbia, a full-time professional artist with an MFA, will teach business practices for success in studio art.

Twin Steeples is also launching its first series of group camps with board member James Square. Students must provide their own instrument or arrange for the rental of an instrument. The two band camps are:

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SMILE: June 13 to 17, 8:30 a.m. to noon. This camp is designed for students with experience in school ensembles. GLE is for students with one to two years of experience, and Advanced is for students with three or more years of experience. Topics include pitch, sight reading, basic conducting, sheet music reading and more. The camp registration fee is $100 and includes a t-shirt, print materials, show tickets, Friday reception, and a daily snack.

Strike up the Band: July 18-22, 8:30 a.m. to noon. This camp is for beginners and students with limited school orchestra experience. Students will learn basic musical literacy, sound production, musical math skills and more. The instruments taught are flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone and percussion (bells). The camp registration fee is $125 and includes a t-shirt, print materials, show tickets, Friday reception, and a daily snack.

Other events include:

June 16: 6 to 7:30 p.m. An Evening with James Square

July 7: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Happening: Photography with Riyen Helg

July 22: 6 p.m. live with Brandon Perrin and Wes Watkins

July 26: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Happening: photo conversation with Phillip Colwart

August 3: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Introduction to Inkle weaving