Registration Open for Winter/Spring Classes at Wolf Trap

Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces its class series for Winter/Spring 2014. Wolf Trap offers instruction in private piano, voice, guitar, drumming for all ages, and social dancing, as well as master classes and Wolf Trap’s Signature Programs for Early Learners: Baby Artsplay!™, and Artsplay!™ Wolf Trap classes emphasize personal achievement, community building, and encourage lifelong learning through the arts. Registration is available online at or by calling 703.937.6304. All classes are held at the Center for Education at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182. Conveniently located next to The Barns at Wolf Trap, the Center for Education includes free parking and a comfortable, state-of-the-art learning environment. To learn more, please visit


Keys to Success! Private Piano Lessons
5 years – Adult
Price: $420 (30 minutes), $630 (45 minutes), $840 (60 minutes)

Whether you're a bench beginner, ivory expert, or somewhere in-between, Wolf Trap's professional piano instructor provides focused attention that emphasizes personal achievement, broadening of musical understanding, and the joy of making music. Offered in comfortable, state-of-the-art private practice rooms, our piano lessons will give you the tools you need for headlining your next dinner party or simply playing the songs you love.

Lessons will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the instructor and student and will be held on: Saturdays, January 25-April 12, 2014 (makeups April 19 and 26), 10 am-2 pm;
Mondays, January 27-April 21, 2014 (no class February 17; makeups April 28 and May 5), 4:30-8 pm.

You Can Sing! Private Voice Lessons
12 years – Adult
Price: $420 (30 minutes), $630 (45 minutes), $840 (60 minutes)

Burgeoning bass-baritones, seasoned sopranos, and glee club “gleeks” will enjoy one-on-one sessions with our professional voice instructor, who will work with you to enhance your singing skills. Lessons move at your own pace while providing an understanding of proper voice training and music styles. Wolf Trap provides comfortable, state-of-the-art private practice rooms and a relaxed environment that will help you prepare for karaoke night or your next school audition.

Lessons will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the instructor and student and will be held on: Saturdays, January 25-April 26, 2014 (no class February 22 and April 12; makeups May 3 and 10), 10 am-3 pm.

Strum a Chord! Private Guitar Lessons
10 years – Adult
Price: $420 (30 minutes), $630 (45 minutes), $840 (60 minutes)

Rock fanatics, jazz aficionados, and classical buffs alike can hone their craft with the help of Wolf Trap’s professional guitar instructor. Private lessons are designed to cater to your needs and experience with a focus on increasing technique and musicality. Taught in our comfortable, state-of-the-art practice rooms, lessons at Wolf Trap will build your confidence so that you will be jamming with your friends in no time!

Lessons will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the instructor and student and will be held on: Mondays between January 27-April 21, 2014 (no class February 17; makeups April 28 and May 5), 3:30-7:30 pm.

Footloose at Wolf Trap: Where the Community Comes to Dance
Price: $60 (for 4 classes); $18 (per-class)

Swing, Salsa, and Bollywood social dance classes! These individual classes are a new and exciting way to experience the performing arts at Wolf Trap. No experience or partners required. Register for the full, 4-week series and receive a discount.

Latin Vibe! Salsa Dance Class: Get moving with a thrilling evening of salsa dancing. Learn the basic concepts and movements, while meeting new people in an energetic atmosphere.
Thursday, February 6, 7-8:30 pm

Swing, Baby, Swing! Swing Dance Class: Jive to the syncopated rhythms of jazz music while learning the fundamentals of the Lindy Hop and other hip steps for new movers and shakers.
Thursday, February 13, 7-8:30 pm

Lights, Camera, Bollywood! Bollywood Dance Class: Discover the energetic and glamorous moves of South Asia’s hottest dance style by learning the expressive story-telling choreography through this fun-filled and vibrant class.
Thursday, February 20, 7-8:30 pm

Take a Bow! Community Dance Party: You’ve done the work, now bust a move! Show off your newly minted swing, Bollywood, and salsa dance steps with your friends at this DJ-hosted dance party.
Thursday, February 27, 7-8:30 pm

Wolf Trap's Signature Artsplay!™ Series
3 – 5 years
Price: $150 (6-week session); $30 (per class)

Strengthen your bond with your child as you encourage self-expression and imaginative play through classes on drama, literacy, science, movement, storytelling, music, math, puppetry, and engineering. Register for classes individually or for a 6-week session.
Saturdays, March 1-April 5, 2014, 11:15 am-12:15 pm

The First Act: Drama and Literacy
Ignite your child’s interest in storytelling through theatrical adventures and dramatic play.
Saturday, March 1; Teaching Artist: Melissa Richardson

Leap into Science: Movement and Science
Get the most out of your child’s natural curiosity and energy through this movement-based class that will explore the science concepts inherent in everyday life.
Saturday, March 8; Teaching Artist: Amanda Layton Whiteman

Once Upon a Time: Storytelling and Literacy
Draw your children into the drama of stories! Children will learn about the characters and explore the setting of a select book using dramatization and imagination.
Saturday, March 15; Teaching Artist: TBD

The Beat Goes On: Music and Math
Go beyond listening and start making music! Children will enjoy the sheer excitement that comes from singing and drumming, while you’ll appreciate the educational pay-offs.
Saturday, March 22; Teaching Artist: Kofi Dennis

Imaginative Builders: Puppetry and Engineering
Discover the six steps of engineering through puppetry in this interactive and engaging class.
Saturday, March 29; Teaching Artist: Penny Russell

Art Sprouts: Performing Arts and Nature
Explore the seasons through drama, storytelling, dance, and music.
Saturday, April 5; Teaching Artist: Jeanne Wall

Baby Artsplay!™
6 months – 3 years and their caregivers
Price: $150

Learn to integrate music, movement, and drama in your everyday playtime to foster your child’s developmental growth. Intended for ages 6 months to 3 years, these classes are exciting and dynamic enough to keep the attention of both you and your little ones. Instructors: Valerie Bayne Carroll & Sylvia Zwi

Classes will be held on:
Saturday, March 1-April 5, 2014 (makeup April 12)
Section 1: 10 am-11 am (6 - 18 months); Instructor Valerie Bayne Carroll
Section 2: 10 am-11 am (19 - 36 months); Instructor Sylvia Zwi

Adventures in Drumming: A Drum Circle for All Ages
5 years and older with adults
Price: $180 (6-week session for 2 people; $90 for each additional participant); $35 (per class fee for 2 people; $20 for each additional participant)

Our traditional drum circle now invites children and adults alike to build an all-ages drumming community. Teach your children the delight of rhythm and sound while honing your own skills.

Saturdays, March 1-April 5, 2014 at the Center for Education, 12:45-1:45 pm

Djembe Drumming for Adults
Teenagers and adults
Price: $120 (6-week session); $25 (per class)

Djembe specialist and Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Kofi Dennis guides students of all skill levels through the engaging experience of a djembe drum circle. Feel your stress melt away through this therapeutic art form as you discover the rhythmic patterns, phrases, and techniques of this prominent West African drumming tradition in a comfortable group setting. Bring your own djembe or borrow one from the instructor.

Classes will be held on:
Tuesdays, March 4 -April 8, 2014 (makeup April 15)
Level I: 6:45-7:45 pm
Level II: 8-9 pm

Before The Barns: Explore the Artist in You
12 years and older

Irish Céilí: Social Irish Dance Class
Learn reels, slip jigs, and slides in a relaxed and friendly environment. Hosted in conjunction with the Cherish The Ladies’ performance at The Barns, this is your chance to become part of the living tradition of Irish dance!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 6:30-7:30 pm
Price $15

Rhythm in Harmony: Djembe Drum Circle
Drummers of all skill levels are invited to experience the joy of community music making while performing West African drum rhythms on the djembe. After the class, enjoy more inspiring global beats with a performance by Mali’s Habib Koité at The Barns.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6:30-7:30 pm
Price $15

What's My Line? Improvisation Workshop
Wish you were better at thinking on your feet? Been dreaming of joining The Second City? Then improve your communication skills while laughing ’til it hurts at an introductory class on improvisation comedy. Instructors: Second City Cast Members
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 3-5 pm
Price: $25

For more information about the classes and registration, please visit or contact Wolf Trap Education at

About Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues, the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns is operated by the Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera Company, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2009 List of “Best Places to Intern.” As part of its ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment, Wolf Trap offers metro access and is a founding member of the Green Music Group. Wolf Trap Foundation is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Virginia Commission for the Arts.