By RAVEN JACKSON | Staff Writer

The Community School of the Arts, or CSA, is ready to begin a new semester of dance, music and visual arts. The dynamic classes offered by the school strive to make the classes interesting and provide low cost opportunities for knowledge growth in a student’s area of interest.

“The program has been around for over 20 years now. It started off as the community School of Music and then we expanded to include the other arts disciplines,” said Joann McIntosh, coordinator. We have classes for ages six months to adult, in the arts, in music, in visual arts and dance as well.”

A wide range of classes is offered by the CSA for the spring semester. Some classes in music include Suzuki violin lessons, beginning guitar lessons for adults, Clarksville community chorus and individual music lessons. Some visual arts classes offered are ceramics, digital photography and Photoshop, painting with watercolors, as well as introduction to black and white photography in the darkroom.

“We have recitals for our music programs and classes at the end of each semester. We have art exhibits for the visual arts students. They get to put everything up in the lobby of the Mass Communications building and show their work. Everything is open to the public and we have receptions. It’s good exposure for everybody,” McIntosh said.

This semester, dance has broadened its horizons to include a few more classes. “The dance classes are the newest addition to the CSA programs. We started those a year ago fall, and just offered ballet. This past fall we offered some other classes as well.”

The new classes include hip-hop, modern dance and creative movement for children ages 4 and 5 and serves to prepare the child for more advanced classes.

“Anyone who signs up for a dance course through the Community School of the Arts can expect to learn a great deal about training the mind and body for dance, will have the opportunity to gain strength and flexibility and will get to experience the joy of dancing,” said Marcus Hayes, assistant professor of Theater and Dance.

The music classes are held in the Music and Mass Communications building, the visual arts are held within Trahern and the dance classes are located in the dance studio in the Memorial Health Building. For more information on the CSA, to see a full list of classes offered or to sign up for a class this semester, visit www.apsu.edu/csa. TAS