Archive for the ‘Dance’ Category

Fancy Feet Grand Opening

April 7, 2011

There is something new in East Sacramento! Lets all give a big, warm welcome to Elizabeth Ercila, owner of Fancy Feet Dance Academy.

Fancy Feet Dance Academy is open for business, however still under construction.  They are holding two grand opening events, one on Saturday April 16th and the other on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00AM to 4:00PM both days.  At the ceremony they will be providing cupcakes as well as providing lots of entertainment:  including a raffle for Disneyland tickets, balloon twisting and face painting!  There will also be a meet and greet with some of the Fancy Feet Parties characters and for the dance academy side of things there will be class demos for Zumba, Baby Music, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Belly Dance!  It’s sure to be an event to remember!

Fancy Feet Dance Academy is located at 712 57th Street, near Crepe Escape, and for more information click HERE or call 916.451.4900.

We’ll see you there!

Sacramento Greek Food Festival

September 1, 2010

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One of the best reasons to live in Sacramento (right up there with the proximity to both San Francisco and Tahoe) is the diversity we have and availability to immerse your children into another culture. Personally, the Greek Food Festival is my favorite way to do that!

The Sacramento Greek Festival is held each year during Labor Day weekend at the Sacramento Convention Center. Friday, September 3rd from 11AM to 11PM, Saturday, the 4th from 12PM to 11PM and Sunday, September 5th from 12PM to 10PM you can take a tasting tour of Greece, stroll through Hellenica (a cultural display), sample Greek wine and beer and enjoy music of “Mythos” band– all without the pricey plane ticket.

Don’t miss the authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, Greek folk dancing (there are even lessons available), the Pantopolion (marketplace of imported gifts and jewelry) and cooking demonstrations! General admission is $5, seniors (55 and older) are $4 and children 12 and younger are *FREE* and if you click HERE you can print a $2 off admission coupon. Also, show up on Friday from 11AM to 3PM and admission is *FREE* for everyone!

The Sacramento Convention Center is located at 1400 J Street and for more information click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

Camp BEAST at ArtBeast

May 19, 2010

Are your children counting down the school days left? Are you? You might be dreading the last day of school if you don’t have summer plans. ArtBeast is here to help, with weeks of super fun summer camps for children ages 4-6.

Our camps are about exploring art and self expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. No matter the theme, we promise a range of arts integration with movement, song, story, and art. After or before camp each day, you can stay and play at Art Beast with your child as long as you’d like. The camps offer a blend of structured arts exploration in the classroom and free play within the building, always under close supervision by the camp teachers.

Camp BEAST session times are 9AM to 1PM and 1:30PM to 5:30PM and the cost is $160, with additional children from the same family discounted 15%.

Here are the session dates and camp themes:

June 14 to June 18
Morning Camp: Acting and Storytelling
Afternoon Camp: Rocket Camp

June 21 to June 25 Morning Camp: Exploring Art
Afternoon Camp: Camp Gizmo

June 28 to July 2
Morning Camp: Garden Camp
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Eco Art

July 5 to July 9
Morning Camp: Exploring Textiles
Afternoon Camp: Rocket Camp

July 12 to July 16
Morning Camp: Puppet Making
Afternoon Camp: Dance Camp

July 19 to July 23
Morning Camp: Camp Gizmo
Afternoon Camp: Acting and Storytelling

July 26 to July 30
Morning Camp: Exploring Art
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Eco Art

August 2 to Aug 6
Morning Camp: Dance Camp
Afternoon Camp: Drum and Movement

August 9 to Aug 13
Morning Camp: Puppet Making
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Dance

Aug 16 to Aug 20
Morning Camp: Drum and Movement

For camp descriptions and more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233. To register click HERE. Remember that all proceeds from ArtBeast go to benefit the Tubman House and are tax deductible.

We’ll see you there!

Old Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 9, 2010

Since we are already looking forward to the weekend (see yesterday’s post) lets stick with it all week. With St. Patrick’s Day coming next Wednesday you will definitely want to begin celebrating early at the 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Sacramento.

Bagpipes, drum corps, Irish step dancers, costumed marchers, and festive pageantry, bring the luck of the Irish to parade watchers during Sacramento’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Over a decade in existence, the parade has become a celebrated tradition filling the streets of Old Sacramento with over 500 costumed marchers, military regiments, marching bands, uniformed police and fire professionals, cultural organizations and much more.

The hour-long parade begins promptly at 1PM at 2nd and L Streets  and proceeds throughout the historic district of Old Sacramento. This is a family friendly event appropriate for all ages (no alcoholic beverages will be served.) During the evening many restaurants will offer Irish menus or specialties, and adults who prefer a Guinness with their meal will be able to enjoy one with their meal at restaurants throughout Old Sac.

The festivities run from 12-6PM on Saturday, March 13th and for more information click here or call 916.558.3912.

We’ll see you there!

Do you have any St. Patricks Day traditions you observe in your home? Corned beef and cabbage for dinner? Wearing green? Share in the comments below this post!

“Baby and Me” Monday Mornings at Art Beast

February 15, 2010

As a mom with a baby I am super excited when there is “Mommy and Me” anything. It can be difficult as a new mom (and I think it is fair to say you are a new mom until they are at least 2) to find ways to entertain your little one, especially if you are a stay-at-home mom. If that is the case for you, Monday mornings at Art Beast are here to the rescue.

“Baby and Me” Monday begins at 10AM with a Music and Movement class

Infants, toddlers, and adults come together to sing songs, dance, and create art. From a child development perspective, this age learns through the senses, so all the activities will incorporate art through looking, feeling, hearing, and smelling (think rose petal collage, peppermint paint…). And tasting is, of course, inevitable. The process is the key, taking home a product is minimal.  Say the theme is Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. We start at a circle, pass out prints for the children to hold, and we talk about what we see. We might sing a sunflower song, then go to a table of sunflowers to play with- touch, ruffle petals, stack. Lastly, we finger paint with yellow. How about Hopper’s Houses? A child can build a house with blocks and then paint one! Degas’ Dancers? Can’t paint a dancer ’till you’ve danced yourself! Rousseau’s Jungle? Monet’s Water?

You get the idea. Between classes you’ll have time to explore the infant soft space and movement room. If you’ve never been to Art Beast you can check out pictures here. Remember, there is tons of *FREE* parking around Art Beast so don’t let that deter you. Another plus: your admission is tax-deductible since it is also a donation to the Tubman House.

Admission to Art Beast is $8 for ages 12 months and older.  Second adults accompanying a child and babies under 1 year are *FREE*! Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click here or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

Sacramento Turn Verein Karneval/Mardi Gras

February 3, 2010

I am all for infusing cultural education into activities, and the Sacramento Turn Verein’s Karneval/Mardi Gras celebration is a perfect example. Food, drinks and immersion into the German culture; the Karneval is a fun family friendly event coming up this Saturday, February 6th.

Doors open at 6PM with dancing from 7-11PM and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Families will have the opportunity to sample German food, beer, wine, champagne, “kaffee and kuchen” (coffee and cake.) $5 food and drink tickets will be provided for attendees in full costume– how much fun would it be to prepare for the event and have you children make their own masks?

You can read about the history of the German Karneval here and for more information about the 2010 Karneval/Mardi Gras click here or call 916.442.7360. The Sacramento Turn Verein is located at 3349 J Street.

We’ll see you there!

Do you do anything fun with your kids to celebrate Mardi Gras? Any arts or crafts? Favorite activities? We’d love to hear about them!

2010 Art Beast Schedule is out!

January 7, 2010


If you haven’t already checked out the new Art Beast class schedule, here is a summary of a few of the classes offered. You can also find the class listings on our calendar page.

Baby and Me Music and Movement (0 to 2):
10 – 10:30 AM
Infants, toddlers, and adults come together to sing songs, dance and create rhythm. Stomping, clapping, rocking, and raising voices in song, children learn the magic of creating music and of being together. 

Tiny Tappers (3 and up) 3:30 – 4:00 PM
This class teaches rhythm, coordination, terminology and is an introduction to basic tap fundamentals. Our main focus will be on the development of coordination, concentration, listening skills and self confidence through positive interactions. The classes are structured and paced for the beginning learner in a fun introduction to tap! 

Tap Dance (5 and up) 4:00 – 4:45 PM
This class teaches rhythm, coordination, terminology and an is an introduction to basic tap fundamentals. Our main focus will be on the development of coordination, self expression, listening skills, concentration, memory and self confidence through dance activities. The class stimulates physical, emotional and intellectual growth through fun tap steps! Children will have an opportunity for dance individually and learn about group work as they learn their routines. 

Yoga and Creative Movement (All ages) 10 – 10:30 AM
A fun-filled and enriching class ensured to engage your young ones in exploring yoga, dance and music. This class is a wonderful way for children to begin practicing self expression in a healthy and creative way! Parents are welcome to join their children in the class. 

Eco Yoga (4 and up) 3:15 – 4 PM
Come and experience the beauty and power of children’s yoga. In Yoga, children not only connect with and strengthen their bodies, they also experience the self within. Through yoga, children cultivate self awareness, self esteem, a balanced nervous system, hand-eye coordination, body/mind balance, and optimized brain functioning, among countless other benefits. We will be exploring yoga techniques such as: asana (postures), mantra (sound), pranayam (breath) and relaxation through sharing stories about the vibrant local ecosystem. Come join us for our adventure integrating song, dance, music, art and sharing circle with Yoga & Nature Awareness. 

Beastie Song Circle (All Ages) 11 AM
Come raise your voice and wiggle at our Beastie Song Circle. Ryan or Lida will play a variety of sing-a-long classics and original tunes as children and their grown ups join in to create a magical morning of song.


Spanish Song and Play (2 and up) 4 – 4:30 PM
Children will develop vocabulary and an ear for the Spanish language as they play and sing in Spanish. Movement games will help children integrate the new words they are learning. The instructor is fluent in Spanish and will immerse the children in the sounds of this beautiful language. 

Hip Hop (4 and up) 4:30 – 5 PM
This class is all about feeling the rhythms, beats and letting your body move to the music. Students will enjoy dance games set to music. Hip Hop offers your child the opportunity to discover innovative ways to be in motion. Your child’s input is accepted and encouraged when it comes to creating dance moves, and the laughs and smiles at the end of the class are more important than a final dance product. Hip hop is a brilliant way to get great exercise, discover dance, and feel inventive! 

Storybook Art and Fingerplay (2 and up)
10:30 – 11:15 AM 
Each class opens with gentle songs and fingerplay to capture the meaning of the songs. Smaller children often sit on their parents lap as they sing together. Next, we uses great children’s stories to launch into art, creating art to express the story’s themes. 

World Dance and Storytelling (All ages) 11:30 – 12 PM
Travel the globe with Sonja as she shares stories and folk dances from around the world. Sonja is a wonderful storyteller and carries on the oral tradition by sharing tales from around the world. In between, music from each land is played and a simple folk dance taught and danced in a joyful circle. Parents are welcome to join this class. 

Exploring Art with the Great Artists (4 and up) 2 PM
Children explore art and learn about the world’s artists in this workshop. Each week, an artist is featured. Children learn about the mediums and approaches the artists used, and then explore the methods themselves. They may mix egg yolk and crush pigment like Giotto to create their own paint. They may get up close with the flowers to create their own O’Keefe inspired blooms. 

Natural Childhood Crafts (4 and up) 3 PM
Model with bees wax. Fingerknit a scarf. Needle felt a woolen treasure. Make candles. Each week, the children will learn a new craft and take home a treasure they created with their own hands and vision. Grown ups are very much encouraged to join the class, learn the arts, and guide their child as they create!Classes are limited to 12 participants per session so be sure to arrive early or call ahead to reserve your space. Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click here or call 916.441.1123.

ArtBeast’s Winter Solstice Party

December 16, 2009

With all of the other holidays to celebrate, the winter solstice gets lost in the mix. Join ArtBeast in celebrating the official start of the season with yoga, storytelling, art, music and dance. Explore the values of giving, gratitude and joy (we could all use a reminder, especially after all of the last-minute shopping.) After the workshop, join the potluck!

The Winter Solstice Party will take place on Sunday, December 20th from 2-4PM. Admission to ArtBeast is $8 per adult, $8 per child and free for extra adults in the family. Don’t forget that your admission is tax-deductible because all proceeds go to support the Tubman House. Talk about doing good.

ArtBeast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click here or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

Have you been to ArtBeast yet? Taken a class? What did you think? What did your kids think?

P.S. Need a last-minute gift? Why not enter to win *FREE* passes to the California State Railroad Museum? Click here and comment!

Midtown hunt for Nutcracker tickets!

November 30, 2009

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt?! Starting TODAY you can visit local businesses for an opportunity to find hidden nutcrackers and a chance to win TWO *FREE* TICKETS to opening night of the Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker!

100 nutcrackers are hidden at the businesses listed below and 20 of those nutcrackers hold a certificate for TWO TICKETS to opening night of the Nutcracker on December 11th! The treasure hunt runs Monday, November 30th through Sunday, December 6th so go soon! Here is your treasure map…

Art Ellis Supply
Asha Yoga
Britt Steele Boutique
City Bicycle Works
Cuffs Boutique
Etc. Gifts, Cards, Paper
Gifted Gardener
Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
Haus Home Décor
Hina’s Tea
Krazy Mary’s Boutique
Lumens Light + Living
See’s Candies
Sugar Shack Boutique
The Bead Fetish
Tres Chic Boutique
University Art

Comment below and let us know if you find any (or if you visit a business that has run out of nutcrackers!) Happy hunting!

Sacramento Ballet Family Day

October 19, 2009


As moms we want to expose our children to as many different experiences as possible, right? Have you considered ballet? I remember going to see The Nutcracker as a child during school field trips and I recall how magical the production seemed. It was as if the dancers’ feet never touched the ground.

The Sacramento Ballet is bringing Peter & the Wolf to life on Saturday, October 24th from 3-5PM. The show will be interactive and afterwards kids will have an opportunity to check out the Sacramento Zoomobile and Kid Friendly animals, Fairytale corner and will be able to meet the dancers.

We can’t say this event is cheap though– tickets for adults are $25 and ages 12 and under are $12. If the ticket prices are within your means and you are interested in sharing ballet with your child, don’t miss Peter & the Wolf!

The performance will be held at the Crest Theater at 1013 K Street. To purchase tickets online click here.

For more information call 916.442.7378 or click here.

We’ll see you there!