Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. ART kids will be taught a rigorous course on basics such as ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theatre.
The discipline of music boosts students brain power, teaches patience, and helps them to think critically as they approach harmony and singing in rhythm. ART kids will learn challenging music, play games, as well as sing.
Art will consist of different techniques such as painting, building, designing projects geared towards props and sets.
Drama helps youth discover talents, feel like part of something outside themselves, gives them a sense of belonging and importance, and raises their self-confidence. ART kids will learn basic acting techniques.
Meet Our Teachers
Rachel Evans Producer/Director
Mrs. Evans has been producing and art directing ART4Kids shows for the past three years. Her resourcefulness and talent influence everything the audience sees on stage and everything the actors utilize offstage. She taught art for 5 years at the elementary level. Her experience in the arts stem from her big heart and ability to make beautiful things out of ordinary everyday items. She has a passion for helping individuals find their creative spirit.
Leyla PenczarStage Manager
Ms. Penczar has a passion for education. She has been teaching for 8 years. She has a love for children. A creative spirit and an excitement for theater. She has been involved in ART 4 Kids shows in various capacities for the last 3 years. We love having her on our team!
Mindy DalmacioArtistic Director
Mrs. Dalmacio is a powerhouse of creation. Painting, apparel, event coordination and styling even photograph, you name it she can do it! She joined the ART4Kids team as Artistic Director for Aladdin Jr. We’re so excited for her to bring her magic to Once On This Island.
Carolyn Whiting Music Director
Mrs. Whiting has been involved in musical theater since she was a child. She has performed in several musicals in high-school, college and community theater. Her favorite role was Anita in West Side Story at Eastern Arizona College. She has enjoyed many opportunities to teach music to children and adults in her community. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of such a talented, creative group of people to bring this great production to the stage!
Mr. Petrungaro is currently working as the music teacher at American Leadership Academy- San Tan Elementary Campus. His vision from the beginning was to start a theatre program for the kids where they could gain confidence, refine leadership skills, and of course develop their abilities to act and sing. He finds great joy in the process of helping his students unlock their hidden potential and discover new talents. His focus as an arts educator is to use theatre as a tool to help young people feel a connection to the human spirit as they walk in other people’s shoes. He has his bachelors in music and theatre from Southern Virginia University.
Kelly Joyce FielderStage Manager
Miss. Fielder came to Arizona to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts in Theater for Youth at Arizona State University. She specializes in puppetry, theatre for babies, and international theatre for youth. Recently, she has worked as a teaching artists the Mesa Arts Center, the Ypsilanti International Elementary School, and the University of Michigan Music Society. Before moving to Arizona, she was the Associate Artistic Director at the award-winning, Spinning Dot Theatre, which exclusively performs international theatrical performances for young people. Above all else, Miss. Fielder believes in using art to spark community growth and dialogue – locally and globally.
A.R.T. for Kids is an Arizona Non-Profit Organization. Your donations help us to provide opportunities for local kids to develop their talent and confidence. Thank you!
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