2017 Arts & Academic Summer Camps

Weekly Camps June 5 - August 11 (ages 8-18)

Theatre • Dance • Fencing • Wood Carving • Animation • Music • Film • Costume Design • Literature • Writing • College Prep • Dungeon & Dragons • Magic the Gathering

JUNE 5th - 9th 12th - 16th 19th - 23rd 26th - 30th
JULY 3rd - 7th 10th - 14th 17th - 21st  
AUGUST 31st - 4th 7th - 11th    
 
JUNE 5th - 9th
Comics as Literature
11AM-1PM (M-F) Ages: 8-14 Cost: $115 Location: Garland
Comic book, graphic novel and Manga fans will become familiar with the building blocks of literature by studying its core elements as they appear in these fictional works. Geared towards students keen to improve their skills in structured reading.   More Info >>

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Writing Realms: D&D Creative Writing
1:30PM-3:30PM (M-F) Ages: 8-12 Cost: $135 Location: Garland
Add creative writing to the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons and you have Writing Realms! Students of all writing abilities will be inspired to develop stories and characters in this exciting and adventurous class.  More Info >>

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JUNE 12th - 16th
Imagining the Future: Science Fiction & Society
11AM-1PM (M-F) Ages: 12-16 Cost: $115 Location: Garland
A fun trek through Science Fiction old and new, this course will look at the influence the genre has had on the progress of technology, society, and government.   More Info >>

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Magic the Gathering-Philosophy & Game Play
1:30PM-4:30PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $125 Location: Garland
White. Blue. Black. Red. Green. These are the colors that represent the philosophies of Magic: the Gathering. Magic is a trading card game where players build up their collection of cards, assemble decks, and battle against their opponents to victory! More Info >>

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June 19th - 23rd
Imagining the Future: Science Fiction & Society
12:30PM-2:30PM (M-F) Ages: 14-18 Cost: $115 Location: Garland
A fun trek through Science Fiction old and new, this course will look at the influence the genre has had on the progress of technology, society, and government.   More Info >>

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Comics as Literature
3:00PM-5:00PM (M-F) Ages: 14-18 Cost: $115 Location: Garland
Comic book, graphic novel and Manga fans will become familiar with the building blocks of literature by studying its core elements as they appear in these fictional works. Geared towards students keen to improve their skills in structured reading. More Info >>

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June 26th - 30th
Beginning Foil Fencing
9AM-12PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $210/$275 Location: Dallas
Fencing, "the most ancient of modern sports" is one of only four sports that has been a part of the Modern Olympic Games since 1896. In this class, students will learn right-of-way (the offense/defense system that governs foil fencing), fencing etiquette and safety, basic footwork, basic blade work and fencing tactics.  More Info >>

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African Dance: Rhythms and Beats
9AM-12PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $100 Location: Dallas
Find your inner rhythm and expand your dance skills with this fun, energetic class! Students will be exposed to African Rhythms and Afro-Beats, to which dancers will learn to connect with music and interpret the music through movements.  More Info >>

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Making EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
9AM-3:30PM (M-F) Ages: 10-15 Cost: $265 Location: Dallas
Learn the fundamentals of composing electronic dance music (EDM) using a professional digital audio work space called Logic Pro X. Students will delve into how to construct and manipulate sounds to create melodies using MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and become familiar with the basic components of a synthesizer.  More Info >>

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Stage Make-Up
9AM-12PM (M-F) Ages: 10-14 Cost: $185 Location: Dallas
The perfect introduction to stage makeup, special effects and fantasy makeup! Starting with the basics, including makeup safety, hygiene, application, shading, and study of face shapes and bone structure, students will progress into age makeup followed by techniques for creating special effects like wounds, scars and burns and finally their own fantasy creations.  More Info >>

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Cover Letters, Business Letters, & Resumes
10AM-12PM (M-F) Ages: 14-18 Cost: $110 Location: Dallas
Students will the learn the basic elements of creating professional documents, from how to write and format a cover letter to what to include in a resume.  More Info >>

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Stop Motion Animation
10AM-12PM (M-F) Ages: 10-14 Cost: $125 Location: Dallas
Have you ever wanted to see your LEGOs come to life? In this class, you can! Stop motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own.  More Info >>

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Rock & Roll History
10AM-2:30PM (M-Th) Ages: 10-16 Cost: $275 Location: Dallas
Explore the history of Rock & Roll from its birth to the present through various activities, media, engaging discussions, and a wide range of topics. Learn how Rock & Roll brought people together, from across regions, across race and class lines, and finally, across oceans.  More Info >>

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Personal Essays for College Applications
1PM-3:30PM (M-F) Ages: 14-18 Cost: $125 Location: Dallas
Get a jump on college application season! In this class, students will be introduced to a number of approaches to writing a college essay, helped to identify a winning topic, and coached through writing, rewriting and adapting an essay to submit as part of the college application process.  More Info >>

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Improv Comedy
1PM-4PM (M-F) Ages: 8-12 Cost: $125 Location: Dallas
Act without preparation, practice flexibility, react creatively and learn off-the-top-of-your-head techniques. We improvise every day. Plans change without warning and acting without preparation is required.  More Info >>

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Stop Motion Animation
1PM-3PM (M-F) Ages: 10-14 Cost: $125 Location: Dallas
Have you ever wanted to see your LEGOs come to life? In this class, you can! Stop motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own.  More Info >>

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Beginning Wood Carving
1PM-3PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $200 Location: Dallas
Beginning wood carving will provide students with the opportunity to carve a relief or a sculpture-in-the-round using basic carving chisels and mallet. Special attention will be placed on the sharpening and maintenance of tools.  More Info >>

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JULY 3rd - 7th
Comics as Literature
11AM-1PM (M-F) Ages: 8-12 Cost: $115 Location: Garland
Comic book, graphic novel and Manga fans will become familiar with the building blocks of literature by studying its core elements as they appear in these fictional works. Geared towards students keen to improve their skills in structured reading.   More Info >>

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Writing Realms: D&D Creative Writing
1:30PM-3:30PM (M-F) Ages: 8-12 Cost: $135 Location: Garland
Add creative writing to the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons and you have Writing Realms! Students of all writing abilities will be inspired to develop stories and characters in this exciting and adventurous class.  More Info >>

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JULY 10th - 14th
Imagining the Future: Science Fiction & Society
11AM-1PM (M-F) Ages: 12-16 Cost: $115 Location: Garland
A fun trek through Science Fiction old and new, this course will look at the influence the genre has had on the progress of technology, society, and government.   More Info >>

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Magic the Gathering-Philosophy & Game Play
1:30PM-4:30PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $125 Location: Garland
White. Blue. Black. Red. Green. These are the colors that represent the philosophies of Magic: the Gathering. Magic is a trading card game where players build up their collection of cards, assemble decks, and battle against their opponents to victory! More Info >>

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JULY 17th - 21st
Beginning Foil Fencing
9AM-12PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $210/$275 Location: Dallas
Fencing, "the most ancient of modern sports" is one of only four sports that has been a part of the Modern Olympic Games since 1896. In this class, students will learn right-of-way (the offense/defense system that governs foil fencing), fencing etiquette and safety, basic footwork, basic blade work and fencing tactics.  More Info >>

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Modern Dance
9AM-12PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $100 Location: Dallas
Have you ever found a song you really liked and wanted to dance to that song? This modern dance class can help! Modern dance is known as the opposite of ballet and exaggerates normal movements.  More Info >>

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Garbage Bag Costume Design
9AM-12PM (M-F) Ages: 10-14 Cost: $200 Location: Dallas
Designing theatrical costumes is an art! Learn the design process used by professionals to build character costumes using garbage bags. Yes, garbage bags! This material and a few other versatile, recycled items will be used to explore the world of costume design.  More Info >>

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Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED - 7/17
9AM-2:30PM (Mon) Ages: 8-18 Cost: $60 Location: Dallas
Learn first aid and hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a fun, low stress environment designed to make you confident and capable of handling an emergency and saving a life in real life situations.  More Info >>

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Cover Letters, Business Letters, & Resumes
10AM-12PM (M-F) Ages: 14-18 Cost: $110 Location: Dallas
Students will the learn the basic elements of creating professional documents, from how to write and format a cover letter to what to include in a resume.  More Info >>

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Filmmaking for Young Artists
10AM-3:30PM (M-F) Ages: 12-16 Cost: $325 Location: Dallas
Designed to introduce the tools and techniques of digital video production, this hands-on class will inspire student on how to take their ideas from script to screen. Learn how to develop the ability to capture great video images and audio, and be able to edit those two elements together to tell a story.  More Info >>

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Personal Essays for College Applications
1PM-3:30PM (M-F) Ages: 14-18 Cost: $125 Location: Dallas
Get a jump on college application season! In this class, students will be introduced to a number of approaches to writing a college essay, helped to identify a winning topic, and coached through writing, rewriting and adapting an essay to submit as part of the college application process.  More Info >>

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Beginning Wood Carving
1PM-3PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $200 Location: Dallas
Beginning wood carving will provide students with the opportunity to carve a relief or a sculpture-in-the-round using basic carving chisels and mallet. Special attention will be placed on the sharpening and maintenance of tools.  More Info >>

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Acting 101
1PM-4PM (M-F) Ages: 8-12 Cost: $135 Location: Dallas
Designed for both new and experienced actors, this class will cover a wide range of standard acting techniques and skills, including warm-up and relaxation techniques, approaches to characterization and motivation, line reading, memorization, and ultimately basic scene work.  More Info >>

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Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED - 7/18
9AM-2:30PM (Tue) Ages: 8-18 Cost: $60 Location: Dallas
Learn first aid and hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a fun, low stress environment designed to make you confident and capable of handling an emergency and saving a life in real life situations.  More Info >>

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JULY 31st - AUGUST 4th
Comics as Literature
11AM-1PM (M-F) Ages: 8-12 Cost: $115 Location: Garland
Comic book, graphic novel and Manga fans will become familiar with the building blocks of literature by studying its core elements as they appear in these fictional works. Geared towards students keen to improve their skills in structured reading.   More Info >>

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Writing Realms: D&D Creative Writing
1:30PM-3:30PM (M-F) Ages: 8-12 Cost: $135 Location: Garland
Add creative writing to the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons and you have Writing Realms! Students of all writing abilities will be inspired to develop stories and characters in this exciting and adventurous class.  More Info >>

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AUGUST 7th - 11th
College Prep Genius SAT Bootcamp
9AM-2:30PM (M&Tu) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $174/$274 Location: Dallas
The College Prep Genius 2-day workshop will be a hands-on training event that teaches strategies and tips to ace the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT that have helped tens of thousands of students raise their test scores hundreds of points.  More Info >>

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Beginning Foil Fencing
9AM-12PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $210/$275 Location: Dallas
Fencing, "the most ancient of modern sports" is one of only four sports that has been a part of the Modern Olympic Games since 1896. In this class, students will learn right-of-way (the offense/defense system that governs foil fencing), fencing etiquette and safety, basic footwork, basic blade work and fencing tactics.  More Info >>

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Speak Up! Public Speaking
9AM-3PM (M-F) Ages: 10-14 Cost: $175 Location: Dallas
Learn public speaking skills. Build friendships with fellow speakers. Have fun presenting. In this 5-day intensive workshop, students will learn how to stand up with courage in front of a group. More Info >>

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Filmmaking for Young Artists
10AM-3:30PM (M-F) Ages: 12-16 Cost: $325 Location: Dallas
Designed to introduce the tools and techniques of digital video production, this hands-on class will inspire student on how to take their ideas from script to screen. Learn how to develop the ability to capture great video images and audio, and be able to edit those two elements together to tell a story.  More Info >>

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Friends & Family CPR - 8/7
10AM-12PM (Mon) Ages: 8-18 Cost: $25 Location: Dallas
Learn hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a fun, low stress environment designed to make you confident and capable of saving a life in a real emergency situation.  More Info >>

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Rock & Roll History
10AM-2:30PM (M-Th) Ages: 10-14 Cost: $275 Location: Dallas
Explore the history of Rock & Roll from its birth to the present through various activities, media, engaging discussions, and a wide range of topics. Learn how Rock & Roll brought people together, from across regions, across race and class lines, and finally, across oceans.  More Info >>

REGISTER

Imagining the Future: Science Fiction & Society
11AM-1PM (M-F) Ages: 12-16 Cost: $115 Location: Garland
A fun trek through Science Fiction old and new, this course will look at the influence the genre has had on the progress of technology, society, and government.   More Info >>

REGISTER

Beginning Wood Carving
1PM-3PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $200 Location: Dallas
Beginning wood carving will provide students with the opportunity to carve a relief or a sculpture-in-the-round using basic carving chisels and mallet. Special attention will be placed on the sharpening and maintenance of tools.  More Info >>

REGISTER

Magic the Gathering-Philosophy & Game Play
1:30PM-4:30PM (M-F) Ages: 12-18 Cost: $125 Location: Garland
White. Blue. Black. Red. Green. These are the colors that represent the philosophies of Magic: the Gathering. Magic is a trading card game where players build up their collection of cards, assemble decks, and battle against their opponents to victory! More Info >>

REGISTER

Personal Essays for College Applications
2PM-4:30PM (M-F) Ages: 14-18 Cost: $125 Location: Dallas
Get a jump on college application season! In this class, students will be introduced to a number of approaches to writing a college essay, helped to identify a winning topic, and coached through writing, rewriting and adapting an essay to submit as part of the college application process.  More Info >>

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Friends & Family CPR - 8/8
10AM-12PM (Mon) Ages: 8-18 Cost: $25 Location: Dallas
Learn hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a fun, low stress environment designed to make you confident and capable of saving a life in a real emergency situation.  More Info >>

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About Us

Arts & Minds is an arts and education 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to empower individuals to use their knowledge and talents for enriching themselves and their community.

We envision communities where the arts and education are the building blocks to creating a better world.

Arts & Minds was created to provide an inclusive, welcoming environment for diverse students to engage in the arts and humanities and to help individuals discover their unique capacities and talents, gain knowledge, develop skills for self-expression, build character and contribute positively to their community.

Our goal is for every student to realize their potential for making a meaningful impact on the local and global community through the arts and education.

We seek out dynamic, talented instructors to offer classes, workshops and seasonal camps to young people through homeschool and after-school programs.

Our Staff

Valarie Atwood - Executive Director/Instructor

Valarie Atwood serves as Executive/Artistic Director for Arts & Minds and has been an educator for over 25 years. Her love for arts and education integration and the theatre inspired her to establish Arts & Minds. Previously, she founded Homeschoolers East Co-op where she fulfilled a variety of administrative roles on the Steering Committee for 10 years while teaching various subjects to a wide span of age groups. Before homeschooling, she developed the Virtue Of the Week (VOW) program and was a founding member of KIDPROV®, an arts-in-education improvisational comedy troupe, working with over 300,000 students and teachers throughout the U.S.

Valarie integrates her extensive knowledge and unique application of improv, creativity, problem solving and team building skills into each class she teaches whenever possible. Some organizations she has worked with include Destination Imagination, Gifted & Talented trainings, Big Thought, Artsmart, the Dallas Theatre Center Teen/Children's Theatre, Dallas Children's Theatre, Brookhaven College, Northlake College, the YMCA and Girl's Inc. Valarie attended Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis, MO where she majored in theatre and is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts of Houston, TX.

 

Jen Palmieri - Adminstrative Director

Jen Palmieri has homeschooled her two children, now teens, from the start. Jen seeks to provide a well-rounded, transcript-worthy high school experience for her children while they take classes alongside their friends. As a Co-Founder of Homeschoolers East co-op, she and her family enjoyed 10 years of classes and memorable experiences. She served on HSE's Steering Committee as Treasurer for 6 years, Class Coordinator for 2, and taught and assisted in a variety of academic classes including, philosophy, crafts, 3 years dedication to WordMasters Challenge competitions and fulfilling the role as Stage Manager, Costumer and Crew Manager for many of HSE’s performances and productions.

Jen graduated with a BA in Business Management from Baruch College in NYC. She spent several years managing people in the customer service industry and moved to Dallas in 1994 when she transferred her position with Prudential Securities, Inc. Jen’s interest in her own children’s education and happiness along with her genuine love for all children and a pursuit of excellence in academics make her a valued asset to Arts & Minds.

 

Abbie Reedy - Marketing Director/Instructor

Abbie Reedy is a freelance writer and editor whose decades-long affair with the English language has resulted in an intimate understanding of English grammar and usage and an aggressive eagerness to assist others in crafting, improving, and perfecting their own writing.

She studied first Journalism, then English Literature at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she received a BA in Postcolonial Literature in 2005. After college, she taught a year of English Literature and Writing at a Chinese university, then spent six years in Haifa, Israel, serving as a Research and Drafting Assistant in the Department of the Secretariat of the Universal House of Justice, the international governing body of the worldwide Bahá’í community.

She has since undertaken a number of writing and editing projects, including blog articles, website content, and the editing of a 100-page academic paper for publication as an ebook, and spent about a year working full-time as the Content Specialist for a boutique content marketing agency.

She is currently editing a Young Adult novel, providing guidance on college admissions essays for international students, writing digital copy for various clients, and working on her own fiction.

 

Robertus van der Wege - Instructor

Robertus van der Wege is a Certified Fencing Instructor in foil, saber, and epee and was the founder and head coach of Minnesota Excalibur Fencing Club. He has worked as a fencing armorer at the Olympic Games and been the U. S. Team coach at the Hemisphere Cadet Championships. He has trained six National Fencing Champions, six North American Circuit Champions, and one member of the U. S. National Fencing Team.

Robertus is a career artist, arts administrator and art educator. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Asian and Pacific Art History from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Northern Illinois University. He possesses a Certificate in Art Administration from the Harvard Business School as well as multiple welding certifications.

Additionally, Robertus has served two-terms as president of the Hawaii Museums Association, has over 12 years of college art and fencing teaching experience, and is currently a board member of the Texas Sculpture Association. His work has been exhibited in the United States, South Africa, Mozambique, Libya, and Canada. Please visit Wege Art & Design for more information.

 

Tim Perry - Instructor

Tim Perry is an award winning film and video professional, with 35 years experience in the media production field, both in Los Angeles and DFW. He has worked with and for such notable companies as NBC, Universal Studios, Disney Studios and Time Warner Cable Media. He is a skilled producer, director, cinematographer and editor.

Tim has taught video production, at the Gallup Area Arts Council’s Performing Arts Academy, to Navaho, Hopi and Zuni youth in Gallup, New Mexico. He is currently a member of the Dallas Producers Association and also recently served as the Technical Director of the Frame4Frame 2016 Film Festival in Arlington. His company, Perry Productions produces feature length documentary films, short films, commercials, music and corporate videos. Tim has participated locally in multiple 24-hour and 48-hour video races.

Andy Sperandeo - Instructor

Guitarist/Vocalist/Composer/Arranger/Director, Andy Sperandeo is a professional musician in the DFW area. Aside from playing professionally for several decades, Andy has also been an educator for about 25 years. He is currently faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University as a Director and Arranger for three contemporary ensembles as well as Professor for Applied Guitar/Bass.

He also runs his own company comprised of private lessons, arranging and composing in the DFW area. He received a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies Performance and Master’s in Arranging/Composition from the prestigious, University of North Texas. He has also been certified as a pro-tools engineer. You can find out more about Andy Sperandeo online at: Sperandeo Music.

 

Brianna Williams - Instructor

Brianna Williams is a dancer in the DFW area who travels to different dance festivals across the country to perform and take workshops with instructors from around the world. She has been dancing since the age of 4, took ballet, jazz, and hip hop at Janie Christi School of Dance and Rowlett Dance Academy and performed in the Moscow Ballet's production of the Russian Nutcracker at the age of 10. Brianna was part of the dance program at Lakeview Centennial High School, was in drill team and took classes in modern, contemporary, pom, military, and Bollywood dancing.

In 2012, Brianna started learning Latin social dances which include Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, and Cha Cha Cha when she lived in Austin, Texas. In the years following, Brianna has learned Kizomba/Tarraxhina, Semba, Brazillian Zouk, Afro-Rhythms, Afro-Beats, Kuduro, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Tango. Brianna is currently part of Rhythm & Beatz Dance Company based in Los Angeles under the direction of Lola Monet aka Lola Queen Beatz.

She is in the process of completing her Associates Degree at Eastfield Community College and intends to transfer to the University of Texas for both Dance and Sociology. Brianna continues social dancing and performing her solo at various venues across Dallas. She is excited to be working with the team at Arts & Minds and is determined to make sure students receive a quality and safe dance experience.

 

Stewart Atwood - Instructor

Stewart Atwood is a college student at Trinity University exploring Communications and Fine Art. He is also a former homeschool student, and a Dual Enrollment graduate. Stewart enjoys creative writing and character development, and enjoys writing college essays more than a typical student. As a Magic: The Gathering tournament champion, he has been following its lore for seven years.

Stewart would like to pursue a career in game design, and authoring science fiction. Wizards of the Coast would be his first-choice company to work for, since they manage Magic: The Gathering.

When not drowning in collegiate obligations, Stewart enjoys playing various formats of Magic with friends, writing fiction, playing video games, and doing community service.

 

Domenic Julian - Instructor

Domenic Julian is a college student currently studying to become an audio engineer in Houston, Texas. He has been composing and creating original electronic dance music for 6 years using the professional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Logic Pro X. He has experience teaching younger students to create electronic music, and also has experience working with Ableton, another industry standard DAW, and Reaper. Domenic also enjoys film making and film editing and many other aspects of digital media production.

 

Garrett Atwood - Instructor

Garrett Atwood is a homeschooled high school student who has been exploring stop-motion animation for the past 10 years. He has used LEGOs, clay and armatures in his animations which he uploads from time to time on his YouTube channel. His love of stop-motion animation has led him to computer animation creating short videos working in Gary’s Mod. One of his favorite things to do is map-building for video games in Roblox designing environments and characters.

Garrett is a lifelong fan of LEGOs and continues to collect and build in his spare time. He also enjoys playing Nintendo games, doodling, coming up with video game ideas and watching a variety of sci-fi and fantasy movies and TV shows, especially Doctor Who.

Garrett looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for animation and hopes his introductory classes will inspire students to use their ideas for making fun and creative stories in stop-motion style!

 

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