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Brand new workshops offered for creatives of all ages to have a “different kind of fun”

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Appell Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce a host of new workshops for all ages, regardless of skill or experience, encouraging participants to break out of the norm and try something new in a welcome and artistically supportive space. All options are either free or “Pick Your Price” and will take place in the Studio at the Appell Center this fall.

“We are offering a different kind of fun for kids, pre-teens, adults, and the entire family to experience,” says Seth Laidlaw, the Appell Center’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. “Try some new dance moves, critique a classic film, enjoy great music — there’s so much to try!”



(Adults with children under 8)

Monthly drop-in programs are scheduled on Saturdays for families to come when they can and leave when they must. The programs are free, with a suggested donation at door of $5 per family.

The Not-So-Spooky Baby Rave

October 8 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

with DJ Gigi Marrero

Come and bounce, bop and boogie to the beat! Our Boo! Baby Rave will have a spooktacular twist – nothing scary we promise… Costumes are encouraged!

Stories that MOVE

November 5 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Get your groove on as we reimagine some favorite children’s stories that focus on gratitude, family and togetherness! Plus, art activities, games and different ways to get creative.

Holly Jolly JazzTime

December 3 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Experience the styles and elements of jazz music in this spectacular holiday celebration for the entire family! Scat, dance and jive to the music while creating a perfect holiday gift for someone in the family.



(Ages 18+)

Break up your week, grab a drink, and try something new at one of these specially curated workshops. Pick your price! The suggested cost is $20 and includes one concessions voucher for a snack or beverage (soda, beer or wine).

Great Scenes, Starring YOU: Sunset Boulevard

October 12 | 6:00 – 7:30pm

Have fun watching and discussing the final scene in Sunset Boulevard (1950), including the iconic line, “Alright, Mr. DeMille. I’m ready for my close-up.” Afterwards, participants will interpret the cinematic gem into a brand new scene that honors the original, while putting a personal spin on it.

Escape to the Circus

November 9 | 6:00 – 7:30pm

If you’ve ever thought about joining the circus, this is your chance! Learn some new tricks as you juggle, balance and clown your way through the evening.

Salsa Social

December 7 | 6:00 – 7:30pm

Get together with friends and the York community for a social dance workshop. In addition to learning some new techniques and material, there will be free time for dancing and drinks in the club-like Studio.



(Ages 8-12 years)

Something new for our “tweens” to explore their creativity or go further in the performing arts they have already discovered. Pick your price! Suggested cost is $15.

Act It Out! Character Building

October 8 | 2:00 – 3:30pm

Bring on the drama! Learn some new skills in building characters and focusing energy for the stage as we explore popular characters and different acting styles.

Yes, and… Improv

November 5 | 2:00 – 3:30pm

Improvisation is the fine art of acting in the moment. Practicing improvisational methods trains our young actors to stretch individually and collaboratively. We’ll play with short-form and long-form improv techniques that will sharpen listening skills, fine-tune the ability to focus, and let loose the creative senses.

Stage Combat

December 3 | 2:00 – 3:30pm

Learn to perform fundamental techniques of various fight disciplines, focusing on accuracy and safety. Stage combat can be fun, thrilling and useful for future performance opportunities.

For more information and to register for Fall Learning Workshops at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, visit

For details on all upcoming Learning and Engagement programs, as well as performances booked throughout the year, visit

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