Youth Dance & Art Classes
Financial Support is available for all of our programming. Please visit The Community Fund page to find out more and learn how to request financial support.
We are happy to take registrations for art and dance after the sessions have already started. Just call our front desk at 503-284-3377 to enroll and receive prorated pricing.
Dance with Marlon! (Ages 6-8 & 9-12)
Our youth dance class is designed for students ages 6-12 who are interested in exploring the world of dance. This class provides a fun and supportive environment for young dancers to learn and grow. Each week, students will learn new dance techniques and choreography in a variety of styles, including hip hop, salsa, Latin, Flamenco, Bachata, and Merengue. They will also have the opportunity to work on strength and flexibility, as well as musicality and performance skills. Our professional dance instructor will encourage students to express themselves creatively and build confidence through the art of dance. Whether your child is a beginner or has some dance experience, they will find a place in our youth dance class.
6-8 years old: Fridays, 3:45-4:30pm
9-12 years old: Fridays, 4:45-5:30pm
WINTER DATES: Winter Session: Dec 9 – Feb 3 (no class Dec 23 or 30, or Jan. 20)
SPRING DATES: Spring Session: Feb. 10 – March 24
INSTRUCTOR: Marlon Rodriguez Horrego
Creative Art Class
Draw, color, paint, glue, and create! All supplies will be provided in class. Young artists will work on projects that are self-contained to one class as well as larger projects that span multiple classes. Example projects include fairy night lights, succulent gardens, bird houses, and decorated polaroid photos!
DAY/TIME: Tuesdays, 3:45-4:30pm
AGES: 6-12 years old
INSTRUCTOR: Anna Van Rooy
WINTER 2 DATES: Jan 3 – Feb 28
PRICE: $180 – includes materials (will be prorated for anyone who enrolls after Jan 3)
SPRING 1 DATES: March 7 – April 25 (no class 3/27, spring break)
PRICE: $140 – includes materials (will be prorated for anyone who enrolls after class starts)
SPRING 2 DATES: May 2 – June 6
PRICE: $120 – includes materials (will be prorated for anyone who enrolls after class starts)
Family Art Afternoons
Bring your family to one of our family art afternoons! Activities include: Family watercolor portrait and decorating a puzzle. These projects are designed for a variety of ages and abilities and will cater to each individual’s strengths. Open to ages five and up. Sign up for one or all of them!
TIME: 1:15 – 2:30 pm, upstairs in MPR-B
AGES: 5 years old and above, plus any adult family members
FEE PER CLASS: $35/family
INSTRUCTOR: Anna Van Rooy
- Saturday, February 11th: Large-scale watercolor family portrait!
- Bring your family to one of our family art afternoons! In this family art class, families will have the opportunity to work together to create a large-scale watercolor portrait. Students will start with a distinct black outline and use watercolor paints and brushes to complete their masterpieces! Participants will learn techniques for blending and layering colors to create an expressive portrait. The class will be led by a professional artist who will provide step-by-step instructions and offer individualized guidance to help each family create their own unique creation. This class is suitable for families with children aged 5 and up. No prior art experience is necessary. All materials will be provided. Participants will leave the class with a completed portrait that they can proudly display in their home.
- Saturday, March 11th: Decorate a puzzle!
- Family Puzzle Building: In this family art class, families will have the opportunity to work together to create their own puzzles. Participants will start by choosing a design or image to use as the basis for their puzzle. Then, using a variety of materials such as paint, markers, and collage elements, families will decorate each piece of the puzzle, adding their own personal touch to each one. The class will be led by a professional artist who will provide guidance and support to help families create a one-of-a-kind puzzle. This class is suitable for families with children aged 5 and up. No prior art experience is necessary. All materials will be provided. Participants will leave the class with a completed puzzle that they can enjoy putting together as a family.
Toddler Art & Sensory Class
Our Toddler Art and Sensory class is a program designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old. Enjoy 45 minutes of time to yourself on Saturday morning while your toddler engages in play! During each class, we will explore a variety of sensory materials and art activities that are developmentally appropriate for young children.
Some examples of the types of activities we may do in class include:
Finger painting with washable paint, playdoh, clay, collage with various materials, sensory bin exploration, music, and movement activities.
Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for toddlers to engage in creative play and sensory exploration. We believe that exposing young children to a variety of materials and experiences helps to support their cognitive, physical, and emotional development.
Our classes are led by an experienced educator who is trained in childhood development. We maintain a low student-teacher ratio to ensure that each child receives individualized attention and support. NECC staff cannot change diapers or accompany participants into the restroom. Please send children with clean diapers.
WINTER DATES: Saturdays, February 18th to March 18th
TIME: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm, upstairs in MPR-B
AGES: 3 to 5 years old
FEE PER CLASS: $75/child
INSTRUCTOR: Anna Van Rooy