2017 Summer Camp @ The Center


Limited scholarships are available.
Contact Marni Marshall mmarshall@thecenterforthearts.org for more information.

Circus Camp, The Art of Silliness (mornings) & Aerial Circus (afternoons)

  • Monday-Friday  9:00AM to 3:00PM
  • $250 member, $275 non-member
  • Age 8 to 14  Class Limit 15
  • Session 1: June 19-23 Mornings with Izzi Tooinsky, afternoons with Air Aligned
  • Session 2: June 26-30 Mornings with Izzi Tooinsky, afternoons with Air Aligned
  • Session 3: July 31-Aug 4 Mornings with EZ PZ Jugglers, afternoons with Air Aligned
  • (Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

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The Art of Silliness  – Izzy Tooinsky

  • June 19-23 Mornings with Izzi Tooinsky, afternoons with Air Aligned
  • June 26-30 Mornings with Izzi Tooinsky, afternoons with Air Aligned

Discover the Circus and your inner clown with Izzi Tooinsky.  Students explore creative expression through comedy, clowning, juggling, hooping, and stilt walking

Izzi Tookinsky is an award winning juggler, storyteller, comedian and author. He mixes wisdom and fun, intelligence and humor, laughter and education and presents at schools, festivals, and corporate events worldwide. He has written two books The Turkey Prince and Juggling Without Struggling, and published work in magazines and newspapers in America and Australia.

EZ PZ Jugglers

  • July 31-Aug 4
  • Mornings with EZ PZ Jugglers,
  • afternoons with Air Aligned

Circus camp is preparation for life: juggling, prop making, improvisation, and performance. All the essentials for making friends and influencing people. From objects that move through the air (like balls, plates, hoops, rings, clubs) to objects that move bodies through space (like unicycles, mini trikes, stilts, scooters), campers learn a host of new circus skills. Expert instruction in skills and presentation leads to an informal performance given to parents on the last day.


Zed Friedman and Parker Chow are the EZ PZ Jugglers. If it can be thrown or manipulated, they do it. Flying clubs, spinning hoops, jumping unicycles – even plastic grocery bags – have a place in their comedic show as well as their highly sought after juggling lessons. Aiding the boys will be 4-time world juggling champion Barry Friedman and music/dance teacher Annie Keeling.


Aerial Circus

AirAligned’s Tresa Honaker, Joe Simms, Marni Marshall and Sophie Wingerd will teach tricks and skills on Aerial Trapeze, Aerial silks and Aerial hoops.

Fly, climb, and swing in AirAligned’s Aerial Circus 2017

tresa-honaker-400Tresa Honaker is one of the founding members of The Movement Alliance and Founder and Artistic Director of AirAligned aerial dance group and AirAligned Academy. Her aerial studies include Hollywood Aerial Arts, Cirque LA, Aloft, San Francisco Circus School and Trapeze Arts. Tresa directs and performs throughout the United States for corporate, private and commercial events.


Joe Simms joined The Movement Alliance in 2002 and is now a principal performer and soloist with AirAligned. Joe has a background in Martial Arts with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Jujitsu. Master classes include: Velocity in Seattle Washington, Conduit Dance Company in Portland Oregon, The Edge in Los Angeles, aerial intensives with Ingrid Hoffman L.A. and Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Joe is currently working as a body worker, aerial and Pilates instructor and is the owner of Pilates Body in Nevada City.


Marni Marshall Marni has taught art at Yuba City High School, Grizzly Hill, Washington Elementary, Grass Valley Charter School, Alta Sierra Elementary. Marshall currently substitutes at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts; and is happy to wear one more hat as the House Manager for The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

Visual Art Camp – Paint Like The Masters

  • Eileen Blodgett, Denise Wey and Nancy Schaefer
  • Session 1: June 12-16
  • Session 2: July 31-Aug 4
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9:00AM to 3:00PM
  • Age 8 to 14
  • Class Limit 15
  • $250 member, $275 non-member
  • (Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

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“Paint Like the Masters” is offered by the Center each summer and this year we’ve added a second week, due to it’s popularity.
Budding young artists paint in acrylics on canvas, recreating their own versions of the works of great masters such as Van Gogh, Monet & Picasso! Professional teaching-artists, Eileen Blodgett, Denise Wey and Nancy Schaefer provide the guided inspiration.

Eileen Blodgett has a BA in Art and has been a professional teaching artist for over 20 years in this county. She is a resident member of both ASiF Studios and Artworks, where she teaches painting, mixed media and print-making. She teaches art at Nevada City Charter School and at Deer Creek as part of the Artists in the Schools (AIS) program. Her art skills and gentle nature combine to make her a favorite among her students.


Denise Wey is a teaching-artist with 20 years experience, who resides at ASiF Studios where she is a painting and drawing instructor and works at Forest Charter School teaching art and is part of the Artists in the Schools (AIS) program for the county.
She believes that all children are artists and that they are already in touch with their creative nature. “I set the stage; provide good materials, encouragement and keep the mood light & fun! With a little guidance, they do the rest! “

Nancy Schaefer holds a BA in Studio Art with concentrations in ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, and jewelry. She is currently thrilled to be a teaching with the ambitious Artists in the Schools (AIS) program, bringing art to lucky 3rd graders in the Grass Valley School District. She also teaches a variety of painting classes with ArtsCool at ASiF, and is quickly becoming a regular here at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts.
She is an enthusiastic art teacher who believes in giving kids a positive and nurturing place to experiment and express their unique inner artist!

Teen Writing Matters: A Summer Writing Camp teen-writing

  • July 31-Aug 4th
  • Monday – Friday, 1 to 4PM
  • Class limit 20, minimum 8
  • Students need to bring paper and pens
  • Minimum age: 13
  • $200 members, $225 non members
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Will we sing campfire songs? No. Will we write similes about the smell of a campfire, or lengthy descriptions of that one camp counselor who wears knee socks and a fanny pack? Perhaps. Join Kirsten Casey for five days of writing delight: creating poetry, characters, flash fiction pieces, and more. We will write everyday from 1-4 using a variety of prompts, strengthening our attention to detail, sharing our work, and eating candy.

Kirsten Casey400Kirsten Casey is a local California Poet in the Schools, who has been teaching creative writing to students in the area for over ten years. She earned her Masters in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, and you can find her work in the anthology Yuba Flows, and her own book of poetry, Ex Vivo: Out of the Living Body. As a teen, Kirsten kept a daily journal, wrote poetry and a play, and enjoyed quoting song lyrics. She loves working with teens because she feels like a teen trapped inside of an adult, and because she never tires of hearing the fresh perspective of teen writers.


theater-campTheatre Camps: Acting & Musical Theater

  • June 26-30 and  July 31st-Aug 4th, $195.00 (includes all scripts and handouts)
  • 2 sessions for aspiring and experienced performers
  • Each session will include different songs and material (bring a nutritious snack and water)
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  • Session 1:
  • June 26 – 30 Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 1:00 PM
  • Ages 8 – 12
  • No experience necessary
  • Session 2:
  • July 31 -Aug. 4, Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 1:00 PM
  • Ages 10 – 14  (no experience necessary; *younger children* accepted with previous class or performance experience, or attendance to first session)
  • Class Limit 14, Minimum 8 (for individual and quality attention)

Bring your curiosity or passion for theatre and performing and come create an original show to perform for friends and family on the last day of camp. (No formal dance or singing training is necessary, and is always welcome.  Experienced actors have opportunities for leadership and advanced training)  We start each day exploring the “principles of good acting and character development” thru theatre games and skill development exercises with mini-plays, skits, poetry, and Broadway songs. We often throw in a bit of Improv to keep us all on our toes. We spend time each day learning music, lyrics, and choreography from Broadway musicals and movies. By mid week a story starts to emerge around the songs, skits, scenes, and characters we have been developing and practicing. Sometimes we adapt an original scene from a Broadway play to be part of our final show. Everyone is onstage for the entire show and has the opportunity to create, develop and sustain a believable character that is part of the story.  Come PLAY with us! (The final production is at 12:30  on the last class of each camp and lasts approximately 25 minutes) * Younger children with two or more years of dance or theatre training will be considered for acceptance by the instructor into all sessions if there is space.

IMG_5250 - Version 2Dinah Smith (Teacher/Coach, Choreographer/Director, Actor) With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in

Education, and a California Certificated Teacher, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer and erformer on stage, in film, and on TV. She has worked professionally with children’s and community theaters throughout Southern California and Colorado. Locally, she has worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, Sandra Rockman, Lake Wildwood, Center Stage Dance, Synthetic Unlimited, Placer Community Theatre,and CATS. Dinah has taught Youth Theatre Classes at The Center For The Arts, Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, Grass Valley Charter, and The Miners Foundry.  She directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday production of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, featuring 9 local youth ages 10 – 16 two years in a row, December 2014 and 2013 at The Off Center Stage.


  • July 24 – 28 Ages 9-14
  • 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Class limit: 12
  • There are two sessions available for this camp
  • 9am-Noon Alison Kenyon/Penny the Clown/ Noon-3:00 Libby Woods Circus Skills
  • 9am-Noon Libby Woods Circus Skills/Noon-3:00 Alison Kenyon/Penny the Clown
  • $250 member, $275 non-member each session
  • (Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

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Face Paint with Alison Kenyon

Students will learn the fundamentals of smooth brushwork and sponge blending, color theory, and complementing the face to create show-stopping face face paint designs.
Cool tricks like loading multiple colors onto sponges and brushes, adding glitter, one-stroke techniques, and sneaky “design hacks” make complex-looking designs easy and quick to create.
Starting with a few “crowd pleaser” designs like butterflies and tigers, we’ll move on to building a foundation of design understanding that will allow young artists to create ORIGINAL masterpieces on the fly.
Each student will go home with reusable practice sheets, a good brush, professional face painting sponges, cosmetic-grade glitter, and a palette of high quality face paints that are soap-and-water washable and FDA compliant.

As Penney the Clown, Alison Kenyon has been performing and painting faces for 25 years.  But her love affair with art, makeup, costuming, and the stage spans more than four decades.  Also a lover of math and science, her strong curiosity and analytical tendency makes her want to understand WHY certain shapes, designs, and color combinations work (or don’t).  Nature and the cosmos are her favorite sources of artistic inspiration.

Circus Skill Building with Libby Woods

Intro to Partner balancing-physical warm up and playful conditioning exercises. Students will learn basics of partner balancing and “flying” or L-Base. Students will also be learning how to safely “spot” each other. These basic acro positions are simple and build confidence, communication and body awareness.

Intro to Hoop Making and Hoop Dance- How to make your very own hula hoop to take home! How to construct a hoop as well as taping techniques.

Hoop dance instruction includes on body hooping, off body hooping, showy tricks and illusions made easy. How to put a series of hoop tricks together to make a series.

Poi spinning- Continuation of flow arts, these techniques build dexterity, coordination, shoulder mobility and inspire new types of movements to express yourself with.

Staff Spinning- How you can apply the same flow art motions to a staff. How to make even a stick an extension of your body. Students will learn basic staff spinning techniques and stretches that promote shoulder strength and mobility.

Games- Variety of circus games to inspire the inner clown and a slew of silly characters.

This well rounded circus and movement camp will be an active and playful week!

Libby Woods has been performing and studying hooping and partner acrobatics since 2009. Her avid curiosity for all things circus arts and creative movements arts combined with her study of strength training, flexibility and restorative movements have lead her to career of teaching physical empowerment and playful expression. Libby’s unique educational background includes circus yoga teacher training and a personal training certification. Libby is currently teaching a circus arts elective at Nevada City School of the Arts.




  • Session 1
  • June 12-16
  • Monday-Friday 2:00 to 5:00PM in the Off Center Stage
  • Ages 8-13
  • *Class size limit: 15-20
  • $200 members, $225 non members


  • Session 2
  • June 26-30
  • Monday-Friday, 2:00 to 5:00PM in the Off Center Stage
  • Ages 14-18
  • *Class size limit: 15-20
  • $200 members, $225 non members
  • (Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

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Students taking this class will learn the improvisor’s process using a toolbox of essential techniques. With a “practice by doing” philosophy, students will work in the space to learn improvisational skills as well as acting technique, character objective, obstacle and tactic.
Danny McCammon is a local comedian, actor, writer, and producer, and co-founder of Improver’s Nation, Best Friends Club and Tomorrow The World comedy troupes and the recently formed UpStart Theater Company. Danny is an alumnus of Sacramento Comedy Sportz, the Chicago Improv Olympic.




Presented with support from
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And generous individuals in our community.