If your idea of fun is learning new
skills or honing old ones, these links will be of interest to you. New Bern
offers a wide variety of adult education, from workforce development and
traditional academic courses, to lifetime learning skills courses on a wide variety of
subjects from computers to art to photography to music and dance.
For children through to teens, New Bern NC also has an extensive
variety of classes in dance such as ballet or tap lessons, to music
classes (need piano lessons?), to karate and art.
Review the venues and schools below for classes that interest you and
Additionally, they offer a wide range of interesting, fun
and hobby and skills courses for the entire community in
Lifetime Learning Center. Some lifetime learning courses
labeled Senior Exempt (SrEx) are free for seniors 65 years
Check the schedule for all Continuing Education classes
Art & Materials
www.artandmaterials.com: The top art supplies store in
New Bern, Art & Materials offers a wide variety of courses
to budding and experienced artists, from pottery and water
colors to oil painting, silk scarf painting and even
beadwork. They also have art classes for children. Visit
them at 219 Middle Street in downtown New Bern, NC or call
at 252-514-2787 Check their
schedule of current and upcoming art classes.
- Craven Community College Lifetime
Learning Courses: CCC offers many art classes from
photography to drawing to painting and more. Check their
Offers ballroom dance classes in downtown New Bern at 305 Pollock
St, New Bern, NC. Call (252) 637-2003. They are pleased to offer
the services of
The Broadway Dance Company and
Emanuel Vaceanu from Raleigh
who offer: "Private lessons, Group and master classes,
seminars in American smooth and Rhythm, International Standard and
Latin, Theatre Arts, Performing Arts, Technique for man and ladies.
Ballet beginning to advanced. Turns, jumps, choreography, pas de
deux, point training for ladies. Coaching for competitions."
Down East Folk Arts Society Contra Dances:
Dances include live music (jigs, reels
and old time tunes) and a caller who teaches and prompts every dance. Held
at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC, beginner lessons start at 7pm (call
first), and the regular dance runs from &:30-10:30pm.
Check their web site for a Schedule of Contra Dances and Bands.
For directions or information please call (252) 504-2787.
Craven Historical Dancers:
Being fortunate to boast the colonial era Tryon Palace,
New Bern would naturally have historical dancing classes. Craven Historical
Dancers is an
adult historical dance troupe performing 18th-century
social dances, including reels, country dances, minuets, cotillions and
jigs. They entertain IN COSTUME at holiday performances, festivals and other events,
particularly at the Tryon Palace's annual Holiday Candlelight Tours. An
offshoot youth group, the New Bern Dancing Assembly, is a costumed Baroque dance
performing group for both girls and boys from 4th grade through 12th.
For more information, visit their web site at
All Baroque dance classes and workshops are offered at Down East Dance
studio (see below).
Craven Historical Dancers: 724
Pollock Street, New Bern, NC. Call (252) 636-0476 for information.
Down East Dance: Offers classes for all ages in
ballet, pointe, jazz and tap. Performance Groups include:
Down East Dance ballet faculty and students
stages The Nutcracker every other Christmas season with guest artists.
The Contemporary Dance
Exchange, a non-competitive youth contemporary dance group.
The New Bern Dancing Assembly,
the Baroque historical dance troupe for grades 4th-12th.
2500 Trent Rd., Suite
4, New Bern, NC. Call
Dance Theatre Performing Arts
Studios, Inc.- Offers dance classes for all ages and skills,
including classical ballet and pointe, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, tap and
jumpstart. Location: 2107 S. Glenburnie Rd., New Bern, NC. Visit their web
www.dance-theatre.com or call (252)
- Margaret Fletcher Dance Studio: Run by a former Radio City
Music Hall Rockette, this studio offers dance classes for all ages from the
little ones to adults. Includes ballet, tap, jazz, and for adults, ballroom
as well. Community shows and recitals are held for all ages. For more information,
visit her web site
www.margaretfletcherdancestudio.com or call (252) 633-4902.
- New Bern Ballet: Offers ballet
classes from the little ones to adult. Performs at many local events,
including Mumfest and offers a performance of The Nutcracker. Location:
102 Market St.; New Bern, NC.
Visit their web site at
www.newbernballet.com for information of call
- Wanda Kay's School of Dance: Offers classes for all ages in
ballet, pointe, jazz and tap. Location: 801
Cardinal Rd., New Bern, NC. (252) 636-2811.
The L A D School of Performing Arts:
508 Highway 17 S in Bridgeton, NC. Call (252) 638-3347
Music Store: The store to get all your music supplies and
musical instruments from band and orchestra instruments ranging from
drums and other percussion, to brass instruments, woodwinds, and
strings. In addition, they repair all sorts of music, have recording
and even do piano moving! They also have experienced instructors to
offer individual classes from piano to guitar to other band
instruments. Location: 2310 Trent Road. Call
or visit their web site
www.fullersmusic.com for more information.
Bern Outdoor Adventures Club: This club offers a variety of
outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, sailing, white-water
rafting, climbing and other outdoor adventures for the over 35 group
to retiree and beyond. Previous experience in these activities is
not required. For more information call 639-2908, 639-2920 or see
www.nboac.org. Meetings are held at the West New Bern Recreation
Center on every 3rd Tuesday, 7:00pm.
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