Winter Seasonal and Conservatory Class Registration
On Sale Now!

Click to download the Winter 2018 Education Brochure!

 


 

With enthusiastic, dedicated teaching artists, BlackRock is committed to making the arts truly lively and accessible to people living in the communities of Upper Montgomery County. Our beautiful facility, right in the heart of Germantown Town Center, offers classes in dance, music, visual art, and theater & drama for all ages.

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Members of BlackRock enjoy great benefits such as discounts on classes. By joining at the Fan level, you can save $15 per class per student, plus the multitude of other benefits members at this level receive. Not a member? Join today and save!

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As we head into the winter months,
please review our
inclement weather policy for classes.

Visit our Information and Policies page for a full listing of important dates, to view registration policies, and to learn more about scholarships or payment plans.


BlackRock Education Updates

Early Registration Deadline for Winter Classes is Wednesday, January 3, 2018!

Day Classes Now Available
Come join us during the day for one of our new weekday morning and afternoon classes!  These include a number of fun classes for preschool aged students as well as adults.  Weekday morning classes include Story Theater, a delightful class for little students, and Mommy’s Morning Off, a wonderful new class that allows you to run errands, grab lunch, or just relax while your little one enjoys arts activities, music, dance, and crafts.  For adults we have our Sitting Circus class which teaches students various circus skills and tricks, regardless of your mobility or dexterity.

Drop-In Classes
This season a number of our classes offer a drop-in option, payable day-of at our Front Desk.  Students have the option of purchasing a season long pass at a discounted rate, or joining class on a drop-in basis.  Please call to confirm the class is moving forward before you plan to drop-in.

New Adult Classes Now on Sale!
This season we are offering a wide variety of classes in music, dance, theater, and visual arts specifically for adults.  These classes include African Drumming, Kuchipudi Classical Indian Dance, Latin Dance, High Heels Dance, Hip Hop Dance for Adults, Tap, Ballet, Improv for Adults, Playwriting, Beginning and Intermediate Guitar, Piano and more!  Click here for class information.

Class Skill Levels
New this year we have added skill levels next to each course in an effort to help you find a class that is the perfect fit for your experience and background.

  • Beginner – No experience necessary.
  • Elementary – Basic knowledge of class and relevant concepts is recommended however basic topics will be covered.
  • Intermediate – Previous experience in this class or field is recommended as class may move at a quicker pace based on student’s skills.
  • Advanced – Previous experience in this class or field is required as class is intended to move at a fast pace.

Class Partners
BlackRock’s Education Department has partnered with Soul In Motion Players, Inc. and Kuchipudi Dance Academy to bring you West African Drumming and two classes teaching techniques of the classical Indian dance, Kuchipudi.

Class Auditing
If you are not sure whether or not you want to sign up for a seasonal or conservatory class and want to try the class out first, you or your student can attend the first meeting of select classes for a fee of $25.

Please read these policies carefully:

  • If you are interested in auditing a class, please call us at 301-528-2260 or email classes@blackrockcenter.org with the name and course number of the class you wish to audit along with your personal contact information.
  • Not all classes are available for audit and some classes have a highly limited number of audit spots available. We encourage you to make your audit request as soon as possible.
  • You may audit more than one first session of a class, but you must pay the $25 fee for each class you audit.
  • The fee of $25 covers all expenses to attend the first meeting of your selected class and this fee is non-refundable in all cases.
  • You may not request an audit spot for any piano class until 2 weeks prior to the first meeting of that piano class.
  • Spots in classes and audit spots are limited, we encourage you to sign up for the full class as soon as possible to secure your enrollment.

BlackRock is in Local Schools
Did you know BlackRock offers art, dance and theater classes at area schools? If your student attends Whetstone or Montgomery Village or Forest Oak Middle Schools, check out the programs BlackRock offers as part of afterschool programming and the Excel Beyond the Bell program. If your child attends S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School or Capt. James E. Daly Elementary School, please call us for more information about our special partnership.  Don’t see your school? Email classes@blackrockcenter.org to find out how to bring a BlackRock class to your school!

BlackRock makes sure the arts are available to everyone!

Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need.  Applications can be found here. For more information visit our Scholarships PageConservatory and Winter Seasonal class scholarship applications are due on Friday, December 8, 2017.   

Customized Payment Plans Available: For more information, visit the payment plans page.   Payment Plans

Senior Discounts, Seniors 62 and over, will receive a 10% discount on all classes at the time 
of registration. Exceptions apply.

 

Education Dates for 2017-2018

CONSERVATORY AND FALL 2017
Classes Begin: Monday, September 9, 2017
Make-up Week: December 11-17
Closures: Monday, October 9 (Columbus Day) and November 21-26 (Thanksgiving)
*Winter Demonstrations for Conservatory Students: Saturday, December 9 (Music) and Wednesday, December 13 (Ballet)
Registration Open to Public: August 1
Early Registration Ends: September 5
Scholarship Applications Due: August 25

WINTER 2018
Classes Begin: Monday, January 8
Make-up Week: March 19 – 25
Closures: January 15th – Martin Luther King’s Birthday, February 19 – President’s Day
Registration Open to Public: November 27
Early Registration Ends: January 3
Scholarship Applications Due: December 8

SPRING 2018
Classes Begin: Monday, April 2
Make-up Week: June 11 – June 17
Closures: May 25 – 28 – Memorial Day Weekend
*Recitals for Conservatory Students: June 9 – 10
Registration Open to Public: February 13
Early Registration Ends: March 27
Scholarship Applications Due: March 9
Dates of the Spring Break Camp: March 26 – March 30

SUMMER CAMP 2018
Camps Begin: Monday, June 18
Closures: Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day
Showcases: Each Friday (Performing Arts at 1:00pm, Arts Journeys at 3:00pm)
Registration Open to the Public: January 2
Early Bird Discount Ends: March 1
Summer Scholarships Due: May 11

SUMMER CLASSES 2018
Classes Begin: Monday, June 18
Make-up Week: August 13- 19 or August 20- 26
Closures: Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day
Registration Open to Public: TBD
Early Registration Ends: TBD
Scholarship Applications Due: TBD

For more information, email classes@blackrockcenter.org or call 301.528.2260.