Darlene Casanova, owner of Imagination Place, believes that music holds the power to strengthen familial and community-based relationships. Drawing from her extensive training and careers in the performing arts, she now strives to nurture family bonds and child development via music and movement classes. Along with a team of certified teachers and music instructors, she leads a harmonious selection of internationally recognized programs open to adults, children, and operatic family dogs. In Music Together, an early-childhood series in which caregivers join their tots in song and movement, children choose from a basket brimming with instruments and Baroque-style wigs to identify their individual musical styles. Teachers spark early creativity with yoga, art, and theater in the Imagination Workshop, and motivate youngsters to explore music theory in Musical Bridge.
When she?s not crooning with kiddies, Darlene teaches AntiGravity fitness. Suspended from an AntiGravity hammock?a soft, pliable fabric used to enhance stretches?she guides pupils through an aerial series of movements that meld techniques from dance, Pilates, calisthenics, and classic yoga.
In addition to her wide range of family classes, Imagination Place hosts music- and art-filled birthday extravaganzas. During the warmer months, an assortment of summer-camp programs fills the studio with creative children eager to escape the stresses of babysitting their parents.
The Salt Lake Film Society promotes diverse, thoughtful film exhibition and supports film creation. It operates and maintains the historic Tower Theatre and Broadway Centre Cinemas, using those venues to screen artistic, American-independent, and foreign-language films, as well as to host events and programs that enrich the community. A yearlong membership to the SLFS at the Super 8 level provides numerous benefits, including two complimentary film admissions, four discount admissions, two free Tower video rentals, an SLFS T-shirt, priority purchase privileges for events, free admission to six annual members-only sneak peek screenings, and more.
The hit Nickelodeon children’s program Yo Gabba Gabba! bounds from the small screen to the big stage in a show filled with cartoonish critters and boundless dancing. Beloved by hip preschoolers and savvy postschoolers for its eye-popping sets, catchy songs, respect for intellect, and absence of Shrek, Yo Gabba Gabba! teaches inner and outer children valuable life lessons without stooping to condescension. For the special It’s Time to Dance! tour, favorite adorable toy monsters such as Brobee, Foofa, Plex, and Biz Markie join human surrogates DJ Lance Rock and BeDazzler queen Leslie Hall for an onstage celebration of imagination. Mixing animation, games, and new songs with classic bits from the television show, the Technicolor mise en scène and infectious energy of Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! gives children enough confidence to apply to college after elementary school.
The ensemble, recent winner of a Best of State medal for Best Vocal Group, currently consists of 40 singers backed up by a 40-piece orchestra. Carol cravers can get their fill of candy cane–shaped chords at the December 6 performance of "Christmas with Utah Chamber Artists", which includes Francis Poulenc's Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël. Two of the most euphonious dual-syllabic composers of all time share the spotlight in the February 28 concert "Bernstein & Mozart: The Long and the Short of It". The program features beloved Utah soprano Celena Shafer performing in Mozart’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. 2011 marks the Utah Chamber Artists' 20th anniversary, and on May 2, "The Beverley Sorenson Young Artist Concert" features talented key-tickler Richard Marshall, who, with the choir and orchestra, will play audience favorites from the last two decades, excluding the popular piano remix of "The Macarena."
SwimKids jumpstarts tykes' swimming strokes and socialization skills in classes conducted in a pool heated to a balmy 90 degrees. The program traces its roots back to 1983, when Liz Walker sought out a class that could teach her own 18-month-old daughter to swim. Her search led her to a local swimming pool where tykes as young as 10 months were impressively proficient in the water. Liz studied their method and began teaching on her own, a profession she has continued to pursue for the past 30 years. Today, the enthusiastic instructors at SwimKids continue to get results, helping develop pool-ready skills in kids as young as 3 months old.