Delta Arts Alliance to host winter program
by Courtney Warren
Nov 30, 2013 | 1812 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dancing, music, welding, and art of many different kinds will be displayed, performed, and applauded during the Delta Arts Alliance Winter Program.

The Delta Arts Alliance Winter Program will be held on Dec. 6 at Jobe Hall Auditorium from 6-7 p.m.

This even will be free and open to the public.

"I've had this date circled for a very long time in my datebook. I am so excited for these kids, who have worked so incredibly hard this fall semester, to be able to present their work and show off their inspiring talents," said Executive Director Rori Herbison.

This is a culmination event for the after-school programs, four of which are new.

The DAA after-school programming serves over 65 students.

Simplicity of Music program consists of two groups 4k through first grade and and second through sixth grade. This group will perform its percussion piece and two vocal pieces.

Simplicity of Music Instructor Crystal Howard will also perform one song.

"She's an incredible vocalist," said Herbison.

School of Dance and its five classes will each perform one piece.

The School of Dance consists of Introduction to Dance, Ballet 1.2, Ballet 2.3, American Jazz & Contemporary, and Make Your Dance.

Lead School of Dance Instructor, Emily Tschiffely will also present new work.

The School of Dance, now in its second year, has 300 percent growth in its enrollment.

"A recital for a performer is no different than a big game for an athlete. This is their moment in front of the crowd, hearing the applause, feeling that sense of accomplishment. Just as we, in this community, encourage support of our local athletes, this is a time the Delta Arts Alliance calls on the community to support our young superstars. It promises to be a fantastic evening of entertainment," Herbison said.

Lead School of Dance Instructor, Emily Tschiffely will also present new work.

Arc of Success, a six-week welding program with seven participants from different high schools in the Cleveland School District will receive their certificate of completion for the six-week program, as well as present their final projects. The instructor of the program is Michael Stanley, a professor at Delta State.

Future Artists will have their work on display in the program, as well as receive certificate of completions for their 14-week participation in the class. The instructor of this program is Allen Morris.

The Ballroom Dancing class will also perform and is instructed by Eric Zernich.

The finale piece will incorporate the entire School of Dance, as well surprise cameos.

"We will also use Friday's Winter Program as an opportunity to announce our spring offerings. The Delta Arts Alliance continues to grow each semester and we're proud of the work we're doing. We're proud of our growth, proud of our efforts to employ local artists and offer arts-education based programming to the area children.

"As a parent, a grandparent, a family friend, a teacher - whatever the case may be - I strongly encourage you to look at the Delta Arts Alliance as a viable, affordable and life-changing after-school activity for your children," Herbison said.

For more information, please call (662) 843-3344 or you can email Herbison at