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Jarrett Markel Creativity Boot Camps

Friday, July 8th – Middletown (ages 12-16) – ” Hip Hop & Poetry; Use Your Voice Workshop”

Free Youth Arts Class

We invite families and children to join Orange County Arts Council ath the Mulberry House Senior Center in Middletown, NY as we develop our creative skills.

Please make sure that this class is age appropriate for your child.

Materials are provided. Registration in required. Space is limited an we anticipate classes filling quickly. Please see additional guidelines and policies on our website.

Hip Hop & Poetry; Use Your Voice Workshop

This workshop is designed to engage students in moving, writing, and performing with confidence while having fun, and coming together to communicate as a group.

● Introduction: short poetry video, Kung Fu, about expressing who you are.

● Warm-up Breathing & Movement techniques, including yoga, Tai Chi, and hip-hop.

● Free writing – to encourage participation, writing games such as the Bubble technique where students choose words and create sentences together are used.

● Sharing – using either a mini poetry slam format where students are encouraged to harness their energy to perform.

Meet the art teacher: Daniel Villegas

Daniel A. Villegas is a spoken word poet, teaching artist, and recording artist. He earned a Bachelors of Arts in Theater with a minor in Latin American Studies from SUNY New Paltz (2008), where he received a Certificate of Merit for outstanding performance and contributions to Latin American Theater. He has put in over 3,000 volunteer hours towards youth empowerment and curated and co-founded the Hip Hop and Poetry Saved My Life workshops, which he taught nationwide, through the Obama Administration’s 21st Century grant program from 2009 – 2013. As a member of the ReadNex Poetry Squad – a group of multi-talented spoken word poetry/emcees and creative workshop facilitators originating from New York – he taught workshops for students and teachers, integrated both breathing and movement techniques with writing and music. Daniel brings an innovative and free-style sound paired with movement. His workshops are about letting go, developing inner strength and confidence and having fun, in an open and judgment-free environment.

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