News: Registration Open for 2018 Social Arts Classes

Registration for the 2018 Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Class is now open. Social Arts Atlanta will be offering Social Arts 101 and Social Arts 102 from January through May 2018.

Social Arts 101 for 6th – 8th graders teaches and practices important social basics like introductions and dining skills with a repertoire of social dances like the Box Step and the Merengue. Detail about the curriculum are available here.

Social Arts 102 for 6th – 9th graders continues with the important social basics learned in Social Arts 101 and builds by learning about things like job skills and hosting events. Details about the curriculum are available here.

Social Arts Classes teach social protocol  and social dances. This knowledge leads  to skills which increases confidence. Roll playing and hands-on activities, give each student the opportunity to practice. This not only makes class time active, engaging and fun but also ensures that information is truly learned. Demystifying the what and why and looking to consideration, respect and honesty is the goal of these classes.

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Yes, We Can Welcome Your Family

LearningIntroductionAs we are preparing for this Friday’s start of Social Arts 101, there have been several emails and calls about availability. As of the writing of this post, we are still able to welcome students to the Summer/Fall Semester of Social Arts 101. There are a limited number of places so, please contact us and register as soon as possible.

Social Arts 101 is a series of five monthly hour-and-fifteen-minute lessons that teach and give the opportunity to practice basic social skills and dances. The Summer/Fall Semester’s classes are August 26, September 16, October 21, November 11 and December 9. Tuition is $275 and registration can be completed online or by mail.

Social Arts Classes teach social protocol and social dances. This knowledge leads  to skills which increases confidence. Roll playing and hands-on activities, give each student the opportunity to practice. This not only makes class time active, engaging and fun but also ensures that information is truly learned. Demystifying the what and why and looking to consideration, respect and honesty is the goal of these classes.

Quote: The Best Thing is the Atmosphere

I think the best thing is the atmosphere that you provide. It is comfortable and easier to learn new things in a place like this.

-Erin Iverson, Pear Chaperon

GoalsDuring the first lesson of Social Arts 102, the students were asked to give feedback about the best part of taking 101. Ms. Iverson who acts as a Peer Chaperon for Social Arts Atlanta chose to participate in the activity and wrote the quote above. We are grateful for her compliment.

One of the goals of all of Social Arts Classes is to create an environment where students feel comfortable to learn, make mistakes, practice and improve without feeling judged or belittled. From the response we received from Ms. Iverson, we are reaching this goal.

News: Worth the Wait

EyeContactSocial Arts Classes started the Winter/Spring Semester on Friday, January 29, 2016. This postponed class, turned out to be worth the wait. Social Arts Atlanta (SAA) welcomed new families to Social Arts 101 and caught up with returning families during 102.

Three Pumps Please – The middlers of Social Arts 101 learned how to use good posture to sit and stand, how to execute a good handshake and the skills needed to introduce themselves to others. During a roll playing game, each student had his/her time to practice, make mistakes and improving with coaching, “only three pumps, please.” At the end of the lesson, the chairs were put to the sides and the Box Step was learned. Everyone tried to have a good dance frame, “gentlemen, extend that left arm” and all toes remained intact.

What Brings You Here? – We welcomed returning student during Social Arts 102. The group took some time to review the important parts of introductions, public right of way and gave SSA feedback on how they have used their skills from 101 and what they would like to make sure to cover in 102. The majority of the lesson focused on learning conversation skills; managing anxiety and the value of open ended questions, “what brings you here?” Roll playing was used to apply the concepts and everyone agreed that this was a topic that need attention in future lessons.

New Students Welcome – SAA is able to welcome new students to either Social Arts 101 or 102, if the student can attend a make-up lesson on Friday, February 12, 2016. Please contact Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin at socialartsatl@gmail.com for complete details.

Summer Fun with SAA – June may seem far away, but SAA is planning fun and exciting programs for ages 11-15 during this month. On The Town will be offered the week of June 20th. This day camp includes a morning lesson, a different dining experience every day and an excursion to a public site, all via public transportation. The camp will make the City of Atlanta your child’s class room!

Social Arts 101 Short Term will give students the opportunity to learn all the important lessons of 101 in a two-day format. This program will give tweens and teens with busy school year schedules a chance to learn in a compressed format and give the friend of a current student the chance to catch up to attend Social Arts 102 during the next semester with his/her buddy.

SAA is also developing an Interview Workshop. This will be a one day class to get tweens and teens ready for their first jobs and those all-important internships and college interviews.

Never Miss a Manners Message – In addition to news about classes, SAA also shares information about manners and etiquette on our blog and Facebook, sharing quotes and posts by others and also giving our own “two cents” on topics we think are important and interesting. Please take a moment to “like” us on Facebook, follow our blog by clicking the WordPress icon on the right of the page above our mailing list and add your name to our email list by following this link.

Manners matter and giving students the chance to practice etiquette in a supportive and fun way will give them the skills to meet success both professionally and personally.