Good Hope Programs

Spring 2019 Classes

Explore inaugural Bloom By Strathmore classes taking place at the brand-new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center. Dive into performing arts experiences where you could play the steelpans, strum a ukulele, move in the stepping tradition, and tell your story through spoken word. Please stay tuned for more registration details. 

Montgomery County Recreation is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please contact a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at 240-777-6870 or to request accommodations.

Steel Pan With Josanne

Ages 10+, Mondays Jan 14 - March 4, 6-8pm (No class on 1/21 and 2/18, holidays)

Come move and groove to the beat as you learn to play the steelpans - the only chromatic acoustic instrument to be invented in the 20th century! Along with learning the basics of steelpan playing technique, you will also learn about the history of the instrument. By the end of the course you will know about the function of each type of steelpan, and you will be able to perform different genres

of music in a steel band! The class is taught by master steelpan artist, Josanne Francis, who has appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Strathmore, and the Kennedy Center.

Class ID: #59841 | Fee: $60



3rd-6th grade, Fridays Feb 1 – May 22, 5:30-6:30pm

A weekly residency program for 3rd-6th grade students. The curriculum covers stepping, its history, preparation for college life, and simple health and fitness. Students learn the core values of stepping: teamwork, commitment, and discipline as a part of their own step team. Teams work together to learn choreography and discover how every member of the team adds value to their final performance, currently scheduled for May 22.

Class ID: #59836 | Fee: $0


Ages 10+, Thursdays Jan 17 - Feb 21, 6-7pm

Join us as we learn ukulele basics and get strumming! We will learn to strum along with some of today’s greatest pop hits with joy and flair. The class will cover beginning chords, basic strum patterns, and easy songs. We always laugh a LOT in this class – the lighthearted spirit of the Uke rules! No experience with musical instruments required, just an open mind and a desire to try something new.

Class ID: #59839 | Fee: $60

Poetry with Regie Cabico

Ages 13+*, Wednesdays Feb 13 - March 20, 4-5:30pm

In these spoken word performance workshops, participants will use imagery to create poems that incorporate pop culture and autobiography. These creations celebrate “who we are” by exploring our dreams and our most fanciful urges. We will combine outrageous lies into hyperbole and use sense memory and experimental word play to invigorate our language. We will look at the poem as one explosive haiku and use the things that “drive us crazy” to propel us into performance. We will unlock the basic elements of slam poetry performance: vocal/physical gesture and eye contact—demystifying the page from the stage.

* Ages 12 and under admitted with parent or guardian supervision.

Class ID: #59832 | Fee: $60


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