Q:What is the TWIGS Program?
A:TWIGS (To Work In Gaining Skills) is a program of free after-school and Saturday classes in music, dance, visual arts, theatre, and stage production for elementary and middle school students who qualify by audition.
Q:Where are TWIGS classes held?
A:TWIGS classes are held at the Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral Street.
Q:When do TWIGS classes meet?
A:Classes meet after-school and on Saturdays.
Q:How can I get my child into the TWIGS Program?
A:Auditions are required for acceptance into the TWIGS Program.
Q:Who is eligible to audition for TWIGS?
A:Any interested student who meets the grade level requirements and lives in Baltimore City may audition. Dance classes are for 2nd through 8th graders; instrumental music, theatre, and stage production classes are for 5th through 8th graders; visual arts classes are for 4th through 8th graders; and vocal music is for 8th graders only.
Q:How do I apply for the TWIGS Program?
A:There is no application form or pre-registration. We will register your child on the day of the audition.
Q:How do I prepare for the audition?
A:Dance – You will participate in a dance movement class. For the audition, wear a leotard, spandex shorts, or gym shorts with a close-fitting tee shirt. Legs should be bare with socks on the feet – no skirts or leg warmers. Ballet slippers or socks are required. No pointe shoes. Loose-fitting clothing or jewelry should not be worn. Hair should be securely pinned back.
Instrumental Music – Bring your instrument and music. (We provide a piano for piano auditions and a snare drum for percussion auditions.) Be prepared to play one or two selections and one or two scales on your instrument.
Vocal Music – Be prepared to sing America (My Country Tis of Thee). Accompaniment will be provided.
Visual Arts – Bring as many examples of your artwork and as many different types of artwork as possible (and may include: drawings, paintings, sculptures, woodworking projects, ceramics, prints, weavings, metal-working projects, etc.). Bring anything made by hand in school, private classes or at home. Be prepared to discuss your artwork. You will also complete a drawing exercise during the audition. Materials for this project will be provided.
Theatre – Be prepared to perform a memorized monologue (one character’s speech from a play) no more than two minutes in length or a poem approximately one minute long.
Stage Production – Bring examples of your artwork (drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, etc.). Be prepared to discuss your artwork. Any experience working on performances, i.e., plays, concerts, dance shows, may be included in the discussion.