The Cheraw Recreation Department’s fall registration will be held from Aug. 3-28 at the Cheraw Community Center. Participants can sign up for classes from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Register for 2015-16 gymnastics classes through Friday, Aug. 21 at the Cheraw Community Center for kids ages 2 through 18. Classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Cheraw Community Center. Classes begin the week of Aug. 31 and end the last week of May with the end-of-year gymnastics performance.
Parents will be notified by postcard of their child’s class day and time at the end of registration. (Preschool students ages 2 and 3 must have a parent stay each week during class.) Registration fee is $15 plus $5 for insurance. This fee includes a T-shirt and shorts. Monthly class fees are $25 for city residents and $35 for out-of-city residents. Family discount is $5 off the monthly fee for each additional child registered.
The instructor is Vicki Walker of Florence, who has been teaching, coaching and judging gymnastics for more than 25 years. Her advanced training includes USAG workshops and clinics that she attends yearly. She is trained in first aid and has obtained her safety certificate.
Walker has taught both classes and competitive gymnastics classes with the Florence Gymscamps and Carolina Gymnastics Center in Columbia. She also coaches the competitive Junior and Senior teams in Cheraw. For more information, contact the Cheraw recreation office at 843-537-8420.
The 2015-16 martial arts classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 31 and continue year-round. Classes are held from 6-7 p.m. each Monday for beginners and from 7-8 p.m. for intermediate and advanced. Class is offered to students ages 5 to 18.
An optional Thursday sparring class is offered for those students who wish to come twice a week. The monthly fee for the Monday classes only is $25 for city residents and $35 for county. Family discount is $5 off each additional child. For the optional Thursday class, the monthly fee is $20 in addition to the Monday class fee. The yearly registration fee is $10 plus $5 insurance.
The instructor is Shawn Bell, who holds a third-degree black belt in combat martial arts and also a third-degree black belt in American karate and taekwondo. He is expertly trained in U.S. Army hand-to-hand combat through his time in the Airborne Infantry.
The 2015-16 dance classes will be taking registration through Aug. 28 at the Cheraw Recreation Department. Kelley’s Fine Arts will be the instructing classes in tap, jazz, ballet, clogging and hip-hop for ages 2 to 18.
KFA owner and director Burnadene Kelley-Newman began her dance education at the age of 6. She received bachelor’s degrees in dance and elementary education from Columbia College. Her special training includes not only dance but cheerleading, runway, print and commercial modeling, theatre and music — both instrumental and vocal.
Kelley-Newman and the KFA staff continue their education by attending dance conventions, workshops and classes. She is also the former director of the Phantom Dance Team and was the choreographer and director of the AIFA Championship halftime show for 2007 and 2008.
In 2009, she enjoyed working with the Florence Little Theater as the choreographer for its production of “Peter Pan.” Kelley-Newman served as the 2010-11 head cheer coach for the Francis Marion University Patriots cheerleaders.
Today, Kelley-Newman is the owner and director of KFA and the founder of the KFA Dance Company who is well-known in South Carolina and beyond. She has five studio locations — Florence, Lake City, Turbeville, Camden and Cheraw — and has taught dance to thousands of students.
Kelley-Newman is active in the community as well as the dance world at large. She has taken her students to perform in Las Vegas, New York City, MGM Studios, Royal Caribbean cruise lines, the Orange Bowl, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and many more.
She has received numerous top choreographer, teacher and director awards. Kelley-Newman and her KFA dancers have provided the entertainment for the Miss South Carolina pageant and the AIFA National Halftime and many halftime shows for the USC men’s basketball games as well as FMU basketball games.
KFA will be teaching classes in Cheraw on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 2 for youth ages 2 and up at the Cheraw Community Center. The times are as follows:
• 3-3:30 p.m. — Tap/ballet for 3-5-year-olds
• 3:30-4 p.m. — Tap for first- through fourth-graders
• 4-4:30 p.m. — Ballet for first- through fourth-graders
• 4:30-5 p.m. — Jazz/hip-hop for 5-year-olds/kindergartners through second-graders
• 5-5:30 p.m. — Tap/ballet for 2- and 3-year-olds
• 5:30-6 p.m. — Tap/ballet for 4- and 5-year-olds
• 6-6:30 p.m. — Jazz/hip-hop for third-graders and up
• 6:30-7 p.m. — Clogging for first-graders and up
• 7-7:30 p.m. — Tap for fifth-graders and up
• 7:30-8:15 p.m. — Ballet/Pointe for fifth-graders and up
KFA now has a competitive team in Cheraw. Anyone interested in auditioning for the team will need to contact Kelley-Newman.
Registration fees are $10 plus $5 for insurance. Monthly fees are $35 for city residents and $40 for county residents. KFA has its own dancewear shop, so all shoe and dancewear fittings will be handled by Kelley-Newman. Fittings will be held from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.
For more information, contact the Cheraw Recreation Department at 843-537-8420.
Lisa Skipper works for the town of Cheraw’s Recreation and Leisure Services Department.