Flat Rock Brook Nature Center – 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, NJ

Registration for Autumn Crafts, Recorder Group, and Pleasures of Poetry is on line at To receive a mail-in registration form, call 201-567-1265.

Center for Modern Dance Education – 84 Euclid Ave., Hackensack, NJ

Registration for Acting and Dance (November) is by email to or 201-638-5698.


Autumn Crafts – 10–11:30 am – Holly Ciccoricco

Holly CiccoriccoA different craft is featured each week, including wreaths, centerpieces, a Thanksgiving cornucopia and clay objects. Holly Ciccoricco holds an MA in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her work has been seen at the Art School at the Old Church in Demarest, where she is a faculty member; the Art Institute in Ridgewood; the Edward Hopper House in Nyack; libraries throughout the area; and in private collections nationally and internationally. Holly studied with Eli Rosenthal, Mel Stabin and Gustave Wander. She has taught art in public schools, camps and community centers.

Recorder Group – 11:30 am-1 pm – Amy Herbitter

Amy gives Carol some pointers

Amy gives Carol some pointers

Beginning and intermediate recorder playersl explore an instrument that has been making wonderful music since the days of wandering minstrels. Connect with music, meet friends and play together in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. You bring a recorder and music stand; we provide the music.  Amy Herbitter is Music Director and performer with the Morris Consort, a group she helped found in 1998. In 2004 Amy presented her solo New York recital debut; she continues to appear as a soloist, coach and conductor for the American Recorder Society in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. More recently, Amy has focused on bringing the music of the recorder to residents of assisted living facilities throughout New Jersey. She also teaches recorder privately.

The Pleasures of Poetry – 1-2:30 pm (three weeks only) – Teresa Carson

Teresa CarsonBudding and experienced poets are invited to join the great conversation of poetry and be inspired by the rich autumn colors at Flat Rock. After reading a selection of celebrated poems, students will write and share their own work. Teresa Carson is associate publisher at CavanKerry Press, a not-for-profit literary press serving art and the community, and the assistant director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching. Her publications include a full-length book of poetry, Elegy for the Floater (CavanKerry Press, 2008) and a chapbook of poems, The Congress of Human Oddities (VV-UC, 2012). Teresa holds MFAs in Poetry and Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College.


Acting – Wednesdays, October 8 – November 26, – Michael Bias

Michael BiasTake your first step onstage or brush up acting skills in a workshop environment. Exercise your creative imagination, warm-up your natural acting ability and let your expressiveness soar. Begins with relaxation exercises and getting comfortable on stage. Learn basics of acting through theatre games, improvisation and short scenes. No memorization required.     Michael Bias, founder and Artistic/Producing Director of The Garage Theatre Group based at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, has directed/produced more than 100 plays and musicals. Directing credits include world premieres of Billie, More Than A Soap Opera,and Summer of Love, all of which he co-wrote, as well as Meester Amerika. Other directorial credits include The Bald Soprano, Doubt, Runaways, Aida, High School Musical and The Wind in The Willows.  Michael has critiqued for the Bergen Teen Festival of the Arts and participates in arts-in-education programs throughout NJ. He also has developed a theatre program for adults with Aspergers Syndrome. Michael teaches acting at FDU and also conducts acting classes for youth and adults.

Dance – Dates TBD – Alexander Stavrou

alexandra Evangelia StavrosAn easygoing, fun exploration of various movement and dance styles – e.g. Modern, Jazz,  Caribbean, Social Dance. Includes a warmup emphasizing the fundamentals of breath, posture, alignment, and body mechanics that are important for both good dancing and good daily living! Suitable for all levels.     Alexandra-Evangelia Stavrou, dancer/choreographer, has performed throughout the US, Greece, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea, in venues ranging from Brooklyn Academy of Music and homeless shelters to remote village clearings. Trained in Modern and World Dance/Music, she was a member of the Haitian Dance Troupe “Shango” and the Balinese-American  Dance Theatre. She was in the original cast of Philip Glass’s opera “Einstein on the Beach” and composed dances and music for NYC’s Public Theatre. She has been teaching seniors for over 40 years  and currently  teaches movement to youth with special needs in Bergen County schools. She performed last year as the dancing clown in “Pagliacci” at BergenPAC.



  1. I am interested in registering for the “Movement Sampler.” When and where will it be given? Is there a cost? How does one register?
    Thank you.
    Patricia Salmon

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