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Brooke Evans new artistic director at Opus Performing Arts

Brooke Evans has been appointed artistic director of Opus Performing Arts.
Brooke Evans has been appointed artistic director of Opus Performing Arts. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Now that it’s fall, classes in visual arts, music, theater and dance are starting up.

In July, Allan Redstone, the owner of Opus Performing Arts, announced the appointment of Brooke Evans as artistic director of its dance school. In addition to her experience and formal training in ballet, Evans is a founding member of Bellingham Repertory Dance. She has been an instructor at Opus since it opened in September 2014.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to lead the artistic direction of the dance program at Opus,” Evans says in a news release. “Opus is a special place where students have an opportunity to learn in an environment that stresses quality instruction. Our primary focus is to build a strong foundation of technique needed for the young dancers in the Bellingham community, and I am honored to be a part of it.”

As artistic director, Evans is responsible for the dance course catalog and curriculum at Opus, as well as the management of performance schedules.

Evans started studying ballet when she was 3 in her hometown of Santa Fe, N.M. She has performed works of choreographers Mark Haim, Wade Madsen and Colleen Mulvihill, and the solo choreographic works of Joshua Beamish, Alan Good and Mary Sheldon Scott.

She is a regular ballet and modern dance guest teacher in the dance program at Western Washington University.

Opus is registering for its fall and winter semesters now, and students of all ages are welcome to make an appointment to come in for an assessment for placement.

Opus Performing Arts is at 114 W. Holly St. Details: 360-734-5300, opusbellingham.com, opusperformingarts@gmail.com

Whatcom Reads! Whatcom Writes!

The annual Whatcom Reads! is underway, and if you want to cozy up to a good book when the rains begin, consider this:

The 2016 Whatcom READS! selection is “A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel,” by best-selling author Ruth Ozeki. A novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, Ozeki also wrote “My Year of Meats” and “All Over Creation.”

Whatcom Reads! is a community and discussion program intended to encourage all Whatcom County residents to read the same book, and thus create a countywide book club experience.

Ozeki was the guest on Village Books’ Chuckanut Radio Hour in 2013, and interviewer Robert Winters, who teaches at English at Whatcom Community College, conducted a thoughtful and elucidating interview with her.

She is scheduled to visit Whatcom County during the first week of March 2016. More details about dates and locations will be announced via the Whatcom Reads! website.

In conjunction with Whatcom Reads!, the annual Whatcom Writes! contest is gearing up. The 2016 theme is “Choices.” Entries are due Oct. 9.

Some thoughts for aspiring writers to ponder: Have you struggled with difficult choices; to accept or reject, to leave or stay? Were the results different from what you expected? Have your choices changed the course of your life in unexpected ways?

Details: whatcomreads.org.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com.

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