Workshops at Walker's


Workshops at Walker's

Join us in Simsbury for free educational events open to the public! Space is limited – reservations are required. Read more about our offerings below:


Dance workshop at The Ethel Walker School

Middle School Summer Dance Workshop

Saturday, August 3, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join Walker’s acclaimed dance teachers for a complimentary dance workshop held in our new state of the art dance suite in the Centennial Center equipped with mirrors, sound system, and sprung floor. This workshop, for girls entering grades 6-8, is for dancers of all levels. Students will be introduced to dance technique and composition including a modern dance warm up, play with improvisation, and have the chance to choreograph their own dance. Parents are invited to attend an informal performance at 11:50 a.m. to watch their daughter’s work.

Students are encouraged to wear clothing they are comfortable moving in, such as leggings, t-shirts, and may dance barefoot or with socks.

Note: This workshop has reached capacity. Be on the lookout for future dance workshops at Walker's, and see our other offerings below!


Ceramics workshop at The Ethel Walker School

Ceramics Workshop

Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us in our ceramics studio to learn about pottery and the art of throwing and glazing ceramic pieces. Walker’s ceramic instructor Marissa Forde will be on hand to demonstrate how to throw bowls, vases, and plates on the potter's wheel. Students will have the opportunity to help create a bowl with Mrs. Forde. They will also get to glaze several bowls with their own unique designs that they can keep after the workshop.

Space is available for 12 girls in grades 6-8. Snacks will be provided. We are a nut-free community.



Gender stereotypes in the media

Gender Stereotypes in the Media

Thursday, October 10, 2019
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

What if Cinderella wore sneakers while running her own business?

Through an exploration of Disney films, girls entering grades 6-8 and their parents will explore gender stereotypes and the limits they place on identity development. You will acquire the language and resources to understand the messages girls receive about gender identity through the media. The workshop will provide tools to counteract those messages and offer practical ways to face the stereotypes head on.

This workshop is presented by Walker’s Director of Social Justice and Inclusion Elisa Del Valle Cardona. A light dinner will be provided.


The Ethel Walker School theater workshop

Middle School Theater Workshop

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Open the curtain and dim the lights — it’s time to take the stage at Walker’s! This 90-minute acting workshop is packed with excitement from start to finish. Facilitated by Walker's Director of Theater Shannen Hofheimer, performers will create unforgettable, funny, and heartwarming memories that will last a lifetime. Take part in improvisational exercises, experiment with costumes and props, and act out short scenes from famous shows and movies! Acting is all about trusting yourself and your scene partner, speaking with confidence, stepping out of your comfort zone, problem solving, and thinking on your feet. Take center stage with us on November 2. We look forward to seeing you there!