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Austin Peay State University Community School of the Arts adds full dance program for Fall 2015 season


Austin Peay State University Community School for the ArtsClarksville, TN – Community service is at the heart of Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts (CSA). Over 200 children and adults come each week to the APSU campus to take part in CSA classes and workshops.

With summer nearing its end, the CSA is expanding its offerings for the Fall 2015 season.

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

All classes offered through CSA are open and available to the public. While fees vary, enrollment at APSU is not required to take part in any course.

“The big thing we’re proud to offer this year is a full, comprehensive dance program,” Matthews Burns, CSA coordinator, said. “We have had dance classes before, but now we have courses for every level, from children aged 4-5 all the way to adult-level ballet.”

CSA dance courses are skill-based, allowing students to focus on personal goals. Without competition, students can focus on technique, fitness or just having fun. These new courses were designed by and are being taught by APSU dance faculty member, Margaret Rennerfeldt and her students.

For young people, the CSA is now offering a course on cartooning. Led by area artist Tim Pafford, the course allows students to explore the basics of cartooning and design.

Besides the new, the CSA still offers classes in, among others, music, art, theatre and photography. Expanded Photoshop offerings are now available — as well as more as the season progresses.

“The classes we’re currently offering at the beginning of August and September are our most popular courses,” Burns added. “What’s available for registration right now online won’t be all our offerings.”

For more information on the CSA, call 931.221.7508, or email at . To register for courses, visit the CSA’s website at




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