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Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts Stages First Annual Winter Showcase

      Featuring pop music to Broadway, and hip hop to ballet, the student performers of the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts will take the stage for the school's first annual Winter Showcase.  The gallery will also be open to the public for a viewing of works
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by the visual artist students.
     Established in 2006, the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts (ASPVA) has served hundreds of students as part of their community outreach programs that bring arts education to participating public schools and other student organizations as part of an after-school and summer camp enrichment experience.   The group opened their new downtown location in the educational building of the historic Central Christian Church facility, allowing for a full-time day school where students can prepare for college while honing their talents in the arts.
     "Our school offers greater focus on the arts for students to pursue their individual artistic passions under the direction of master teachers in theater, music, dance and visual arts," said founder and executive director Carol de Cardenas. "We have also created an optimal schedule with a 1:17 student/teacher ratio allowing students to pursue their individual artistic passions while reaching their academic goals without sacrificing their physical or emotional well-being, family time, or other pursuits."
     The Winter Showcase performance is scheduled for Thursday, December 16 at 6 p.m.  Admission is free.
    The ASPVA is located at 1110 Guadalupe Street - two blocks west of the Capitol in the newly restored, historical building of Central Christian Church.  For more information, call (512) 52-ASVPA (522-7782) or visit www.TheAustinSchool.org.

(Photo of ASPVA Theater Student courtesy ASPVA)
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