by Nick Anis
Applause, an after school program offering extensive
training for performing arts for children 5 to 18 has been gaining a lot
of recognition from parents, teachers, and community leaders.
Founder and artistic director Joelene McLean in partnership with the
Walnut Valley Unified School District conduct Applause. The program
runs on a quarterly basis. Two quarters are instructional where
children can take a variety of classes such as intro to drama, musical
theater, and even vocal lessons. Another class offered, that's
really great for children, is Stage Freight 101. In this course,
children learn how to deal with and overcome their fear of public speaking
There are actually two sessions offered over the
summer quarter, which also dubs as a summer camp. The first sessions
runs from June 28th through July 7th and the second session runs from July
10 through July 28. The camp quarter, like the other three quarters
of the program, is offered for children ages 5 to 18. Both sessions
of the summer quarter will be held at Chaparral Middle School. At
the end of each of these two camp sessions they class puts on a play, and
at the end of the year, the children put on a major production.
The Applause Foundation is a non-profit performing
arts training program. It uses music, comedy, dancing, and acting to
as Ms. "McLean" likes to say, "lead children into the
sunshine of achievement." McLean's courses focus on building
self-esteem, self-confidence, improving children's public speaking skills.
Her students also learn discipline and responsibility, which they can take
back into the classroom for their academic pursuits.
Ms. McLean believes in the 3 A's (academics,
athletics, and the arts). But she has also added a 4th A,
"Attitude. She feels it's absolutely essential that children
have a positive attitude about themselves in order to maximize their full
potential in the classroom. She also feels that good self-esteem
will help with in the family life and through out their careers.
Parents and teachers have noticed the difference the
program makes to the kids and interest in the program has been growing
from one quarter to the next mostly through word of mouth referrals.
To register for the summer or fall classes or find out more about the
program students and their parents can call 909-468-9707.
Nick Anis is a food, wine, and travel
and technology writer with 24 books in print. Nick’s beats include snow
and water sports, and vacation destinations. Nick can be reached by email
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Nick Anis is a food, wine, and travel
and technology writer with over 24 books in print published by
McGraw-Hill, Random House, Bantam, Ziff-Davis, Tab, and others. Nick's
articles have appeared in The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, West Coast
Media, The Family Publications Group, The Weekly News, and Travel-Watch.
His beats include food, travel, snow and waters sports, entertainment,
family recreation, consumer electronics, home improvement, and automotive.
He is responsible for the Restaurant Row Ethnic Dining Guide, co-published
by the Long Beach Press Telegram. Nick is an
accomplished downhill skier, PADI certified SCUBA diver, and when he's not
sitting on his butt goofing off, enjoys a variety of active recreation
including tennis, riding motorcycles, ATVs, wave runners, snow machines,
horses, skeet and trap shooting he's also taken a stab at riding camels,
donkeys, elephants, ostriches, lamas, dolphins, Reindeer, bulls,
mechanical bulls, and buffalo. Nick is a member (A
Secretary/Treasurer) of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers
Association (IFWTWA), a member of the North American Snow Sports
Journalist Association (NASJA), Computer Press Association, The Writer's
Guild, and listed in Books in Print, Media Map, and Press Access.
You can reach Nick at Editor@Travel-Watch.com.