Ballet, theater, art, music, yoga classes in Crozet, western Albemarle, near Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Twinkle Project 2019


An original interdisciplinary studio production created for workshop students.

We are excited to once again offer a Pre-Twinkle Workshop (see specifics below),
and two Twinkle Projects this year!
If students are interested in attending both Twinkle Project weeks,
please email Sharon Tolczyk at for information.

This year’s production will be directed by Sharon  D. Tolczyk (Artistic Director, Crozet Arts), Boomie Pedersen (Director, Hamner Theater), Elizabeth Brightbill – Twinkle I only (Terra Voce Flute & Cello Duo) and Dr. Beth Cantrell – Twinkle II only (Director, Talent Education at Crozet Arts).


June 4/5/6 after school

Open to ballet students enrolled in Twinkle I or Twinkle II, who are Crozet Arts ballet students
in rising Ballet B, C, D, Intermediate I, II, III-IV or outside ballet students of an intermediate level.
Includes a Monday ballet class (6:15 pm) for Intermediate students
(and optional Thursday 6:15 ballet class for Intermediate III-IV students).
Email for schedule.

The Pre-Twinkle workshop offers students with substantial training in ballet the opportunity to prepare more complex choreography that will be incorporated into The Twinkle Project.

Tuition:  $15/student; $20/family

The Twinkle Project I:

with Flutes

June  10 – 14:  9:15 am – 3:30 pm  with performance(s) on Friday (times TBA).

For rising Grades 1 – 9:  Ballet-Theater-Art-Flute.

Tuition:  $285; $200 for sibling.

Tuition includes art supplies & costuming; please bring a lunch and substantial snacks.


The Twinkle Project II:

with Cellos

June 24 – 28:  9:15 am – 3:30 pm with performance(s) on Friday (times TBA)

For rising Grades 1 – 9:  Ballet-Theater-Art-Cello.

Tuition:  $285; $200 for sibling.

Tuition includes art supplies & costuming; please bring a lunch and substantial snacks.



What is The Twinkle Project?

Please see description below photos.



The Twinkle Project is an interdisciplinary collaborative production of dance, theater, music, and art, using selections from Mozart’s 12 variations on, “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman” (familiar to us as, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”) and verse from well-known poets & writers (previous workshops have included Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, & Shel Silverstein, and other well-known poets).  This year’s Twinkle Project will incorporate new music, in addition to Twinkle & selected variations.  The workshop is open to students (girls and boys) with or without experience or previous training in the arts. Students will learn dance/instrumental/drama scenes based on constellations, and other stories & myths (which vary from summer to summer – previous productions have included  Story of Dhruva [North Star], Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lewis Carroll’s How Doth the Little Crocodile & The Mouse’s Tale, Greek myths of Arachne and Athena, and stories based on The Unicorn Tapestries (2016), Japanese wood block prints (2017), The Migratory Bird Treaty (2018) and many more…) and will create props and costume pieces for the production (to take home at the end of the workshop).

Students will concentrate in dance or theater for their performance role(s), or may be involved in both; original choreography and scenes will be created for various small groups based on level of experience & training to build the production.   All students will participate in art and various music activities.

Flute students will perform selected music during Twinkle I
and may accompany the dancers and actors, as well.
Talent Education @ Crozet Arts cello students will perform selected music during Twinkle II
and may accompany the dancers and actors, as well.

During Art, all students will participate in making props/backdrop/costume pieces for the performance, and to take home at the end of the workshop.

On Friday, each workshop will finish with studio performances of the week’s work.


The Twinkle Project is an original production that will be tailored to those who enroll in the workshop.  Students will work in small groups according to age, interest, and skill level.

Come join us for a creative and fun week!!

The Twinkle Project has been generously supported by grants from the Bama Works fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF).  The grants have provided funds to support the development and infrastructure of the workshop, to sustain and grow this unique collaborative opportunity in the arts in our community.

Need-based scholarships are available; email   for information.

Students who participated in past Twinkle Projects are encouraged and welcome to participate again!  The production will be built around the participants, allowing for lots of creativity and new opportunities for all.

What to wear & bring:

–  All students should wear cool, comfortable clothes that are easy to move in
and suitable for art and easy-on/-off shoes.

–  Dance students should wear a solid-color leotard and plain, stretchy shorts; ballet shoes optional;
bare feet okay!  Bring a simple change of clothes.

–  Everyone should bring an old t-shirt (short sleeves!) to wear over clothes for art.

–  Everyone should bring a water bottle (labeled with name) every day.

–  Everyone should bring substantial, healthy snacks (for morning & afternoon) and a bag lunch daily.

Questions?  Email

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS FROM The Twinkle Project 2013.

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