Grand opening for new arts school at former Woodway Elementary

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Even the youngest children at Crescendo learn using real instruments.

The former Woodway Elementary School in Edmonds, which the Edmonds School District closed last year as a cost-saving measure, has become the new home to the private Crescendo Artistic Environment School Woodway, a preschool-6th grade school that combines arts and academic education. Edmonds residents can learn more about the school during an open house on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 2-6 p.m. in the school gym, located at 9521 240th St. S.W.

Founded in 1997 by Fanovitch Sebasstian, who serves as director and lead teacher, the Crescendo school stresses the arts and culture for primary and elementary development, with an emphasis on music, cultural diversity, dancing and drumming. Sebasstian is a former Kirov and Bolshoi ballerina and studied musicology at the Danchenko Conservatory. She has extensive drumming experience from living and studying in Africa.

For more information, visit the school’s website.

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