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Dance: Ballroom Dance for Beginners

$25

with Elizabeth Pouwels

Calendar Mar 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Do you have a wedding or special event coming up, or do you just want to learn the basics of the traditional Waltz, Foxtrot and East Coast Swing? Join us for a great time socializing and learning to dance, and it’s also great exercise! Come alone or with a partner - singles are welcome!  Elizabeth teaches for various organizations including the Maine Swing Dance Council and the Ballroom Dance Society of Central Maine, and is a two-time winner of Dancing with the Ellsworth Stars. David Koenka grew up in a family of dancers and takes great pleasure in learning and sharing all he can about dance. Makeup class (if needed) 04/26/18.

 

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Dance: Salsa for Beginners

$25

with Elizabeth Pouwels

Calendar Mar 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

There is nothing like Salsa dance for its energy and musicality. Extracting the best elements of music and dance from Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican traditions and mixing in the innovation of the New York Jazz world, Salsa has grown into one of the most popular social dances worldwide. This class will help you build a solid foundation in L.A. style Salsa: learn how to listen to the music and step to Salsa timing; develop basic styling; turn with smooth form and connect with your partner. The classes are structured and progressive: we build our way step-by-step towards confidence on the dance floor. Come alone or with a partner - singles are welcome! You will meet people, have fun and experience Salsa con Sabor. Elizabeth teaches for various organizations including the Maine Swing Dance Council and the Ballroom Dance Society of Central Maine, and is a two-time winner of Dancing with the Ellsworth Stars. David Koenka grew up in a family of dancers and his particular love is salsa - driven by a music and history he is passionate about sharing. Makeup class (if needed) 04/26/18.

 

Dance: West Coast Swing for Beginners

$36

with Elizabeth Pouwels

Calendar Jan 25, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Want to learn a partner dance but don't know where to start? If you've never taken a dance class, this class is perfect for the beginner. West Coast Swing is a versatile, fun-filled partner dance that is compatible with a wide variety of music, which makes it a good first dance to learn. WCS allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together. Your instructor will offer a pace at the level of the class and provide support and encouragement as you learn how to have fun with your partner and the dance. Come alone or with a partner - singles are welcome! Those who have taken beginner before are encouraged to freshen up their skills and the instructor will modify basics to add more challenge for those who have a working knowledge of the dance. Elizabeth teaches for various organizations including the Maine Swing Dance Council and the Ballroom Dance Society of Central Maine, and is a two-time winner of Dancing with the Ellsworth Stars. Makeup class (if needed) 03/01/18.

 

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Dance: West Coast Swing: Beyond the Basics

$25

with Elizabeth Pouwels

Calendar Mar 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Take your dancing to a new level! This class is intended for students who already have a basic knowledge of West Coast Swing and would like to progress further. Each week we’ll cover new step patterns and styling tips for both leaders and followers that will highlight musicality and connection in the dance. We will explore improvisation and creativity within a variety of musical styles (blues, R&B, pop, soul, funk, rock). The emphasis will be on having more fun with your dancing! Come alone or with a partner - singles are welcome! Elizabeth teaches for various organizations including the Maine Swing Dance Council and the Ballroom Dance Society of Central Maine, and is a two-time winner of Dancing with the Ellsworth Stars. David Koenka grew up in a family of dancers and takes great pleasure in learning and sharing all he can about dance. Makeup class (if needed) 04/26/18.

 

Irish Pennywhistle: Beyond Beginners

$76

with Chris Gray

Calendar Jan 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

This class will go beyond the fundamentals of playing tunes on the Irish Pennywhistle (tin whistle). It will focus on learning tunes by ear, ornamentation, and playing with other musicians. Some experience playing simple tunes and scales is expected. Chris Gray plays with musicians in Ireland and Maine, studied at Gaelic College in Cape Breton and University College in Cork, where he received his diploma in Irish Traditional Music and M.A. Ethnomusicology. Chuck Whitney has been a science educator in Hancock County schools and adjunct college faculty member for 27 years. He has been playing Celtic music and making musical instruments for the last 17 years. No class 02/21/18; makeup class (if needed) 04/04/18.

 





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