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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Music & Dance

Beginner Belly Dance


with Jessica L Barker

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

Belly dance is wonderful exercise for every belly!

Join us in a judgment-free space where the focus is on movement, positive body image, encouragement, and support! Beginners will learn basic movements and combinations, while intermediate students will refine their knowledge and begin experimenting with layers. The tummy-toning results are a positive side effect for inspiration! Movement, vocabulary, musicality, and history of this beautiful art will be explored. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Shoes and hip scarves are optional. This is a fragrance-free class. No class February 19th.

Jessica Barker has been belly dancing for most of her adult life, starting with the Desert Dancers with Miraya Swanson and continuing her studies with world-renowned instructors Nathifa Shakti, Heather Powers and Rosa Noreen.

Drum Circle Basics & Beyond


with Janice Erickson

Calendar Jan 8, 2018 at 5:45 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Experience the true joy of drumming with a basic foundation of phrases and rhythms that inspire you to play even more. Improve your groove with tips and technique along with some great rhythms you can play in most situations. We will work with your breath and posture for ease in playing any drum. Bring your Djembe, Ashiko or Conga and have a blast! No class January 15th.

Janice Erickson has been studying dance and drum of the African diaspora for over 30 years. She currently performs with New Moon Ensemble and Master Drummer Namory Keita. As an experienced teacher, she has taught many students the joy of African-inspired dance and drum.

Introduction to Bachata


with Lazaro Herdandez Pomares

Calendar Jan 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Bachata is sensual, simple and one of the most popular dances in Latin America. Gain an introduction to the fundamentals of different social moves, variations of the basic steps, and styling. For the total beginner or experienced dancer. Course fee is per person. No class February 19th.

Lazaro Hernandez Pomares grew up in Cuba, where he began dancing at a very young age and attended a Cuban school of dance, finishing with a degree in Physical Education. He was invited to teach in Russia, later moving to Portland, ME, where he is known as one of the most energetic and skilled dance instructors available.

Just Swing!


with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Feb 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Everyone can swing dance! This class will get you up and out on the dance floor -- lots of fun and so easy! Along with the basics, learn various turns and many additional steps. The instructor will help you gain the confidence to get out on the floor and show your stuff. Course fee is per person. No class February 22nd.

Required: Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes.

Elizabeth Richards has been teaching for many years and dancing for more than 20. She loves to share the joy of dancing with her students.

Line Dancing


with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Feb 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn to line dance to a variety of rhythms: Latin, country standards, and even the Electric Slide. Get a great cardio workout and learn to dance to your favorite songs! Requests will be taken for specific dances and/or music the first night, and dances taught will be in response to these requests whenever possible. Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes. No partner is required for this fun, energetic class. No class February 22nd.

Elizabeth Richards has been teaching for many years and dancing for more than 20. She loves to share the joy of dancing with her students.

Play the Ukulele!


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Jan 16, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

The ukulele is a wonderfully versatile, go-anywhere instrument that is easy to play. Have a ball learning to play familiar songs using common chords, along with basic strumming and picking styles. The course is meant for those who have never played a stringed instrument. Required: Soprano, concert, or tenor-size ukulele (no baritones please), an electronic tuner, and music stand. Bring a loose-leaf notebook, pencil, eraser, and highlighter. Duncan can advise you concerning brands, prices, styles and sizes as well as recommend local shops where you can buy a good beginners uke.

Duncan Perry, a ukulele player for 10 years, is an experienced teacher and performer who entertains at festivals, nursing homes, libraries, schools, and community gatherings. He is also a member of the popular Falmouth Library Ukulele Society (FLUKES).

Tap Your Way to Fitness


with Linda Waters

Calendar Jan 22, 2018 at 7:15 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Have fun, burn calories, and get a great workout! Basic tap steps will be taught in fun combinations using jazz, Broadway, musical theater, rock, rhythm and blues, and more. No previous experience needed. Please bring water, wear cool, loose clothing and flat or low-heeled tap shoes. No class February 19th.

Linda Waters is a certified instructor in group exercise and has been dancing & teaching for 50+ years. She has studied all over the United States.

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