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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education



Music & Dance

Ballroom Dancing

$65

with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Oct 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Ballroom dance is always in style, easy to learn and great fun! Learn to dance with a partner and gain the confidence you are looking for by learning the basics of Waltz, Fox trot and Swing. Come alone or bring a dance partner. Course fee is per person. Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes.

Elizabeth Richards has been sharing her love of dancing for almost 20 years. She loves watching the moment that steps 'click' for her students.

Basics of Singing

$49

with Katharine Whitaker Slack, BA

Calendar Oct 29, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn to sing with the right training and practice in a fun, supportive environment! Using vocal exercises and games, proper breathing, posture, and articulation techniques; you will be amazed by your newly found vocal production. Sheet music will be provided. For practice, singers will have the option of singing a song solo or in a small group.

Kathy Slack, BA in Theater and Speech Communication with a Minor in Voice from Ithaca College, studied classical voice & musical theater repertoire with German Opera singer, Jutta Rose. Her recent training has been with jazz greats, Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin, in addition to study with Jeanette LoVetri from the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute. Kathy has performed as an actor & singer throughout New England & in NYC. She currently teaches voice at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth and her home studio in West Bath.

Beginner Belly Dance

$59

with Jessica L Barker

Calendar Oct 3, 2018 at 5:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

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 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. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Shoes and hip scarves are optional. This is a fragrance-free class.

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.

Beginner Guitar

$65

with Travis Taylor

Calendar Oct 4, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Playing and learning guitar is a blast and with a seasoned teacher and musician like Travis you cannot go wrong. Focus on the names of strings, notes in the first position and build to learning chords and strumming patterns. Before you know it you will be playing music!

Required: Nylon or steel stringed acoustic guitar, picks (plectrums), an electronic tuner and the book Hal Leonard Method Complete Set with CD (approx. $20-$25).

Travis Taylor has been playing the guitar for 14 years, and with a local band for six. He has been teaching guitar in the Saco school district for the past 10 years.

Flamenco Foundations Dance Workshop

$79

with Lindsey Bourassa

Calendar Sep 15, 2018 at 4 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Learn the foundations of flamenco technique, including footwork, marking steps, and rhythms, as well as a fun choreography in the flamenco style of Tangos. Explore elements of flamenco's rich history, styles, culture and language. Whether you are an absolute beginner or seasoned dancer, you do not want to miss this opportunity! All levels welcome. Required: Wear clothing you can comfortably move in (athletic pants/leggings and a tank/tee, or long loose skirt), flamenco shoes, character or sturdy shoes with a thick, low heel and no tread. Men may wear flamenco boots or dress shoes (no tread).

Lindsey Bourassa is a contemporary flamenco dancer, choreographer and founder/director of Bourassa Dance Studio in Portland, ME. As a flamenco artist, Lindsey honors tradition while exploring and flexing the boundaries of flamenco. Her work interweaves flamenco, contemporary dance, conceptual themes, poetic verse and multimedia. She has studied, performed and taught in the US and Spain.

Intro to Salsa

$59

with Lazaro Hernandez Pomares

Calendar Sep 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Join Danza Latina for an introduction to Salsa!

Get your feet moving to the basics of Salsa footwork and simple, fun moves that will get you out on the dance floor. Learn to connect with any partner and build confidence dancing to different styles and tempos of music. We recommend students wear flat shoes that glide. No dance partner needed. Course fee is per person. No class 10/8.

Lazaro Hernandez Pomares 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.

Latin Basics for Couples

$89

with Lazaro Hernandez Pomares

Calendar Sep 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Have a blast getting the basics of Latin dance so you can enjoy a night out, or be prepared for special events such as weddings, anniversaries or social gatherings. Boost your confidence by learning to look great while dancing to styles such as Bachata and Merengue. Course fee is per couple as a dance partner is required. Wear flat shoes with soles that slide. No class 10/8.

Lazaro Hernandez Pomares 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.

Line Dancing

$65

with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Oct 4, 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. Come 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. No partner is required for this fun, energetic class. Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes.

Elizabeth Richards has been sharing her love of dancing for almost 20 years. She loves watching the moment that steps 'click' for her students.





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