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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Music & Dance

Country & Latin Line Dancing


with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Jan 26, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Love to dance? Love music?

Learn patterns to classic country line dances and popular Latin rhythms, including rumba, cha cha, salsa and more! No partner required for this fun, energetic class. Requests will be taken for specific dances/music the first night and dances taught will be in response to these requests whenever possible. All levels welcome! Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes. Course fee is per person. No class 2/23. Proof of registration required.

Elizabeth Richards has been teaching dance for more than 20 years. She loves watching the moment that steps 'click' for her students.

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Just Swing for Beginners


with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Jan 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Young and old alike are having fun with the revival of swing! This class will get you up and dancing-lots of fun and so easy! Participants will learn various turns and many additional steps along with basics. The instructor will help you gain the confidence you need to get out on the floor and show your stuff. No class 2/23. Proof of registration required.

Elizabeth Richards has been teaching dance for more than 20 years. She loves watching the moment that steps 'click' for her students.

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Circle of Pickers


with Krystian Beal

Calendar Feb 7, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Have you wanted to join other musicians in a casual setting, learning song selection, timing, instrumental solos and more? Krystian will lead players at all levels in taking turns playing & singing 60's, 70's & 80's classic rock and country. Instruction is available for the guitar, but all stringed instruments are welcome! So bring a selection of songs, a music stand, a capo, your instrument and have a blast! No class 2/21. Proof of registration required.

Note: No microphone/PA system (please do not bring one). Food and beverages are available at the venue (no outside food or drink, please).

Krystian Beal studied Elementary Education with a concentration in Music at UME @ Orono. He currently plays in several local bands and is a singer-songwriter and soloist.

Beginner Guitar


with Travis Taylor

Calendar Mar 2, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

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

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

Travis Taylor has played guitar for a couple of decades and with a local band for many years. In addition, he has been teaching guitar in the Saco school district for the past 10+ years.

Beginner Belly Dance


with Jessica L Barker

Calendar Mar 3, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Beginners learn basic moves and combinations, while intermediate students refine their knowledge and experiment with layers. The tummy-toning results are a positive side effect for inspiration! Explore movement, vocabulary, musicality and history. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Proof of registration required.

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.

Group Singing!


with Kelly Caufield

Calendar Mar 22, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Everyone is born with the ability to sing!

You can easily design a singing practice for yourself using tools like vocal exercises, breathing patterns and diction techniques. Explore these tools while singing in an open, safe and welcoming environment. Learn an easy, two-part piece and be ready to show off your new skills as a group by the end of class! No experience necessary. Please bring a pencil, water and a positive attitude to class!

Kelly Caufield, singer and voice teacher, studied at USM and has sung with the Portland & Bangor Symphony Orchestras, Maine Pro Musica, and the Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra. Kelly currently teaches voice at Waynflete School in Portland.

Hand Drumming Workshop


with Namory Keita

Calendar Mar 25, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

with Master Drummer, Namory Keita

Beginners & ALL Levels Welcome!

Explore hand drumming through the traditional music of Guinea, West Africa. Play patterns, rhythms, and participate in ensemble playing with Master Village Drummer Namory Keita. Fun & engaging, Namory pulls all levels together in a community experience - not to be missed!

Required: Proof of registration, Djembe, Ashiko, Conga or other hand drum.

Note: Some rentals are available at $5 pr drum, payable to instructor in class. Please reserve your drum by emailing: as soon as you register.

Namory Keita, Master Village Drummer, is a sought-after teacher and performer with a unique style and a wealth of traditional knowledge; very rare to find outside the villages of Guinea where he was born. His resources include his remarkable ability to engage any audience and his relationships with dancers and drummers locally and worldwide as an international teacher and performer.

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