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Beginner Guitar


with Jason Eckerson

Calendar Feb 4, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Playing and learning guitar is a blast and with a seasoned teacher and musician like Jason 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! No class 2/18.

Required: Nylon or steel stringed acoustic guitar and the book Hal Leonard Method Complete Set with CD (approx. $15)

Recommended: Guitar picks and an electronic tuner.

Jason Eckerson, composer and performer, holds a Master of Music in Composition from UMass. He lives in Saco and plays in several bands.

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Beginner Belly Dance


with Jessica L Barker

Calendar Feb 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

A 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 2/19.

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.

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Line Dancing


with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Feb 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Line dance to a variety of rhythms: Latin, country standards and even the Electric Slide. Get a great cardio workout while learning 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 2/20.

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.

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Night Club Two Step


with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Feb 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Are you looking for a versatile slow dance that can be used at weddings, parties and on small dance floors? Need a simple rhythm with a romantic feel? Learn the basics of this fun, flirty dance that you can use with almost any love song. Fee is per couple so bring your partner and get ready to move! Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes. No class 2/20.

Elizabeth Richards thinks dancing is a great way to socialize, get a little exercise and have a lot of fun. She has been sharing her love of dance with students for nearly 20 years.

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Bollywood Fusion


with Seema Patil

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Explore the wonderful world of Indian Bollywood dance with fitness moves incorporated for a full body and cardio workout! Indian music will support your dancing and keep you inspired to open yourself to new movements. Enjoy the moves of Bollywood while burning calories. No experience needed! Dress for a dance workout and go barefoot or wear dance shoes. No class 3/10.

Seema Patil, former Indian film, TV & theater artist, was cast in her first TV series at age 12 and began her classical dance training at 14. She has choreographed for many events and keeps up on her art form by attending a Bollywood intensive camp in Saco every summer. Her passion is Bollywood fusion style with a combination of dance moves and fitness training.

Drumming 101


with Krystian Beal

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

With focus on the snare, learn to read basic rhythms and play basic rudiments. Get online resources, such as metronomes and play-along videos to help build your skills outside of the classroom. Leave with an enhanced appreciation of music, the ability to play the basics and with the tools necessary to continue to grow independently as a musician.

Required: One 12-inch drum pad with two 5A drum sticks (approx. $30 on Amazon).

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

Basic of Singing


with Katharine Whitaker Slack, BA

Calendar Mar 16, 2020 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.

Kathy Slack, BA in Theater with a Minor in Voice from Ithaca College, has studied with German Opera singer, Jutta Rose, along with jazz greats, Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin and Jeanette LoVetri from the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute. She has performed throughout NE & NYC and currently teaches in Yarmouth and Bath.

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