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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education



Music & Dance

Beginner Belly Dance

$59

with Jessica L Barker

Calendar Feb 27, 2019 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.

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

$69

with Travis Taylor

Calendar Feb 7, 2019 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! No class 2/21.

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.

Find Your Voice

$99

with Deborah Gordon

Calendar Jan 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

The benefits of simply singing cannot be over stated...a murmur that begins inside of us as infants, then gets shared with anyone in earshot and returns to us as something even more thrilling and connective. Choral singing is simply everywhere! Learn to sing in rounds, harmony and a cappella ensemble, mainly in the genre of world folk music. Refresh old skills or learn new ones from a professional vocal coach. Regain the calming yet energizing effect that both soothes and elevates our collective spirit. All levels welcome, no experience necessary! No class 2/19.

Deborah Gordon has been educated in and shares a love of fiber art, music, vegan cooking and photography. She received her art training in Sweden and has directed several a cappella ensembels in ME.

Intro to Salsa

$65

with Lazaro Hernandez Pomares

Calendar Jan 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Get your feet moving to the basics of Salsa footwork with 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. No partner needed. Course fee is per person. Please wear flat shoes that glide. No class 1/21 & 2/18.

Lazaro Hernandez Pomares attended a Cuban school of dance, finishing with a degree in Physical Education. He is known as one of the most energetic and skilled dance instructors available.

Just Swing!

$65

with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Feb 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Everyone can swing dance! This class will get you up and onto 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. No class 2/21.

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.

Latin Basics for Couples

$89

with Lazaro Hernandez Pomares

Calendar Jan 28, 2019 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 1/21 & 2/18.

Note: Originally listed price of $65/couple was a typo and has since been corrected to actual price.

Lazaro Hernandez Pomares attended a Cuban school of dance, finishing with a degree in Physical Education. He is known as one of the most energetic and skilled dance instructors available.

Line Dancing

$65

with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Feb 7, 2019 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 2/21.

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.

Piano 101

$79

with Malena Rachelle

Calendar Jan 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Learn the basics of piano easily with seasoned teacher Malena Rachelle. She will introduce you to the keyboard, get you reading music and playing basic songs before you know it! If you are interested in checking out the piano, this is a wonderful opportunity. An electronic keyboard will be provided during class for each student. Class is limited to 8 students so register today! No class 2/18.

Required: Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Book 1 by Willard A Palmer ISBN: 978-0882848181, (approx. $17 on Amazon). Students should have access to a keyboard for practice.

Malena Rachelle has been teaching piano since 1990 along with other instruments and music theory since 1995. She taught at Living Waters Christian School and Excellence Academy for several years, including music theory, chorus, musical dramas and more.





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