Adult Ballet, Keith Robinson This class is geared toward adults who may have a basic knowledge of classical ballet, but it is not necessary. The class focuses on the basic positions of classical ballet presented with a relaxed, fun approach.
African Inspired Dance, Shana Bloomstein Accompanied by Jeff Densmore on drums, this is a mixed level class geared toward teens and adults looking to move and be moved by the forces within and around us! Students will focus on deepening a connection to their bodies through the rhythms of the drums and enjoying the fluid conversation of dance and drums. African Inspired Dance is influenced and inspired by studies with Lisa Newcomb and Arthur Hall (in Maine), Nia Love (in NYC), Babacar M’Baye (in Senegal, West Africa), and many other amazing teachers of traditional dances from Haiti, Ghana and Zimbabwe, and offers an integration of these studies into Shana's own training and identity as a Modern dancer for the past 15 years. Shana incorporates a flowing "yoga/core strengthening" warm-up, body isolations/articulations and rhythmical combinations that travel across the floor. The class also focuses on building strength, agility, and body awareness in a fun, loving and safe environment!
All Chair Yoga, Jackie Asrizzi Using a chair for seated practice and standing support, this class builds strength, flexibility and balance. This gentle approach is deeply individualized to meet the needs of all bodies, including those with injuries, chronic conditions, or other reasons why a gentle practice is the way to go.
Ballet I (ages 8-11), Keith Robinson This class focuses on the basic positions and movements of classical ballet, using these movements in simple combinations.
Ballet I, Michele Cox Dance Your Dream! Young dancers learn ballet technique, taught in the Russian Vaganova style with emphasis on carriage of the upper body. Our ballet barre portion of the class teaches technical movement of each dancer's arms and legs. Our center floor dancing includes foot and leg exercises, balances, a variety of turns, small jumps and each dancer's favorite movement, running leaps. The mental and physical training at this level is integral in each dancer's development.
Beginning Flamenco, Heléna Melone Flamenco IS Fitness! Build upper body, core, leg and cardiovascular strength through this fierce, graceful, and culturally rich art form.
Belly Dance Essentials, Heléna Melone A mixed level class to learn, practice, layer and integrate the essentials of this strong and sensual dance, including technique, personal expression and performance aspects.
Born to Play, Zena Johnson. Born to Play is a parent-child play exploration class for children 0-3 with super-fun activities designed to help you bond with your child, engage your child’s senses, and help your child reach developmental milestones. Through music, movement, sensory play, storytelling, and so much more, you’ll be helping your child engage in their most important occupation for learning - PLAY! Additionally, you’ll be able to meet other young families in the area and start making friendships to last a lifetime. Two sessions are offered: one for non-walkers/emergent walkers, and one for confident walkers up to age 3. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas and friends are all invited to come play with us!
Dance for Fun, Lisa Newcomb A class for ages 50+ but all are welcome. This class combines a classical stretch warm-up, single, fun and easy dance combinations for a short cardiovascular workout and relaxing, restorative postures to wind down. Geared toward beginners but all are welcome. Accompanied by drummer Jeff Densmore.
Hip Hop Fusion, Shana Bloomstein This class is geared towards ages 9-teens with two age groups available and is for students interested in exploring creative movement and deepening body/self awareness through various styles of dance including Hip Hop, Break Dancing, African, Modern, Jazz, Improvisation and Contact Improv as well as elements of choreography and composition . Class begins with a yoga/core strengthening based warm-up and continues with upbeat, simple isolations and rhythm combinations/exercises across the floor. Each session will focus on creating a dance together that tells a specific story unique to the students and the environment/landscape we are all connecting to in our lives. This class explores many elements of body awareness and focuses on opening up a playful, safe and creative space for young people to find their voices through DANCE!
Junior Ballet (ages 4-7), Michele Cox Where it all begins! Inspired by the classics, this program introduces basic ballet, folk and character steps to our youngest dancers. This class begins with footwork and leg stretches while sitting in a circle. Our ballet barre includes basic ballet positions for the arms and feet as well as ballet movements of legs, arms and upper body. Center floor dancing is filled with balances, turns and jumps appropriate for these young ballerinas and male dancers.
Junior Jazzin’, Michele Cox This class is designed for Junior and level I dancers and for boys and girls who enjoy dancing. Jazzin' Hip Hop is inspired by today's Hip Hop craze and Jazz Dance. Hip, shoulder and rib cage isolations reflect the rhythmic downbeat of the music. Basic gymnastic tricks are often taught in this class , such as bridges, backward roles and cartwheels. All turns and jumps are taught in our Jazzin' Hip Hop style.
Midcoast Conscious Dance Collective Spend your Saturdays dancing! A place for people who love to move to come together and dance in a safe, unfacilitated space held by DJs who are all trained in various forms of conscious movement. We will dance from 10-noon the second Saturday of each month and everyone 13 and up is welcome to join. There will be no instruction, but the container is held by movement guidelines we accept when we step onto the dancefloor. $10-15 Sliding Scale
Greeters dance for free (ask at the door if you would like to volunteer)
Salsa for All Levels, Katie Tranzillo Join the fun in this popular dance class. Learn basic moves and styling, awesome variations and footwork, and how to hear the music. We focus on lead/follow skills in every class, so that you can dance with anyone at any time. All levels welcome. Each week starts with basic steps or concepts. Then we add layers and variations so that everyone benefits. Salsa originally hailed from Cuba in the 1950s, and was influenced by dancers and musicians in Puerto Rico, Miami and New York. A fast mambo was “mambo con salsa” (mambo with hot sauce). Stay warm this winter. Come dance with us!
Song, Rhythm & Dance (ages 3-5), Lisa Newcomb MOVE, DANCE & SING! Exploring ourselves through the magic of dance - feeling the rhythm and song in a group setting.
Gentle Flow Yoga, Lisa Newcomb Build strength and flexibility through yoga flows and breathing techniques. Each class ends with a restorative pose and relaxation. Previous experience is not required.
Gentle Morning Yoga, Jackie Asrizzi Using a chair for seated practice and standing support, this class builds strength, flexibility and balance. The last part of this class os on the mat on the floor. This gentle approach is deeply individualized to meet the needs of all bodies, including those with injuries, chronic conditions, or other reasons why a gentle practice is the way to go.
Yoga, Missy Hatch Missy is a lighthearted teacher who relies on the individual's body wisdom to guide the way. She believes yoga is not a "one size fits all" practice and loves to explore the possibilities, both on and off the mat.