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American Tango

Tango is a flashy, energetic dance that puts you and your partner in the spotlight. Smooth, sultry, and an eye catcher, it's known the world over as "the dance of love." The workshop will include the basic steps, frame, leading/following, and ways to add flare to what you learn in class. Good for beginners and intermediate dancers.

Summer 2017

Saturday, 2-4 pm
August 26

Instructors: John Laible
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Bachata

Come learn this popular Latin dance from the Dominican Republic, now fused with European style and using American music remixes. Come with or without a partner; shoes with a smooth sole recommended.

Summer 2017

Saturday, 5:30-7:30 pm
June 24

Instructors: Michelle Draughon
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Cheer Dance

Have you ever attended an NBA or NFL game and seen the cheerleaders take the field or court? Here's your chance to dance just like them! This workshop is jam-packed with numerous sideline routines that'll get you moving and feeling good to any song! Let's get our sweat on and have a great time!

Summer 2017

Saturday, 2-4 pm
July 1

Instructors: Shanda Clifton
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Contact improvisation and Somatics: Territories of Encounter

Come enjoy this time for engaged exploration in motion and sensorial mechanics. We will arrive, we will say hello, there will be movement, there will be touch. You will be guided in a practice which will help us settle into our flesh, get things aligned, wake up sensations, and get us moving together and apart with pleasure and with verve. There will be spaciousness, and also detailed attention. Hopefully things will get juicy and we will laugh and smile, exhale deeply, maybe sweat. It will be lovely, you should come, you would be welcome.

Summer 2017

Sunday, 10 am-2 pm
June 25

Instructors: Ray Schwartz
Fees: $35-$60 sliding scale

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Cumbia

Have fun with this upbeat, irresistible Latin dance from Colombia! Come with or without a partner; shoes with a smooth sole recommended. No experience needed.

Summer 2017

Saturday, 5:30-7:30 pm
August 26

Instructors: Michelle Draughon
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Improv for Beginners

Would you like to feel comfortable doing improvisational movement but feel nervous about jumping in with more experienced dancers? Then this workshop is for you. Come learn the basics of improvisational dancing, particularly when in contact with another dancer. We will discuss and practice various ways of weight-sharing, listening through our bodies and following movement impulses. No previous dance experience needed; just bring an open attitude and some pants that cover your knees!

Summer 2017

Saturday, 2-4 pm
June 17

Instructors: Leah Wilks
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Intermediate Cape Breton Step Dance

This workshop will use simple elements learned in other classes to build more complex and challenging steps. Students with previous Cape Breton dance experience are welcome. Intermediate and advanced tappers, Irish step dancers, and cloggers/flatfooters who would like to learn some new techniques are encouraged to come, but should contact the instructor prior to registration via www.stepgael.wordpress.com. Please note that this workshop is not appropriate for beginners. Students should wear comfortable clothing and taps or other hard-soled shoes.

Summer 2017

Saturday, 2-4 pm
August 19

Instructors: Stephanie Johnston
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Lyrical/Contemporary

Drawing inspiration from all styles of dance, lyrical/contemporary combines technique and performance skills so that the dancer tells a story through his/her movement. After a warm-up focused on core strength, body awareness and flexibility, students will learn and work through an extended choreography, emphasizing not only on technique but interpretation and expression. At least one year of dance experience recommended.

Summer 2017

Saturday, 5:30-7:30 pm
August 5

Instructors: Becca Wilusz
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Musical Theater: Dream Girls

This musical theater dance workshop will include a warm-up, some across the floor work, and a number from the show, “Dream Girls,” choreographed by the instructor.

Summer 2017

Saturday, 2-4 pm
June 10

Instructors: Sally Mae Dunn
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Praise Dance

Praise Dance, also known as Liturgical Dance, is a type of movement designed to be incorporated into worship services. Drawing on jazz, lyrical, ballet, and modern dance techniques, this dance movement is used to express praise and worship to God. Beginners welcome; no formal dance training required.

Summer 2017

Saturday, 2-4 pm
August 12

Instructors: Deborah Ross
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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WORKSHOPS

American Tango
Bachata
Cape Breton Step
Cheer Dance
Contact and Somatics
Cumbia
Improv for Beginners
Lyrical/Contemporary
Musical Theater
Praise Dance