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Middle Eastern Belly Dance Drills & Thrills

$140

with Josephina Gasca

Calendar Feb 16, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Authentic Belly Dance, or raks sharqi, is an ancient form of dance. Raks sharqi means “dance of the east” in Arabic. Belly dance celebrates every body type and every stage of life. The dance is proud and powerful and soft and sinewy with elegant and isolating movements emanating from the core. It’s the Pilates of dance. And so much fun! This mixed level class will feature a pre-class instruction video and a practice video for every class so that when we come together, either live in-studio (limit 3, masks and safe distancing required) or via Zoom (no limit), Josephina can answer questions and explain technique more in-depth. Then, we will dance together, practicing the featured technique. Before we close, there will be another opportunity for questions. This is a great refresher class for experienced dancers and suitable for dancers new to belly dance. Please wear comfortable clothing, similar to what you might wear to a yoga class that will allow for free movement and the ability to see your movement. Hip scarves make it even more fun. You can dance barefoot or in a pair of comfortable dance shoes in the studio.

Students must have an audio and video-enabled computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate.

Guitar Class

$95

with Randy Lindsey, MMA

Calendar Apr 26, 2021 at 5 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Bring your brand-new guitar you got this Christmas! Or maybe dust off that old guitar from the attic! Or Borrow a guitar from someone who doesn't use it anymore. Even if you play already, come sharpen your skills and have fun learning with others. Our plan is to meet in person, outside, under a tent (with sides)! We will start with chords and songs while we address topics such as technique, strumming, reading music and tab, and finger-picking. We'll have power for amps. Get some new strings and bring lots of enthusiasm and questions about guitar! New students - $25 material fee for two books and other materials to be picked up at the Adult Ed office. Covid 19 safety protocols will be followed, including masks and social distancing.

Singing Class

$95

with Randy Lindsey, MMA

Calendar Apr 27, 2021 at 5 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Our Singing Class is not just for singing. We will also address concepts such as projection, pronunciation, the accuracy of pitch, and personal style. We will have fun working towards singing songs in parts (SATB) while discussing vocal production to help you become a stronger singer. Come discover the capabilities of your own voice! Our plan is to meet in person, outside, under a tent (with sides)! Bring an internet-capable device to download a piano app. to use as an aid in learning note names and matching pitch. New students - $20 materials fee for a book and copies of arrangements of songs to be picked up at the Adult Ed office. Covid 19 safety protocols will be followed, including masks and social distancing.

Cuban Salsa - Fundamentals

$75

with Anna Golendukhina

Calendar May 7, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Join us for an introduction to Cuban Salsa! Students will learn the basic of the Salsa footwork and some simple, fun moves that will get you out on the dance floor. You will learn how to connect with any partner, and build your confidence dancing to different styles and tempos of music. Partner is not required but recommended! Covid 19 safety protocols will be followed, including masks and social distancing.

Cuban Salsa – Level 2

$85

with Anna Golendukhina

Calendar May 7, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Join us for Cuban Salsa level 2 class! Students will continue learning new moves and different Salsa footwork. You will learn how to connect with any partner, and build your confidence dancing to different styles and tempos of music. Partner is not required but recommended! Covid 19 safety protocols will be followed, including masks and social distancing.





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