By TAYLOR HARTZ
If you’ve been thinking about taking to the stage lately, its time to break out your dancing shoes and give it a whirl.
Southington’s Center Stage Dance Studio will be offering a “Taste of Dance” event this weekend for those interested in making music and dance a part of their lives.
The studio will offer five hours of free dance lessons, with a taste of several styles including ballet, break dancing and Zumba.
The classes will be designed to appeal to all ages, from infancy to adulthood.
“Now is the time to try the dance class you’ve been waiting for,” said director Denise Rivera when advertising the new event. “I made the class free to give busy and low income families an opportunity to try our amazing classes without the pressure of high cost.”
The five-hour schedule offers something for everyone, with Music Together classes offered by Circle of Friends and Zumba from Zing Fit. In the music together class, parents will partner up with their children, infants to age 6, and learn how to incorporate music into playtime and bonding in Felice Danielson’s Circle of Friends workshop.
Afterwards, parents are invited to check out a fun way to stay healthy and active, participating in an adult Zumba Class from Zing Fit studio. Center Stage, Circle of Friends, and Zing Fit, are all housed in the same studio, offering music and dance opportunities for all ages and needs.
“There’s no place in town that offers something like this,” said Danielson.
Rivera said the Taste of Dance will provide lessons and support from friendly, professional teachers, and will offer lower income families a chance to test out dance classes for their kids for free before making a commitment.
All families who attend will be offered special promotions, and Rivera will offer unique, affordable packages to low-income students.
“Wow, this is a great idea for all families,” said Joann Leavitt, a teacher at the studio.
The event begins at 10a.m. at Center Stage studio at 477 N. Main St.
Children can participate in a music together class from 10a.m. to 10:45a.m., followed by ballet for ages 4 to 8 from 11a.m. to 11:30a.m., leading into jazz from 11:35a.m. to 12:05p.m.
Next, kids ages 7 to 12 can take a group voice class from 12:45p.m. to 1:15p.m., while a 5 to 9 age group can learn to break dance from 1p.m. to 2p.m.
Children nine and up will be offered three classes – hip-hop dance from 1:30p.m. to 2p.m., break dance from 2p.m. to 2:30p.m., and modern from 1:05p.m. to 2:35p.m.
A teen specific hip hop class will be offered for ages 15 and up from 2p.m. to 2:35p.m., and an adult specific hip hop class will follow from 2:30p.m. to 3p.m.
Teens and adults can start the day off with Zumba together from 11a.m. to 11:45a.m.
Rivera said she expects the classes to be engaging and stimulating, and hopes parents and children can enjoy the experience and “benefit from dance in confidence, coordination, rhythm and exercise.”
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