Eastport Arts Center’s intern, L. Elwood, is now offering dance instruction, with two classes for youth, and two for teens and adults.  Classes are held on a drop-in basis, with a suggested sliding scale donation. No previous dance experience is needed, and no dress code is required.

For older teens (16 and up) and adults is ‘Contemporary!’, a lyrical approach to movement. A catch-all term in the dance community, contemporary usually reflects the instructor’s dance background. Elwood’s sessions will combine elements of modern, jazz, and ballet in a centering flow to start the week. “We’re aiming to stretch, build heat, and connect to our breath and the floor,” notes Elwood. ‘Contemporary!’ is held Mondays from 5:30-6:30 pm, through April 11.

Also for older teens (16 and up) and adults is ‘Tap!’, an exuberant introduction to the percussive art form. Those who’ve been curious about this rhythmic expression will enjoy the sessions with or without tap shoes. “It’s surprisingly fun to stamp and stomp and ball change your cares away,” says Elwood. ‘Tap!’ is offered on Saturdays from 3:30-4:30 pm, through April 16. 

For children ages 5-10 is ‘Move!’, a class aimed at playfully demonstrating the mind-body connection for young ones with oodles of energy. This class is not based in any one style of dance, notes Elwood. “We run, stretch, spin, skip, yell, crawl, roar, make-believe, and whoosh all around the first floor of the Arts Center.” ‘Move!’ is held Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm, through April 13.

For youth ages 8-15, Elwood will offer ‘Ballet!,’ a series of lively sessions exploring the foundational elements of the dance style, starting at barre, moving to center stage, and ending with combinations across the floor. “Pirouettes and grand jetés abound,” says Elwood.” ‘Ballet!’ is held Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 pm, through April 14.

“I have always loved to move and groove,” Elwood declares, “and to be able to bring dance to the community at large brings me immense joy!” Elwood recently graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Dance and Theater and has been teaching and choreographing dance since 2016. She serves as EAC’s intern, focusing on co-leading Children’s Theater Workshop and giving the Center a vibrant social media presence. Questions about any of the classes may be addressed to Elwood at elwood@eastportartscenter.org

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, patrons are required to wear masks when in the EAC building.  

Photo of L. Elwood by Jonathon Clark.