Posts Tagged ‘dance’
The New Chicago Dance Studio was started by Samantha Fitschen in 2010. Fitschen is a native of Chicago and came to Greenbelt six years ago with her husband as he pursued his Ph.D. degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. An experienced dancer with a BFA in Music Theater, Fitschen soon started teaching dance for the Greenbelt Recreation Department at the Community Center. She saw the need for a dance studio in Greenbelt and hoping to bring Chicago-style dance to the area, she opened her own studio two years ago. On a recent Saturday morning, I visited New Chicago Dance Studio.
The dance studio is at 7505 Greenway Center Drive, behind Greenway Shopping Center. The main floor of this building is occupied by Columbia Bank.
Every third Saturday evening from September to May, Scandia DC, a Scandinavian folk dance group serving the Greater Washington region, meets in the Greenbelt Community Center’s dance studio for a dance party. Norwegian and Swedish couple turning dances are emphasized, and they are usually accompanied by live music. On December 15, I attended the group’s holiday dance program.
The monthly dance program takes place in the dance studio from 7 to 10 p.m. Usually lessons are offered during the first hour, but because this is a special holiday party, there is no teaching tonight.
Every Friday evening since 1997, a group of folk dance enthusiasts has been meeting at the Greenbelt Community Center’s dance studio and dancing folk dances from the Balkans, Scandinavia, and many other countries. The dance party starts at 8:30 p.m. with half an hour to 45 minutes of instructions at the beginning of the session. Then it is request dancing until 10:45 p.m. The first Friday of the month is live music night, and these photos are from a live music French dance party on November 30.
The dance instructor tonight is Lynn Baumeister (right) from Takoma Park. She will be teaching bourrees from central France and French versions of mazurka, schottische, and other dances.
Every Friday night since April 1996, a group of dancers have gathered at the Greenbelt Youth Center’s multipurpose room for an international folk dancing class led by Roland Forbes. Lessons are taught from 8 to 9 p.m. and then from 9 to 10 p.m. dancers can request their favorite dances. These photos are from an open house on September 14.
The instructor Roland Forbes writes down dance names and their countries of origin on the white board:
HORA DE LA MUNTE…ROM
These dances are from Israel, Macedonia, and Romania.
For the past 17 years, every month on a Saturday night, an Israeli dance party has been held at the Greenbelt Community Center. “Oldies” dances from before 1990 are danced and people come from all over the Greater Washington region to attend. These photos are from September 15.
In early June I posted some photos from Alight Dance Theater’s Hometown Heroes dance performance at Greenbelt Museum. Those photos were taken at a dress rehearsal on June 2, the day before the show premiered. Tomorrow, on July 22, the dancers will perform their last few shows, so I thought I would post a few more photos, all from June 2.
Kelly McCarty applies lipstick before the performance.