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Ballroom Dance and West Coast Swing Dance


Ballroom Dance & West Coast Swing Beginner - Part 1
A fun, no stress way to learn ballroom dancing and Salsa. Students will learn 3 or 4 basic steps for Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba.West Coast Swing is a contemporary-style of Swing, very different from traditional “swing.” It is by far, the fastest growing social dance for its versatility, and the variety of music you can dance to. No partner required. Two left feet welcome. Wear your party shoes with leather or suede soled shoes. Instructor Natalie Mazzola is a former amateur 10 dance champion, and a teacher for over 20 years at the Vitti’s School of Dance in Danbury, CT. She loves to have fun, and her no stress attitude toward dance is clear as her students always leave with a smile!
8 Sessions $ 96 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 72) per person
Wed., 9/27; 10/4, 11, 18, 25; 11/1, 8 & 15 from 8:05 to 9:00 p.m.; Veterans Park School

Ballroom Dance & West Coast Swing Beginner / Brush Up - Continued
A fun class for people who took the part 1 and/or part 2 class last session or have basic knowledge of dances taught in Beginner 1 and are comfortable dancing at social events. Learn and review the basics for ballroom and West Coast Swing, and the teacher moves you forward based on your ability. This course will add some figures to the dances taught in Beginner 1. No partner required. Two left feet welcome. Wear leather or suede soled party shoes. A great time is to be had by all. Instructor Natalie Mazzola is a former amateur 10 dance champion, and a teacher for over 20 years at the Vitti’s School of Dance in Danbury, CT. She loves to have fun, and her no stress attitude toward dance is clear as her students always leave with a smile!
8 Sessions $ 96 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 72) per person
Wed., 9/27; 10/4, 11, 18, 25; 11/1, 8 & 15 from 7:05 to 8:00 p.m.; Veterans Park School


Line Dance

Line Dance for Fun and Exercise: Beginners
The ideal workout. Burn fat and calories while you’re having fun. Do you know your right from your left, can you count to 8? - Then you can line dance! We’ll start with the basics and build from there. If you’ve been to this course before, come on back, we have new dances lined up for this course. Please bring a water bottle and wear leather or suede soled shoes to class. The instructors, Steve Parker and Ellen Russow have been Line dancing for over 20 years and teaching for nearly 10 years.

5 Sessions $ 62 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $47)
Wed., 9/27; 10/4, 11, 18 & 25 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Farmingville School

5 Sessions $ 62 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $47)
Wed., 11/1, 8, 15, 29 & 12/6 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Farmingville School


10 Sessions $120 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $90)
Wed., 9/27; 10/4, 11, 18, 25; 11/1, 8, 15, 29 & 12/6 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Farmingville School


Zumba®

Zumba® with Toning with Motoko Kuroda
Join the party! This class fuses Latin and International rhythms with easy to follow dance moves to create a fun and energy filled dance workout. ZUMBA® uses the principles of interval fitness training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. Sculpt and tone your body to a variety of styles including Samba, Axé, Salsa, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Flamenco and Belly Dance. No dance experience necessary! Zumba® Toning with small maraca-like Zumba Toning Sticks (1 lb each) is incorporated in the session to boost muscular sculpting and fun. Students should wear comfortable clothing and aerobic style shoes, with good support but little tread on the sole. Bring towel and water bottle. Instructor Motoko Kuroda is a certified Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Toning instructor with an M.A. in Fitness Management who teaches at several locations in Westchester County.

9 Sessions $ 108 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 81)

Mon., 10/16, 23, 30; 11/6, 13, 20, 27; 12/4, 11 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. East Ridge Middle School

9 Sessions $ 108 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 81)
Wed., 10/11, 18, 25; 11/1, 8, 15, 11/29; 12/6, 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Veterans Park School



Chakra Dance

Chakradance™ 7 Keys to Freedom – Emotional Series
Get fit in a way only YOU can imagine! Burn calories, unwind, and find your inner compass, discovering your body-mind-spirit connection. Through guided imagery, spontaneous movement, and mandala art, each session restores balance to your energy Chakras which regulate your physical organs and emotional attitudes towards safety, sexuality, power, love, communication, intuition and self-realization. Bring a cushion. Instructor Mace operates Lady Chakra Holistic Healing in Bethel, CT. Responding to a calling to promote peace and healing to humanity, she trained passionately becoming a Reiki Master, Chakradance™ Facilitator, Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, and Numerologist.
4 Sessions $ 48 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 36)
Wed., 9/27; 10/4 & 11 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School

Chakradance™ 7 Keys to Freedom – Intellectual Series
Get fit in a way only YOU can imagine! Burn calories, unwind, and find your inner compass, discovering your body-mind-spirit connection. Through guided imagery, spontaneous movement, and mandala art, each session restores balance to your energy Chakras which regulate your physical organs and emotional attitudes towards safety, sexuality, power, love, communication, intuition and self-realization. Bring a cushion. Instructor Mace operates Lady Chakra Holistic Healing in Bethel, CT. Responding to a calling to promote peace and healing to humanity, she trained passionately becoming a Reiki Master, Chakradance™ Facilitator, Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, and Numerologist.
4 Sessions $ 48 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 36)
Wed., 10/25; 11/1, 8 & 15 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Bollywood Dance

Bollywood with Anindita Nanda
If you have always wanted dance to a fun routine and get a glimpse of the cultural diversity of India and Indian Cinema, this is the class for you. Anindita infuses bollywood and folk dances to create energetic routines which involve total body conditioning. Popular folk styles like Bhangra, Giddha, Dandia and Bolly moves will be explored and be set to foot tapping music from Indian Cinema. Graceful traditional and non traditional movements, easy to follow steps and energetic routine are the focus of this class. If interested, students may perform in the last class of each session at the discretion of the Instructor. Students should wear comfortable clothing and please note that we will be dancing bare foot (ballet shoes optional). If interested, students may perform in the last class of each session at the discretion of the instructor, Anindita Nanda. Annita Nanda has a Masters in Dance and Music and has been teaching at several locations in CT, Nevada, and Argentina for over 15 years. She is a performing Master artist, teacher, and choreographer.

5 Sessions $ 62 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 47)
Tue., 9/26; 10/3, 10, 17 & 24 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; Branchville School Gym

5 Sessions $ 62 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 47)
Tue., 11/14, 21, 28; 12/5 & 12 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; Branchville School Gym

10 Sessions $ 120 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 90)
Tue., 9/26; 10/3, 10, 17, 24; 11/14, 21, 28; 12/5 & 12 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; Branchville School Gym

Detailed Bio:

Anindita, a danseuse par excellence is a rare combination of dancer, classical vocalist, choreographer, teacher, scientist & scholar. She is an accomplished artist of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra gharana of dancing and is a known name within the Odissi genre. She has a Masters in Indian (Odissi style) Classical Dance from Chandigarh University and Bachelors in Hindustani Classical Vocal from ABGMM, Mumbai, India. She has been learning, performing and teaching Odissi classical dance and Hindustani Vocal and light music, semi-classical, folk and contemporary dances for almost two decadesand in the USA, where she lives at present. Her dance has the excellent blend of sensuous movement, graceful stances and strong defined footwork with absolute control of the rhythm and space. The elaborate choreography’s, fluidity of her movements and intrinsic foot works are trademark of her performances and her creations. She has multiple productions under her belt and has presented Classical Arts not only at national but also at international level.

She is a recipient of several awards and titles like the "Nritya Shree","Nritya Visharad" and "Nritya Praveen" , National Scholarship from Ministry of Cultural Affairs, in India, Orissa Society of America's and Jagannath Society distinguished artists award in the US. She has performed for several Sangeet Natak Academy sponsored events of Govt of India, Konark Festival, the SAARC Nations, the Festival of India in Argentina, Jaganaath Society America, OSA National Conventions, Festival of Arts, Reno, Nevada amongst others. She was the recipient of the "Human Greatness Award" presented by the Mayor of Danbury for her community outreach programs. She was nominated for the New England Women of the Year Award for her involvement and contribution to the South Asian Community in the New England area and the community at large.

She has been felicitated on numerous occasions at the Rotary Convention India and the US and also by Orissa Society of America's. She has been a featured artist for the newspaper "News Times", Danbury Edition, “Tribuna”, “Hartford Magazine”, Danbury Patch and many more. She has been invited as a Judge on the premier dance show on Sony TV called Boogie-Woogie Chalo USA. She has held numerous workshops, lecture demonstrations and charity shows for organizations like, HCC, WHO, City of Hartdford, IAGD(CT), Milan Group(Hartford, CT), P.S. We Care, Children’s First, OSA(USA), BJANA(NJ), AIA(NY), CAPI(CT), GOPIO(CT), IAWCT, TAWCT, TANA, ICDMS(North Carolina), Suny Purchase, West Conn, Norwalk Museum of Arts, Boston Museum of Arts (Boston), Arts Festical (Providence, RI), 100th Year Anniversary, Reno, Nevada to name a few. She is an active member of the Namaskar Foundation for Arts and also the Cultural Chair of the Indian Association of Greater Danbury. She was also featured as a prominent artist on the National Television (DD1) of India and also on the regional television of Odisha, India. She represented USA in the opening of the Festival of India, Argentina. She toured Germany last year and performed in Stuttgart.

She is the founder and artistic director of her creative venture, Soortaal, School of Dance and Music located in Danbury CT. Soortaal offers training in the Odissi dance and Indian Classical Vocal.She is a visiting professor of Dance at a performing arts school in La Plata, Argerntina and as well has a school in Nevada, USA. Not only as a performer, teacher and practitioner of the ancient arts, she is an ardent promoter of the arts and has established Natyatarang Festival of Arts (NTFA) at Yale, an annual International Cultural Arts festival to promote the classical arts, which completed its 7th year anniversary in 2016. She is a scientist when she is not dancing.

She is the founder and director of her creative venture, Soortaal, which is a platform to teach and propagate Odissi Classical form of dance and Hindustani or North Indian Classical Vocal to aspiring artists. Through the years Anindita has been actively involved with the cultural scene in the US, trying to not only promote Indian dance and music, but also to preserve the traditional and non-traditional art forms from the South Asia, predominantly India. She has many fusion and contemporary dance productions to her credit. Collaborating with other forms be it Ballet, Flamenco, Modern Creative, Balinese dance or various other dance forms, she has constantly tried to explore and prove the universal language of dance and music, the joy of movements, rhythm and sound.

Anindita, successfully presented and inaugurated the first International Classical Arts Festival, Natya Tarang, in Danbury, CT in 2011 with visiting Classical Artists from India and around the world. This is one of the first of its kind in Danbury, where she lives and got lot of accolades from the community. This is an annual festival which will showcase such artists in the future, to popularize the classical arts. This festival is annual hosted at the Yale University, New Haven CT

Anindita also writes for premier internet magazines and contributes articles for the local newspapers in Danbury, on the subject of dance, music and culture and much more.
Anindita has offered numerous workshops and lecture demonstration in schools, universities and libraries to make Indian classical dance and music accessible at the grass-root level, in the USA trying and building stronger artists for the future. She has sucesssfully established a full time residency program with collaboration with the Marigold Movement Center, Reno, Nevada.


Medical Questions:

We expect students to have consulted with their doctor before starting any new exercise program.