Midcoast Swings

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Explore the wide world of swing with us, in Midcoast Maine. Get solid beginner lessons and exciting intermediate and advanced lessons in different styles of authentic swing: East Coast, West Coast, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Blues, Vintage Jazz and swing line dances.


You’ll learn the moves, technique, styling, and music that are appropriate for each dance. You’ll work on partnering skills (lead/follow) in every class to help you dance socially in any dance style. The class format is designed to give you plenty of time for questions and practice.


Come dance with a fun and enthusiastic group as you learn from the most experienced swing dance instructor in Midcoast Maine! Expand your world with special guest teachers and visiting dancers.


Contact Katie for each month’s dance style, difficulty level, and topics.

Drop-ins are welcome but call ahead in case pre-requisites are required.  

FMI: Katie Tranzillo: 203-915-9371 or  Facebook: Joyfuldancing

5Rhythms Fundamentals

Teacher: Kari Luehman

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5Rhythms is a workout for body and soul. This weekly class alternates between a guided group practice (GP) with exercises and teachings to deepen our fundamental understanding of 5Rhythms and very lightly facilitated sessions “Sweat Your Prayers” (SYP), which are a chance to just dance deep in the practice of 5Rhythms together. We alternate these two offerings so that we have both the chance to learn and the chance to apply our body wisdom and practice movement as spiritual practice together. Come experience the fullness of movement as meditation.

5Rhythms: The Practice

Teacher: Kari Luehman

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A 1-hour power practice of 5Rhythms. Start your week off with a session that will align your whole being – body and soul. We begin with a body parts meditation and then move through the 5Rhythms – Flow, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. Each class is a powerful movement meditation with great music – a chance to fully move and breathe and be. Come where you are, leave inspired, invigorated and peaceful! 


African Drumming

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Namory Keita was born in 1982 in the village of Sangbarala, Guinea. At age 7 he began drumming, becoming the lead drummer for his village in 2006. Members of his family are well-known drummers. His brothers, Solo Keita, living in Japan, and Nansady Keita, in England, grew up drumming with Namory under the tutelage of his uncle, Famoudou Konate, one of the most famous West African drummers in the world. Namory recorded his first CD in 2010 named Kolafolo meaning the ‘Beginning of Everything’. He is a featured artist on recordings by Solo Keita, Billy Konate, and Diarra Konate to name a few. As an international teacher and performing artist, Namory has been invited to many places to share his culture including Germany, Poland, France, Canada, and Portugal. Since coming to America in 2010, he has played with Famoudou Konate, Mamady Keita, Bolokada Conde, Moussa Traore, Mamady Kourouma and the list goes on. Namory plays for the world-renowned West African dance teacher Youssouf Koumbassa, the Kouraba Festival in Canada, Cirque Zuma Zuma, ILAP, and many other noted musicians and venues throughout New England and the US and abroad.

Namory Keita, Master Drummer, is a sought after teacher and performer with a unique style and a wealth of traditional knowledge very rare to find outside the villages of Guinea. His resources include not only his wonderful ability to engage any audience but also his relationships with dancers and drummers locally and around the world.

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PO Box 1366  

5 Mountain Street Camden, ME 04843   

 Tel. 207.236.0003

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