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    Cuban Salsa

    Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    Swaying hips, tantalizing steps, and an overwhelming sense of sensuality make up the essence of salsa. It's quick, steamy, and sexy. Salsa is a dance form with origins from the Cuban Son (circa 1920s) and Afro-Cuban dance (specifically Afro-Cuban rumba). It is generally associated with the salsa music style, although it may be danced under other types of tropical music. Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are forms such as a line dance form "Salsa suelta," where the dancers dance individually and a round dance form, "Rueda de Casino," where multiple couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine. Now, are you ready to become the stud at the club?
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    Tai Chi

    Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    Do you seek better posture and balance? Would you benefit from improved control over mind/body connection? Are you seeking the health benefits provided by the Chinese martial art Tai Chi? Author of the international fitness Best Seller "Core Training For Greater Strength and Better Health", Tom Boettcher presents Human Alignment and Chen Tai Chi, a class that integrates the best alignment principles of the original Tai Chi style with Western scientific analysis and body movement disciplines such as dance. With this class, you'll become one not only with your body, but also the world.
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    Afro-Cuban Dance

    Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    What exactly was Barry Manilow doing at the Copacabana, the hottest spot north of Havana? Well, he was probably embracing the Cuban tradition and dancing the night away. Cuba embraces its African folklore through dance. Blending Latin rhythms and African movements, this class will teach you the techniques and terminology behind Afro-Cuban dances, such as swaying and shimmying. Through these hypnotic rhythms, you'll improve your strength, agility, and balance, as these dances are high-energy and intense. Take a trip to Cuba via the dance floor. You may never want to leave.
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    Ballet Basics

    Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    When was the last time you wore a leotard or twirled around your room on your tiptoes? It's time to rekindle your childish spirit, while simultaneously becoming stronger and more graceful. Taking part in an adult ballet class is good for your body, as well as your mind. Besides promoting cardiovascular fitness and posture, this introductory class provides a welcoming environment for adults with no prior experience. At this level, you will learn the basic positions and concepts of ballet, with exercises at the barre and in the center. It's time to get in shape, and finally live out that childhood dream.
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