International folk dancing in Chester

CHESTER, Vt. – Melissa Lovell Post will teach international folk dancing Fridays, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Chester Town Hall, located at 556 Elm St. in Chester, Vt. Classes will begin Oct. 5, 2018 and run until early June 2019. The classes will be geared for beginners and intermediate-level dancers. No partner is necessary. It is helpful to come regularly to build up familiarity with the repertoire, but it is not required.

Post has learned folk dancing by attending many workshops led by experts in Balkan dance, as well as dances from other cultures, and extended her knowledge by living in Croatia for a year. She has taught folk dancing to recreational groups for the past 35 years and has a clear teaching style that allows learners to pick up the dances quickly.

Post enjoys introducing dancers to the lilting melodies and different rhythms of dances from places such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Albania, France, Israel, and the United States. The dances are often done in circles or lines. She says, “Dancing is a ‘package deal:’ it is a great way to exercise the body and the brain, improve balance, socialize, and just have fun! It also happens that in the process of joining hands and moving together, a nice sense of community develops.” Post teaches or reviews each dance before it is done.

Casual, comfortable clothing is suggested. It is helpful to wear supportive shoes that slide easily on a wooden floor. For more information, please contact Melissa at 802-875-4102 or goodwood@vermontel.net.

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