Upcoming Special Events in Portland, ME

Dance, Fitness, Yoga, Figure Drawing and More

108 High Street, Portland ME - Corner of High & Spring - Above the Little Tap House


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Latin Dance Party & Intro Lesson
Dates: Friday, February 8, 2019
Lesson: 7:00 PM
Dance: 8:00 PM
Rate: $10 at the door

Join us at the Salsa, Bachata & Merengue dance party! All experience levels are welcome, no partner needed. We will start with an intro lesson for anyone new to the dance, and then Social!​​


Mideastern Percussion & Rhythms Workshop with Rami Tabla
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Rate: $52 / two-hour workshop
Sign Up: Click here to register today!

Enjoy a small group session with the fun-tastic Rami! In this class, students will explore and refine techniques, sounds, and riffs on the drum using Arabic, Turkish, and regional rhythms of Upper Egypt/Nubian/Sudanese tradition.

Level is open, but we may start basic and work rhythms into a group solo piece with improvisation. If there is an interest we can cover basic split hand technique and exercises.

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Intro to Contemplative Dance & Authentic Movement
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 4:00-5:30 PM
Rate: $15
Registration: Click here to reserve your spot!

You are invited to an introduction to Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement on February 24, which will include an overview of the history of the practice, the role of mover and witness, and movement sessions to begin to experience the practice yourself. This introductory session is $15.

The practice of Contemplative Dance and Authentic Movement is a form of moving meditation; an exploration of self, body, and space done in the presence of a witness. It is used by some as a spiritual practice, creating a connection between spirit and body; the material and the divine. For others it is a creative fountain that re-inspires, unearths new creative material, and removes creative blocks. And for many it is also a healing tool that bridges the gap between the conscious and unconscious, to explore the shadow, and reintegrate lost parts of ourselves.

Come try out this intro session. This powerful practice is offered on Sundays 4:00-5:30 PM. Each 90-minute session includes a guided movement warmup (with live music), a movement session, plus time for creative forming/journaling, and sharing of experience. Those who are familiar with the practice, or who have attended an intro session, are welcome to join the weekly class.

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Oula Empowerment Weekend
Date: March 2-3, 2019
Saturday: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM (Masterclass at 9:30am)
Sunday: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Masterclass at 9:30am)
Register: Sign up here!

This weekend is designed for those who wish to explore the OULA experience in detail, for those seeking a deeper connection to themselves and their community through music and movement, and for those wanting to be future guides in OULA – whether as phenomenal participants or as instructors.

During this weekend, not only will you learn more about OULA, but you will learn to harness your authenticity, allowing you to live your most amazing life- in and out of the studio. Through two days of dancing, laughing, sharing, and breaking barriers, you will leave feeling invigorated and inspired.

Who This Weekend Is For: Everyone! No Oula experience necessary to benefit from this weekend. You will also be joined by those who are seeking to become certified OULA instructors. If at any point during this weekend you decide you would like to become an instructor, we are happy to accommodate.

The OULA Empowerment Weekend explores the following elements:

  • The philosophy and story of OULA and its creation and evolution
  • The OULA triangle- music, movement and authenticity
  • Tools for learning choreography quickly and efficiently
  • How to be vulnerable in the studio and beyond for mind-body health
  • Bravery and support in sharing our stories through the music and movement
  • The opportunity to lead a song to your peers

For more information, email Karli or call (207) 233-5913.

Click here to sign up today via the Oula website!


Latin Dance Party & Intro Lesson
Dates: Friday, March 8, 2019
Lesson: 7:00 PM
Dance: 8:00 PM
Rate: $10 at the door

Join us at the Salsa, Bachata & Merengue dance party! All experience levels are welcome, no partner needed. We will start with an intro lesson for anyone new to the dance, and then Social!​​


Belly Dance Party & Intro Lesson
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Lesson: 7:30 PM
Dance: 8:00 PM
Rate: $5-$10 suggested donation at the door

Join us for a belly dance party! Lesson for beginners at 7:30 PM, dance at 8:00 PM. All are welcome! We'll have a playlist of songs spanning ages and regions to keep you moving. No performances, just dancing purely for the fun of it! $5-$10 donation accepted at the door.


Latin Dance Party & Intro Lesson
Dates: Friday, April 12, 2019
Lesson: 7:00 PM
Dance: 8:00 PM
Rate: $10 at the door

Join us at the Salsa, Bachata & Merengue dance party! All experience levels are welcome, no partner needed. We will start with an intro lesson for anyone new to the dance, and then Social!​​


Latin Dance Party & Intro Lesson
Dates: Friday, May 10, 2019
Lesson: 7:00 PM
Dance: 8:00 PM
Rate: $10 at the door

Join us at the Salsa, Bachata & Merengue dance party! All experience levels are welcome, no partner needed. We will start with an intro lesson for anyone new to the dance, and then Social!​​


4-Day Belly Dance Musicality Intensive with Shahrzad
Dates: October 24-27, 2019
Rate: $475 early bird - SOLD OUT
Registration: Click here to learn more!

Join us for 4 days in beautiful Portland, Maine with international superstar Shahrzad, October 24-27, 2019. 6 hours per day in the studio Thursday-Sunday, a show on Sunday evening with private feedback from Shahrzad, plus optional evening activities. The focus of this unique intensive will be connecting technique and musicality. We will nerd out and dive deep into about maqamat (melodic modes) and iqqat (rhythms), song interpretation from various eras, transitioning between sections in a song and in a set, Shahrzad’s unique and extensive approach to belly dance technique, and more. Plus we'll very likely have live drumming for our technique and rhythm drills!

The intensive is SOLD OUT. Click here to learn more and join the waiting list!


Tabla Drumming Workshops with Marshall Bodiker
Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Workshop 1: 6:00-7:00 PM - Tabla Basics (for beginners!)
Workshop 2: 7:15-9:15 PM - Tabla Tricks and Riffs (for experienced drummers)
Rate: Coming soon
Registration: Coming soon
Tabla Basics (for beginners!) - Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00-7:00 PM

Learn the basic technique for playing Egyptian style tabla (dumbek) including the base sounds and how they are combined into the most commonly played rhythms. This workshop is great for beginners as well as experienced drummers looking to brush up on basics.

Tabla Tricks and Riffs (for experienced drummers) - Friday, October 25, 2019 - 7:15-9:15 PM

This workshop delves into more advanced tabla technique including several accents as well as more detailed variations of basic rhythms and more complicated rhythms.

Registration opens soon!


"Egyptianize Your Dance" Belly Dance Workshop with Shahrzad
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Rate: Coming soon
Registration: Coming soon

Each style of belly dance has its own distinct movements, technique, and music. In this workshop Shahrzad will break down the defining steps and technique of Egyptian dance and how the movements are combined and used to both classic and modern styles of music from Cairo.

Registration opens soon!


Stay tuned for more upcoming events!