Our Dance Teachers & Fitness Teachers

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

Portland Maine Dance Classes

NOTE: All teachers are independent entities teaching at Bright Star World Dance. Contact the teacher to register for a class. Learn more about classes on the Classes Page!

Rosa Noreen
Ballet Basics for Adults
Sundays 9:30-10:45 AM
Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 PM
Level 1: Level 1 Belly Dance
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 PM
Level 2: Level 2 Belly Dance
Sundays 11:00-12:30 PM
Mondays 7:00-8:30 PM
Lunchtime Shimmy
Wednesdays 12:00-12:50 PM
Level 3: Level 3 Belly Dance
Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM
Solo Belly Dance Performance Development
Sundays 1:00-3:00 PM
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Rosa Noreen, one of the co-founders of Bright Star World Dance, is a professional belly dancer who has taught classes locally for many years, as well as sharing her love of belly dance through workshops and performances nationwide. Rosa loves seeing the "I can do this!" light appear in the eyes of a student. She provides a warm and supportive environment for people of all fitness levels and genders, ages 14+.

Rosa's Grace Academy helps dancers add depth and dimension to their work so they grow in confidence to take their places on stage and in the world. Drawing on her background in ballet and visual arts, combined with a passion for Egyptian and American belly dance, she is known for her elegant lines and emotional performances.

Joie Grandbois

Dancer, choreographer, musician, writer…storyteller. Whether she is using the medium of dance, rhythm or words Joie seeks to bring to life the character present in a creative work. A lifelong dancer Joie entered the world of belly dance through the side door of raqs gothique after falling in love with its dramatic storytelling nature. Her dance explorations have also led to a study of cabaret and Turkish styles of the dance expanding her love of the art form. She is also a student of Middle Eastern percussion, specifically the riqq, and has a love of playing the zills. Blending the arts of music and theater with the improvisational nature of belly dance she brings drama, humor and an appreciation for the unexpected to the stage.

In teaching theatrical belly dance Joie seeks to share not only technique but to also create a safe space for dancers to explore and step beyond their creative boundaries. She hopes to initiate the conversation between artist and muse so that each dancer may connect with and express their own unique voice.

She is the founder and director of the street vaudeville performance troupe Dark Follies which formed in 2008 and performs as a solo artist around New England. She teaches movement in Portland, Maine at Bright Star World Dance.

Anna Golendukhina
Latin Dance
Bachata, Tuesdays 8:00 PM & Saturdays 5:00 PM
Salsa, Tuesdays 7:00 PM & Saturdays 6:00 PM
Kizomba, Thursdays 6:45 PM - Starts June 6, 2019
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Anna started her dance life after realizing that sport, theatre, and music were not enough and that she can't stay away from dance any longer, so it was just the right time to start something new and very exiting in her life. Inspired by Cuban friends, Anna tried Salsa Casino first and then completely fell in love with Latin dancing. Once she tried Salsa, Anna discovered Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Brazilian Zouk, Kizomba, Regetton, Tango, and Hustle. Spending every day dancing for a lot of hours made her one of the best students of the dance school and helped her to win the city of Saint Petersburg Social Dance competition in Bachata just two months after she started to dance.

Alex Ivanov
Ballroom Dance
Private Lessons & Special Events
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Alex started dancing at the age of six in Bulgaria. At the age of sixteen he was accepted to study at the high school academy for Bulgarian folk music and dancing traveling and performing throughout the country. Following his dream he moved to the USA and began his Ballroom Dancing career.

Alex has been a professional ballroom dancer for over 25 years, winning multiple competitions and top teacher awards. He continues to enjoy teaching and training students from all levels in all of the ballroom styles.

Karli Efron
Oula Dance Fitness
Sundays, 8:15 AM
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Karli is a social worker, mom, and wannabe talk show host. Karli joined the dance community in Portland in 2004, taking her first belly dance class and LOVING it! Since then, she's shimmied, bopped, and strutted her bootylicious self wherever and whenever she can! Karli took her first Oula class in 2014 and became obsessed - who doesn't want to spend an hour dancing like a superstar and owning the world like Beyonce?

When she's not shouting her favorite song lyrics out loud, Karli can be found running a diaper bank and food pantry, reciting her favorite lines from The West Wing, and encouraging her daughter to eat something besides macaroni and cheese. She is committed to community and can not wait to share the dance with you!

Kinky Slippers
Sundays, 12:45 PM
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Kinky Slippers is a burlesque performer based in Portland, Maine. She has been dancing professionally around the state for over 8 years, and in burlesque she has found strength and confidence that she aims to give back to the community. She has produced multiple burlesque shows as well as hosted and choreographed in many burlesque productions, working with performers of varying skill levels. And now she is hoping to share her knowledge with aspiring new dancers and experienced dancers alike!

Danna Hayes
Oula Dance Fitness
Sundays, 8:15 AM

Danna has been an Oula devotee since the day she finally got up the nerve to try it after months of being terrified. Having had a complicated relationship with exercise and her body, she couldn’t believe the joy, release and community she found in Oula. Within three months of taking her first class, she was already pursuing teacher training.

Danna brings laughter, playfulness, and enthusiastic encouragement to her classes. When she’s not adding Sia into every playlist, Danna can be found working in public policy, watching Bravo, and spending time with her husband and son.

If you love music and moving your body just for the sheer joy of it, this class is for you.

Grace Lada
Boot(y) Camp
Sundays, 6:00 PM

Grace Lada, a recent transplant to Portland, first started teaching fitness classes out on Monhegan Island, Maine, her seasonal home of the past five years. When not teaching boot camp and (kindly) making people squat, lunge and jump on the island, she made her way as a professional singer in Antigua, Guatemala. After a brief pitstop to get her Permaculture Design Certification, Grace now resides in Portland, where she spends her time teaching, marathon training, cooking, exploring the coastline, and promoting health and wellness in sobriety and recovery.

Kate O'Donnell
Ashtanga Yoga
Mondays and Thursdays, 7:00 AM
Saturdays, 8:00 AM
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Kate ODonnell, author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook and Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind, has been practicing Ashtanga yoga and Ayurveda for 20 years, and teaching full time for 12 years. An avid interest in the healing powers of food and yoga fuel her work. She is a Boston/Portland-based level II authorized Ashtanga teacher and Ayurvedic Practitioner, and lead faculty for The Boston Ayurveda School. She continues to travel annually to India for study.

Rich Ray and Kate O’Donnell are Level 2 Authorized teachers and have each practiced Ashtanga yoga for over 20 years. They bring a wealth of practical wisdom and knowledge to their students, and twenty years teaching experience. With over 20 extended trips to Mysore, India, Rich and Kate are steeped in yoga practice, Zen meditation, and Ayurveda.

Rich Ray
Ashtanga Yoga
Mondays and Thursdays, 7:00 AM
Saturdays, 8:00 AM
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Rich Ray has practiced Zen Buddhist meditation and the Ashtanga Yoga system for over 20 years. He trained four years in silence as a resident monk at a Zen monastery. There he facilitated retreats and was the resident cook. He taught yoga and meditation at state prisons in California and New Hampshire and started a meditation program at a women’s county jail in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rich Ray and Kate O’Donnell are Level 2 Authorized teachers and have each practiced Ashtanga yoga for over 20 years. They bring a wealth of practical wisdom and knowledge to their students, and twenty years teaching experience. With over 20 extended trips to Mysore, India, Rich and Kate are steeped in yoga practice, Zen meditation, and Ayurveda.

Veeva Banga
Thursdays, 8:00 PM

Veeva Banga was born in South Sudan. She has been dancing for most of her life. She has studied a variety of dance styles but her favorite will always be Afro-Beats. It's more than just a dance style that she enjoys; it's a way for her to stay in touch with her roots. Teaching Afro-Beats allows her to share her culture with others locally.

Cassandra Yasko
Teen Yoga
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Cassandra grew up in a rural town of Maine with a passion for dance. She continued this interest through her high school years and into college, graduating with an AA in Dance Performance. Throughout her years in college, Cassandra found a parallel connection with yoga. While completing her BA from UMass Amherst in Dance & Health studies, flourishing from her personal yoga practice, she also achieved her certification as a registered Yoga Alliance Yoga Instructor. Cassandra also has completed continuing education yoga studies focusing specifically on teaching teenagers.

Along with yoga classes, for over five years Cassandra has taught several dance genres for all ages and levels. Through her experience as a Dance and Yoga instructor, Cassandra grew extremely passionate about teaching yoga for teens. Yoga not only creates a safe haven for adolescent prosperity, it can also create mental focus for academic studies. In addition, yoga is a great asset for athletic agility, cross training and injury prevention for dancers specifically.

Bring a friend, listen to good music, have fun while exercising and, find your way to relaxation through yoga with Cassandra!

Rebecca Bass
Adult Intermediate Ballet
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Rebecca Bass holds a degree in Dance and Economics from Barnard College of Columbia University. As a student at Barnard, she co-founded and served as artistic director of Columbia University Ballet Ensemble. Her training in classical ballet includes summer intensives at the School of American Ballet and the North Carolina School of the Arts. She moved to Portland from New York City in October and is excited to get to know more dancers in town.

Theo Bowers
Intermediate Jazz Fusion
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Theo began professionally performing in California at the age of 13 beginning as a principal dancer for the West Coast Ballet Arts Theatre. From there, his career made stops and layovers in every genre and medium of the performing arts. From music videos, awards shows, night clubs and industrials to Disneyland, film, television and Broadway, Theo has glided across stages from Europe to Japan, Australia, and the United States of America.

Theo is an award-winning choreographer who has taught Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater across the world, creating pieces that utilize almost every style of dance. His passion for contemporary movement mixed with old-fashioned sensibilities makes him a versatile artist and enriches his dynamic and fresh approach to storytelling.

Theo is also an accomplished director, photographer, and writes and produces music, blending all mediums to create his own unique voice in the visual arts.

Heather Powers
Heather has relocated to Portland, OR, but she will return for occasional workshops and special sessions. Stay tuned!
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Heather Powers is a devoted belly dance performer and instructor based in Portland, Maine, and a Bright Star World Dance Management Team member. Her style is heavily influenced by her experience as a visual artist. Heather's desire is to create a transformative experience by filling space with strong, clean graceful movements captivating audiences.

She diligently trains worldwide with renowned belly dancers. Heather has contributed to the New England belly dance community as a host of workshop weekends and as a producer of local shows. Her most recent achievements include: Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Phase 1: Initiation Passed, cross-training as a Pilates mat and yoga instructor; and joining the management team at Bright Star World Dance.

Kendra Varoskovic
Strala Yoga
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Kendra Varoskovic was formerly a Strala Guide in residence at the WVieques in Puerto Rico. She guided classes and promoted the WHotels FIT with Tara Stiles — a program bringing Strala Yoga classes and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. Closer to home, Kendra has taught in several different locations in Southern Maine.

In spring 2015, she brought Strala classes to Salt Pump Rock Climbing Co., Bessey Corner, and University of New England’s Portland Campus. In 2016, she expanded her teaching to University of Southern Maine, Team Irish MMA Gym and taught classes at Sunflower Farm Creamery where she was featured on Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Whether you seek to build graceful, coordinated movement, a physical release from everyday stresses, or how to accomplish more with less effort, Kendra is excited to be your Guide!

Pam Erickson
Let Your Yoga Dance® - Recurring Special Events
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“BE YOU” is Pam’s theme as she facilitates “Let Your Yoga Dance” here at Bright Star World Dance Studio. Pam completed her LYYD Certification in 2014 and is currently deepening her practice through Yoga Teacher Training. Let Your Yoga Dance is about expanding JOY.

Let Your Yoga Dance is a form of conscious movement, where participants enter the session with a sense of intention, and move authentically and creatively. Let Your Yoga Dance is for EVERY body, and requires no previous experience or skill set whatsoever. It is open to all genders, ages, body sizes, shapes and abilities. It is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to do Let Your Yoga Dance wrong! In this practice, participants move through their chakras (or energy centers) to music, which engages heart, mind, body and spirit. It truly is an opportunity to BE YOU, and to move in whatever way your body calls.

Pam’s heart has opened through this practice, and she loves expanding JOY and offering a place that is fun, safe, and free of judgment for all. Every thought, feeling and movement is welcome during the 90 minute sessions, as each person experiences Let Your Yoga Dance in their own way.

Kerry Constantino
Modern Dance

A dancer and choreographer for over 15 years, Kerry Constantino creates work that is rigorous, multilayered, athletic, and fully realized. Her work and practice is based on a foundation in Laban-Bartenieff Studies, Evans technique, improvisation, and yoga. Kerry places a great emphasis on facilitating students to find their own range and personal expression through movement and staying true to each individuals' own "voice" as a dancer.

Kerry has studied with Bill Evans, Jean Isaacs, John Malashock, Michael Mizerany, and Blythe Barton in addition to countless other teachers and mentors that have helped shape her as a mover and choreographer. She makes choreography that reaches beyond the boundaries of traditional dance and performance, often incorporating sculpture, fiber arts, and scientific collaboration.

Latin Dance & Cuban Heat Dance Fitness

As a native Cuban, Lazaro grew up surrounded by different rythms of music and different styles of dance. Since his childhood he was dancing Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Regetton, Son, Cha Cha, and Mambo. At the age of 11, he started to attend dance school and a lot of different parties and festivals that were held in Cuba, always learning and trying something new. Later, Lazaro moved to Saint Petersburg, Russia, were he worked as a dance instructor for a couple of years, before he moved to Portland, Maine. In Russia, Lazaro was teaching different styles of Latin dance that he had learned in Cuba and was developing Latin movement in Saint Petersburg.

As a professional teacher of physical education Lazaro makes the classes very intense and useful for health. At the same time Cuban energy brings a lot of fun and smiles to his classes.

Interested in teaching at Bright Star World Dance?
We welcome your proposal!

Email us your class or workhshop proposal, or schedule a time to visit the studio and chat with the managers.