Sep
23
to Dec 6

Fall 2019 Performing Arts Institute classes in session

Fall 2019 Performing Arts Institute classes start on Monday, September 23 and run through the week of Friday, Dec. 6. If you are undecided about a class, we invite you to drop in for the first class free with no obligation. Registration continues through the first week of classes - click here to sign up!

Showcase week is the week of Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 6.

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Sep
23
to May 14

Stagebridge Storytellers: sign up to tell this season!

Stagebridge Storytellers: Do you have a tale that you want to share? It’s a new season of storytelling for both Lunchtime Storytelling and for Covia Well-Connected Storytelling concerts, so if you’re interested in signing up for a spot to present your story, let us know!

  • Lunchtime Storytelling dates (Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm):

    October 17, November 14; 2020 dates: January 16, February 20, March 19, April 16, May 14

  • Covia Well-Connected dates (Thursdays, 10:00-11:00am):

    October 17, November 21, December 17

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Oct
22
12:30 PM12:30

Brown Bag Lunch with Stagebridge Executive Director

Got a question or suggestion? Now is your chance to ask Executive Director Shannon McDonnell at this Stagebridge Brown Bag Lunch session on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22. Find out what’s on the minds of Stagebridgers!

Bring your lunch and any suggestions you have —print out this form and complete it, filling in the details of your idea, and bring it with you to the Brown Bag Lunch!

This event will take place in the Angel Room.

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Oct
23
1:30 PM13:30

October Elder Salon #2

Our ongoing Wednesday Elder Salons cover topics such as Elderhood, Legacy, Spirituality & Meaning, Elder Friendship, Racism & Privilege, Creativity,and more, with the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging social time. Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.

This meeting takes place in the Basement / CYF Room.

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Oct
29
1:00 PM13:00

Reimagine: "For Dyin' Out Loud!"

Join Stagebridge storytellers Eleanor Clement Glass, Mel G., Lois Kincy, LaVonne Taft, and Brother Ben as they share stories of about life’s paths and the journey to end of life. For Dyin’ Out Loud! features tales that will illustrate the different ways this diverse, multicultural group of senior storytellers prepared for, experienced, and coped with life-changing events.

It will spark individual reflection and small group sharing activities and tap into the deep emotions of this end-of-life journey and how special insights, emotional awareness, intuitive understanding and a healthy sense of humor can be brought to the table at any age and in any circumstance.

This event takes place at Stagebridge in the GALLERY and is part of Reimagine End of Life, an exploration of death and celebration of life with events taking place throughout the SF Bay Area October 24 through November 3, 2019. Tickets: $15. Get more info and tickets here.

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Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Tell It On Tuesday Stagebridge Night at The Marsh Arts Center!

Join us for an entertaining evening of tall tales from Stagebridging storytellers at The Marsh Berkeley on Tuesday, October 29, 2019!

This annual partnership with The Marsh’s Tell It On Tuesday features Stagebridge tellers Shirley Smallwood, Claire Wahrhaftig, Ida Johnson, Brother Ben, Kiran Rana, and Albertina Zarazúa Padilla, who will regale the audience with a cornucopia of stories sure to entertain.

Tell It On Tuesday celebrates the expression of individual voices by promoting the art of storytelling and solo performance, coming together as a community to share works crafted by theater artists and storytellers.

This event takes place on the TheaterStage at The Marsh Berkeley Arts Center.

Music begins at 7pm; stories at 7:30pm.

Tickets at the Door: $10 – $15 Sliding Scale
Tickets in Advance: $8 – $15 Sliding Scale

More information here!

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Nov
6
1:30 PM13:30

November Elder Salon #1

Our ongoing Wednesday Elder Salons cover topics such as Elderhood, Legacy, Spirituality & Meaning, Elder Friendship, Racism & Privilege, Creativity,and more, with the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging social time. Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.

This meeting takes place in the Basement / CYF Room.

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Nov
7
10:30 AM10:30

Exclusive Master Class from world-renowned Storyteller Antonio Rocha!

Stagebridge is excited to present world-renowned storyteller ANTONIO ROCHA in leading a special Master Class in Storytelling on Thursday, November 7!

This exclusive one-day class will utilize the award-winning artist’s 34 years of solo performance experience and talent for physicality, using his unique blend of body language and mime techniques combined with spoken word in his versatile vocal style to not just reach an audience, but to transport them to another place and time.

The Brazilian-born artist began his career in the performing arts in 1985 and has studied with Mime Masters Marcel Marceau and Tony Montanaro. His talents have graced festivals and stages in 16 countries across 6 continents, and he has been honored with the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network and the Parents Choice Gold Award for his Under African Skies DVD. Read more on Antonio here.

Open to all levels. This class is not eligible for discounts or other offers.

Price: $50 - register here!

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Nov
14
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Storytelling

Join us for an hour of Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge! This month features “Silly Stories” from storytellers Abe Bernstein, Gerry Keenan, and special guest Shannon McDonnell, presented for your lunchtime enjoyment.

This free event takes place in the Choir Room. See you there!

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Nov
20
1:30 PM13:30

November Elder Salon #2

Our ongoing Wednesday Elder Salons cover topics such as Elderhood, Legacy, Spirituality & Meaning, Elder Friendship, Racism & Privilege, Creativity,and more, with the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging social time. Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.

This meeting takes place in the Basement / CYF Room.

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Nov
21
10:00 AM10:00

Personal Free Storytelling Concert - listen from home!

Tune in on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 at 10:00am for the next installment of our free PERSONAL STORYTELLING CONCERTS —and you can listen from the comfort of your own home!

Through Stagebridge’s partnership with Covia Well Connected, members call or log in from home to hear Stagebridge storytellers, and participate in talkback discussion at the conclusion−and membership is free! This session features storytellers Abe Bernstein, Sally Holzman, and Jeanne Pimentel.

For more info or to register, click here.

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Dec
4
1:30 PM13:30

December Elder Salon #1

Our ongoing Wednesday Elder Salons cover topics such as Elderhood, Legacy, Spirituality & Meaning, Elder Friendship, Racism & Privilege, Creativity,and more, with the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging social time. Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.

This meeting takes place in the Basement / CYF Room.

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Dec
18
1:30 PM13:30

December Elder Salon #2

Our ongoing Wednesday Elder Salons cover topics such as Elderhood, Legacy, Spirituality & Meaning, Elder Friendship, Racism & Privilege, Creativity,and more, with the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging social time. Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.

This meeting takes place in the Basement / CYF Room.

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Dec
19
10:00 AM10:00

Free Storytelling Concert- listen from home!

Tune in on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 at 10:00am for the next installment of our free STORYTELLING CONCERTS —and you can listen from the comfort of your own home!

Through Stagebridge’s partnership with Covia Well Connected, members call or log in from home to hear Stagebridge storytellers, and participate in talkback discussion at the conclusion−and membership is free! This session features storytellers Eleanor Clement Glass and Jeanne Pimentel.

For more info or to register, click here.

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Jan
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Storytelling

It’s a fresh new year for Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge! Join us for an hour of tales presented for your lunchtime enjoyment by Stagebridge storytellers Jeff Byers and Eleanor Clement Glass.

This free event takes place in the Choir Room. See you there!

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Feb
20
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Storytelling

It’s the next installment of Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge! Join us for an hour of tales, tall and otherwise, presented for your lunchtime enjoyment by Stagebridge storytellers. This session features storytellers Sally Holzman and Kiran Rana.

This free event will take place in the Choir Room. See you there!

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Apr
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Storytelling

It’s a new season of Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge! Join us for an hour of tales, tall and otherwise, presented for your lunchtime enjoyment by Stagebridge storytellers. This free event will take place in the Choir Room. See you there!

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Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

6th Season of Lunchtime Storytelling!

It’s a new season of Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge! Join us for an hour of tales, tall and otherwise, presented for your lunchtime enjoyment by Stagebridge storytellers - this session features “Spooky Stories” from Claire Wahrhaftig, Melinda Ginne and Claire Castell.

This free event takes place in the Choir Room. See you there!

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Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

Personal Storytelling Concert - listen from home!

Tune in on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 as we kick off a new season of free PERSONAL STORYTELLING CONCERTS from 10:00 - 11:00am—and you can listen from the comfort of your own home!

Through Stagebridge’s partnership with Covia Well Connected, members call or log in from home to hear Stagebridge storytellers, and participate in talkback discussion at the conclusion−and membership is free! This session features storyteller Cheryl Elliot.

For more info or to register, click here.

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Oct
2
1:30 PM13:30

October Elder Salon #1

Our ongoing Wednesday Elder Salons cover topics such as Elderhood, Legacy, Spirituality & Meaning, Elder Friendship, Racism & Privilege, Creativity,and more, with the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging social time. Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.

This meeting takes place in the Basement / CYF Room.

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Sep
18
1:30 PM13:30

September Elder Salon #2

Our ongoing Wednesday Elder Salons cover topics such as Elderhood, Legacy, Spirituality & Meaning, Elder Friendship, Racism & Privilege, Creativity,and more, with the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging social time. Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.

This meeting takes place in the Basement / CYF Room.

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Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

Auditions: Tell It On Tuesday Stagebridge Night!

Do you have a story you’ve been working on? Do you think it’s ready for prime time?

Stagebridge and Tell It On Tuesday are looking for 5-6  tellers/performers with pieces between 12-18 minutes long for the annual Tell It On Tuesday Stagebridge Night to be held at The Marsh Berkeley on Tuesday, October 29, and we’re holding auditions!

Audition Details:

When: Monday September 9 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Where: Stagebridge - Angel Room

What: Audition piece, no more than 5 minutes long

How:  RSVP to [email protected] to reserve an audition time between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Those without a reserved time can also show up between 1-3 pm on September 9, but may have to wait.

Please Note: All tellers/performers are welcome; however, the priority is for those who have not previously had the opportunity to present at TIOT.

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Sep
4
1:30 PM13:30

September Elder Salon #1

Our ongoing Wednesday Elder Salons cover topics such as Elderhood, Legacy, Spirituality & Meaning, Elder Friendship, Racism & Privilege, Creativity,and more, with the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging social time. Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.

This meeting takes place in the Basement / CYF Room.

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Aug
21
1:30 PM13:30

Second August Elder Salon

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging connection with community. This meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement.

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Aug
15
to Aug 30

Summer Class Showcases

Summer PAI classes show audiences what they’ve been working on all summer at these free showcases, including:

THURSDAY, AUG. 15:

  • 12:15pm: Clowning for Beginners with Shara Tonn (New Oakland Room)

TUESDAY, AUG. 20:

  • 1:00pm: The Power of Storytelling with Corey Rosen (Angel Room)

MONDAY, AUGUST 26:

  • 11:00am: Monday Singing with Scrumbly (Angel Room)

TUESDAY, AUG. 27:

  • 11:00am: Tuesday Singing with Scrumbly (Angel Room)

  • 3:30pm: Playback Theatre with Martin Holtz (Angel Room)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28:

  • 10:30am: Building a Solo Performance with Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe (New Oakland Room)

THURSDAY AUGUST 29:

  • 11:00am: Thursday Singing with Scrumbly (Angel Room)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30:

  • 10:30am: Hip Hop Summer of the 70s Funk with Judith Kajiwara (Gallery)

All showcases take place at Stagebridge, located in the First Congregational Church of Oakland -2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612

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Aug
7
1:30 PM13:30

August Elder Salon # 1

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality. This meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement Room.

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Jul
25
to Jul 28

Stagebridge Storytellers at National Storytelling Summit

Storytellers: sharpen your skills at the National Storytelling Summit from July 25-28! Sponsored by the National Storytelling Network, this conference takes place in Fremont, CA this year.

Learn from the pros in workshops with renowned tellers, including Stagebridge Director of Storytelling Clara Kamunde presenting Telling Tales in School: Secrets to Developing and Implementing an Award-Winning Inter-Generational Elementary School Storytelling Program on July 27.

Stagebridging Storytellers Liz Nichols, MaryGay Ducey, and Olga Loya also take part in workshops and panels during this storytelling summit.

For more info and registration:

https://storynet.org/nsnevents/conference/general-conference-schedule
https://storynet.org/nsnevents/conference/

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Jul
3
1:30 PM13:30

July Elder Salon

Our ongoing Wednesday Elder Salons cover topics such as Elderhood, Legacy, Spirituality & Meaning, Elder Friendship, Racism & Privilege, Creativity,and more, with the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging social time. Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community. 

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement.
*PLEASE NOTE The JULY 17 salon has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience!

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Jun
24
to Aug 5

Summer Session of Performing Arts Institute classes begins!

Welcome, summer Stagebridgers! The first wave of Summer session classes opens the week of JUNE 24! Classes, workshops and intensives continue throughout the summer months—with some starting in July and August, so be sure to check the schedule for your favorites—you can enjoy your summer travels and still feed your creative side!

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Jun
19
1:30 PM13:30

Almost-summer Elder Salon at Stagebridge!

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, June 19th. Join us and get ready for summer!

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Jun
18
3:00 PM15:00

Personal Storytelling Concert - listen and talkback from home!

Tune in on Tuesday, June 18 at 3:00pm to Stagebridge’s FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT that you can listen to from the comfort of your own home. At the conclusion of the stories, listeners can participate in a talkback discussion.

Through our partnership with Covia Well connected (formerly Senior Center Without Walls), members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers weave their magic in these monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

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Jun
15
2:00 PM14:00

It's Never Too Late for the Future: Celebrate with Stagebridge!

Join us for an afternoon of community, light refreshments, prizes, and a hilarious musical tribute to show business in a performance from Stagebridge’s longest running touring group, Never Too Late!

It’s never too late to support your community - help Stagebridge to thrive and close out our year in the black! We’re close to our goal of raising $50,000 this fiscal year, with just $6,000 left to go - WOW! Help us cross the finish line and support Stagebridge’s programs like classes, workshops and intensives offered all year through the Performing Arts Institute (PAI), inter-generational storytelling in the schools with our Storybridge program, and community engagement performances and workshops through our Seniors Reaching Out (SRO) program to the public and to fragile and isolated seniors.

Suggested donation at the door: $10

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Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Staged Reading Showcase at Piedmont Center for the Arts

It’s all staged…Staged Reading, that is!

Enjoy an evening of entertainment from the Staged Reading class as they present their showcase for the Spring session, performing these short works:

  • Grand Scheme by Jack Neary  

  • A Lifetime Achievement by Jack Neary

  • Farewell and Adieu by Jack Neary

  • A Life Assembled by Kirt Shineman      

Suggested donation at the door: $5.00

This showcase will be presented at: Piedmont Center for the Arts ·  801 Magnolia Ave. Piedmont, CA 94611 Doors open at 6:45.

More info here.

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Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Take Flight with A View From The Bridge

SAVE THE DATE!! It’s an all-Stagebridge sampler of Singing, Dancing, Acting, Comedy…we do it all!

This variety showcase is more fun than a box of chocolates and takes place at Oakland’s The Flight Deck on Wednesday, June 12th at 7:00pm (doors open 6:30). Sample a little bit of what our Performing Arts Institute classes offer in Singing, Dance, Playback, Comedy, and more!

This venue is wheelchair-accessible. Parking is tight, so we recommend carpooling, taking public transit, Uber or Lyft.

Suggested donation at door: $10.00

Seating is limited. Reserve your General Admission space here with Brown Paper Tickets!

NOTE: DUE TO THIS EVENT, THE STAGEBRIDGE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL NOON.

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Jun
10
to Jun 14

It's Spring Showcase time!

It’s time for Stagebridge’s Spring 2019 Performing Arts Institute Class Showcases!

Monday, June 10:

11:00am: Viewpoints - Sanctuary

11:00am: Monday Singing - Angel Room

2:00pm: Musical Theatre “Cabaret”- Sanctuary

3:00pm: Beg/Int Playback - CYF/Basement

Tuesday, June 11:

  11:00am:Tues. Singing - Angel Room

  11:00am: Scene Study - New Oakland Room

  4:00pm: Harmony Ensemble - Angel Room

4:00pm: Adv. Playback - Choir Room

Wednesday, June 12:

10:30am: Stand-up Comedy - Choir Room

1:00pm: Clowning - Angel Room

2:00pm: Improv Singing - Choir Room

Thursday, June 13:

 11:00am:Thur. Singing - Angel Room

  7:00pm-8:00pm: *Staged Reading at Piedmont Center for the Arts ·  801 Magnolia Ave. Piedmont, CA 94611 (*off-campus; suggested donation at door: $5.00)

Friday, June 14:

10:30am: Storytelling- Angel Room

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Jun
5
1:30 PM13:30

June Elder Salon at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, June 5th. Come join us!

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Encore, encore - Hip Hop Dance, Demystified new session!

Hop on over - this popular workshop has people jumping for joy, so we’re offering an encore 5-week session to keep the joy going! Let your inner dancer hip hop on out with the next session of Hip Hop Dance, Demystified. Fun, low-impact but upbeat, this dance class takes the mystery out of hip hop and breaks the choreography down so you can turn those two left feet into deft feet as you find your own style and vibe!

A new choreographed dance will be cumulatively taught during this session using contemporary, retro, reggae and R&B music. Newbies and all levels are welcome! Wear comfortable clothing, supportive athletic or dance shoes, and bring your water bottle to hydrate while you hip hop!

"I have so much fun dancing to really great music," says one student, "and it's a fantastic workout, too - I love this class!"

Fee: $108

For more info, or to register:
https://www.stagebridge.org/spring-2019-regist…/hiphopjudith

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