Latin dance fun for everyone

Elation Center for the Arts presents “Latin Dance Fun for Everyone,” an introduction to cha-cha, salsa, meringue and waltz with dance instructor Phyllis Dodson, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

Class fee is $5.

Have you ever been to a concert or party where the Latin music was hot and people were dancing but you didn’t know how? Here’s your chance to learn.

Dodson is an extraordinary dancer and dance teacher who loves to spread the joy of dance with beginners and experienced dancers alike. Dodson taught dance for 11 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Besides Latin dance, she has taught jazz, ballet, tap, line dancing and world dance. Dodson toured internationally with the band Brave Combo for 10 years, performing Latin dances during the band’s high-energy shows.

Experience the sheer joy of dance. Join Phyllis Dodson at “Latin Dance Fun for Everyone.” Wear casual, comfortable clothes and shoes. For more information, call 731-3117.

Free music and dance workshops

On Oct. 30, ECA presents a lineup of free music and dance workshops.

Also held at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse, these workshops are a taste of the ECA fall/winter class offerings. From 1 to 5 p.m., workshops are scheduled back-to-back. If you have an instrument, please bring it along, or you may use one of ours.

Local music and dance teacher Carla Roberts presents these five workshops at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. She has been teaching for ECA the past four years, and welcomes beginners to the growing family of drummers, flute players and dancers that are involved in weekly lessons.

• 1 p.m. — American Clogging. Clogging is an all American traditional dance style that needs no partner. It has its roots in the Scots/Irish dancing styles that were brought to the Appalachian Mountains by immigrants and developed into a uniquely American art form. Clogging is a fantastic indoor workout for the legs and really fun. We will learn some clogging basics in the workshop and have demonstrations of more advanced styles.

• 2 p.m. — Middle Eastern Dance. Middle Eastern Dance for women is a graceful art form that has become very popular in the US. It has a basis in the folkloric dances of many countries — Greece, Turkey and Egypt for starters. Carla Roberts teaches a unique blend of the many styles available, with an emphasis on conditioning and technique for new dancers. An introduction of history, styles and costumes rounds out this new ECA workshop.

• 3 p.m. — Hand Drumming. Hand Drumming is a mixture of African and Middle Eastern rhythms. If you have an African djembe drum or a Middle Eastern dumbek, bring them along for some fun group drumming. ECA has plenty of extra drums for those that have no drum. Children 7 and up are welcome as well to this drumming workshop — they easily pick up even complicated rhythms.

• 3:30 p.m. — Native American Flute. Native American Flute is a beautiful style of music played on flutes that have an ancient history. Learn about fingering, the pentatonic scale, breath control and improvisation — all necessary components of flute technique. If you have a flute, bring it along.

• 4 p.m. — Native American Frame Drum. Native American Frame Drum is another new offering from ECA. The frame drum is a simple wood and hide drum played with a beater. Drums of this type are often used to accompany traditional songs and dances and can be made of elk, deer or buffalo. We will learn a simple song and rhythm on the Native American frame drum.

The Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Ave. off of Vista. For more information about ECA’s fall/winter classes and concerts, call 731-3117 or visit the ECA Web site at elationarts.org.