Social Ballroom Dance Class with Bruce and Peggy Amrine
Jun
14
to Sep 6

Social Ballroom Dance Class with Bruce and Peggy Amrine

Fridays 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. $5 per student. Proceeds benefit Hessel School House.

This class will teach how to move around the dance floor in a smooth and graceful way. Participants will learn how to hear the beat, step to the music, lead and follow with a partner in a close dance frame, and travel around the dance floor with a variety of dance steps and patterns. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Peggy and Bruce Amrine have been summer residents in the Les Cheneaux Islands for more than 50 years and have been social dancing for 30 years. While not professional dance instructors, their experiences with both modern ballroom dance and historic vintage dance give them a unique perspective into teaching basic couple dance and how to have fun and look good on the dance floor.

This material will be presented in an easy, not-threatening way. There is an old saying in dance: If you can walk, you can one-step. The one-step was a very popular dance in the early 1900’s and gradually evolved into what we know today as contemporary ballroom dancing. Students will start by mastering the one-step and then move into the waltz and foxtrot. The class will be in a drop-in format that will allow for joining the group at any time. It will not be necessary to be involved for the entire summer.

This is presented as couple dancing so it is preferred, although not absolutely necessary, that students participate as couples. Students will need comfortable shoes, preferably with smooth leather soles. Flip-flops or boating shoes are not good choices. Otherwise, the dress code is ”Hey, we’re on vacation” so wear whatever you find comfortable.

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Travel Writing Workshop with Beate Baum
Jul
23
to Jul 24

Travel Writing Workshop with Beate Baum

Author Beate Baum will hold an Avery Arts & Nature Learning Workshop on Travel Writing Tuesday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 24. Ms. Baum was born in Dortmund, Germany, and now resides in Dresden.  She holds a master’s degree in Comparative Literature and is an author and journalist. For over 20 years, she has worked as a freelance travel writer, focusing mainly on Great Britain, Ireland, and the USA. Baum’s features are published in magazines and newspapers all over Germany. One of her latest guide books, Liverpool, quickly became a standard among Beatles fans and has just entered its 4th edition.  She is also an acclaimed author of fiction; primarily crime novels.  Her U.S. debut was marked with the short story, The High School Reunion.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, July 23

10:30 a.m. - Introduction

10:45 a.m. - Famous Travel Writers / Travel Writing

11:30 a.m. - Basic Journalistic Skills / The Craft of Travel Writing / Discuss Examples of Articles

1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:30 p.m. - Writing exercise – Describing a Place

2:15 p.m. - Read and Discuss Texts

3:45 p.m. - Excursion to Les Cheneaux Distillers

Wednesday, July 24

10:30 a.m. - Collaborative work – Collect Impressions of Excursion, and Decide What Goes into the Text (Quotes, Descriptions...)

11:15 a.m. - Collaborative exercise – Write a Feature

12:45 p.m. - Lunch

2:15 p.m. - Read and discuss texts

3:15 p.m. - Open Discussion

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NUNO Felted Silk Scarf Class
May
18
10:30 AM10:30

NUNO Felted Silk Scarf Class

Instructor Kim Claire from Harbor Springs will help teach you to create your own Nuno Felted Silk Scarf, which is hand-dyed with a touch of merino silk. You may choose your own colors. No experience is needed.

Kim will be teaching classes throughout the summer in needle and wet felting at Pickle Point fiber arts studio.

  • This workshop is sponsored by Pickle Point

  • Plan on 4-5 hours, which includes lunch

  • Cost is $80. Includes supplies and equipment

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