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Wilton dance company offers “Just For the Fun of It” class

  • Full Motion Dance Theatre is offering Just for the Fun of It classes at Wilton's Rise!Up Center. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Full Motion Dance Theatre is offering Just for the Fun of It classes at Wilton's Rise!Up Center. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Full Motion Dance Theatre is offering Just for the Fun of It classes at Wilton's Rise!Up Center. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Teacher Linda Estabrook, right, shows her students examples of costumes related to the era of her “Just for the Fun of It” class. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Full Motion Dance Theatre is offering Just for the Fun of It classes at Wilton's Rise!Up Center. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Full Motion Dance Theatre is offering Just for the Fun of It classes at Wilton's Rise!Up Center. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Full Motion Dance Theatre is offering Just for the Fun of It classes at Wilton's Rise!Up Center. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Full Motion Dance Theatre members practice a short routine at a company class held at the Rise! Up Center in Wilton.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Full Motion Dance Theatre is offering Just for the Fun of It classes at Wilton's Rise!Up Center. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Full Motion Dance Theatre is offering Just for the Fun of It classes at Wilton's Rise!Up Center. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:51AM

If you were rocking the dance halls in the 1950s, you probably already know how to do the classics: The chug, the pony, the twist. 

For everyone else, there’s Just For the Fun of It.

Linda Estabrook, managing member of the Full Motion Dance Theatre runs a twice-monthly class at Rise Up! Center in Wilton, with a singular goal – to make dance accessible.

“Dancing is fun, or it should be, but it can also be intimidating. Once you take out that intimidation factor, it’s just fun,” said Estabrook, in an interview at the Rise Up! Center on Saturday, while she was setting up for her most recent “Just For the Fun of It” class, featuring moves from the 1950s. 

“Most people don’t get to experience dance this way,” said Taylor Remy, who co-manages Full Motion Dance Theatre with Estabrook, “Mostly due to the costs. Taking classes or finding a place to dance can be expensive. Here, you can just enjoy the time.”

“If you make it accessible, people come together, and those barriers drop,” said Estabrook.

Each class takes on a dance style from a different era or style. Previous ones have included the moves of fictional 70s-era spy Austin Powers and John Travolta a la Saturday Night Fever.

Each class lasts for an hour, and is self-contained, designed for people to walk in off the street with no dance experience, said Estabrook. Each class breaks down some individual moves, and then strings them together into a short, choreographed piece lasting a minute or so.

If you choose to come week-to-week, there are aspects that you may pick up on that will be useful in other classes, said Estabrook, but the classes are designed to be first-timer friendly. 

Estabrook, who spent several years teaching dance on cruise ships in a similar format, said when Full Motion Dance Theatre moved into Rise Up! Center at the start of February, she approached director Nicole Colvin-Griffin with the idea for the class, which is offered by donation.

“It’s family-oriented,” said Estabrook, who said that in the few weeks that the class has been offered, that there have been parents who use it as an opportunity to both bond with their children, and get some exercise.

“Everyone does what they can do, and it’s a no-pressure atmosphere, so you can laugh at what you can’t,” said Estabrook.

Full Motion Dance Theatre also holds an open company class immediately following the Just For the Fun of It class, meant for intermediate level dancers. 

The next Just for the Fun of It class will be held at the Rise Up! Center in Wilton on April 21 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The class is free, with donations accepted. For more information, visit www.riseupcenter.org

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.