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Written by Cyndi Wood   
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 at 12:27 pm

In studios and churches; gymnasiums and Grange halls, Downeast residents are getting together to get down.

Dance instructors Elizabeth Pouwels and David LaMon demonstrate moves for students at a recent class at the Maine Grind in Ellsworth.—TODD DEHM

Name a dance style and you can probably find someone practicing it in Hancock County. Belly dancing, swing, Latin ballroom, country line dancing and hip-hop are among the options for those looking to get out on the dance floor.

“It is fair to say social dancing in our area is thriving,” said Keith Heavrin Jr., a dance instructor and member of the DownEast Dancers, a group that sponsors monthly dances in the area.

“Dancing is for people of all ages and all abilities,” he said. “I have enjoyed dancing with ladies in their mid to late 80s as well as 12-year-olds who came with Mom and Dad.”

Get Dancing

Style: Belly dancing

Instructor: Christy McLaughlin

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 326-8836


Style: Country line and partner dancing

Group: Boogie Buddies

When: Wednesday evenings at Libitzki School of Dance in Ellsworth. Lesson at 6:30 p.m. Dance starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Style: Ballroom and swing

Instructors: David LaMon and Elizabeth Pouwels

Contact: 667-9870 or 244-5286


Style: American Tribal belly dance

Instructors: Julie Tilden and Linda Beauvais

Contact: 266-6084


Style: West Coast and jitterbug swing

Instructors: Donna Foster and Keith Heavrin Jr.

Contact: 667-1319


Style: Belly dancing

Instructor: Dani Piquette-Kelly

Contact: 479-6710


DownEast Dancers Sponsored Dances:

Dec. 12: Trenton Grange, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Focus on the Viennese Waltz and other dance forms. Free lesson at 7 p.m.

Jan. 9: Bay School in Blue Hill, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free lesson at 7 p.m.

Feb. 6: Valentine’s Day dance at the Trenton Grange from 8 to 11 p.m.

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