The Ballroom is
back in business!
We are welcoming guests back to our beautiful facilities for some live classes & services. Protecting your health is our focus and commitment. We follow all COVID-19 Prevention checklists in compliance with protocols created by the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development and the CDC. In order to maintain safe distancing in our classrooms, all classes and sessions are held by reservation and advanced sign up only. Contact Nan at The Ballroom for details.
Dance 2020-2021~ Ballet, Creative Movement, Jazz, Modern & Tap
Manual & Movement Therapy, Integrative Fitness Training with Nan Brett
Ballroom & Latin Dance private lessons
The Harrison Movement Collective
Zumba & PIYO with Emily Baker (see our Classes page for Emily's contact info)
Yoga with Rose (see our Classes page to get in touch with Rose)
The current Harrison Block Building was built in 1923. The Ballroom and it’s adjoining rooms were used by the Rebekahs and Odd Fellows as their meeting rooms. It also served for town meetings and festive social gatherings. In 1994 Nan Brett became owner of The Ballroom. Its purpose, now, is to provide an arena to nurture a spectrum of movement, expressive, and performing arts techniques. The Ballroom’s 2,000 square foot main floor, mirrored wall, great acoustics, and 16-foot-high ceilings with molded plaster decorative work, provides a great venue for movement classes, performances, meetings and social gatherings. In addition to the original Ballroom, in 2001 Nan purchased the neighboring function room which had been converted to residential and office use in the 1970s. Extensive renovation has restored this room to its original beauty. The addition of this large room with kitchen facilities has allowed for further expansion of classes and functions at The Ballroom.
The Ballroom, located in the Harrison Block Building,
was built in 1923.
The Ballroom’s spacious studios are available to rent for classes, workshops, functions and performances. Sound systems are available in both studios, tables and chairs are available to rent and there is a piano in one studio—perfect for a class, music lessons or recitals.
Call Nan Brett at 207-583-6964.
NAN BRETT, DIRECTOR
Nan earned her BA from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York majoring in Psychology with a minor in dance. She has done post-graduate work in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology at the University of Southern Maine. Nan is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, IDEA and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance. Building upon her foundations as a teacher of Modern Dance and Children’s Creative Movement, Nan became an ACE Certified Fitness Instructor in 1986 and has maintained her accreditation since. Always a strong believer in the health enhancing qualities of movement, Nan has been teaching movement classes since 1980. Nan is a December 2018 graduate of the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts - earning her certification and licensure through the State of Maine as a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Nan Brett discovered her passion for dance as a young student in Boston, MA. She continued with her dance studies as an undergraduate at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY majoring in Psychology & Dance. It was during this time that she studied with many respected members of the dance community who helped to shape her foundational beliefs about the importance of excellence in dance education.
JULIETTE LAUZIER BRIDGES
Juliette Lauzier Bridges joined The Ballroom dance faculty in 1998 bringing her talents for teaching Ballet, Jazz, Modern & Tap. Juliette has had extensive training and teaching experience through the Maine State Ballet school where she is a faculty member and, in addition, is a soloist with the Maine State Ballet Company (having danced with MSB since it's inception).
Sergei Slussky discovered Ballroom Dance while he was a student of Fine Arts in Yaroslavl, Russia. Drawn to the world of competitive ballroom dance, Sergei joined the Dancesport Formation Team "Vesna," touring in Russia, Poland and Romania and earning top honors in many events.
Becci Webb became a part of The Ballroom’s dance faculty in 2006. Becci began her dance training at the Maine State Ballet at age 3 but really caught the dance/performance bug when she was Clara in The Nutcracker at age 10. Becci eventually became a featured soloist at the Maine State Ballet and continues to serve as a summer faculty member when her busy schedule allows.
Imari has been Bellydancing professionally for over 25 years and as a teacher has shared her passion with thousands of women throughout New England. Imari is the director of New England’s premier Bellydancing troupe-Imari & the Sahara Desert Dancers. This beautiful, powerfully feminine Bellydance troupe is made up of women of all ages, sizes and walks of life.
Erin Hamlin joined The Ballroom faculty in 2007, teaching Ballet, Jazz and Modern. Erin was first introduced to the world of dance as a child and danced as a teen with the Full FX competition dance team at the Studio For the Living Arts in Gray, ME. Erin continued her dance training at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY where she received her BA and extensive training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Voice, Acting and Choreography.
Rose Heggeman began her personal yoga practice in 2002. As she became more deeply committed to yoga Rose undertook yoga teacher training culminating in the Tula Institute Yoga Teacher RYT-200 certification in 2016. In addition to this, Rose earned her BA degree in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College in 2016.
Karianna Merrill is a dancer and singer from Norway, Maine. She grew up dancing at Art Moves Dance Studio and is currently a member of the Art Moves Dance Ensemble. She participates in the Creative Exchange and has danced in collaboration with dance companies from Natal, Brazil.
Jasmine began dancing at the age of three, joined The Ballroom as a Kindergarten Ballet/Tap student and continued dancing at The Ballroom studying Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern & Tap until her 2018 graduation.
As one of the newest members of our dance faculty, Allison Taber is teaching Creative Movement classes for Dance 2020-2021! Allison has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked with young children for 20 years, incorporating music, dancing & creative movement into her curriculum. She's trained at The Ballroom in yoga, tap, fitness, and Zumba for 10 years and is a Certified Zumba instructor for adults as well as a Certified Zumba Kids instructor.
Sara Handspicker began her dance career at The Ballroom in 2000 and continued as an exemplary dance student in Ballet, Jazz & Tap until her graduation in 2007. Sara received her BA from Keene State College majoring in Theatre and Dance with a concentration in Modern Dance. After college Sara's performing arts career led her to the Walt Disney World Resort where she engaged with and entertained guests. Sara has now come back to her roots in Maine and as a dancer, joining the dance faculty of The Ballroom for our 2020-2021 season! We are thrilled to welcome her back.