I’ve been looking forward to taking classes at the Rhody Center for a while. I finally signed up for what will hopefully be the first of many classes. Yesterday I was excited to take my first belly dance class. Kristen was very friendly and helpful. She took the movements slowly, broke them down and explained the mechanics. In addition, Kristen sought our input and geared the class toward our needs, making it indivialized. The added benefit was the small class size of wonderful, like minded people. I love the music, the dance space (colorful), the instructor, and the variation in styles (Arabic vs. Egyptian, etc.). Thank you for an amazing first experience and thank you Julie for hooking me up with a coin hip scarf. Can’t wait to spend next week learning more with everyone!
Katy Baldwin graduated from Dean College in Franklin, MA with a BA in dance focusing on performance and dance pedagogy. While at Dean, she was a member of the Dean Dance Company, performing in ballet and modern roles. She completed a senior internship as a dance instructor. Also during that time she was selected to attend the summer intensive program at the Ailey School in New York City. After college Katy performed with Boston Dance Company, Island Moving Company and Spindle City Ballet as well as taking opportunities to teach dance locally. Katy took several years off from dancing to start a family and attend nursing school, graduating with her second bachelors degree. In recent years she has performed with Providence Ballet Theatre in 'Twas the Night Before Christmas as a guest artist and continues to perform soloist roles regularly with the Spindle City Ballet in Fall River.