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!
Dr. Kyle Forsthoff is a diverse percussion educator and performer based in Richmond, Rhode Island. He is currently on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Rhode Island and is an instructor at The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance. His performance and research interests include Rudimental drumming from both the US and Europe, Irish Traditional Music, frame drumming traditions from around the world, the music of Latin America and Brazil, and Gamelan traditions from Indonesia. Kyle has taught or performed in a large number of musical ensembles and has performed throughout the US, in Europe, and in Asia. He is a proud endorser of Yamaha Percussion Instruments, Cooperman Drums, and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.