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International dance classes to kick off Thursday

LEARN TO DANCE — The Sycamore Youth Center at 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, will begin a weekly international dance class from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and continue weekly on Thursdays. They are open to area youth and the public. With Bobbyjon Bauman, center, the center’s director, are dance instructors Bob Tomlinson, left, and Ethan Fithen. For information or to sign up, contact Bauman at (608) 556-3068. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — The Sycamore Youth Center, located at 301 N. Fourth St., will be launching a weekly international dance class this week, welcoming professional instructors to teach not only youth but interested adults as well.

“I’m very excited to announce that experienced dance instructors Bob Tomlinson and Ethan Fithen will be starting a Sycamore international dance class that will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday, starting Feb. 20,” said Bobbyjon Bauman, the center’s director.

“These professional instructors will be driving a fair distance each week to get here so they are requesting $12 a month (four or five lessons in a month) or $5 per lesson per student or a max of $25 per family per month to cover their travel costs as a suggested donation,” Bauman said.

Those who cannot afford the fee re still welcome to attend, according to Bauman.

“The dance classes also will cover some American dances as well, such as folk and square dancing as well as contra dancing,” he said, adding that although the dance classes are geared toward students in grades five through 12, the classes are open to families as well since the dances are community building/family friendly in nature.

For information or to sign up, contact Bauman at (608) 556-3068.

Bauman said that a number of years ago, his children used to take international dance class lessons from Tomlinson.

“I found out that they were no longer being offered in the area, so I made a few inquiries about starting up a class again and was fortunate to be able to get master teacher Bob Tomlinson back to Steubenville to teach the lessons,” Bauman explained. “He is truly a phenomenal teacher with decades of experience and taught these classes for years at St. Peter’s. Most of the students who attended were home-schooled but even back then, it was open to everyone,” he added.

“I believe with the classes at the Sycamore Center we will get a good number of students from public and private schools to participate as well. Although we have a suggested donation to cover the teachers’ travel expenses, those who cannot afford the nominal suggested donation are welcome to attend for free,” he reiterated.

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