Winni Playhouse offering dance, writing classes

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is offering two new programs this fall in different branches of the arts. Dance classes will be offered under the instruction of Tara Little beginning the week of September 16. A play-writing workshop group will be lead by Brian Halperin beginning September 17.

Two new programs will be offered, led by choreographer Tara Little. A Gilford resident, Little has become known to Playhouse audiences as the choreographer for the Winni Players' production of Big River and the summer season production of The Fantasticks. Before that, she was a choreographer and dance captain for Riverdance, the Irish dance sensation. Little is bringing her years of experience in both Irish and musical theatre dance to the Playhouse by offering Irish Step Dance lessons for all ages along with Jazz/Broadway dance for teens and adults.

Irish Step Dance for kids (ages 4-11) will take place on Wednesdays from 6:15-7 p.m. The teen and adult Irish Step classes (age 12+) will be immediately following from 7-8 p.m. Jazz/Broadway dance is open to anyone ages 12+ and will take place on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Classes start the week of September 16.

Executive Director Bryan Halperin says, "there are many great dance schools in this area, offering full-year dance education. Our program is designed for people who may just want to try this out for a shorter amount of time. The commitment is only for 10 weeks allowing participants to try something new without signing up for a full year in advance."

Halperin will also once again be offering his popular Playwriting Workshop for teens and adults. This workshop will be open to anyone in ninth grade or above. The group will guided through the process of creating a short play to be performed at the Playhouse's Spring Playwriting Festival. Writing assignments will be given each week to do at home and class time will be used for feedback and writing exercises.Playwriting classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. and also run for 10 weeks beginning on September 17. 

For more information about all the classes being offered, and to register, visit