Rockland School of Ballet will host an open house and reception to welcome new dance teacher Morrigan McCarthy Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. New students are encouraged to come and pick up their new uniforms and supplies; the school is located on the second floor of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St.

McCarthy will teach ballet and modern dance to students age eight and older. She also will teach evening adult ballet classes and POP! MVD — Music Video Dance, an energetic hour of music video-inspired dance to get the body moving. This class will stretch and strengthen via learning steps to favorite songs and will meet Thursdays at 7:15 p.m..

There also will be morning ballet classes for adults and Good For You/Good For Me – All About Beauty, a class just for women for the practice of small feats of grace and re-learning the gorgeous flow of strength and vibrancy women are capable of. This class will have a gentle warmup and expressive dance moves and will meet Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Rockland School of Ballet also offers dance classes for children starting at age three in ballet/creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary dance and a creative movement class for the littlest ones, Mommy and Me, for two- and (young) three-year-olds and their mothers.

Emily Jenks, known for her dedication to providing a fun-filled dance experience for children in a positive, safe, educational and nurturing environment, is the founder/director/choreographer of Rockland School of Ballet and has been educating children and adults in the art of dance for more than 20 years in the Midcoast area. Classes for the 2010-2011 academic year will be held Mondays through Saturdays beginning Monday, Sept. 13. For more information, visit or contact Jenks at or 542-3556.