Six-week stretch, movement class starts April 28

Apr 13, 2018

Rockland — Adults young and old are invited to join a new free six-week stretch class series, "Saturday Stretch: Balance and Stamina", beginning Saturday, April 28, at 9 a.m. at the Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. The series will be led by dancer/choreographer Patti Luchetti and is part of the library's new “Check out Movement and Healthy Living at Your Library” series.

Balance is the foundation of safe movement. With it, one gains the confidence to sustain movement and allow the muscle groups to both contract and stretch. Stamina is the ultimate goal; with it, one can steadily increase capacity to strengthen the heart, circulation and muscle tone.

Classes will begin with balance exercises, continue with simple steps and end with relaxation. Participants will use a carpeted space and make full use of chairs; students should wear loose, comfortable clothing or gym wear. All levels of experience are welcome.

Those who are new to a movement program or who are seeking to regain past abilities are especially encouraged to attend. Registration is not necessary, but participants are encouraged to attend all classes in the series. Participants of this program will be asked to sign a waiver of liability.

Luchetti has studied classical, modern and ethnic dance styles for more than 30 years and is director of Shalimar's Studio of Oriental Dance in Rockland. In Maine, her teachers have included Mary Blum, Arthur Hall, Jimena Lasansky and instructors associated with the Belfast Dance Studio and People to People Dance Center in Camden.

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