Fryeburg Academy Builds Community Through a United Passion for Dance

It’s not often that one can bring together a community and a group of individuals —with vastly different backgrounds and nationalities—to unite for a common passion. But for one newly formed club at Fryeburg Academy, that’s exactly what happened.

This year, the Fryeburg Dance Club was formed in partnership with the Tina Titzer’s School of Dance, located at 519 Main Street in Fryeburg, ME. The formation of the club was spearheaded by Laurie Ferris, the club’s advisor, who also works for the Academy as the Administrative Assistant for Special Services. 

“My daughter, Julia Ferris ‘20 who attends Fryeburg Academy, was interested in dance but didn’t want to perform competitively,” says Ferris. “There was some interest from other students in the community as well, so I worked with the administration to start the dance club this year in collaboration with Tina Titzer’s studio.”

Currently, the dance club has 11 members: five FA international students and three FA day students as well well as one student from Kennett High School and two students from the Molly Ockett Middle School.

“It’s amazing to see the diverse backgrounds of these dancers,” continues Ferris. “Participants range in age from 13-years-old to 18-years-old, come from several area towns and four international countries, and have an incredible mix of experiences that span from no prior dance experience to traditional Chinese, Korean hip-hop, and Latino dance! It truly is an opportunity to build a sense of community and connection amongst these students. It’s also a great way for our eighth-graders to learn more about the Academy.”

Students participating in the dance club mainly focus on hip-hop dance but are also instructed in traditional forms such as jazz and ballet by dance instructor Nora Fitzgibbons from the Tina Titzer Dance Studio. The club meets on Mondays from 3:00-4:30 pm at in the Ada Cram Wadsworth Arena and on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Tina Titzer School of Dance on Main Street. The cost to participate per dancer is $60. 

Ferris is determined to offer students the opportunity to join the club, however, regardless of financial barriers: “We recently held a fundraiser at the Human Horse Balance Ranch in Center Conway and raised over 100 dollars for the club. I see us continuing to fundraise and apply for scholarships for the dancers in the future so we can continue to grow and offer this unique experience for any student interested.”

To learn more about the Fryeburg Dance Club, you can reach Laurie Ferris at lferris@fryeburgacademy.org or visit the Tina Titzer School of Dance website at http://tinatitzerdance.com/.
 
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