Club to begin Baroque dancing classes

At long last! The new Musical Oratory Foundation, under the direction of Elisabeth Kotzakidou Pace, Ph.D., has started The Baroque Dance-of-the-Month Club.

Taught throughout the year by members of the New York Baroque Dance Company, the classes will be open to all dance enthusiasts, ages 13 to 103. Professional dancers, teachers, students, musicians, singers, and actors will find the classes particularly useful and illuminating, according to organizers.

Catherine Turocy, recognized as one of today’s leading choreographer/reconstructors and stage directors in 17th and 18th century period performance, will lead the Sunday, Jan. 20 class from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Dance Place San Diego, Studio 105, NTC at Liberty Station, 2650 Truxton Road.

The cost is $15 per class.

Turocy, with more than 60 Baroque operas to her credit, has been decorated by the French Republic as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.

Organizers said some classes will have live music and other classes will draw from carefully selected recordings. Participants must wear casual dance or exercise clothing and a flexible dance shoe, no street shoes are allowed in the studios.

A first annual Baroque Ball is planned for June.

Questions? E-mail ekpace@musicaloratory.org or visit musicaloratory.org

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