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ECA offers creativity sessions and classes

Elation Center for the Arts is offering creativity sessions and classes at the new EcoLiving Studio in downtown Pagosa Springs.

Tuesdays, 5:30–7 p.m. Free-form Movement to Live Music is open to anyone who wants to do improvise dance, do yoga, tai chi or other styles to the flowing acoustic music of multi-instrumentalist Paul Roberts. The cost is $7. For more information about these Live Music and Movement sessions, call 731-3117.

Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. Music and Dance for Kids, with Paul and Carla Roberts, is a joyous celebration of singing, dancing and musical instruments, open to young children accompanied by a parent. The Roberts have worked as arts-in-education specialists for many years.

Children are naturally responsive to music and dance, brightening up their day, bringing joy to the learning process and encouraging them to grow to their highest capacities. According to neuroscientists, music actually strengthens brain circuits used for learning.

A Japanese master mathematics teacher, whose nearly two million students have demonstrated remarkable abilities, was asked, “What is the most effective way of heightening children’s mental ability at the earliest possible stages?”

He answered, “The finest start for infants is to sing songs. This helps to elevate their powers of understanding, and they register astounding speed in learning math and languages.”

The cost for Music and Dance for Kids, with Paul and Carla Roberts, is $7 per family. For more information, call 731-3117.

Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. Belly Dance Classes for Beginners are taught by Carla Roberts. Belly dance is fabulous non-impact, weight-bearing exercise. Many of the moves involve isolations that improve flexibility of the torso, help build strength in the upper-body, arms and shoulders, and strengthen the legs and long muscles of the back. Carla Roberts brings decades of dance experience to create a safe and fun environment for self-expression in her dance classes. No previous experience is necessary in order enjoy the great workout that modern belly dance gives you. Wear comfortable clothing for movement, and bring a hip scarf if you have one. Drop-ins are welcome. The cost is $7. For more information about these belly dance classes, call 731-3117.

EcoLiving Studio is located at 280 Pagosa St. — between Pagosa Source and Victoria’s Reign — in a brick-colored, stucco building. The studio’s phone number is 749 -1600.