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Congratulations to all the students who participated in this season's Class Acts residency with Chrissy Fowler of Belfast Flying shoes. Returning to its dance hall roots— the Stonington Opera House invited folks to kick up their heels and celebrate our Class Acts through contradance.  


This event, open to all, was the culmination of a week-long OHA education residency led by Chrissy Fowler of Belfast Flying Shoes in collaboration with students and teachers of Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, Explorations Learning Center, and Isle au Haut School, facilitated by OHA Education Associate Joshua McCarey. Students shared their very own dances, "The Bridge" and "Groovy Do", at the free Family Dance which was followed by a public Town Dance for all at the Stonington Opera House. 


Chrissy Fowler, dance caller and educator of Belfast Flying Shoes, was in residence with Opera House Arts, October 21-25, to lead Class Acts: Contradance & Physical Education. During this week-long residency, Fowler will engaged students (grades 3-4) in the traditions of New England Contradance. A lifelong physical arts activity based on simple patterns of movement, contradance has deep Downeast roots and is still thriving across the region.


This Class Acts residency is made possible by Opera House Arts

and Belfast Flying Shoes.



Deer Isle-Stonington Schools: launching lifelong learners and responsible citizens able to keep our island vital.


Over nine years of a highly structured collaboration with our local school district, Opera House Arts has developed a rigorous program for equitable learning in and through the arts in the classroom and community as well as on the stage.

Opera House Arts’ Education Program both promotes music and the arts, and supports STEM education in the state of Maine. Data illustrates that learning in and through the arts is critical to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), with many esteemed engineering schools requiring their students to have some background in active arts learning and practice.

We know that teachers are dynamic figures in students’ experiences in school. Their influence on learning and attitudes is profound. Our partnership is devoted to building on our area’s unique creative heritage by using teaching artists to help teachers: enhancing professional opportunities to assist teachers in understanding the beauty, depth, and range of the arts; and to integrate artistic skills and practices into the curriculum; thereby working toward a model for the sustainability of small, rural schools.


In our 2019 season, OHA will continue to develop programs, honing existing programming opportunities to offer deeper engagement in the schools and developing a new stream of educational opportunities.


If you have any questions regarding upcoming programs,

contact Education Associate Joshua McCarey or call 207.367.2788 ext.15


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