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Skidmore College's Dance Plus Festival encourages all ages to engage in fancy footwork

Witt's class, which he will teach with Anna Witt, is advertised as being suitable for "ages 7 to 97," as is old-time barn dancing, where participants will learn square dances and singing games. DiSanto-Rose said families often sign up for these classes together and have a great time.

And while mixing dancers of all abilities can cause some frustration, with the beginners saying that the classes are too hard and more advanced dancers wanting a bigger challenge, DiSanto-Rose said the festival "tries to find that balance."

For the most part, she said, dancers help one another out, with the experienced students offering tips and encouragement to the newcomers.

For dance students, seeing dancers of all different abilities trying new classes is a real lift, DiSanto-Rose said.

"They're energized to see the diversity in their studios," she said.

The community members who take part, meanwhile, give the festival high marks for the variety of classes and the chance to sample different dances in a one-day session.

"It has been very positive," DiSanto-Rose said.

Full day tickets are $45 at the door. An individual class can be taken for $15, two classes for $25. Children's classes are $8 per class at the door. Members of Dance Alliance, an organization of choreographers, dancers, teachers and advocates of dance that sponsors the event, get a $5 discount on full day tickets, as do students and seniors.

For a schedule of the day's classes, visit www.dancealliance.org.""

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