LEWISTON – The Bates Dance Festival will offer its three-week Youth Arts Program from July 26 through Aug. 14 at the United Baptist Church, 250 Main St.

Music and dance classes will be held Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for students ages 6 to 17. The program is divided into three age groups: 6-9, 10-12 and 13-17. Each age group takes three daily classes in dance and music, with a snack provided mid-morning.

The cost of the program is $250. Scholarships are available to qualifying Lewiston students. For more information, call the Bates Dance Festival office at 786-6381.

During the three-week program, participants will learn modern, ballet, hip-hop and social dance styles, as well as musical genres from around the world. Students will develop basic skills to enhance self-confidence and self-expression, and gain an understanding of the performing arts.

Program highlights include special master classes taught by internationally renowned artists-in-residence at the Bates Dance Festival. In addition, all students will receive complimentary tickets to select festival performances.

Teen participants will have a special opportunity to join a community performance workshop with the Everett Dance Theatre of Providence, R.I. The workshop will meet weekday afternoons from 2 to 3:40 p.m. as part of the Bates Dance Festival. The teens will be chosen to work with Everett and a group of 10 festival students to create a new piece that will be performed on the festival finale concert Saturday, Aug. 14.

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