Imbali set to begin new year of classes

POSTED: 08/19/11 12:13 PM

St. Maarten – The Imbali Center for Creative Movement will reopen for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, August 22 with a full roster of established and new classes. Classes at Imbali usually start exactly when all schools on the island re-open, but this year’s opening was postponed because of a recent robbery at the John Larmonie Center.
“The robberies really set us back a bit, because the thieves took all our sound equipment and so we were forced to push back our start date, because we had no music. However, with the help of the community, in particular Bergees Vision and Sound, we were able to at least begin within a short period of time,” Reyes explained.

The new school year will begin with the annual open house on August 20. During the registration and open house period people can try out classes for themselves and their children for only $1 per class. The classes being offered are Jazz, African, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Zumba and the newer Gymnastics, Dramatic Reading, and Crochet.
The Gymnastics class will be taught by Gratienne Riom, an instructor, who runs her own gymnastics school on the French side of the island. The class is open to students between 6 and 18. People have to audition for a spot in this class. Auditions will take place Wednesday, August 24 at 4:00 p.m. at the Imbali dance studio in the John Larmonie Center. Students will be notified immediately if they have been placed.

The dramatic reading class is also new to the Imbali schedule and is a combination of drama and reading. The class will emphasize the mechanics of speech including diction, breathing exercises and dynamic reading. It will expose children to both literature and theatre.
A Saturday afternoon crochet class is also being introduced this year. Students will learn the traditional art of needle work from instructor Rosemary Whitter-Wyatt from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This class will give parents something to do while their children are in class. There will also be a Zumba fitness and coaching class with Maribelle Postiena during the morning hours on Saturday.
“This way parents can remain in the building while their kids are in classes and do not have leave and come back. They can use the time instead to work on their own personal fitness, by a certified instructor, and enjoy a work-out for themselves,” Reyes said.
People can get more information on the open house and class schedule by visiting Imbali’s FaceBook webpage. Interested people can also visit Imbali’s office at the John Larmonie Center on Longwall Road every afternoon between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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