Thursday May 30, 2013

SAXTONS RIVER -- The joy of samba will shake the halls at Main Street Arts in a three-week workshop beginning Thursday, June 6.

Dancer Marji Pivar and her musician husband Derrik Jordan, co-creators of Samba=Joy, will lead the class in the dance inspired by Brazilian carnival. Participants will be able to continue the fun by dancing as Samba=Joy in the Saxtons River Fourth of July parade under Jordan’s leadership.

The class will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on June 6, 20 and 27. The fee is $27 for members and $36 for non-members, with scholarship assistance available.

Advance registration is required and can be made by contacting Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960 or

Samba=Joy is a carnival-style group of dancers and drummers that has been a crowd-pleaser in the annual parade for many years. Brass and percussion players are needed to accompany the dancers during the parade.

Jordan will meet with the musicians to teach them the music, with the rehearsal date and time to be determined. Those interested may contact MSA to volunteer.

Pivar is a dancer, author, and the founder of the Shiatsu School of Vermont. She and Jordan led the Fourth of July Parade in Saxtons River for several years in the past, taking the torch from the woman who started the tradition, dancer and educator Patricia Wilson. Jordan is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and song writer who was commissioned in 2009 to compose for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. He specializes in world music and teaches music at the Greenwood School in Putney.

Now beginning its 25th year, Main Street Arts is a non-profit community arts center dedicated to serving the creative needs of the greater community by encouraging creative exploration and expression through a wide range of experiences. More information is available at or on Facebook.


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