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Youth can explore acting, while adults kick up their heels and dance flamenco or celebrating music of David Bowie.

For those wanting to turn off the computer and get up and move, Chapel Theatre, 4107 S.E. Harrison St., Milwaukie, has you covered. Youth ages 3-14 can take an array of acting/stage movement classes starting in early September, while adults can put their dancing shoes on and sign up for ballet, tap, jazz and flamenco classes, and a special class celebrating the music of David Bowie.

PHOTO BY KLARA KULIKOVA - Young girls explore character work in Chapel Theatre's summer acting camp. Fall classes begin in early September.

Youth theater classes

"We are starting out with beginner level classes this fall as a way to introduce acting to youth who are curious about the world of theater," said Corinn deTorres, Chapel Theatre director.

She added that youth may not have access to acting classes in their schools, so if they are interested in theater, Chapel Theatre's classes are a good place to start.

"Most kids are not going to be ready for the stage at 3 or even 5, but it lays some important groundwork to getting young kids used to following directions that involve their mind and body," deTorres noted.

Amanda Healy will teach the youth theater classes; she has a bachelor's degree in theater arts and a master's degree in early childhood development. Healy spent nine years teaching elementary school in the Parkrose District, and has now combined her love for teaching kids and theater through teaching theater camps and classes.

"This summer during our summer camps, the kids were having so much fun through the whole week but I wasn't sure how much they were getting out of it," deTorres said.

But "when we did the showcase at the end of the week, they put on their performer personas and just knocked it out of the park," she said.

"It was amazing to see how much they retained, how seriously they took it and how much they shined when they performed for their family and friends," deTorres added.

Dance fitness

Ziggy Stardust: A Bowie Dance Fitness Experience will begin on Sept. 6 and will run through Oct. 11; deTorres, a member of TriptheDark, Chapel Theatre's resident dance company, will teach the class.

"TriptheDark did a show one year that was a "Labyrinth" tribute, thus had a lot of David Bowie songs in it. I liked the idea of a throwback to that show with this class," she said.

She added that the class is good for beginners as it will be "light on the choreography and more focused on moving our bodies to some sweet Bowie music."

Teaching dance classes is rewarding, deTorres said, because she just loves dancing.

"Whether it's rehearsal or taking class or teaching class, I feel fortunate that this is what I get to do," she said.

"My favorite part is teaching choreography, though; creating dance pieces and seeing it come to life on other dancers is a pretty rewarding and energizing process," deTorres added.

Adult classes

Tap classes will begin on Sept. 10 and run through Oct. 22. The class for beginners is from 2-3 p.m. and for intermediate dancers from 3-4 p.m. It will be taught by TriptheDark's Steph Seaman-Keith.

TriptheDark's Taylor McDougall will teach beginner ballet from Sept. 12-Oct. 17. This adult ballet class is targeted towards new ballet dancers or returning dancers.

Flamenco dance, taught by Elena Villa, and a beginning and intermediate jazz class, taught by Geoff Wishart, are also on the schedule.

Move your body!

What: Fall classes in theater and dance

When: Various times — see link to calendar below

Where: Most classes will be taught in Chapel Theatre's Annex, located in the old preschool next-door at 4117 S.E. Harrison St., Milwaukie.

Details: For more details about the youth classes, including fees and registration, visit For adult classes, visit

Other events in your area

National registry celebration

The city of West Linn will celebrate the recent addition of Historic City Hall to the National Historic Register Thursday, Sept. 8. Historic City Hall, at the foot of the Arch Bridge, was built in 1936 and served not only as City Hall, but as a police station, post office and grocery store at various points.

The city and the Willamette Falls and Landings Heritage Area Coalition have worked for several years on plans to revitalize the old building and turn it into a multicultural center. The Sept. 8 celebration will include an update on the renovation plans.

The ceremony will take place from 3-5 p.m. at Historic City Hall, 22825 Willamette Drive.

Wilsonville movie

The city of Wilsonville will show the animated film "Luca" at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 2 at Town Center Park.

Celebrate Lake Oswego history

Local authors Nancy Dunis and Jen Avila-Langford will discuss their books — "History Soup" and "Lakewood Theatre Company'' respectively — during an event at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Lake Oswego Public Library. "History Soup" delves into the lives of early pioneers and residents in the Lake Oswego area, while "Lakewood Theatre Company" takes readers through the history of the local arts organization.

Oregon City play

The Clackamas Repertory Theatre will perform the acclaimed play "The Sound of Music" Friday, Sept. 16 at its location at 19600 S Molalla Ave. in Oregon City.

Preparedness fairs

The city of Lake Oswego is hosting an Emergency Preparedness Fair at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at Lake Oswego City Hall. There, residents can receive a three-gallon container of water and learn about using emergency radios, exiting your home in case of a disaster and building a water filtration system, among other things.

The city of Wilsonville's Emergency Preparedness Fair will occur 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17 at Memorial Park and include information on making checklists and safeguarding your homes, protecting your pets as well as the chance to build an emergency go-bag.

Celebration of community

The Arts Council of Lake Oswego will celebrate the opening of the upcoming exhibit "12 x 12 x 12: A Celebration of Community" 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the ARTspace Gallery,380 A Street in Lake Oswego. The exhibit includes professional artists who utilize a diverse array of mediums. The event will include snacks and beverages.

Fiesta Latina en el Parque

Celebrate Latino culture through this event that will feature food, music, arts and crafts and more at 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at North Clackamas Park, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr. in Milwaukie.

Wilsonville library concert

The Wilsonville Public Library will present the first of three concerts as part of its Book Notes Concert series 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Singer-songwriter Steve Hale will play tunes during the event.

Lakewood show

The Lakewood Theatre Company presents a showing of the classic comedy "Blithe Spirit" Sept. 9-Oct. 16 at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego. Ticket prices are $39 for adults and $36 for seniors. To order online, visit

Gallery Without Walls celebration

The Arts Council of Lake Oswego will celebrate the installation of 12 new sculptures throughout downtown Lake Oswego during its Gallery Without Walls Celebration 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at City Hall. It will include art created on the spot and for purchase, as well as the chance to meet the sculptors, the dedication of the annual People's Choice Award and the chance to see the ARTspace Gallery exhibition, "12x12x12: A Celebration of Community."

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