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About the Staff
began teaching in 2002 and has been trained extensively at Dancing
In the past she
has taught at other dance studios and, from 2005-2008, ran a successful dance business on the Eastern shore.
She taught at Dancing Made Easy from 2005-2007 and, after a one-year hiatus, returned in 2008.
teaches American style Ballroom and Latin.
About Delmarva Dance
Delmarva Dance was founded in 2005 by Alice Hajjar.For years, Alice frequently traveled to and vacationed at the Eastern shore beaches.After many unsuccessful attempts to find a place to ballroom dance on the Eastern shore, she decided to look for a facility in which to teach and host regular dances.She contacted the Mid-Shore Family YMCA in Salisbury, MD, and they were very enthusiastic about offering ballroom dance instruction for their membership.A partnership was formed and classes began in September 2005.Based on successful enrollment for 3 months, additional classes as well as private lessons have been offered at that location ever since.In addition to Salisbury, she now offers dance instruction in Selbyville, Delaware, and Ocean City, Maryland.
Group lessons and private dance instruction are provided solely by Alice Hajjar
.A resident of Frederick, Maryland, Alice travels to the Eastern Shore to teach private lessons and group classes.When Alice
began dancing in 1999, she
quickly learned that ballroom dancing was her
has trained with and been coached by ISTD-certified
(Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) instructors.After receiving beginner teacher training at Ballroom Dance
in Frederick in Frederick, Maryland, she
taught there from 2002-2004.From 2004-2005, she taught private lessons from her home in Jefferson, Maryland, and from 2005-2007 she taught private lessons and group classes at Dancing Made Easy in Westminster, Maryland.
Dance teacher Alice Hajjar teaches a class in Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.Alice Hajjar
has been commuting to the Eastern Shore beaches for many years now.Formerly a human resources consultant, her
passion for dancing is becoming more of a true calling with each passing day.Though a Frederick, Md., resident, she
has now found time to introduce her
love of ballroom dancing to the Delmarva area, most recently in Ocean View.
"I wanted to get out and meet people," she
said of the time when she
first tried ballroom dancing."It's a great way for single people to meet other single people with a shared interest, and it's a great thing for couples to do together.It's a very social thing.I have met some of my best friends through dance."Hajjar
began dancing in 1999.She
completed a teacher training program at Ballroom Dance
in Frederick and began her
dance instruction career in 2002.In addition to teaching dance during the week at the Frederick location and the studio Dancing
Made Easy, in Westminster, Md., she
began to hold private lessons and group classes at the YMCA in Salisbury and Gold's Gym
in Ocean City on weekends.Still not convinced that she was reaching everyone, she began teaching lessons at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, as part of Indian River School District's Community Education.
"I looked for places to ballroom dance around here," she
noted, "but I could never find any."
Monday, Jan. 22, marked the very first classes at Lord Baltimore
, with Fox Trot for beginners at 7 p.m. and Swing for beginners at 8 p.m.The three-week courses run each Monday, omitting Feb. 5, in hour-long sessions, teaching all the basics for each dance."Those are the two most social dances," said Hajjar
."If you're not in the ballroom world, those are likely dances you could do at a wedding or on a cruise ship."
"My hope is that people will sign up for both classes," she
said, "so they get a little bit of a variety."By mid-March, Level 2 courses are set to be held for those continuing form the first courses and others with prior experience.Later, in April and May, Hajjar
will hold Level 1 and 2 classes for cha cha and rumba.
Over the years, her
knowledge of different dances has grown quickly, covering roughly 12 different styles of dance.She
hopes to pursue her
instructional courses and eventually expand even a broader selection, including dances such as the waltz and tango.
"Since I just started teaching in Ocean View," she
said, "I haven't offered private lessons there - partly because I don't have the most space, but more importantly, I don't have the time."On weekends, Hajjar
stays at her
condo located at Flying Cloud in Ocean City, a property she
had once rented out.She
noted that although each style of dance is unique, there are many commonalities between them."A lot of times, when you're beginning, you don't realize it," she
said of those commonalities.
, I've had teenagers," Hajjar
said."Then again, I've also had 70- to 80-year-olds.I'd say the average range is right around the 40 mark."She
Ocean View class probably averages a slightly older crowd, mostly 45 to 50 years of age.
The gender turnout is usually the same wherever she
teaches, though."Invariably, we end up with too many women," she
At the Salisbury YMCA
holds monthly ballroom dances."I take a break from teaching in the summer," she
said, "and people don't want to lose their touch, so the dances at the Y help to keep people's skills in check."Hajjar
said that most people are surprised with how well they perform."On occasion, you get someone who really has two left feet," she
♥ Information: Alice ...
♥ Information: Alice Hajjar at 301-502-4344, or email alice@DelmarvaDance.com, or visit www.delmarvadance.com
Dancing in Maryland & Washington, DC
Classes and dances open to the public being held at the Mid-Shore Family YMCA in Salisbury, MD. For more information, please contact Alice Hajjar at 410-629-0050.