The Living Room


kids classes

Designed by local professional dancers and choreographers, our Kids Program offers students the tools with which to live a deeply embodied life, whether on the stage or in the world. All classes focus on developing the individual’s somatic awareness, creative voice and participation within a group to build thoughtful and present performers. Students are encouraged to take up space, find new ways to use their bodies and create original movement with peers.


modern dance (ages 4-18)

Our experienced teaching artists lead exciting and energetic classes for students of all ages. Through improvisation and set phrases, students will expand their range of motion and creative voice. Utilizing the most contemporary techniques, students will build deep somatic awareness to dance safely and dynamically. Rather than focusing on any one dance vocabulary, our modern classes draw from many lineages and choreographers to explore diverse ways of moving on the floor, in the air, in contact, and upside down.


OCT 11 - DEC 6

3:30-4:30 PM
with Delaney McDonough

5:30-7 PM
with Jessamyn Schmidt

(No class on Thanksgiving Break Nov 22)

the teachers


Delaney McDonough

Delaney McDonough crafts multidisciplinary events with movers ages 4-80. Delaney has performed with Annie Kloppenberg, Hana van der Kolk, Asher Woodworth, Cookie Harrist, Sara Gibbons and others as a freelance performer and maker. Over the past few years, she’s collaboratively steered two curatorial undertakings in the great state of Maine, at Denmark Arts Center and The Living Room (formerly Studio 408). Delaney is a Teaching Artist at Colby College.

Jessamyn Schmidt

Jessamyn Schmidt hails from Fort Wayne, IN. She earned a BA in dance and international studies from Denison University. She’s studied modern, ballet, West African, Flamenco, and contact improvisation. Jessamyn lives in South Portland, and teaches dance to many ages – teens, college students, and seniors.


Circus (ages 8-13)



OCT 2 - NOV 30

3:30-4:30 PM
KIDS' CIRCUS, Age 8-13
(No class on Columbus Day Oct 9)

Through games and improvisational exercises, students learn the basics of several circus arts including juggling, balancing objects, spinning diabolos, and clowning. Students engage their creative voice as they build the prop work into solo or group circus acts. Character work, audience engagement and acrobatics will all be explored with silliness and curiosity.

the teacher

Janoah Bailin

Janoah “anygoodjokes” Bailin learned to juggle as a bored ten-year-old. He studied at the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth, MA,then toured with Circus Smirkus. Janoah attended the College of the Atlantic in Maine. He teaches students all over Portland, ME how to juggle, perform and drop things playfully.