See & Do
Within the past twenty years or so, Oakdale has become the nexus for Portland’s vibrant dance community. No wonder that, when it came time to choosing a home, the Portland Ballet Company (517 Forest Avenue, 207-772-9671, www.portlandballet.org) selected this Portland neighborhood. The Portland Ballet has quickly developed a reputation for rigorous training in classic ballet. At the same time, it presents exquisite ballet performances in Portland, as well as throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Presentations and workshops can be enjoyed and viewed right at the ballet company’s Oakdale location. Be sure to check out their website for a listing of performances. Also worth checking out is the Casco Bay Movers Studio (517 Forest Avenue, Suite #6, 207-871-1013, www.cascobaymovers.com) , located in the same space as Portland Ballet, which offers lessons in a wide variety of styles including tap, jazz, hip hop, and modern. This dance school also presents public shows on a fairly frequent basis that are well worth catching. Finally, for those seeking a delightful exercise option, Maine Bikram Yoga (49 Dartmouth Street, 207-874-9642, www.mainebikramyoga.com) offers classes and workshops in this Indian physical art. Bikram features 26 postures focused on stretching, strengthening, and restoring health for participants. The instructors take great care in teaching proper practices with patience and respect.