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Around Town: Teachers from acclaimed dance company to hold free class Saturday at Segerstrom Center

Around Town: Teachers from acclaimed dance company to hold free class Saturday at Segerstrom Center
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs “Revelations” in Los Angeles in 2013. Teachers from the group will present a free dance class Saturday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. (File Photo / Los Angeles Times)

Guests can pick up some new dance moves Saturday when teachers from an acclaimed dance group present a free class at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza outside the arts center at 600 Town Center Drive.

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Nasha Thomas, a master dance educator, will teach visitors the moves to some of the pieces in the renowned work "Revelations," by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Thomas, a former member of the company, will be joined by other teachers from the Ailey group.

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The dance company will have a series of performances at Segerstrom starting Wednesday.

For more information, visit SCFTA.org.

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