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More Art, Dance & Wellness Classes are Coming in 2022

The Carrollwood Cultural Center is adding several new classes and workshops for children and adults to its arts-based curriculum for 2022. New courses include Portrait Drawing, Painting with Acrylics, Expressive Tangling, Creative Writing, ZUMBA Gold®, Father/Daughter Ballroom Dancing, body-confidence dance classes, and wellness classes.

The Center is expanding its art curriculum to include several more skill-based classes for adults, including Portrait Drawing on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with Heather DeRigo Lahiri and Painting with Acrylics on Wednesdays from noon until 2 p.m. with Marjorie Graff. In addition, Miriam Zimms is joining the teaching staff and will offer Expressive Tangling and Expressive Introspection on Saturday mornings.

Center instructor Michele Stone is expanding her popular youth classes to include a new 12-week mural making class which will take students ages 13 to 15 through the concept, design, and painting of an outdoor public art piece. Stone will also offer abandonment art workshops for ages six and older once a month. Students will work with Stone to create small works of art to leave in areas throughout Tampa to be found and enjoyed by others.

Author John Slayton will join the Center to offer creative writing classes on Tuesdays from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Slayton will start with an introductory course to cover form and technique before moving to a more advanced class in the spring.

Several new classes are also coming to the Center’s Dance Studio. First, tweens ages 11-13 can participate in a new 12-week freestyle dance class on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Jennifer Miecznikowski called Velocity Vibe. Second, veteran dance instructor Devan Bittinger will offer a new body confidence class for adults on Tuesdays from 6:15 until 7:15 p.m. called EveryBody Can Dance. Third, Bittinger will teach a new ballroom dancing for fathers and daughters (or mothers and sons) in late February. Finally, classically trained ballet performer Bradley McCaskill will offer a series of one-day classical ballet workshops for adults in addition to his multi-week classes for various levels.

The Center is also adding several new wellness classes, including ZUMBA® Gold, with local fitness instructor Ana Rubenstein. Rubenstein will also offer a series of workshops and classes titled Well-Being Tools for Women, Intro to Yoga, and Gentle Yoga & Mediation.

Other enrichment opportunities offered in the winter and spring include returning youth and adult dance classes, ceramics, and yoga.

Winter I classes will start the week of January 3, with most classes meeting once a week for six weeks at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, located at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa. Tuition ranges from $68 to $140 for the six-week session, depending on the class. Students can register online at, in-person, or by calling (813) 922-8167. The deadline to register is one week before the first day of a specific class.