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Ginger Rita

I strive to teach, perform and choreograph burlesque

Job Dance teacher, performer, choreographer / Avant Dance & Events Center

Lives In Southern Maine

Ginger Rita is a professionally trained dancer with more than 15-years of experience in ballet, modern, jazz and Latin dance styles. She has danced all over New England. She has professional work experience from The Dance Complex of Boston, organizing National Dance Week in Ithaca, N.Y. and lighting design experience from the American Dance Festival 2004. Ginger Rita strives to teach, perform and choreograph burlesque. She currently teaches at Avant Dance and Events Center in Westbrook and performs regularly with Stripwrecked Burlesque.

Why did you choose Portland? I am originally from Portland. I moved away for 11-years to go to college and dance! I moved back home in 2012 because I fell in love and wanted to be closer to my family. Portland is a great city.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Go to Space Gallery to see a show or MECA to see the student art galleries.

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? I find the Harborview Memorial Park near York Street in Portland to be a very peaceful place.

What's the most surprising thing about this city? I am surprised that the population is still the same since 1999. I would imagine that people would gravitate to Portland because of all the amazing restaurants, clubs, theaters, jobs, etc.

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? I love Shain's of Maine ice cream from the Wild Burrito on Congress Street in Portland. It is amazing! I think it's a hidden treasure!

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? Dance and performing arts in general. I think so many people take performing artists for granted. It's really hard to start a dance company here (outside of traditional dance) like ballet and modern. It seems like people don't want to accept that there are other forms of dance!

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. The perfect night in Portland is walking down the cobblestone streets in the Old Port, window shopping and then grabbing a hot latte from Coffee By Design or a cold ice cream from Beal's. There is nothing like walking the streets of Portland on a warm summer night!

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? I think First Fridays are my serendipity spot because everyone always comes out of the woodwork for these types of events. It's as if that's our small town social gathering. There's always something new and exciting, and it's always a perfect opportunity for a girls night out!

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