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Fluere dance is a relatively new Latin dance company that was started 4 years ago in hopes of promoting Latin dancing in the Seacoast area. Fluere (Latin for 'Flow') is meant to encourage full enjoyment and immersion in the flow of life and dance.

Nina El-Badry is the Founder and Team Director of Fluere Dance Company. Her parents immigrated from Moscow, Russia many years ago, and she currently resides in Kittery, Maine. Nina and her family have many Ukrainian friends and relatives, and feel a great deal of pain over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

In addition to Nina, Fluere Dance has members from many international backgrounds. The dance company wants to help the people of Ukraine by doing what they love the most - dancing!

On Saturday, April 9th, Fluere is hosting A Dance for Ukraine benefit from 11am to 3:30 pm at the Spinnaker Point Recreation Center at 30 Spinnaker Way in Portsmouth, NH.

Don't know the first thing about Latin Dance? Not a problem.

The event will feature beginner-friendly classes in various styles of dance such as zumba, salsa, bachata, and kizomba.

All classes will be taught by Fluere dance team members: Anita Augustyniak, Claire Belanger, Ivana Ruzkova and Nina El-Badry. No dance experience or partner is necessary.

In addition to dancing, the event will have a lunch social featuring traditional Ukrainian dishes such as borscht and pierogis (YUM!).

“Dance is truly a universal language and has the power to connect us to each other and change lives. I want to see our community come together, dance and do what we can to help Ukrainians. My heart breaks over this horrific, unnecessary war. We stand with Ukraine” -Nina El-Badry

All the proceeds from the Dance for Ukraine benefit will go to the Crisis in Ukraine Fund at My SkyIC and www.CashforRefugees.org. For more information and if you'd like to help, please contact Nina El-Badry at flueredance@gmail.com or (207) 409-6387.

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