A safe space to explore and celebrate the beauty, technique and artistry of all kinds of movement for all bodies.

Jitterbug is a comprehensive movement studio, located in the heart of downtown Oakland (an Arts & Entertainment district) in Garrett County, Maryland. We will offer a diverse range of movement classes, workshops and intensives, including various styles of dance, yoga and wellness classes, and movement as it relates to theatre arts. Jitterbug will be open and available to all people, regardless of age, size, gender, race, or orientation.

A note from our founder, M. Kendall Ludwig

As a lifelong lover of dance as an art form and creative physical expression, I wanted to bring something unique to Oakland’s Arts & Entertainment district.

My creative firm, CurlyRed, has been located in this area for 6 years (and in Baltimore for 9 years before that). Garrett County, MD is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family, but it has its challenges. This is especially true in the colder months, when there are less options for physical activity. This has contributed to larger community health problems, like obesity and addiction. Jitterbug can help address these issues, while offering diverse and inclusive classes, workshops and intensives currently unavailable in this area. My desire is to promote well-being, both physically and mentally, through the artistry of dance.

Weekly Classes • Winter 2023

Classes can be purchased individually, or for a slight discount with a class pack.

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Available classes are below:

Tuesday Nights | 5-6PM | Starts January 24th
Power Yoga
Adults and Teens 15+ | Instructor: Haley Gallespie

This is a fast-paced style of yoga that’s focused on building strength and endurance. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Wednesday Nights | 5:30-6:30PM | Runs through mid-March
Adults | Instructor: Krysta Huxford

Toning, flexibility, better posture, more efficient movement, mind/body connection are just a few benefits from practicing Pilates. Mat Pilates is a series of exercises performed without the use of equipment, to stretch and strengthen the body. Please bring your own pilates mat.

Thursday Nights | 5:30-6:30PM | Runs through mid-March
Beginner Hip-Hop
Adults and Teens 13+ | Instructor: M. Kendall Ludwig

Kick of your weekend with a hip-hop class set to upbeat jamz! Learn fun combinations while getting a great workout.

Friday Daytime | 11AM-Noon | Runs through mid-March
Adults | Instructor: Brandi Ross

A hybrid toning class working with combining moves from ballet, pilates and yoga. This class uses high reps and low impact small range movements to challenge your muscles in ways typical classes don’t. No shoes required!

Saturday Mornings | 9-10AM | Runs through mid-March
Creative Movement for Kids
5-12 Years Old | Instructor: Jen Virts

Explore the basics of ballet, jazz and modern dance and have fun moving your body. No dance experience needed, all levels welcome!

Saturday Mornings | 10:30-11:30AM | Runs through mid-March
Beginner Tap
Adults and Teens 13+ | Instructor: M. Kendall Ludwig

Learn the basic movements of tap, with barre and floor work, then learn a combination with the moves we’ve practiced. All levels welcome.

Workshops & Intensives

We’ll hold special once-a-month Saturday workshops and intensives at Our Town Theatre in Oakland, taught by regional talent in a variety of styles.

These workshops hold about 30 students and will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis. The best way to secure a spot for our workshops is to sign up for our mailing list.

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Upcoming workshops are below:

Postponed until Spring 2023
Broadway Jazz for Kids: You Can't Stop the Beat
Kids 7-12 years old | Instructor: Katie Sheldon

Join Miss Katie in learning a fun routine to "You Can't Stop the Beat" from the musical Hairspray. No prior dance experience necessary! Please wear dance shoes or sneakers and comfortable clothes to move in.

Postponed until Spring 2023
Broadway Jazz for Teens and Adults: All That Jazz
Teens & Adults | Instructor: Katie Sheldon

We will do a full jazz warm-up focusing on some Fosse specific movements followed by learning Original Broadway Choreography to "All that Jazz" from the musical Chicago. This is a great dance for all levels. Please wear character shoes or jazz shoes or sneakers if you don't own dance shoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What’s the cost?
A: Classes are $15, but 4-class packs are available for $56, and 8-class packs are $104 (best value). Class packs cannot be used for Workshops & Intensives. Pricing for Workshops & Intensives will be priced separately.

Q: How big are the classes?
A: Jitterbug’s classrooms can hold up to 6 dancers per class. We encourage you to register early to ensure your spot. Our Workshops & Intensives will be held at Our Town Theatre in Oakland, and can accommodate up to 30 students.

Q: What’s your wellness policy?
A: The safety of our instructors and students are extremely important to us. If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. We encourage you to follow the most current CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will be disinfecting our studio after every class. Masking before, during, and after class is optional for both instructors and students.

Q: What sort of body type is ideal for Jitterbug’s classes?
A: Any and all body styles and types are welcome here! Please let your teacher know if you have an injury or physical limitation.

Q: What sort of attire do I need to wear to class?
A: Unless the instructor indicates otherwise, you can simply wear clothing that’s comfortable and easy to move in. Footwear depends on the style of movement, and the teacher will let you know what you need! We highly recommend Discount Dance Supply for purchasing affordable dance attire and footwear.

Q: When should I arrive for class?
A: We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before the start of class to check-in, warm up and grab water if you need it.

Q: I’m at the CurlyRed/Jitterbug Building, how do I get inside?
A: Our entrance is the door off of the alley to the right of the front of the building.

Q: Where do I park?
A: There’s ample 2-hour street parking on 2nd and Alder Streets, and the Oakland Town Parking Lot is right across the street.

Q: What about competitions and performances?
A: At Jitterbug, our emphasis is learning the technique and artistry of dance. With that in mind, we will not be participating in dance competitions or holding performances or recitals for our dancers. That being said, there will be opportunities for parents and family members to attend Open Marley Nights to see what our students are learning, depending on the interest of the class.

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