Miss Marshmellow is offering her dance classes for free.
Marsha Merrell (a.k.a. Miss Marshmellow) is offering her tuition-free dance classes at First Baptist Church, 707 8th St., until the Hill Community Center re-opens.
“Everything is pro-bono,” she said.
Merrell has been teaching dance classes for many years but lost a place to teach when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. She said the church welcomed her to bring her special needs, children’s, and other dance classes there. She said she is offering them for free to help fill a need in the community during the pandemic.
“I’m doing it because they need an outlet with COVID going on and parents having a hard time,” she said. “It brings a little joy to the city.”
On Mondays she has a ballet/tap class for children 8-12 years from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday is the special needs “Chance to Dance” class from 4-5 p.m. and ballet/tap for children 4-7 years old from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday is a ladies dance and exercise class from 10-11 a.m. and Thursday is the Mommy and Me class for children 18 months to 2 years and their mothers from 5-5:45 p.m.
The Austin County Rotary Club is helping sponsor the dance program.
Merrell said it was important to her to give the children, especially the special needs kids, something fun to do.
“I just want to help out and make them happy and laugh,” she said.
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