Jenn Michaelis Workshop

In May Jenn Michaelis flew out from Oregon to wow us with a day of  private lessons and a two-day seminar on building motivation for performance.  
Many of our members were privileged to have known Jenn when she competed in freestyle with her Cane Corso Terra in Newtown, CT, so the weekend had something of a reunion flavor to it.


Putting Pizazz in Your Freestyle Routine

Dancing Paws of Maine was pleased to  host Kathy LaBella for a members-only series of presentations on Facebook.

Kathy uses her background in international folk, contra, round, square dance and vintage dance , along with her experience coaching freestyle teams to create an excellent workshop which addresses areas such as Musical Style, Musicality, Costumes, Props, Makeup and Theatricality.


Julie Flanery Workshop

By spring of 2020 it had become clear that our training facility would not be opening anytime soon, and our regular activities would be on hold.  So we arranged to have Julie Flanery, founder of Rally Freestyle Elements, popular Fenzi Dogsports Academy instructor, and all around fun trainer, conduct a three-day seminar on Facebook.  Participants submitted videos and asked questions on a broad range of topics related to freestyle training and performance, and Julie reviewed or answered as was appropriate.  We learned a lot!



This was the year Dancing Paws of ME decided to go big. Trifecta! brought three of our favorite freestyle gurus, Diane Balkavich, Michele Pouliot, and Julie Flanery, for three information-packed days of instruction, food, drink and fun.  Diane became ill and passed away shortly after the weekend, so our memories are cherished but bittersweet.


Michele Pouliot Seminar

As a fledgling club, eager to learn as much about freestyle as we could, and with the support of two generous sponsors, Dancing Paws of Maine hosted Michele Pouliot for one day of private lessons and a two day worshop in October.  Michele gave us valuable insight into our training and our understanding of the sport of freestyle.

LIVE and VIDEO Competitions

2019 Live Competition

Our first live competition, Dancing Paws and Hot Cider took place in Milford, NH.  A generous sponsor made it possible for us to bring in judge Carrol Haines from Oregon.

Arlene Zingale handled the music seamlessly, and friend and supporter Nancy Marston managed to take some great pictures (some are even on this website!) AND perform with her dog Bea.

We had veteran exhibitors and several new to live freestyle competition who were introduced to the “extras” that make live events special and fun.  Club member Paula Winsor received a special award for her contributions to the sport in our area.



2021 Live Competition

2022 Live Competition

2023 Live Competition

2020 Hybrid Competition

The pandemic forced Dancing Paws of Maine to abandon the idea of a live freestyle competition in 2020.  As a compromise we hosted a video event, with the traditional gift bags mailed to all participants and video entries posted to a private Facebook group where exhibitors could see each other’s performances and vote for the “People’s Choice Awards.”  It was a little more labor  intensive than a normal video competition, but allowed the participants to feel more connected than a video competition would have allowed.

Video Competitions

Dancing Paws of Maine schedules frequent video events which, in conjunction with our live events and the regional events sponsored by Rally Freestyle Elements, provide ample opportunities to showcase the results of our training efforts as well as earn titles.



Dancing Paws Maine-ia 2014

Extra!Extra! 2014

Dancing Paws Maine-ia II 2014

Howl-o-ween Hoedown 2014

Dancing Paws on the Move 2015

Dog Daze 2015

Dancing Paws Groovin’ On Up 2015

Putting on the Dog 2016

I Wanna Dance with Somebody 2016

It’s Too Darn Hot 2016

Stormy Weather 2016

Awesome Autumn Freestyle 2016

Fall Foliage Frolic 2016

Dancing Paws Moving and Grooving

Spring Fling 2017

May the Fourth Be With You 2017

Shaking the Winter Blues 2017

Fat Tuesday Rally-FrEe 2017

Mardi Gras Ball 2017

April Fool’s Rally-FrEe 2017

April Foolishness 2017

Like a Heat Wave 2019

Still Standing (2020 Survivor)

Sweet Re-leaf 2021

Sweatin’ to the Oldies 2021

Try to Remember 2021

Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song

Might as Well Dance 2022

Let FrEedom Ring! 2022

Summer Heat/Feel the Beat

Funny Valentine 2023

New Moon Masquerade 2023

Let FrEedom Ring Again! 2023

Snow Ball 2024

Saint Patty’s Jig 2024

May the Fourth Be With You










Our annual Putting on the Dog Facebook fundraising auction takes place in November.  Money raised allows us to cover basic expenses such as this website, insurance and facility rentals.  Any extra is saved to use for purchases such as mirrors for our training space and to bring in educators from outside the club to enhance our freestyle experience and further our goals. We are fortunate to have many talented artists and craftspeople among our members and supporters.  Below is a small sampling of goods and services that have been offered in previous auctions.