Dance + Fitness

Friday, Aug 29, 2014
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Yoga Class Card

August 29, 2014 to 12:00 AM

Having trouble fitting yoga into your busy or erratic schedule? The Arts Center offers 12 session yoga class cards! Buy a card anytime and use it for any 12 yoga, tai chi, or fitness classes of your choosing! Students must present card to the instructor before each class begins. When purchasing online, you can pick up your Yoga Class Card at the front desk prior to your first class.

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014
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Belly Dancing

September 9, 2014 to October 14, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 07:15 PM Instructor: Jessica Lennon

Glide across the floor with elegance as you frame your body with beautiful hand and arm movements, learn shimmies both soft and powerful, and hypnotic movements of the hips such as figure eights, mayas and undulations while wearing hip scarves (coin sashes). Set to the exciting rhythms of North Africa and the Middle East, students will learn a fun choreography incorporating these techniques. Belly dancing is a great low-impact workout, suitable for beginners and dancers of all ages. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothes. We dance barefoot, but students can also wear socks or soft dance shoes (ballet or jazz shoes).

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014
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Tai Chi – Mornings

September 11, 2014 to November 13, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM Instructor: Glen Culbertson

DROP IN RATE: $11.00. Tai Chi is a mind and body fitness practice often described as a “meditation in motion,” because of its gentle, serene but powerful movements. Tai Chi was developed in China as a martial art for self-defense but it has evolved into a graceful form of exercise now used by many to promote health and wellness, reduce stress, and to help cope with a variety of health issues. Tai Chi is a noncompetitive physical exercise in which you slowly perform a series of postures. Each posture flows one into another without pause, keeping your body in constant, steady, smooth motion. Tai Chi is performed with relaxed, slow breathing combined with deep mental focus, which helps to reduce stress and promote inner calm.

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
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Om Yoga

September 13, 2014 to October 18, 2014 — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM Instructor: Maria Bowers

DROP IN RATE: $12.00. Before your weekly trip to the farmers’ market, stop into The Arts Center for an all-levels, welcoming, and community-minded yoga class. Come stretch out in our spacious, naturally lit studio with views of the Hudson River and have an authentic experience in a nonjudgmental environment with a certified instructor. Om yoga focuses on precise anatomical alignment, moving with the breath and mindfulness. The goal is to achieve physical relaxation, increased strength and flexibility with mental clarity and calmness. This 75 minute class begins with breathing techniques, followed by sequenced poses and ends in relaxation techniques. Open to all levels, this class will energize the body while soothing the mind and spirit.

Monday, Sep 15, 2014
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Introduction to Burlesque

September 15, 2014 to October 20, 2014 — 07:30 PM to 08:45 PM Instructor: Noelle Reigns

Owing its origins to vaudeville, modern burlesque is a movement based performance art that pairs the tradition of theatrical striptease with humor and satire. Burlesque offers women of all ages, shapes and sizes the opportunity to engage in a sensual performance tradition that cleverly combines glamour with a sense of skillful exaggeration. Students will start with a burlesque based warm-up, learn classic struts and shimmies, as well as how to work with props and music. Gain confidence in your body and its ability to tell a story while learning the history of magnetic, powerful performers, and become part of that history yourself!

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014
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Tai Chi – Evenings

September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM Instructor: Glen Culbertson

DROP IN RATE: $11.00. Tai Chi is a mind and body fitness practice often described as a “meditation in motion,” because of its gentle, serene but powerful movements. Tai Chi was developed in China as a martial art for self-defense but it has evolved into a graceful form of exercise now used by many to promote health and wellness, reduce stress, and to help cope with a variety of health issues. Tai Chi is a noncompetitive physical exercise in which you slowly perform a series of postures. Each posture flows one into another without pause, keeping your body in constant, steady, smooth motion. Tai Chi is performed with relaxed, slow breathing combined with deep mental focus, which helps to reduce stress and promote inner calm.

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014
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Yoga for Kids

September 20, 2014 to October 25, 2014 — 09:15 AM to 10:15 AM Instructor: Maria Bowers

DROP IN RATE: $11.00. Yoga for kids introduces children, 6 to 12 years old, to the joy of movement while increasing strength, flexibility, and relaxation. Poses are creatively modified to build coordination, confidence, and imagination. Parents are welcome to join their children as we jump, stretch, stand tall, laugh, and breathe. Experience learning together and enjoy mutual feelings of accomplishment. The classes will include learning 20 basic yoga poses and practicing new skills in fun games such as follow the leader, partner yoga, and freeze like a statue. Classes conclude with calming poses to increase the ability to relax and to think with clarity. The participation of parents is optional, but moms and dads are encouraged to come to at least one class.

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

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Waking up – Breaking Free: A 5Rhythms® Waves Workshop with Andi Adamczyk

September 20, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM Instructor: Andi Adamczyk

Immersed in the patterns and repetitions of our lives we long to break free, find ourselves, find our true connection, our place in the world. But how do we crack open the hard protective shell of definitions, expectations and limitations, schedules and agendas that we hold on to so tightly in our daily lives? And how do we begin to find our own true expression, our own voice? The journey begins on the dance floor in this one day waves workshop. Through the map of the 5Rhythms® and the wisdom of the body we’ll unlock the fluid, focused, free, funky and fascinating self that lies within each of us. The 5Rhythms® is a dynamic moving meditation practice created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by thousands of people around the globe. There are no steps to learn, no choreography to remember-this is your dance and no one else’s. All that is required is a beating heart, a willing spirit and some curiosity. Wear clothes that you can move in and bring a water bottle.

Monday, Sep 22, 2014
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108 Sun Salutations: An Event Welcoming the Autumnal Equinox

September 22, 2014 — 05:30 PM to 07:15 PM Instructor: Maria Bowers

On September 23, as the sun crosses the celestial equator and the days begin to get shorter as Fall begins, we will welcome the autumnal equinox. Come celebrate the autumnal equinox with the 108 sun salutations! The 108 Sun Salutations is an ancient practice that is symbolic to embracing courage and clarifying intention. 108 Sun Salutations is challenging, but the class is well-paced. We start out slowly, thinking about all the good things that we have accomplished, then gradually speed up – heating our core and refining our intention with an active letting go of every little hurt, doubt and fear and as we again slow down the pace, we embrace and visualize our future intentions. We mark each of the 9 sets with 4 creek stones – 27 times 3 is 108. You do not need to do all 108 sun salutations – you can add energy to the room with beautiful rolling oms or hand drumming. All levels are welcome to participate in this event.

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
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Beginning Swing Dance & Lindy-Hop

September 23, 2014 to October 28, 2014 — 07:30 PM to 08:45 PM Instructor: Jason Fenton

DROP IN RATE: $15.00. This progressive class is geared toward beginners who have never tried or want to expand their swing dancing repertoire. Class will focus on up-tempo steps of fast 6-count East Coast Swing and Jitterbug which is geared towards up-tempo Swing, Jump Blues and Rockabilly music while the Lindy Hop and Charleston sections will cover more technical 8-count steps which are geared towards more traditional Swing music. Some previous swing dance experience is helpful, but not necessary. No partner is required.

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014
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5Rhythms® with Andi Adamczyk: Waves – Embodiment

September 24, 2014 to October 29, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Instructor: Andi Adamczyk

DROP IN RATE: $20.00. “Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery.” -Gabrielle Roth. Through the map of Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® we dive into the energies of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness, and follow the intuitive wisdom of the body right back to our bones. Using this dynamic, dance meditation practice we’ll begin to unlock the mysteries held in our hands, our shoulders, our spine and our hips and return to our moving center. Wear clothes that you can move in and bring a water bottle.

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014
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Belly Dancing: Mother & Daughter

September 27, 2014 to November 1, 2014 — 12:30 PM to 01:45 PM Instructor: Jessica Lennon

Come get your Shimmy on with bellydance duo Layla and Jalilah (Jessica Lennon and Sarah Westcott)! Learn the basics of belly dance with your daughter! Belly dance is for women of all ages, fitness levels, and is an empowering way to work out. It is also a lot of fun! You and your daughter will learn basic technique and the movement fundamental to belly dance plus a short choreography to add fun and creativity to the class! No prior dance experience is needed. Belly dance is typically done barefoot although soft sole dance shoes are acceptable. Ages 6 & up are welcome. Price includes one adult and one child.

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014

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5Rhythms® with Andi AdamczykWaves – Embodiment

September 27, 2014 to November 1, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Andi Adamczyk

DROP IN RATE: $20.00. “Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery.” -Gabrielle Roth. Through the map of Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® we dive into the energies of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness, and follow the intuitive wisdom of the body right back to our bones. Using this dynamic, dance meditation practice we’ll begin to unlock the mysteries held in our hands, our shoulders, our spine and our hips and return to our moving center. Wear clothes that you can move in and bring a water bottle.

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

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Om Yoga

October 25, 2014 to November 29, 2014 — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM Instructor: Maria Bowers

DROP IN RATE: $12.00. Before your weekly trip to the farmers’ market, stop into The Arts Center for an all-levels, welcoming, and community-minded yoga class. Come stretch out in our spacious, naturally lit studio with views of the Hudson River and have an authentic experience in a nonjudgmental environment with a certified instructor. Om yoga focuses on precise anatomical alignment, moving with the breath and mindfulness. The goal is to achieve physical relaxation, increased strength and flexibility with mental clarity and calmness. This 75 minute class begins with breathing techniques, followed by sequenced poses and ends in relaxation techniques. Open to all levels, this class will energize the body while soothing the mind and spirit.

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014
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Continuing Belly Dancing

October 28, 2014 to December 2, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 07:15 PM Instructor: Jessica Lennon

Students will learn introductory veil movements which can add elegance and dimension to your dancing. A choreographed dance will be taught that will include belly dance movements and combinations previously learned in Beginning Belly Dance combined with dancing with a veil. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothes. We dance barefoot, but students can also wear socks or soft dance shoes (ballet or jazz shoes). It is recommended that students have taken a Belly Dance class or have some comfort with Belly Dance before enrolling in this class.

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014
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Yoga for Kids

November 1, 2014 to December 6, 2014 — 09:15 AM to 10:15 AM Instructor: Maria Bowers

DROP IN RATE: $11.00 Yoga for kids introduces children, 6 to 12 years old, to the joy of movement while increasing strength, flexibility, and relaxation. Poses are creatively modified to build coordination, confidence, and imagination. Parents are welcome to join their children as we jump, stretch, stand tall, laugh, and breathe. Experience learning together and enjoy mutual feelings of accomplishment. The classes will include learning 20 basic yoga poses and practicing new skills in fun games such as follow the leader, partner yoga, and freeze like a statue. Classes conclude with calming poses to increase the ability to relax and to think with clarity. The participation of parents is optional, but moms and dads are encouraged to come to at least one class.

Monday, Nov 3, 2014
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Burlesque II: Preparing to Perform

November 3, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 07:30 PM to 08:45 PM Instructor: Noelle Reigns

This is a continuing class for students who have taken Introduction to Burlesque or who have prior experience. In Burlesque II, students will concentrate on beginning striptease (men’s shirt and tie, stocking and glove peels), as well as techniques for a chair routine and developing a burlesque persona. Burlesque offers women of all ages, shapes and sizes the opportunity to engage in a sensual performance tradition that cleverly combines glamour with a sense of skillful exaggeration. Gain confidence in your body and its ability to tell a story while learning the history of magnetic, powerful performers, and become part of that history yourself!

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014
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Beginning Swing Dance & Lindy-Hop

November 4, 2014 to December 9, 2014 — 07:30 PM to 08:45 PM Instructor: Jason Fenton

DROP IN RATE: $15.00. This progressive class is geared toward beginners who have never tried or want to expand their swing dancing repertoire. Class will focus on up-tempo steps of fast 6-count East Coast Swing and Jitterbug which is geared towards up-tempo Swing, Jump Blues and Rockabilly music while the Lindy Hop and Charleston sections will cover more technical 8-count steps which are geared towards more traditional Swing music. Some previous swing dance experience is helpful, but not necessary. No partner is required.

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014
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5Rhythms® with Andi AdamczykWaves – Embodiment

November 5, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Instructor: Andi Adamczyk

DROP IN RATE: $20.00. “Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery.” -Gabrielle Roth. Through the map of Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® we dive into the energies of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness, and follow the intuitive wisdom of the body right back to our bones. Using this dynamic, dance meditation practice we’ll begin to unlock the mysteries held in our hands, our shoulders, our spine and our hips and return to our moving center. Wear clothes that you can move in and bring a water bottle.

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
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Tai Chi – Mornings

November 20, 2014 to February 12, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM Instructor: Glen Culbertson

DROP IN RATE: $11.00 Tai Chi is a mind and body fitness practice often described as a “meditation in motion,” because of its gentle, serene but powerful movements. Tai Chi was developed in China as a martial art for self-defense but it has evolved into a graceful form of exercise now used by many to promote health and wellness, reduce stress, and to help cope with a variety of health issues. Tai Chi is a noncompetitive physical exercise in which you slowly perform a series of postures. Each posture flows one into another without pause, keeping your body in constant, steady, smooth motion. Tai Chi is performed with relaxed, slow breathing combined with deep mental focus, which helps to reduce stress and promote inner calm. No class 11/27/14, 12/25/14, or 1/1/15.

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014
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Tai Chi – Evenings

December 3, 2014 to January 21, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM Instructor: Glen Culbertson

DROP IN RATE: $11.00 Tai Chi is a mind and body fitness practice often described as a “meditation in motion,” because of its gentle, serene but powerful movements. Tai Chi was developed in China as a martial art for self-defense but it has evolved into a graceful form of exercise now used by many to promote health and wellness, reduce stress, and to help cope with a variety of health issues. Tai Chi is a noncompetitive physical exercise in which you slowly perform a series of postures. Each posture flows one into another without pause, keeping your body in constant, steady, smooth motion. Tai Chi is performed with relaxed, slow breathing combined with deep mental focus, which helps to reduce stress and promote inner calm. No class 12/24 or 12/31.

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
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Om Yoga

December 6, 2014 to January 24, 2015 — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM Instructor: Maria Bowers

DROP IN RATE: $12.00. Before your weekly trip to the farmers’ market, stop into The Arts Center for an all-levels, welcoming, and community-minded yoga class. Come stretch out in our spacious, naturally lit studio with views of the Hudson River and have an authentic experience in a nonjudgmental environment with a certified instructor. Om yoga focuses on precise anatomical alignment, moving with the breath and mindfulness. The goal is to achieve physical relaxation, increased strength and flexibility with mental clarity and calmness. This 75 minute class begins with breathing techniques, followed by sequenced poses and ends in relaxation techniques. Open to all levels, this class will energize the body while soothing the mind and spirit.

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014

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108 Sun Salutations: An Event Welcoming the Winter Solstice

December 20, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 02:45 PM Instructor: Maria Bowers

On December 22 it will be the darkest day of the year, when the Sun reaches its most southern point in the sky at local noon. After this date, the days start getting longer. Come celebrate the Winter Solstice with the 108 sun salutations! The 108 Sun Salutations is an ancient practice that is symbolic to embracing courage and clarifying intention. 108 Sun Salutations are challenging, but the class is well-paced. We start out slowly, thinking about all the good things that we have accomplished, we gradually speed up – heating our core and refining our intention with an active letting go of every little hurt, doubt and fear and as we again slow down the pace, we embrace and visualize our future intentions. We mark each of the 9 sets with 4 creek stones – 27 times 3 is 108. You do not need to do all 108 sun salutations – you can add energy to the room with beautiful rolling oms or hand drumming. All levels are welcome to participate in this event.