Class Descriptions

Computer Workshops

Computer (Beginner)
Two and three-week workshops designed for beginners cover the basics of Windows, Microsoft Word and Excel. Instructors: Don Chubbuck & Edison Samuel

Computer (Advanced Beginner)
Two and three-week workshops will cover advanced work with Word and Excel. Instructors: Don Chubbuck & Edison Samuel

All Things Apple - NEW CLASS
Thinking of getting an “Apple” device or have one and are not quite sure how to use it efficiently? Well, this is the course for you! Anyone at a beginning or intermediate level will be enlighten to all the things you can do with your iPod, iPhone, iPad and the Apple Watch! Over the 5 weeks we will be covering what iOS devices are and which one will be best for you, what are the most popular uses for your device, how to navigate the interface like a pro, how to take care of your device so it gives you great service for your money and what apps will make the most impact on your life with this device. Weekly handouts (and PDFs with live links) will be provided and along the way we will answer any specific questions you may have on using your device. Special emphasis this time will be on all the NEW features in iOS 11! A world of possibilities awaits you with these powerful devices! Instructor: David Whitby

Dance

Introduction to Ballroom Dancing (East Coast Swing and Tango)
Why learn ballroom dancing? There are number of reasons to spend the time and effort to learn how to dance:
It’s fun; it’s a great low impact physical exercise; it’s an excellent way to meet new friends.
Research shows that it can help improve memory, balance, and posture
Tango is a dramatic dance characterized by a close hold and a low center of gravity. Movement in Tango is stealthy, almost cat-like and has a staccato feel.
Swing is a fun, upbeat, energetic dance distinguished by its bounce, rock step, and hip swing. Modern swing evolved from Lindy Hop (also called Jitterbug) which was danced to the music of the big band era of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Today, swing is danced to a variety of contemporary songs such as the hit song ‘Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
Students will learn the basic patterns and character of each dance, as well as how to recognize the music. They will learn the basics of leading and following and develop timing and rhythm. At the end of this series of classes, students should feel comfortable dancing through an entire song at parties and weddings.
Instructor:Tony Plasil, is a certified ballroom dance teacher who brings enthusiasm and passion to his classes. His mission for every class is to teach in a way that is clear, fun, and results in students feeling confident and excited.

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing (Tango and Bolero)
Why learn the skills to become an intermediate ballroom dancer? Students will add more fun and interesting patterns to their repertoire while developing technique, styling, and confidence. At the end of a series of classes students will have a large repertoire of fun patterns to give them variety and enjoyment when they go social dancing.
Tango is a dramatic dance characterized by a close hold and a low center of gravity. Movement in Tango is stealthy, almost cat-like and has a staccato feel.
A great example of Tango dancing was performed by Al Pacino in the movie “Scent of a Woman”.
Bolero is a romantic dance characterized by slow, smooth, gliding movements, graceful turns, and dramatic arm styling. Bolero uses elements from Tango, Waltz, and Rumba while danced to slow Latin music. Instructor: Tony Plasil.

Ballroom Line Dancing
Ballroom line dancing is a very popular form of dance. Seniors love it because it’s fun, easy to learn and they can dance to all the beautiful ballroom music without a partner.
“Ballroom line dancing” is line dancing with a twist. Students will learn the basic steps of many ballroom dances (e.g. Foxtrot, Cha Cha, etc.) in a line dance format.
Students will learn the basic patterns and character of each dance, as well as how to recognize the music. At the end of each class, students should feel comfortable dancing through an entire song at dance parties and weddings.
Tony is a certified ballroom dance teacher who brings enthusiasm and passion to his classes. His mission for every class is to teach in a way that is clear, fun, and results in students feeling confident and excited.

International Folk Dance
Exercise your mind and your body to beautiful music from many countries, including Colombia, Romania, Taiwan, Greece, Turkey, Israel, and the U.S. Popular dances with varying degrees of difficulty will be repeated throughout the ten-week course. Wear comfortable shoes. No dance experience or partner necessary; dance at your own level with friendly people. Instructors: Pat Cross & Don Krotser

Tap (Beginner)
Students will learn the art of tap dancing as first performed on the silver screen. No previous experience necessary. Instructor: Pam Kay

Tap (Intermediate)
For students who want to push the boundaries of various tap styles. Instructor: Pam Kay

Zumba Gold
Zumba Gold is a fitness program designed to take the exciting Latin and international dance rhythms of Zumba and bring them to the active older adult. This exhilarating program is so easy to follow that people of any age can enjoy it. Instructor: Kristen Cunningham

Exercise/Fitness

Arthritis Exercise
Instructors will lead you through a fitness routine designed to help you maintain mobility and physical fitness. You will do a range of motion, balance, and weight bearing exercises, stretching, and a short aerobic portion. We request that you bring a set of 1 lb. weights and wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Some exercises will be conducted while sitting in chairs and some while standing. Instructor: Wanda Nelson

Chair Aerobics
This course offers a combination of low-impact and chair aerobics and the use of weights. Participants will tone their muscles and increase flexibility. Instructor: Donna Reese

Pep Up Your Life
Designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility, this introductory level class will improve the way you feel about your health and body, while increasing muscle mass and bone density. Participants work at their own pace and within their own comfort range. Pep Up Your Life is taught by students from the Department of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science at California State University, Los Angeles. NOTE: Space is limited to 15 students per class. Instructors: Donald Milares & Julian Jose

Pilates
Mat Pilates improves strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination through an effective mind and body workout. The program focuses on the core postural muscles, which help keep the body balanced and are essential to providing support for the spine. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and strengthen the torso muscles. It is highly versatile for meeting people’s different needs, including those who are deconditioned or post-rehabilitation. Instructor: Monica Blake

Strength Training - Fall 2018 Registration will begin August 20. See instructor for details.
This program uses a combination of strength training, cardio and extensive work on Nautilus equipment to meet your individual needs. Appointments with the instructor prior to registration are required. Trainer Leslie Lollar is available Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to Noon in the Sy Graff Fitness Center. Instructor: Leslie Lollar

Table Tennis
Instructional and recreational play. $6, payable at the door. Instructor: Diego Schaaf

Tai Chi (Beginner)
Beginner Tai Chi will teach you the basic concept and theory of Tai Chi to enhance your physical and spiritual well-being. Come find out why Tai Chi is considered one of the greatest treasures of China. Instructor: Irene Yung

Tai Chi (Intermediate)
The intermediate class is designed for those who are one step up from Beginner Tai Chi, but feel they are not ready for the 108 movements required for Advanced Tai Chi. This class continues to focus on balance and coordination. Previous Tai Chi classes are recommended, but not required. Instructor: Irene Yung

Tai Chi (Advanced)
Advanced Tai Chi is a relaxing, non-strenuous exercise that develops the body and mind. Tai Chi focuses on balance through the coordination of the muscular, skeletal and cardiovascular systems. Tai Chi may help prevent osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, poor circulation, and cardiovascular problems.
Instructor: Irene Yung

Yoga
Yoga is valuable for everyone: the young, the old, beginners, and advanced practitioners. Each student proceeds at his or her own pace. Yoga’s emphasis is on the precise alignment of the body in the asanas (poses) and the careful sequencing and timings of the asanas. Instructor: Margie Rosenblum

Yoga and Presence Practice
Join us for a practical yet fun blend of yoga and meditation – movement and awareness. These ancient practices designed to bring balance, strength, flexibility and mindfulness are still appropriate and available to us all today. Create unity of mind, body and spirit! Learn to breathe properly. Work at your own level. Instructor: Avry Budka

BollyX LIT (Low Impact Training)
BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. The 50-minute cardio workout cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and motivated all at the same time. At the very core of a BollyX workout is the inspiration it draws from the music and dance of Bollywood, the film industry of India. The BollyX LIT (Low Impact Training) program has all the same energy and swag as the original BollyX format but without high impact dance movements. This format was designed for individuals who love to dance and prefer or need low impact choreography. No prior dance experience is required—just a positive attitude and the desire to unleash your inner swagger! Improve your coordination and mind-body awareness, and come join us on the “movie set” as you unleash your inner rock star LIT-style. Instructor: Richa Jauhari

Hobbies & Special Interests

The Alexander Technique
Would you like to feel livelier, achieve more balance and think more clearly? If so, join the Alexander Technique class to become more self-aware and work on breaking subconscious habits that get in the way of optimal functioning. The Alexander Technique explains the underlying principles that govern human movement. Instructor: Barbara Kaufman

The Art and Fun of Sewing
Large work tables, sewing machines and irons are provided so you can learn sewing in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Beginning and advanced students are welcome to this fun course that is geared to the individual student. Beginners: If you have never picked up a needle and thread, but need to mend clothing or would like to make a garment, this class will teach you the fundamentals to do the job. Advanced: Learn new construction techniques, how to handle difficult fabrics, create your own designs and achieve a good personal fit. Instructor: Marilyn Zammitt

Creative Writing
Everyone has a story to tell. In this class, you will learn to write poems, biographies, memoirs, novels, and more that will get noticed. You’ll find that self-expression can be fun, and you’ll receive constructive criticism in a supportive and friendly environment. Instructor: Mira Mataric

English Conversation
You are invited to practice intermediate-level English conversation. Discuss current global issues with other students and the instructor. Learn spoken U.S. English pronunciation and idioms. The class also covers some grammar and writing skills. NOTE: This FREE class is limited to 20 students. Instructor: Mark Manz

French I (Beginner)
An introduction to French for those who are completely new to the language or who have forgotten their previous study of it. Touristic expressions, a general presentation of grammatical structure, and the present tense will be covered. Naturally, as language and culture are inseparable, the class will have wider than a linguistic focus. Instructor: Teresa Cortey

French II (Beginner)
Continued grammar, and vocabulary building and, specifically, study of object pronouns and the two basic past tens Naturally, as language and culture are inseparable, the class will have wider than a linguistic focus. Instructor: Teresa Cortey

French Intermediate
Continued vocabulary building, practice in communication, and, specifically, the conditional and subjunctive will be introduced. The focus of the class will naturally be cultural as well as linguistic. Instructor: Teresa Cortey .

French II (Advanced)
Intensive review of major grammatical concepts, increased practice in communication, more exploration of literature. As always, the focus of the class will be cultural and literary as well as linguistic. Instructor: Teresa Cortey .

French I (Advanced)
Continued practice in communication, vocabulary building, and specifically, an introduction to the literary tenses will occur. The focus of the class will naturally be cultural, and literary as well as linguistic. Instructor: Teresa Cortey

Learn Spanish through Acting
¡Que bueno! ¡Que chulo! ¡Que chévere! ¡Que padre!
This class is for the non-actor interested in learning Spanish, where the learning is made more fun through acting! Participants will guide the instruction and will practice through scene work. It’s fun and effective, and good for any level from beginner to advance. Please note this is not an acting class; the focus is on learning and practicing Spanish. Instructor: Yvette-Janine Pardo

Fall Awake Meditation
Think you can’t meditate, either because you tried or just think it’s too hard? We will show you that you can! Already practice? Then you know it’s easy to find a place to sit in meditation by yourself or with others. Find a safe forum for discussion about our practice and the various issues it inevitably brings up.This class offers you a safe haven among a like-minded group searching for mindfulness and greater harmony with life. Neither an empty mind nor experience is needed to attend. Instructor: Avry Budka has been teaching Yoga and Meditation for 17 years and has been practicing for over 25 years.

MELT – NEW!
The MELT Method® is a simple self-treatment that reduces chronic pain and helps you stay healthy and active. It's for anyone who wants to slow down the aging process, live pain-free and improve their body’s ability to restore balance and repair itself. Using specially designed rubber balls, MELT offers natural pain relief, allowing you to address the true cause of chronic pain, not just mask the symptoms. Instructor: Richa Jauhari

Music for Wellness
Research shows that music can help us maintain balance and health. This series will take an in-depth look at how music can be used to sustain and promote wellness, both physically and mentally. Participants will explore the latest research on how music affects our brains and bodies, and will engage firsthand in music and creative arts experiences to put the research into action! From music-making to songwriting to music-assisted relaxation, students are guaranteed to learn ways to incorporate music and all its benefits into their everyday lives. No previous musical training is required! Instructors: Alaina Hogue

Play Bridge
Find out why bridge is one of the most popular card games in America. Have fun playing organized bridge with players of all experience levels. $5 entry fee is payable at the door. Instructor: Claudia Elmes

Explore Watercolor
In this session we will continue to explore design, new techniques and creativity. Each week you will be presented with a new lesson plan that you begin in class and finish at home. This class is not for the beginner but for the student who has an understanding of how to handle watercolor and has some experience painting watercolor. Teaching is by demonstration, video and individual instruction. You will be surrounded by other friendly artists. Maximum 16 – Instructor Barbara Medford

Mixed Media Collage
We will explore design, texture and creativity with watercolors, acrylics, papers and objects to create expressive collages. This class will free up your creative side. Instead of having to draw the perfect object you will cut, tear, paint and paste to the final composition! You will learn how to layer textures and create a path of light. Bring supplies of papers and creative objects. We will discuss supplies in detail at the first class. There may be a small materials fee. Come have fun with other artists who love to PLAY!! Maximum 12 – Instructor: Barbara Medford

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Single-Day-Tours

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Contact Us

Phone: (626) 795-4331
Fax: (626) 577-4235
Lunch Reservations: (626) 685-6751
Email: info@pasadenaseniorcenter.org

Pasadena Senior Center
85 East Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91103