Because the health of our members is of the utmost importance, all Winter 2021 classes are conducted over Zoom. The Pasadena Public Library is at the ready to help all individuals gain comfort with technology in the hopes of providing an opportunity for all that desire to engage with others.
Solo Ballroom Dancing
Even though the quarantine prevents us from dancing with our partners, by using virtual Zoom technology we can practice solo dancing and continue to grow as dancers. We can learn new dances and improve on the dances we already know. The goal of this class is to teach your muscle memory new routines while also improving your dance technique.
At the end of each class, Tony will demonstrate these routines by dancing them with a partner.
Students will review the basic patterns and character of Rumba, Cha Cha, Waltz, and East Coast Swing as well as how to recognize the music. Students will also learn intermediate routines and technique in each of these dances. 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 dance instructor. He teaches group classes and gives private lessons. Tony 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.
Solo Ballroom Line Dancing
Because of the quarantine, we made some changes to our very popular Ballroom Line Dance Class. This class will be taught to you virtually in your home using Zoom technology.
Seniors love Ballroom Line Dancing 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 also learn the most popular line dances such as “New York New York”, “Mambo 5”, “Electric Slide”, and others.
Instructor: Tony Plasil
BollyX LIT (Low Impact Dance Cardio Class)
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 Dance Cardio) 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! 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
This is a great class for any age to have fun and exercise while tapping. It is low impact and easy on the body. You will learn the basic steps first, then go into a nice easy warm up for the whole body and stretch out the muscles. Then we will learn a fun tap routine with all kinds of music from Broadway to Vegas and Country to Latin dance. Instructor: Pam Kay
This is a really fun class for people who have tapped before. We start with a 5 minute tap warmup and stretch. Then we continue with some choreographed routines for performance or just for fun. We use all kinds of music like pop, jazz, Broadway, or whatever you like. We also do old standard tap routines like the Shim Sham Shimmy. Instructor: Pam Kay
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: Hector Ramirez
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. Instructor: Donald Milares
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
Qigong and Tai Chi
This class combines the basic concept and theory of chi and chi movement to enhance your physical and spiritual well-being and increase your youthful vitality and longevity. You will learn the eight-section brocade and 25 step short form. In addition to this, you will be introduced to the 105 step long form. This class helps improve blood flow, reduces stress and hypertension, and lowers the heart rate and blood pressure. Strength and balance are improved and increased through the slow, fluid movements, which are often referred to as meditation in motion. Instructor: Chris Tucker
Learn how to strengthen your body without workout machines. This virtual strength class uses free weights, bands, ankle weights, or anything you can use around your house to create resistance. Every large muscle group in the body will experience resistance to promote muscle building in the comfort of your home. Instructor: Leslie Lollar
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 and work at your own level. Instructor: Avry Budka
Hobbies & Special Interests
This class will use the Sandford Meisner technique to explore the simple fundamentals of acting through a series of exercises that are designed to strip away anything that is false in the actor by strengthening one’s ability to listen, concentrate, imagine and use one’s inner sense of spontaneity. Each exercise will act as a small brick that will help to create a foundation that the student can build on by "living truthfully under the imaginary circumstances." Instructor: Dean Ghaffari
The Art & Joy of Sewing
Learn to sew or enhance your existing skills. Both beginning and advanced students are welcome. As we navigate through the current safety and distancing requirements, instructor Cate Shaffer-Shelby teaches all levels of sewing in this class as you work to develop and enhance your sewing skills.
In the virtual class environment, Cate will instruct and demonstrate how to sew specific projects that incorporate the basic techniques of sewing, ranging from taking proper measurements, understanding fabrics, working with patterns, cutting the garment/project, threading and operating a sewing machine and basic garment construction techniques.
Many fabrics and notions will be available at the Center for pick up so that you are able to complete your projects in the safety and comfort of your home. Instructor: Cate Shaffer-Shelby
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 grammatical and vocabulary building and, specifically, study of the passé composé, imperfect and future tenses. Naturally, as language and culture are inseparable, the class will have wider than a linguistic focus. Instructor: Teresa Cortey
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
Advanced French I
Continued practice in communication, vocabulary building, and specifically, further study of the subjunctive and 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
Advanced French II
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
Making Sense of the News
Join a weekly discussion of topics in the news with a retired journalism professor. Explore why some topics make it on to the front page or onto the evening news while others don’t. What makes something newsworthy? Who decides? Are they always right? The group will monitor major media outlets and go behind the scenes as reporters and editors make the decisions on what to cover, how to cover it and how to present it. Get the inside scoop. Bring your own ideas and toss them into the ring for discussion. Instructor: Warren Swil
These online classes are designed for the painter with experience with watercolors (not for beginners). Each week will be a different ‘paint along’ lesson combined with a ‘share and critique ‘session. You will be encouraged to keep improving your painting and design skills. Instructor: Barbara Medford
This class is designed for those who very little or no experience with painting with watercolors. It will begin with basic information and exercises on how to use the brush, apply paint to paper, and create paintings. We will be painting at the first class so come prepared to paint with paper, brushes and paper. The teacher will send a materials list. If you are familiar with zoom it will be easy and with a few tips newbies will adjust quickly. Have your paints nearby as we do 'paint-along' exercises. Each week you will strengthen your skill and learn what you need to know to paint your own composition. Instructor: Barbara Medford