Class Descriptions

Dance

BollyX Low Impact, Dance Cardio Class (Zoom)

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 Low Impact 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 low impact-style. Instructor: Richa Jauhari

Tap  

This is a really fun class that starts 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

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

Exercise/Fitness

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 (Zoom)

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

Pilates (Zoom)

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

Strength Training

Learn how to strengthen your body without access to 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

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

Acupressure and Reflexology (Zoom)  

Learn how to use acupressure and reflexology to improve the quality of your life on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. While acupressure therapy will help relieve tension as well as promote the body's production of endorphins and natural painkillers, reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears. Joe Altmark has been a Shiatsu acupressure and reflexology therapist for 23 years, possessing a great interest in helping improve quality of life. Joe will offer participants the opportunity to ask questions regarding specific issues. Instructor: Joe AltmarkActing Class

Join PSC's acting class, which uses 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 Acupressure and Reflexology Learn how to use acupressure and reflexology to improve the quality of your life on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. While acupressure therapy will help relieve tension as well as promote the body's production of endorphins and natural painkillers, reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears. You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding specific issues. Instructor: Joe Altmark

The Art & Joy of Sewing

Learn to sew or enhance your existing sewing skills! Both beginning and advanced students are welcome. As we navigate through the current safety and distancing requirements, instructor Cate Shaffer-Shelby will teach all levels of sewing in this class. In the virtual class environment, Ms. Shaffer-Shelby 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 & 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

Creative Writing (Zoom)

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

French I (Beginner) (Zoom)

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. Hopefully, this class will provide a non-stressful but meaningful new dimension for everyone—a gateway to another culture and a new means of self-expression. Instructor: Teresa Cortey

French II (Beginner) (Zoom)

Continued grammar and vocabulary building and, specifically, study of the passé composé and imperfect tenses. Naturally, as language and culture are inseparable, the class will have wider than a linguistic focus. Individual presentations, suggested, but not required, will be encouraged, and some introduction to literature provided. Songs will be studied for their linguistic value as well as their potential for musical appreciation. Instructor: Teresa Cortey

French III (Zoom)

Continued vocabulary building, practice in communication, and, specifically, the future tense and conditional mode will be introduced. The focus of the class will naturally be cultural as well as linguistic. Some poems and one short story, and study of songs for their linguistic value will be included. Individual presentations will be encouraged, though not required. Instructor: Teresa Cortey

French IV (Zoom)

Continued practice in communication, vocabulary building, study of the subjunctive mode and literary tenses, more short stories or poems, songs considered for their linguistic value and voluntary student presentations will be included. The focus of the class will naturally be cultural, and literary as well as linguistic. Instructor: Teresa Cortey

French V (Zoom)

Intensive review of major grammatical concepts, increased practice in communication, more exploration of literature. Individual presentations encouraged but not required; songs introduced for their linguistic value. 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

Meditation and Presence Practice

Meditation = Concentration = Equanimity
This ancient equation is the basis of our practice in meditation class. We will gain skills in many different meditation techniques from various lineages as together we train our minds for better focus in order to meet each moment of life in greater awareness, peace and presence. Open to all levels of meditators, from first timers to practiced sitters, because we can all use more tools to learn to rebalance our minds, hearts and lives! Bring an open mind, your natural curiosity and a smile! Instructor: Avery Budka

Advanced Watercolor (Zoom)

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

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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
Nonprofit I.D. #95-2085393