Adult Continuing Ballet

11 Mondays, January 9-March 27, 7:30-8:30 PM
Jan Chamberlin
Join ballet and enjoy the physical and esthetic benefits of dance. Through a barre, centre work, and turning and jumping combinations, this class will provide opportunities for exercise, stretching, and toning the body. This is a wonderful class for those who danced when they were younger and those who never stopped.

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Ballet Barre for All (Seniors Welcome)

11 Thursdays, January 12-March 30, 9:30-10:30 AM
Jan Chamberlin
This class is designed to allow anyone the chance to experience the benefits and joy of ballet. Most of class we will be at the barre performing basic exercises meant to increase strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, and balance. For the last few minutes of class we will move to the centre and work on simple ballet combinations.  Whether you want to try ballet for the first time, return to class after many years off, learn proper technique to apply at your Pilates Barre class, or want to exercise and need something to hold onto for balance or arm support; this is the class for you! Jan has developed multiple classes to meet the needs for older adults and personally manages lymphedema through regular ballet classes.

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Tai Chi

Thursday afternoons in March – May
Aimee Van Ostrand

Tai Chi is practiced by millions of people in the parks and squares of China. The practice of Tai Chi is a series of silent, fluid seamless slow-motion movements and studies show regular practice supports good health and longevity.  It improves circulation, balance, mental focus and sense of wellbeing. It is low impact and can easily be modified to be practiced by those with mobility issues. Aimee Van Ostrand is a Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Healing Within Acupuncture. No experience or equipment is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing. Sign up for a month at a time, or drop in when you can and pay $15 Member/$19 Non-Member per week.

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Northrop Ballet Field Trip: La Belle et la Bête

Saturday, March 25, 8:00 PM
Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Join a group from WBCA to see La Belle et la Bête at Northrop for a reduced rate! Meet at Northrop or notify WBCA if you are interested in setting up a carpool. Based in the Basque coastal resort town of Biarritz in Southern France, Artistic Director Thierry Malandain has developed a very personal approach to dance that is rooted in classical ballet with a contemporary, full-bodied style. His company of 22 gorgeous dancers makes their Minnesota debut with an ethereal vision of Beauty and the Beast—unlike any other you have seen before. Revealing the humanity at the core of this well-known fairy tale, Malandain says, “I am searching for a dance that not only leaves traces of pleasure, but also revives the essence of the sacred as an answer to the difficulty of being.” With ingenious stagecraft, elegant costumes, and a romantic score drawn from Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, this unique, 70-minute version sweeps us toward an uplifting finale where goodness and love conquer fear and evil. Please register by February 23.

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Introduction to Tai Chi

Tuesday, March 28, 1:30-2:30 PM or Wednesday, May 10, 10:00-11:00 AM
Aimee Van Ostrand

Learn about this beautiful and healthy art form during a free class. Just dress comfortably so you can move, no special outfits required! Aimee will let you know about the health benefits and give you a brief history before she guides you through the Yang Style short form.

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Adult Continuing Ballet

8 Mondays, April 3-May 22, 7:30-8:30 PM
Jan Chamberlin

Join ballet and enjoy the physical and esthetic benefits of dance. Through a barre, centre work, and turning and jumping combinations, this class will provide opportunities for exercise, stretching, and toning the body. This is a wonderful class for those who danced when they were younger and those who never stopped.

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Ballet Barre for All (Seniors Welcome)

8 Thursdays, April 6-May 25, 9:30-10:30 AM
Jan Chamberlin

This class is designed to allow anyone the chance to experience the benefits and joy of ballet. Most of class we will be at the barre performing basic exercises meant to increase strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, and balance. For the last few minutes of class we will move to the centre and work on simple ballet combinations.  Whether you want to try ballet for the first time, return to class after many years off, learn proper technique to apply at your Pilates Barre class, or want to exercise and need something to hold onto for balance or arm support; this is the class for you! Jan has developed multiple classes to meet the needs for older adults and personally manages lymphedema through regular ballet classes.

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Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Friday, April 28, 7:00-8:30 PM
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
With imagination, artistry, and musical mastery, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has made its case as “one of the major guitar ensembles in the world” (Soundboard Magazine) since its formation in 1986. This program will include a wide variety of music from Bach to Jazz pianist Hiromi to Prince. Also featured will be California composer Ian Krouse’s new work “StarWaves”, composed for the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and based on a song by 1970s British rock/pop musician Nick Drake.

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Basic Dance Steps

Saturdays, May 13 or 20, 2:00-3:00 PM
Scott Skoog

Learn the fundamentals for some basic dance steps that will not only help you survive but enjoy weddings and other occasions with dancing. Scott will show you simple leading and following techniques in a way you can understand and help you get the feeling of moving to the music.

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