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HIP HOP DANCE - ONE DAY CLASSES with Steven Blackmon

Day/Time: Wed, Feb 27 - May 15
Kids ages 7 - 11: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Teens/Adults: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: 401 Gallery, 401 Canal Place, Little Falls
Price per Class: $10

Come give it a try!
Fun! Aerobics! Exercise! Strength! Stamina!

Welcome to Hip Hop Dance—a fun blend of hip hop, and other forms of dance from jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, Latin, and African.

All you need for this class is water to stay hydrated, a towel to wipe your sweat, and a positive attitude.

Grab your friends; try something new. Get in shape and have a great time doing it! Instructor: Steve Blackmon’s certs and quals are too numerous to list. He is currently teaching classes from Albany to Syracuse. He has studied under numerous choreographers to the stars. He earned his BA in Business Admin and Perf Arts, along with certifications from Broadway Dance Center, NYC, and Millennium Dance Complex LA. A dance instructor since 2002, Steve knows how to teach AND have fun!

Register: Stop in, call MVCA at 315.823.0808, e-mail: director@mohawkvalleyarts.org

TAI CHI CLASSES with Rosann Scalise
Beginners and Advanced - 2 Separate 8 Week Sessions

Level 1 Beginners : Thursdays, 9:25 - 10:15 AM
Level 2 Advanced: Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Price for 8 weeks: MVCA members $80, non-members $96

Dates for First Spring Session: Feb 21 - April 25 (no class Feb. 28, March 7) (8 weeks)
Location for First Spring Session: Holy Family Parish Gymnasium, 763 E. Main, Little Falls, NY 13365

Dates for Second Spring Session: May 2 - June 20 (8 weeks)
Location for Second Spring Session: Rotary Park, Little Falls, NY 13365

Tai Chi, a form of exercise developed in ancient China, has been demonstrated to have a powerful effect on health. Known for its slow, fluid movements, the central premise in Tai Chi is to integrate the mind and body. It has been shown to promote balance, flexibility, muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness, as well as increased levels of psychological well-being and reduction of anxiety and stress.

Tai Chi is accessible to most everyone, even those who may be wheelchair bound. One of its appealing attributes is that you never get down on the floor. The movements are all performed standing, or seated, for those who may have a mobility impairment.

In addition to the tai chi, this class will incorporate the practice of Qigong, utilizing a variety of breathing and meditative exercises to strengthen (qi), the life energy within you. The gentle rhythmic movements of Qigong promote increased vitality, build stamina, reduce stress and enhance the immune system, along with improving cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.

Instructor: Rosann Scalise, M.Ed., is a certified Tai Chi Instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute, a world-wide Tai Chi organization developed by family physician and renowned Tai Chi expert, Dr. Paul Lam.

Register: Stop in, call MVCA at 315.823.0808, e-mail: director@mohawkvalleyarts.org

MINDFUL MEDITATION with Rosann Scalise

Class is on-going; Participants may join at any time.

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 5:15 - 6:30 PM
February through June

Location: MVCA 401 Gallery, 401 Canal Place, Little Falls

Price per class: MVCA members $10, non-members $11

Improve concentration and focus
Reduce stress and anxiety
Control anger and depression
Increase confidence and inner peace
Improve mental and physical well being

Instructor: Rosann Scalise, M.Ed. has been a meditation practitioner for over 25 years and has been teaching meditation for 11 years.

Register: Stop in, call MVCA at 315.823.0808,
e-mail: director@mohawkvalleyarts.org

Mindfulness meditation is a practice designed to focus one’s attention on the present moment, fostering greater clarity in life, which in turn, helps one make changes that enhance health and quality of life. It has been scientifically shown to reduce stress, increase positive emotions and attentive abilities, improve immune function, and deepen the qualities of empathy, inner calm and patience.

Some of the topics included:

How to work with a “chattering mind”; learning to befriend thoughts and feelings, rather than being pulled around by them.

How to work with the breath to focus one’s attention and deepen relaxation.

How to work with difficult emotions - fear, anger, sadness, etc.