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WINTER PROGRAM LISTINGS

With a successful reintroduction of fall older adult programming, we are looking to continue strong with winter programming and have therefore updated the program information below with what's on offer. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kunle Omomo, Older Adults Program Coordinator and Senior Resource Finder by emailing kunle@dakotacc.com or by calling (204) 254-1010 ext 217.

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GROUP FITNESS PROGRAMS

Staying fit doesn't have to be difficult. We're offering plenty of fun and engaging fitness programs this fall.

 


CHAIR YOGA

Ease pain and tension in your body brought on overtime by everyday stress and use. This class will focus on breathing, balance, flexibility, expanding range of motion and increasing strength through various gentle and fun excercises.

Please note: It is recommended that participants bring their own yoga strap and a set of yoga blocks to each class in order to maximize their ability to fully participate in the class.

Chair Yoga (Tuesday Class) Chair Yoga (Thursday Class)

Dates: January 18, 2022 - March 29, 2022
Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Sportsplex Gymnasium
Instructor: Lise Mireault
Cost: $88 +GST (11 classes)

Dates: January 20, 2022 - March 31, 2022
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Gymnasium
Instructor: Cherylee McDonald
Cost: $88 +GST (11 classes)

 


GROWING STRONGER

Growing stronger is a strength and balance class that will help you regain muscle and keep it strong. This program is ideal for those wishing to improve their strength, cardio, and balance. Strong muscles, bones and better balance will help make you more mobile and less likely to fall.

Please note: Advanced class incorporates and extensive cardio workout routine for the cardio loves and Beginner class incorporates 10 minutes of cardio.

Growing Stronger (Wednesday Advanced Class)  Growing Stronger (Thursday Beginner Class) 

Dates: January 19, 2022 - March 30, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dakota Fieldhouse (South 1/3 Court)
Instructor: Helen Boothroyd
Cost: $88 +GST (11 classes)

Dates: January 20, 2022 - March 31, 2022
No class on February 17, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Great Hall (2nd Floor)
Instructor: Helen Boothroyd
Cost: $88 +GST (10 classes)

 


LET'S MOVE! LET'S DANCE!

A fusion of Latin and international music and rhythms such as the Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Disco etc... will get you moving to a great beat. This is a great way to burn calories and improve coordination and balance.

Please note: Please bring dance or indoor shoes or runners with smooth soles.

Let's Move! Let's Dance! (Monday Class)

Dates: January 10, 2022 - March 14, 2022
No class on February 21, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Gymnasium
Instructor: Claudia Chernitsky
Cost: $88 +GST (9 classes)

 


P.A.C.E. (People with Arthritis Can Excercise)

A program developed by the Arthritis Society for people with different types of Arthritis or related conditions, such as Fibromyalgia or restricted mobility. Gentle movements to improve balance and strength; flexibility to help you move easier during daily activities.

Please note: Please bring a 6-7 foot stretchy band and soft squeezable little balls.

P.A.C.E. (Monday Class)

Dates: January 10, 2022 - March 14, 2022
No class on February 21, 2022
Time: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Gymnasium
Instructor: Claudia Chernitsky
Cost: $88 +GST (9 classes)

 


Simple Pilates

A great program to help strengthen your core, improve body awareness and prevent back injuries.

Please note: Please bring your own mat, a block or beach towel and a stretchy ban 6-7 feet long. Bare feet or socks during class.

Simple Pilates (Monday Class)

Dates: January 10, 2022 - March 14, 2022
No class on February 21, 2022
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Gymnasium
Instructor: Claudia Chernitsky
Cost: $88 +GST (9 classes)

 


Tai Chi (Wu Style)

Explore and deepe your health and wellness through the gentle and restorative practices of qigong and taijquan from the Yang family lineage of tai chi. Each class will include a full-body warm-up to loosen the joint systems and relax, stretch, and strengthen the muscles and tendons to facilitate the flow of bital qi through the body. Emphasis will be placed on alignment to develop strong balance and posture.

Tai Chi (Thursday Class)

Dates: January 20, 2022 - March 31, 2022
March 17 class takes place at the Sportsplex Gymnasium
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Great Hall (2nd Floor)
Instructor: Gary Eng
Cost: $80 +GST (11 classes)

 


Tango 

You don't need to be a Tango dancer to benefit from this 3-part series technique workshop. The workshop will explore tango music, the tango walk and the embrace. We'll also focus on fundamentals such as body alignment and posture, balance and coordination, turning and pivoting techniques, and body awareness through specific tango excercises.

Please note: There are a total of three classes scheduled for the season. The cost includes access to all three. Please bring appropriate footwear (dance shoes, slippers and/or shoes that allow you to pivot (spin/turn) easily without sticking to the floor.)

Tango (Sunday Class)

Dates: January 30, February 27 and March 27,2022
March 17 class takes place at the Sportsplex Gymnasium
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Gymnasium
Instructor: Peter Smrdelj
Cost: $100 per couple +GST ($50 per person) (3 classes)

 


Zumba Gold

This class introduces easy to follow Zumba moves at a lower intensity. The focus will be on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat and be prepared to leave empowered and feeling strong!

Please note: Proper gym attire is recommended.

Zumba Gold (Thursday Class)

Dates: January 20, 2022 - March 31, 2022
Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Sportsplex Gymnasium
Instructor: TBD
Cost: $88 +GST (11 classes)

 

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WELLNESS & EDUCATION CLASSES

Master that iPad, learn effective safety tips or just relax and learn to paint exciting portraits - the choice is yours!

 


Minds in Motion

Minds in Motion is a program designed for people with early to moderate signs of dementia to attend with a family member or friend. This weekly program offers 8 sessions including: a gentle chair fitness class followed by engaging activities and conversation.

Minds in Motion (Tuesday Class)

Dates: January 18, 2022 - March 8, 2022
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Gymnasium
Instructor: TBD
Cost: $65 per participant pair +GST (8 classes)

 


Painting

Great for beginners or painters alike. Learn how to paint or to take your painting to another level. No painting skills are required! We will be creating an acrylic painting of your choice from start to finish during the 10 weeks. We will learn different painting basics, different techniques and how-to's, product knowledge and artist tricks. Acrylic painting supplies are included but we encourage you to start outfitting your basic painting kit. You are welcome to work in any other medium you wish during this class. After taking these classes, you'll have the fundamental skills you need to pick up a paintbrush and create your own works of art. Already been to our class or know how to paint? Join us anyway!

Painting (Tuesday Class)

Dates: January 18, 2022 - March 22, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Board Room (2nd Floor)
Instructor: Kathy Johnston
Cost: $100 +GST (10 classes)

 


Relaxing & Reducing Stress 

We come together to breathe, to let go of tensions, to quiet the mind and to open the heart. We will explore various breatching techniques, guided and silent meditations, and gentle movement to encourage release of tension in body, mind and spirit.

Please note: There are a total of three classes scheduled for the season. The cost includes access to all three.

Relaxing & Reducing Stress (Thursday Class)

Dates: January 20, February 17 & March 17, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Location: Health & Wellness Studio
Instructor: Leigh Morton
Cost: $65 +GST (3 classes)

 


Technology & You 

Learn how to use your device! This course covers everything from initial setup to using apps & more. Have all your questions answered in this course.

Please note: The start dates for these classes are anticipated. Should there not be enough registrants (minimum 8 people), the start date will be pushed back and you will be notified.

iPad / iPhone Advanced (Friday Class) iPad / iPhone Beginner (Friday Class)

This class is for the iPad and Iphone users tht wish to learn advanced techniques on how to get the most out of the Apple iPad, including using apps, gesturing, customizing the home screen, typing, adding content, using settings, as well as troubleshooting common device issues and setting up iPad security. We'll also go over some advanced tips and tricks to use on your device.

Dates: January 21, 2022 - March 25, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Meeting Room (2nd Floor)
Instructor: Kelly-Anne Reyes
Cost: $80 +GST (10 classes)

This sessions is all about how to get the most out of the Apple iPad. The goal is to gain a better understanding of the device including using apps, gesturing, customizing the home screen, typing, adding content, using settings, as well as toubleshooting common device issues and setting up iPad security. Bey the end of the session, students should feel more confident and should be able to use their iPad/iPhone independently. We'll also share some helpful tips and tricks for your device.

Dates: January 21, 2022 - March 25, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Meeting Room (2nd Floor)
Instructor: Kelly-Anne Reyes
Cost: $80 +GST (10 classes)

 


To Fall Or Not To Fall 

This three part series of presentations will highlight various aspects of fall prevention including definition of a fall, managing the environment, the role of medications, how to get up if you fall and assisting someone up who has fallen. Each session will consist of discussion, question and answers and practical excercises to help you stay on your feet.

Please note: There are a total of three classes scheduled for the season. The cost includes access to all three.

To Fall Or Not To Fall (Friday Class)

Dates: January 21, February 18 & March 25, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Great Hall (2nd Floor)
Instructor: Luana Whitbread
Cost: $65 +GST (3 classes)

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DROP-IN WELLNESS PROGRAMS

Our drop-in programming this fall will offer relaxing card games or line dancing classes. Whether you want to relax or get a little active, there's something for everyone, plus you'll get to meet some great people!

 


Cards 

Keep your mind sharp, have fun, and satisfy your need for a little friendly competition by joining us for some Cribbage or Whists.

Cribbage (Mondays) Whists (Wednesdays)

Dates: January 17, 2022 - June 13, 2022
No cards on February 21, 2022.
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Great Hall (2nd Floor)
Instructor: DCC Volunteers
Cost: $2 / weekly drop-in.

Dates: January 19, 2022 - June 15, 2022
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Gymnasium
Instructor: Metro Hnytka
Cost: $2 / weekly drop-in.

 


Line Dancing

Join in for a morning of fun and dance! You'll know some sweet moves after you leave each class.

Please note: Please reserve your spot 2 weeks in advance using the registration link as space is limited.

Beginner Plus Line Dancing (Tuesday Class) Absolute Beginner Line Dancing (Wednesday Class)

This class offers more dances, more choreography, and more variety than 'Absolute Beginner'. Knowledge of the basic line dance steps is expected. There will be a wide range of music. Faster tempos and more steps encourage you to think and respond quickly.

Dates: January 18, 2022 - March 29, 2022
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Sportsplex Gymnasium
Instructor: Lynn Johnstone (with assistance from Helen Lacoste)
Cost: 1 Pass (Purchase a $40 Activity Card online or at customer service which includes 10 passes) (11 Classes)

Designed for those new to line dancing. This is also a good class for those who just started last year and are not ready to move up a level. Introduction to basic dance steps, easy dances, lots of repetition and fun music! Give it a try today!

Dates: January 12, 2022 - March 30, 2022
No class February 9th, 16th & March 9th, 16th, 2022.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Sportsplex Great Hall (2nd Floor)
Instructor: Lynn Johnstone (with assistance from Helen Lacoste)
Cost: 1 Pass (Purchase a $40 Activity Card online or at customer service which includes 10 passes) (11 Classes)

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