A full schedule of daily active classes has resumed at the Lewes Senior Activity Center. Offerings include tai chi, yoga, line dancing, tap dancing, dance fitness, strength and balance, ball and orchestra, cardio blast, zumba and cooking classes .
Current instructors include Joshua Beaver, Barbara Dutch, Janet DeFeo, Marion Fetheroff, Susan Hamadock, Judy Hayes, Judy Impell, Chef David Nolker and Pamm Pauley.
Joshua Beaver teaches LaBlast Dance Fitness, a non-partner workout for beginners and experienced dancers. The fitness program, featuring a varied mix of famous ballroom dancing, was created by world-renowned dancer and fitness expert Louis Van Amstel, who appeared on ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ . Beaver has extensive dance training, including a Bachelor of Arts from the Boston Conservatory and three seasons as Principal Soloist and Choreographer at Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Romania. He was featured soloist with the Dayton Ballet in Ohio, toured nationally and internationally, and recently appeared in the Broadway musical “An American in Paris.”
Janet DeFeo currently teaches Yang Style Tai Chi at the center. She is certified in tai chi for arthritis, fall prevention, and health qigong from Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute. She was also trained and certified by the Silver Lotus Training Institute where she continues to study regularly. Her interest in health and fitness dates back to her career in the medical field as an X-ray and ultrasound technician.
Barbara Dutch teaches tap dancing to beginners. A former New York native, she has lived in Lewes for five years, danced for 40, and was a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall for three years. In the near future, she plans to reinstate the ballroom dancing class.
Marion Fetheroff has been teaching line dancing at the center for many years. A resident of Lewes for 35 years, she was an educator and administrator for the state of Delaware for 36 years until her retirement in 2013. She has taught line dancing in Sussex County at various venues and events.
Susan Hamadock currently offers a tai chi and qigong teacher training program as well as community classes at the center. She is the founder and program director of the Silver Lotus Training Institute and has taught tai chi and qigong for 18 years. She has also taught yoga for 28 years and has developed a professional level yoga teacher training program at the 200 and 500 hour levels. She has trained psychotherapists in holistic approaches to mental health for the National Association of Social Workers. She has been teaching tai chi and qigong at the center for many years
Judy Hayes teaches tai chi and qigong for arthritis at the center. She is certified by the Silver Lotus Training Institute in tai chi for arthritis and fall prevention, and Yang 24 Forms. She continues to study qigong, tai chi for rehabilitation, 73 forms of the sun, tai chi for diabetes and more. Hayes has worked in the helping field for more than 30 years, first as a teacher and then as a college counselor. She was honored as Delaware School Counselor of the Year in 2016.
Judy Impell has been teaching gentle yoga at the center for five years. Her senior yoga classes address many of the challenges seniors face, including joint pain, stress, flexibility, balance, and mindfulness. A longtime educator, Impell started yoga in 2012 when she moved to Delaware after retirement. Her job is to help others achieve their best and help people of all ages lead better, more fulfilled lives.
Chef David Nolker has given cooking classes at the center. His previous menus have included vegetarian lentil soup, chicken and shrimp vegetable soup, oatmeal chocolate squares and mango cottage cheese salad. He is certified in Culinary Education and earned the LCGI Professional Recognition Award.
Pamm Pauley teaches strength and balance, cardio blast, ball and band, and center Zumba. She is a fitness professional with over 20 years of group exercise experience. Her goal is to help others improve their health and well-being. Pauley’s Strength and Balance class aims to improve muscle strength using weight-bearing exercises and improve balance using daily functional tasks. Cardio classes are for those who want an adult boot camp experience with strength exercises, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and burpees. The Ball and Band class is for those who want less impact on their joints. it focuses on working all the muscles using resistance. Her Zumba class focuses on a fun way to burn calories and get those steps using rhythms of all kinds. Pauley also plans to add a yoga and strength class in the near future.
The center is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at 32083 Janice Road in Lewes and is following state COVID-19 guidelines. It promotes the health and well-being of people age 50 or older, offering fitness and exercise classes, arts and crafts classes, social gatherings, affordable travel, and service opportunities. community. Additional activities currently offered include ceramics and games of mahjong, canasta, pinochle and Scrabble.
For more information, visit lewesseniorcenter.org.