Spring is here and the spring session of recreational classes are beginning in Seal Beach. Unfortunately, the class costs have soared over the past decade, while Social Security has not covered the rapidly rising cost of living in Seal Beach. Have you seen the rents!
To make matters worse, Seal Beach (which has some of the highest property values in California) doesn’t even offer a senior discount as many other poorer cities do.
Which means, many seniors such as myself can no longer afford these classes. When I talked to a recreation leader at city hall she said the classes were already discounted. When I pointed out that seniors on a fixed income pay exactly the same amount as a young professional with a six figure salary, she just shrugged.
I’ve also talked to the former mayor and current mayor about the lack of senior services. While they were very nice, they didn’t seem to feel a need to help their senior constituents.
The message was pretty clear, if you can’t afford to live in Leisure World, then don’t expect any services. At the very least, the city should rename the Senior Center beside the library on Electric Avenue since it doesn’t offer any senior activities.
City officials should visit the amazing new senior center in Huntington Beach. It’s huge and offers a wealth of services. Seal Beach seniors should call their council person to discuss the dearth of services for the elderly.
Anyways, if you have the time and money, here are some interesting classes.
Beginning Ballroom will be offered Mondays from 7 to 7:45 p.m. in the Los Alamitos Community Center at 10911 Oak St. The six week class costs $72.
Learn the basics of Ballroom and Latin in this fun and friendly atmosphere. Students will learn dances such as rumba, cha cha, swing, waltz, salsa, fox trot, and more! Partner not necessary. No Class 5/29
Intermediate Ballroom runs Tuesdays from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. in the Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Dr., Seal Beach.
This class is geared towards students with some basic dance experience. fine the basics and add more step patterns to spice up your dancing! Partner not necessary.
Six weeks of instruction cost $72.
Learn the passionate dance from the streets of Buenos Aires in the Argentine Tango class from 7:15 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Learn ochos, ganchos, parada and more at the Marina Community Center.
Discover the “milonguero, milonguera” within! Must have previous experience in tango.
Fives weeks cost $62.
Of course, you could always try the Adult Tap class on Thursdays from 7:15 to 8 p.m. in the Marina Community Center. This class is for those who have always wanted to tap or have had fun tap dancing before.
Explore various styles of tap, combinations and more. Tennis shoes, hard soled shoes or tap shoes are the best to wear for class.
Six weeks for $72.
Adult Ballet & Jazz classes will be offered Thursdays from 8 to 8:45 p.m. in the Marina Center. Class will begin with floor warm-ups, ballet barre and center floor.
Halfway through, we’ll speed it up with various styles of jazz combinations, movements and a routine. Jazz or Ballet shoes recommended.
Six weeks for $72.
Adult Hip Hop begins May 5 in the Marina Community Center. The classes will be held from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays.
Get your bodies moving to the upbeat sounds of hip hop! Not only will this class be a fun way to get a workout, but a great way to look better on any dance floor. Every session we’ll work on new choreography and a new routine.
Five weeks cost $62.
Jazzercise gives you all the cardio, strength and stretch moves you want for a total body workout. A new class begins today, April 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the North Seal Beach Center at 3333 Saint Cloud Dr. or Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Center.
They’ll throw in moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing and resistance training. All ages, levels and sizes welcome so come join us today!
Please wear appropriate & sturdy athletic shoes. Bring a towel, weights, water, & a mat.
Seven weeks of instruction for $65.
PiYo® LIVE combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility of flowing yoga movements. And you can learn it Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Marina Community Center.
You’ll use your body weight to perform a series of continuous, targeted moves to define every single muscle — big and small. But there’s no time to stop and chant ommm— because you won’t pose — you’ll push it.
We crank up the music, and the fun to give you an intense, yet low-impact workout that will burn crazy calories for a long, lean beautiful physique. And, there’s no need to spend hours hopping from class to class.
You only need a yoga mat, shoes are optional. Each class is $67 for six weeks.
Beginning Pilates also began Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Senior Center. Geared for new students. the Pilates method of physical and mental conditioning will change your body to be fitter, stronger, and more attractive by slimming muscles, increasing strength and flexibility, improving posture, body alignment and coordination.
New students are encouraged to attend 20 classes before moving to Intermediate level classes. To see if you are a good fit for this beginners class please call Bonnie at (714) 345-2140. Please bring a floor mat.
Classes are subject to cancellation if class minimum is not met. The cost is $67 for six weeks.
Intermediate Pilates also began earlier, running from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays in the senior center.
This class can only be taken by students who have completed the Pilates Beginning program. New students who have not trained with Bonnie Nash are welcome to try a free assessment class to determine if this would be the appropriate level for them.
Intermediate level is a continuation of the fundamental work followed by more challenging exercises adding strength and coordination to the Pilates experience.
Six weeks of instruction cost $67.
Advanced Pilates begins Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the senior center. It is for returning students ONLY who have taken both the Beginningand Intermediate Pilates program.
New students who have not trained with Bonnie Nash are welcome to try a free assessment class to determine if this would be the appropriate level. Advanced Pilates work will focus on increasing strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination and posture with more challenging exercises.
Continuing the fundamentals of proper breathing andalignment are essential. Exercise mat and other props required.
Classes are subject to cancellation if class minimum is not met. Six weeks for $67.
Beginning Tai Chi will be offered Mondays from 6:40 to 7:40 in the senior center. The class is a moving form of meditation based on ancient Chinese principles.
The graceful, flowing movements tone muscles, align the body and enhance flexibility while promoting a peaceful mind. In Chinese medicine, tai chi is used as a way to relax the body & allow the chi (vital energy) to flow, thereby promoting wellness.
Five weeks cost $52.
Intermediate Tai Chi is also taught from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays in the senior center. Refine your practice and deepen the benefits of this simple but powerful moving meditation. Reduce stress and experience peace within while promoting wellness.
Five weeks cost $52.
Pre- registration is required through the Community Services Department for all classes. If your name is not on the roster you may not participate in the class until class fees have been paid.
You can register in person at the Seal Beach City Hall, which is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
Or register for classes online from your home. You can browse activities and facilities; view your history, reprint receipts, register for classes.
If you have registered for any classes, camps, or swim passes through our department but have not registered online please call the Community Services Department for your user ID & password. Register online at: register.sealbeachca.gov