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Lewes Senior Activity Center offers a full range of classes


A full schedule of daily active classes has resumed at the Lewes Senior Activity Center. Offerings include Tai Chi, Yoga, Line Dancing, Tap, Fitness Dance, Strength & Balance, Ball & Band, 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 partner-free workout for beginners and experienced dancers. The fitness program, featuring a diverse mix of famous ballroom dances, was created by world-renowned dancer and fitness expert Louis Van Amstel, who appeared on the “Dancing with the Stars” show. ‘ABC. Beaver has extensive training in dance, including a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Boston Conservatory and three seasons as a Principal Soloist and Choreographer at Balet Sibiu’s Teatrul in Romania. He has been a star soloist with the Dayton Ballet in Ohio, has 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, Falls Prevention and Qigong for Health from Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute. She has also completed training and is 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 a radiology and ultrasound technician.

Barbara Dutch teaches beginner tap dancing. Formerly New Yorker, she has lived in Lewes for five years, danced for 40 years and was a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall for three years. In the near future, she plans to reinstate the ballroom dance class.

Marion Fetheroff has been teaching line dancing at the center for many years. A Lewes resident 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 dance 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 been teaching Tai Chi and Qigong for 18 years. She has also been teaching 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 Falls Prevention, and Yang 24 Forms. She continues to study qigong, tai chi for rehabilitation, 73 sun forms, tai chi for diabetes and more. Hayes has worked in a helping field for over 30 years, first as a teacher and then as a college counselor. She was honored as Delaware’s 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 that older adults face, including joint pain, stress, flexibility, balance, and mindfulness. A longtime educator, Impell began yoga in 2012 when she moved to Delaware after her retirement. Her work emphasizes helping others do their best and helping people of all ages lead better, fuller lives.

Chef David Nolker gave cooking classes at the center. His previous menus have included a vegetarian lentil soup, a vegetable soup with chicken and shrimp, oatmeal and chocolate squares, and a mango cottage cheese salad. He is certified in Culinary Education and has won the LCGI Professional Recognition Award.

Pamm Pauley teaches Strength and Balance, Cardio Blast, Ball and Band, and Zumba in the center. She is a fitness professional with over 20 years of experience in group exercise. Its goal is to help others improve their health and well-being. Pauley’s Strength and Balance class aims to improve muscle strength through weight-bearing exercises and improve balance through daily functional tasks. Cardio blast classes are for those who want an adult boot camp experience with strength exercises, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and burpees. The Ball and Tape course 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 through those stages using all kinds of rhythms. Pauley also plans to add a flow and strength yoga class in the near future.

The center is now open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at 32083 Janice Road in Lewes and follows state COVID-19 guidelines. It promotes the health and well-being of people 50 years of age or older, offering fitness and exercise classes, arts and crafts classes, social gatherings, affordable travel and opportunities for community service. Additional activities currently on offer include ceramics and games of mahjong, canasta, pinochle and Scrabble.

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