By Kari Williamson, Senior Services Coordinator
If you drop by Southwood or the Meyer Senior and Community Center some mornings, you might think it’s a lively dance hall. Instead, adults 55 and older pack the center on those days for line dancing.
The classes are fantastic ways for seniors to learn dance moves, stay active, and make friends.
To expand the program, we recruited local dance instructor Shelli Krueger, who has been spreading joy through the love of dance all over the Brazos Valley for over two decades as the owner and director of Shelli Krueger’s Dance Studio. She’s delighted to bring multiple levels of line dancing to the Southwood Community Center.
The classes start June 5 and are included in our annual senior membership. Memberships are $27 for residents and $32 for non-residents and are valid for one year from purchase at all three senior facilities. Daily non-member fees are $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents.
You can purchase a membership in person or by calling 979-764-2670.
Here’s a look at the new classes:
BEGINNING LINE DANCE
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays • 9-10 a.m.
The fun workout is filled with energizing routines set to fabulous music and is designed to teach beginners the steps and terminology of line dancing. We won’t have classes on June 9, 23; July 7, 10, 12, 21; and Aug. 4.
BEGINNER LINE DANCE WORKSHOP
Mondays • 10-11 a.m.
Learn the basics of beginner line dancing. The steps, turns, and names of various dances are taught in a slow-paced environment. We won’t have class on July 10.
ADVANCED BEGINNER LINE DANCE
Tuesdays • 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The class is designed for beginners ready to move to the next level of line dancing with a fun, upbeat workout that introduces new choreography and step patterns. We won’t have class on June 6 or July 11.
If you’re looking for something different, here are three new programs:
Mondays & Wednesdays • 3-3:45 p.m.
Condition your muscles, mind, and body while learning to defend yourself with physical and mental training ideal for all abilities. Instructor Jose Aponte has 28 years of uninterrupted training and experience in ITF taekwondo and is a sixth-degree black belt by the International Taekwondo Federation. Classes start June 5.
Wednesdays • 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Beginner Yoga is a gentle, foundational yoga class featuring slow-paced stretching and simple breathing exercises. Learn relaxation techniques and beginner-level poses that inspire you to build your own practice and become comfortable with yoga. All levels are welcome, whether you are a seasoned yogi or a newcomer. Please bring a mat. We won’t have class on July 12. Sessions start June 7.
Thursdays • June 1-July 6 • 1-4 p.m.
The six-week program gives participants with little or no experience in sewing and quilting an opportunity to learn and practice cutting, piecing, quilting, binding, and more. With provided materials, participants complete a baby quilt and a table runner. Participants must bring sewing machines in good working order and basic sewing supplies such as thread, scissors, pins, etc. You can only join the program during sessions one or two. RSVP by June 1 by calling 979-764-6371.
For more information about senior events and programs, visit cstx.gov/seniors or call 979-764-6371.
About the Blogger
Kari Williamson is in her first year as senior services coordinator. The Brazos Valley native has served seniors since 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation from Texas State in 2021.
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