More Than Movies: Learn, grow at the Dietrich Theater with enriching classes

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler | May 21st, 2016 11:04 am

Editor’s note: This week’s column was written by Dietrich Theater Program Director Margie Young. Erica Rogler will return next week.

What have you done for yourself lately? What have you done for your health? What have you done to stretch your brain and your creativity?

Is it time for you to learn something new?

Last week we featured many of the upcoming classes for children, but do you know that there are many opportunities for adults to learn something new at the Dietrich Theater? Everything from Chair Yoga, Simply Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga, and Nia for your health and wellness, to Drumming 101, Jewelry Making a Kumihimo Bracelet, and all kinds of art classes, from Oil and Acrylic Painting, Pottery and Sculpture, Plein Air Sketching and Watercolor to Decorative Painting – all right here at the Dietrich!

As I write this, I am looking at the ring on my finger that I made last night at Toni Hockman’s Wired Wrapped Rings class. Three feet of silver wire and one iridescent bead, looking like a precious stone, very careful directions, the right tools and guidance from Toni, and – Voila! – a handsome ring to wear with pride.

And then I knew the technique and could make two more rings with my newly learned skill. For two hours, my brain was working on something I had never done before. I mastered the rudiments of the process and experience the satisfaction and thrill of creating my own original ring.

You, too, can have exhilarating experiences for you brain, self-confidence, and overall wellbeing.

Maybe Chair Yoga is for you if you have never tried yoga. So many have discovered at 10 a.m. Monday free Chair Yoga at the Dietrich that we are running out of chairs. But we have room for you.

If you are able to get up and down from a mat on the floor, Simply Yoga at 10 a.m. Wednesdays may be your way to practice yoga.

Or perhaps Kundalini Yoga at 5:30 p.m. Mondays is what you should try, a yoga practice that emphasizes strengthening your core, often using “breath of fire.” If you don’t know what that is, come to a class and try it.

And Nia, a combination of dancing, yoga, and martial arts, has a very loyal following at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday nights.

To get your creative juices flowing, try an art class with master teachers Amy and Steve Colley. A good way to get started is to attend a Fine Wine, Fine Art event on certain Fridays throughout the summer. Bring the wine or drink of your choice, learn about a painter, create your own painting, or challenge yourself to learning the techniques of pottery. A relaxing atmosphere, learning something new, the guidance of Steve and Amy – what could be better. Then you might want to sign up for one of the other art class offerings.

There are so many ways to find out about our classes. Visit our website,, or pick up our brochure, which is available at the theater or can be mailed if you give us your address. Our classes are featured in our online newsletter that you can sign up for on our web page.

Don’t wait. Check us out – you will be glad you did!

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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