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Spanish for Fun and Travel on Mondays in June at River House

$25

with Abigail Dyer

Calendar Jun 5, 2023 at 11:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

This is an introduction to the Spanish language focusing on words, phrases and social customs rather than grammar. Students will learn pleasantries (nice to meet you, please, thank you); unpleasantries (with hand gestures); words for getting around (where is the___?); words we hope you'll never need (emergency!  police!); along with "filler" words to help beginners sound native, at least for a few seconds.  No prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary.  

Abigail Dyer has a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in European History from Columbia University. She is fluent in Spanish and German, has lived and worked in Spain and Germany, and has decades of experience teaching foreign languages. 

Bring pen and paper for taking notes.

Class sessions are on Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 from 11:30 to 12:30 at River House (179 Marine St. in St. Augustine)

Ages 18 and up.

Will run

Beginners Ballroom Dance Group Class on Mondays in June at River House

$25

with Ramona Walter

Calendar Jun 5, 2023 at 12:15 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Join Ramona as she teaches Beginners Ballroom Dance Group Class. No partner is needed. A strictly beginners Ballroom Dance Class where you come to enjoy yourself with friends you haven't met yet. We have a great time while learning a new skill.

Learn the basic steps in Ballroom Dance so you can move around the dance floor with confidence. Dancing is the best exercise for your body and your brain. Come join us, you'll love it.

Wear comfortable shoes, leather bottom preferred.

Ramona is the former owner of Mona Gail Dance Center. She studied Ballroom dance under Jack Kalan and became a teacher at the age of sixteen. While working with Fred Astaire she became the Tri-State Dance Director and she is a multi National Championship winner. She has experience in choreography and her local students won first place in the "I Love Dance Competition" at World Golf Village in 2020.

Class sessions will be held on Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 from 12:15 to 1:15 at The River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Will run

Group Singing 101 on Tuesdays in June at River House

$25

with Abigail Dyer

Calendar Jun 6, 2023 at 10:15 am, runs for 4 weeks

Group singing class is focused on the basics of classical singing technique.  You'll learn exercises to improve your breath control as well as your vocal strength, range and clarity.  You'll also have a chance to apply your new technique to the repertoire of your choice.  

Please bring two printed copies of the sheet music for a song of your choice, to work on over the course of the month. Students of all levels are welcome.

Singing teacher and classical singer Abigail Dyer was born in West Orange, New Jersey. With a private voice studio in St Augustine Beach and over 20 years' experience teaching opera professionals and amateur singers alike, Abby specializes in developing healthy vocal technique in the service of expressive singing.

Abby is a graduate of Vassar College (BA) and Columbia University (MA, M.Phil., Ph.D.), and the Mannes College Wagner Theater Program.

Class sessions will be held Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10:15 to 11:15 at River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Will run

Line Dance on Tuesdays in June at River House

$25

with Ramona Walter

Calendar Jun 6, 2023 at 11:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Come learn the fun dance art of Line Dance with a lively variety of music including Pop, Country, and Latin.

Wear comfortable shoes, preferably with leather bottoms.

Ramona is the former owner of Mona Gail Dance Center. She studied Ballroom dance under Jack Kalan and became a teacher at the age of sixteen. While working with Fred Astaire she became the Tri-State Dance Director. Ramona is a multi National Championship winner. She has experience in choreography and her local students won first place in the "I Love Dance Competition" at World Golf Village in 2020.

Class sessions will be held on Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 11:30 to 12:30 at The River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Will run

Intermediate Ballroom Dance Group Class on Tuesdays in June at River House

$25

with Ramona Walter

Calendar Jun 6, 2023 at 12:45 pm, runs for 4 weeks

You must have basic knowledge of ballroom dancing.

In this class you will learn the technical elements of ballroom dance including leading and following. You will also learn correct ballroom posture so you will look good while executing your steps. Learn how to recognize the right music for the right dance.

Come join us. You'll have a great time!

No partner is needed.

Wear comfortable shoes, leather bottom preferred.

Ramona is the former owner of Mona Gail Dance Center. She studied Ballroom dance under Jack Kalan and became a teacher at the age of sixteen. While working with Fred Astaire she became the Tri-State Dance Director and she is a multi National Championship winner. She has experience in choreography and her local students won first place in the "I Love Dance Competition" at World Golf Village in 2020.

Class sessions will be held on Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 12:45 to 1:45 at The River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Will run

Experimental Drawing Class on Tuesdays in June at River House

$50

with Jenny Keyser

Calendar Jun 6, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

What is drawing? In this class we will push the boundaries of what it means to draw all within an art historical framework. The goal of this class is not only to build on “seeing” and attention to detail, but to expand the traditional framework of drawing by incorporating a variety of experimental techniques including, but not limited to: different drawing mediums, drawing through erasure, drawing with string and drawing with unconventional “machines” among others.

Jenny is an award-winning, independent, St. Augustine area artist and has shown her work internationally in galleries and museums.  Her formal education includes a BS from Vanderbilt University, a certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Supplies Needed:

  • A large pad of Canson XL mixed-media paper (I find smaller pads can be a bit confining when experimenting),
  • a pencil,
  • a pencil sharpener,
  • a good eraser,
  • medium charcoal sticks,
  • black ink,
  • a small paintbrush,
  • disposable cups,
  • a black pen
  • a rag for clean-up.

Class sessions will be held on Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 1 to 3 at the River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Returning students please note the new day and time.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Full Course

Sound Vibrational Frequency (Sound Bath) on Tuesdays in June at River House

$25

with Sharon Infante

Calendar Jun 6, 2023 at 2:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Since everything has a vibrational frequency, including ourselves, it makes sense that sound frequencies impact how we feel. That’s why particular songs and types of music often bring about specific types of emotions. Vibrational sound healing therapy (sound bath) can retune your body, mind and spirit, while encouraging relaxation, healing and wellness. These sessions use therapeutic crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks and other sound vibration tools. The combination of tones and vibrations that produce a state of tranquility and act as a massage for the nervous system create a state of vibrational balance and harmony.

Participants are encouraged to be in a resting position. Best if on the floor with a yoga mat or a portable reclining chair but sitting up also works. Many enjoy having a light sheet or blanket to place over them.

Simply rest with eyes closed and listen as the practitioner plays a variety of instruments and you “bathe” in the soothing sounds and vibrations. Sound frequencies slow down the brain waves to a deeply restorative state which activates the body’s system of self-healing. Crystal bowls are tuned to chakras as well as the tuning forks. The gong, bowls and tuning forks helps release tension in the body and stimulates the glandular and nervous system. Vocal chanting sometimes is added which further releases stagnant energy of the organs and as in singing lifts our spirit. As in humming and sound frequency, nitric oxide is release and enhances our cellular state within.

Sharon has been on her journey since 2000, trained in Woodstock, NY with Master trainers of Sound and Frequency. She is a Qigong Practitioner, Senior Trainer of IIQTC Tai Chi Easy Leader, certified in various Tai Chi Health forms, Master Reiki and energy healer, and completed studies in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

Class sessions will be held on Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 2:30 to 3:30 at River House (179 Marine St.  St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Will run

Herbology at COA Center at Flagler Health+ Village at Nocatee

$25

with James Carucci

Calendar Jun 6, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 4 weeks

The Herbal Pharmacy is part of the Introdution to Hebology Series.  Courses do not need to be taken in order.  In this course, we will focus on the therapeutic actions of herbs and how they can be used in the treatment and prevention of common conditions.  Each week we will focus on specific herbal actions. herbs with those therapeutic effects and the wayus in which those herbs can be used from teas to tinctures to tonics.  Ages 18+ are welcome to attend. 

The instructor, James Carucci is a Professor of Biological Sciences at St. Johns River State College in St. Augustine and is a Master Herbalist of over 20 years.

This Class will be held every Tuesday in June from 3:00 to 4:00 at 351 Town Plaza Ave, Suite 205, Ponte Vedra, FL  

 





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