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County Parks is thrilled to offer free virtual movement and art classes for all levels! Developed with the expertise and passion from the team at the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, this wide range of movement classes ranging from Pilates, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Modern dance, Capoeira, Soca/Zumba, Yoga, (and more) are available for you to enjoy at home!
This class will introduce you to the foundations of sewing and teach you how to make a small bag with a zipper!
Learn a simple sewing method to make a hair scrunchie!
We will create a Monarch Butterfly in its habitat. It will be step by step drawing with pencil, sharpie and watercolors. Linda will also share some of the wonderful stories about these beautiful migrating creatures.
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This class is all about connecting to our bodies, our sensation, our joy of moving; you could never get it wrong since there is an endlessness of possibilities. We will also play with gravity and the weight of our bodies and practice releasing into momentum so we can fly, swing, swoop, surrender, yield, and fall. Let's remember we have bodies who have an incredible capacity to feel and what it's like to move together again.
This virtual class will provide the dancer with daily exercises to help improve leaps and turn. This includes, fuller extensions in leaps, hamstring support and strengthening for injury prevention, along with finding YOUR center line and highest releve!
Learn a unique Combo taught in conventions across the US! Have fun playing with the freedom in the movement and fully executing the nitty gritty details.
Dundun Dance is an exciting combination of dance and percussion with sticks originating in West Africa. Mohamed breaks down the rhythms and dynamics of dance that invites all levels to enjoy this unique style of powerful percussion.
Through playful, challenging, and sensual guided and freestyle movement, this class will guide you deep into the healing and invigorating power of your body.
A contemporary class rooted in imagery with a piece of choreography reflecting on human connection and how important it is.
Capoeira's aim is to develop a sense of community while introducing Brazilian culture by exposure to Portuguese words and counting, stories and the philosophy of Capoeira. Participants enjoy a fun environment for learning the physical aspects of Capoeira which include basic movements, roda, music, rhythm and some acrobatics.
Our classes are influenced by the work and philosophies of our teacher Ido Portal. Students develop and refine spinal health, strength, mobility, coordination, prehab/rehab protocols and cultivate an awareness of a generalist movement perspective; oriented towards growth and evolution across all fields and areas in life.
In this intermediate contemporary jazz class, you will learn a basic and effective warm up series and delve right into a feel good, lyrical based excerpt of choreography. Dancers are encouraged and supported in finding their unique interpretation of the movement and story within the technique and execution of the choreography.
This two part class will introduce you to the foundations of Pilates and how to successfully strengthen. Part 1: The Introduction class will teach you how to use your core versus increasing tension in your hips, neck and back.Learn how to avoid common mistakes that cause injury and strain.
FB: Monarch Pilates
This two part class will introduce you to the foundations of Pilates and how to successfully strengthen. Part 2: The Multi-level Pilates mat class provides a variety of options for each exercise. Modifications, prop suggestions and cues will guide you to choose the best option for your strength level. Take charge of your body and well-being through intelligent and mindful exercise.
Release your hips! Sitting and stress bring added tightness to the hips and low back. This class combines ball rolling muscle release with core and gluteal strengthening. Find release in the low back and hips by strengthening the surrounding muscles groups. The exercises in this class can be used as a quick break in your day or supplement your regular workout for greater relief to your body.
In this Soca/Zumba session, Eugenia will teach you the different rhythms featured around the Caribbean and the rest of the globe. This class is guaranteed to make you, dance, sweat, laugh, fill your soul, and leave you with a feeling of love, and contentment, despite these adverse times and daily challenges.This class is designed for anyone who loves to dance, smile, and appreciate what their bodies are able to do. Most of all, this is a beautiful way of staying fit and keeping one's body in shape.
This series of 10 classes features simple exercises that you can do indoors or outdoors at your local County park! These videos are all in English and Spanish.
In this fun and upbeat conditioning class, participants will get their heart rates up while enjoying a full-body workout. We’ll start with simple dance movements to get our bodies warm, and thentransition to strengthening exercises for upper body and core conditioning. The class will end with juicy movement and stretching.
In this class, participants will spend time (virtually) in the kitchen with Jocelyn learning how to prepare healthy foods on a tight budget. Quick and easy meal preparation techniques, tips, and tricks will be provided.
Taiji Standing Meditation, (Zhan Zhuang), is a qigong that teaches body alignment, grounding, breathing, calmness and energy circulation. The Eight Pieces of Brocade, (Baduanjin), is a good beginner’s set of Taoist style qigong. This qigong channels energy throughout the body and belongs to the category of medical qigong.
An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing, meditation, and mantra. The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness.
In her 1988 memoir, A Burst of Light, Audre Lorde wrote, “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” This presentation will uncover the unique health challenges that women of color experience, look at how the “superwoman” mentality can be harmful to their health, and discover ways to expand the conversation around mental health
Weaving through vocal tones and silence, we will be entering into a meditative journey through our chakra energy systems. Let us support the nervous system, bring balance into the energy system, and liberate the body system into a higher state of integrity and creative flow.
FB: Healing With Postures of Grace
These classes were created to prepare students for a virtual 5K run! Join Bella at several County parks and beaches as she helps train kids for a fun run!
Welcome to a world of self expression! Unleash it by expressing all that you are in the cypher. Learn the art of Hip Hop skills and techniques. We will be developing strong, sharp movements mixed with technique and flow from Hip Hop culture./p>
This class will include exploring movement dynamics, finding momentum in movement, floor-work, and the interplay between using muscle and finding softness in dancing. We will utilize improvisation to discover our own voice and creative force from within as well as to explore different textures, qualities, and possibilities of movement. We will tap into the felt experience and find way to follow our own sensation in the moment. We will gain choreographic tools and practice sharing our own stories through our choreographic choices.
This choreography class is a whole vibe! Mainly commercial hip hop aspects with a splash of animation and sometimes a krump move or two. Feel free to check out my instagram to see the kind of choreography you will be learning!
This class will introduce the basics of Modern Dance, including dance technique, exploring shapes and movement qualities.
Learn the choreography to musical theatre song “Play with your Food” from Honk Jr. The short and fun warm-up will get us going to build creativity and character as we dive into song and dance, suitable for all ages!
FB: Modern Collective Dance Company
Learn my choreography to “Set it all Free” from the movie Sing! We will do a short and fun warm-up and character as we dive into song and dance suitable for all ages! There will be places to put in your own creativity and character.
Tenderness, humor and a lift in perspective all occur during this 45 minute class. Guitar,conga and singing wrap themselves around the lyrics and pull us together, all ages and genders.
Explore these online resources for enhancing your personal fitness and well-being!
County Parks Virtual Classes
15 Minute Workouts
Move More Together
Animal Themed Tabata
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Fresh Start Fitness
Virtual Basketball Camp
Workouts with Paul
Yoga for Kids
Youth Sports Performance YMCA 360
American Council of Exercise
AOA Workout YMCA 360
Bootcamp YMCA 360
Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer
Do Yoga with Me
Nike Training Club
Tai Chi YMCA 360
Yoga YMCA 360
3 things you need to participate:
Zoom account. All program activities will be conducted via video through Zoom. If you do not have a free Zoom account, please click here [https://zoom.us/signup]. To get Zoom on a Fire tablet, all you have to do is search for Zoom in the Amazon Appstore. You'll find the icon on the home screen of the tablet and it's then a quick download.
Ready to go? Review the calendar and find a class you are interested in. At the stated day and time, just click the link in the calendar and you will be connected to the class. If you have problems connecting, please contact Clara Munoz at (831) 458-3481.
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Whether you are a student or motivated to self-study, have fun exploring these online educational resources!
Art in Action
Kennedy Space Center
National Park Trust
SF Maritime National Park Association
Society of California Pioneers
California State Parks Virtual Learning
Stuck at Home Science
Children's Discovery Museum
Disney Magical Moments
Kids National Geographic
Laurie Berkner Band
Red Tricycle Science
Think About It
San Lorenzo River – Coastal Watershed Council
Learn 4 Good
Anti-Racism Resources: Books
Explore the world from your home with these online field trips exploring the arts, history and nature!
Ailey American Dance Theater (performances and more)
Cabrillo College – Meet the Composers
Cabrillo College – Festival Influences
Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Santa Fe
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Guggenheim Museum, New York
de Young Museum, San Francisco
Metropolitan Museum of Art (virtual tour & more)
Monterey Museum of Art
Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz
Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Korea
Pajaro Valley Arts, Watsonville
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium (virtual tour)
San Francisco Symphony (concert films)
San Francisco Ballet (performance videos)
SF MOMA (#MuseumFromHome: videos & classes)
Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Spain
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Walt Disney Family Museum (all ages - history and events)
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
Disneyland's Small World
Glenn Research Center: Space Environments Complex
Golden Gate Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Aviary cam
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Coral Reef cam
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Open Sea cam
National Marine Sanctuaries
Point Lobos State Park: Whalers Cover
San Diego Zoo: Baboon cam
San Diego Zoo: Elephant cam
San Diego Zoo: Tiger cam
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Wild Birds Unlimited - Owl Cam
Winchester Mystery House
Yellowstone National Park
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