(Information in the Rec Notes is provided by the Kershaw County Recreation Department.)
Easy steps with Shag
The shag: it’s the official state dance and you can learn it or finetune it at the Rec Department.
Join Patty and Larry Blackmon and Barbara Wilkes at their weekly “night at the beach” and learn this special dance. It’s easy to learn for all ages and participants will have fun putting those dance steps into play.
All levels of instruction are offered; handouts are available upon request for practice between classes or for refreshers rejoining the class.
Classes are conducted on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. for beginners and from 8 to 9 p.m. for intermediates at the old armory. The cost is $40 per person for five weeks; pre-registration is required. The next session will be Oct. 19-Nov. 9.
Yoga relieves tension and improves physical and mental health.
Yoga classes at the Kershaw County Recreation Department's Old Armory regularly meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Instructor Scott Freiberg says those who practice yoga look younger and experience improvement in general health, personal appearance, mental outlook and emotional stability, regardless of age or present physical condition.
The cost is $36 for four weeks.
For anyone who hates to exercise, Zumba will feel more like a Salsa party than a workout. Zumba has a fast, energetic workout that is fun and addictive. You get lost in the music and dance and don’t realize you’re getting such a great workout! This is a great remedy for anyone looking for a fat burning pick-me-up with a positive energy blast that will leave you feeling happy and energized.
Zumba is not difficult and anyone can, and should, experience it. It’s a Colombia-born dance-aerobic workout that is composed of Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Hip-hop, Mambo and other dance rhythms, delivering an aerobic workout with both fast and slow rhythms.
Zumba targets the glutes, legs, arms and abs, all while burning calories and keeping that heart rate up for the entire class.
Zumba fitness class will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, with the next session starting Oct. 6. The class is instructed, by Raheema Sameem, certified instructor, and the cost is $20 per month for four classes. Pre-registration is required at the Recreation Department office. Call 425-6010 for more information.
Tai Chi is a physical exercise and martial art that has been practiced in China for thousands of years.
The free-flowing relaxation exercise consists of a special arrangement of movements known as the form. The form is many separate movements strung together to produce one continuous sequence lasting for several minutes. Within the form, there are five fundamental principles -- relaxation, Yin/Yang, turn waist, keep body upright and beautiful lady hands.
Combining the forms and principles of Tai Chi will help create overall good health. The word TAI means “great,” while CHI is translated as “vital energy or powerful life force.”
Relax and enjoy good health with Tai Chi classes. A new class is scheduled to begin Monday at 7 p.m. A new class will be offered on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. when minimum registration is met.
The fee for the six-week session is $25. Instructor is Taylor Chestnut. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Rec Department.
Want to get in shape without all the running, jumping and bouncing? Try Tonetics -- a deep-muscle exercise class involving walking, stretching, bar usage and more.
The purpose is to tone and lose inches, while working all major muscle groups to achieve an all-over muscle fitness.
Two five-week courses are offered, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class from 5:15 to 6 p.m. is $20; the class from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. is $25. The new session begins Sept. 21.
The instructor is Pam Boheler. Call 425-6010 for more information.
Square dance lessons
The Camden Hi-Steppers Square Dance Club will offer square dance lessons at Woodward Park rec building from 8 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 and 14. Walk-ins are welcome.
For information on square dancing or the lessons, contact Jack and Betty Ramsey at (803) 635-9694; Scheller or Betty Joe Jackson at 432-9358; Richard or Barbar Walker at (803) 788-0118; Frank and Mary Ann Trapp at 432-5902; or the Rec Department.
Line dancing is included in the Hi-Steppers' regular dance program. To see the club in action, visit on any Thursday at 8 p.m.
Get a good workout while learning self defense methods with beginning Tae-Kwon-Do classes.
The classes are conducted each Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 6 to adults at the old armory. Children will learn self-confidence and self-discipline and adults will master self-defense while getting the ultimate workout. Instructor is Marvin Nelson of the Tae-Kwon-Do Academy in Lugoff.
The fee per month is $20 a month. Classes are held at the Rec Department. Pre-register is required.
Line dance steps
The chance to learn the Electric Slide and other popular steps is here. And with the addition of morning classes, there’s a session to fit almost any schedule.
Line dance is a great stress reducer and emotional release as well as good exercise, providing much the same benefits as low-impact aerobics. Increase energy, improve strength and muscle tone. Age is no factor. And you can build your stamina while having fun. Come with a friend or spouse or come alone; you don’t need a partner for line dance.
Join the Rec Department’s four-week line dance classes, offered for beginners from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Intermediate classes are available from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays.
The cost is $15 a month or $4 per class. Instructor for line dance is Ann Segars, licensed by BMI-ASCAP, National Teachers of Line Dance. For more information, call the Rec Department.
(For further information, call the Recreation Department at 425-6009 or 425-6010 or visit www.kershaw.sc.gov and click on departments and services.)