Winter Aikido, Dance, Qigong, Tai Chi, & Movement
at The Arlington Center

The Details: dates, pricing, helpful hints

  • Winter classes run for 13 weeks, from Monday, December 23 through Sunday, March 22, except as noted
  • the Center accepts cash or check payable to TAC or The Arlington Center
  • drop in anytime for $20 (some classes cost less) or pay cash or check for a class card (see below) to the teacher - card will be ready by your next class
  • 4 class cards cost $72, or $18/class
  • 8 class cards cost $136, or $17/class
  • 12 class cards cost $192, or $16/class
  • 4, 8, & 12 class cards - as well as older 5, 10, & 15 cards - are transferrable. Family and friends may use them, and there's no time limit!
  • unlimited class cards cost $165/1 month, $475/3 mos, $895/6 mos, $1695/year - more details...
  • sign up for a season anytime (except the last meeting) - cost is lower (see below) and is prorated when you join mid-cycle!
  • pay $16/class when you sign up for the season (many classes cost less - see registered/drop-in fees next to listing)
  • it’s flexible - sign up for one class, then attend different classes instead, whenever and as often as you like, until the end of the season!
  • before coming to first class, please check for updated schedule information at
  • plan to arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to check in and set up
  • street parking only - do not use driveways or lots on either side of building - no 2hr restriction evenings or Sunday, and side streets off Mass Ave are never ticketed
  • bikes - use bike racks out front - please do not use neighbors' railings
  • participation in all classes and workshops should always be done under the guidance of your physician
  • please inform the teacher if you are pregnant or have special needs
  • what to bring: a yoga mat if you like - the Center freely provides them, though, along with blankets, bolsters, blocks, belts & eye pillows

11 - 12 noon NIA with Ana Ayvazian. $15 registered/18 drop-in

12 - 1:30 pm FELDENKRAIS Awareness Through Movement with Deborah lotus & Ruth Knill. $16/20

10 - 11:15 am New Weekly Class! QIGONG/TAI CHI with Pam Vlahakis. $15/18

3:30 - 5:30 pm DANCING Outside The Lines with Joan Green. 8 wks $188. 3/12 - 4/30

7:15 - 9:30 pm CONTINUUM: Movement with Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell. Monthly series ~ for info & registration, email Elisabeth. 3/13
7:30 - 9 pm New Day & Time! AIKIDO with Ted Goodman, Sensei. $16/20. Ends 3/6, resumes 4/17
8 - 10 pm 5 RHYTHMS: Ecstatic Dance & Authentic Relating with Margaux Skalecki. $15-25 at the door. 3/6

12 noon - 1:30 pm AIKIDO with Ted Goodman, Sensei. $16/20. Ends 3/7

10:30 - 12:30 New Time! CONTACT IMPROV Jam. $10 drop-in ; $40/5 jams; $70/10 jams. 3/15
1:30 - 4:30 pm CONTINUUM: Movement with Megan Bathory-Peeler. Monthly series ~ for info & registration, email Megan. 3/29

Aikido, Dance, Qigong, Tai Chi & Movement

AIKIDO (Ted Goodman, Sensei) Revered for its power and beauty, the uniquely noncompetitive art of Aikido blends with, redirects, and resolves an attack through a circular flow of takedowns, immobilizations, and throws. As you train you’ll learn how easily and gracefully strikes can be avoided, grabs escaped or reversed, and an attacker’s size and strength neutralized. Due to its non-aggressive nature - no punches, kicks, or counter-attacks - Aikido can teach us much about coping with the stress and strain of everyday life through wisdom rather than aversion and resistance

AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT (Ruth Knill) The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic learning is a gentle and pleasant way to improve the quality of your movement and your awareness of your embodied self. By engaging with your habits of movement in a supportive, exploratory way, Feldenkrais can help you to discover more comfortable and efficient ways of moving and being. Safe and gentle, yet challenging in surprising and satisfying ways, the material in each class is tailored to suit the needs and interest of the participants

CONTACT, or Contact Improvisation dance, was originally developed by dance artist Steve Paxton in the 1970’s. Dancers share body weight while in motion, often moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, counter-balancing, lifting and falling. Contact is not only playful, pleasurable and fun, it is a forum for discovering who we are beneath our skins. It fine tunes your senses, waking up your ability to listen and respond to each moment. Contact is practiced around the world by people of all ages, bodies and abilities, and is offered at the Center as a weekly jam with revolving leader

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry (Megan Bathory-Peeler) is a gemlike movement and sound-based practice of awareness, with different facets that allow the work to be approached from multiple angles. Unfolding as moving mindfulness, Continuum consistently brings one into the present moment through simple awareness of breath and wave motion. By being present to what is in the moment, one can make more informed choices for action that are more symbiotic, less effortful, and also maintain a focus on connection rather than on fear or isolation. This can bring about a significant shift in one's life, allowing a fuller sense of one's body, along with a greater trust in it. Continuum is relevant to anyone invested in healing and personal development, curious about the science of the body, engaged in the arts, or actively exploring the spiritual or the unknown

DANCING Between the Lines (Joan Green) Improvisation is remarkable. We come to class and discover where we are in the core of our beings! We move with others and our souls are moved. Our lives become larger, our possibilities expand. This series is based in Modern dance practice and has evolved continually since Joan began teaching it in 1992. We'll explore concepts in improvisation both as part of an internal centering and as a performance form, opening our bodies to the unrestricted flow of movement, as our consciousness awakens to where we are and what will take us to movement places we haven't been before. In solos, duets, trios, and group forms, often with music, we take advantage of things that happen by accident, simultaneously cultivating pure intention. This class consciously develops a sense of community, continues to provide challenges for our imaginations and our bodies and creates an atmosphere where each of us can soar!

QIGONG/TAI CHI (Pam Vlahakis) Qigong is an ancient system of mind-body exercises originating in China for the purpose of promoting health and healing. Tai Chi was first developed as a martial art form for self-defense. Today people practice Qigong and Tai Chi for health and wellness as they both consist of breath awareness, focused concentration and gentle rhythmic movement. This combined Qigong/Tai Chi class may include the Therapeutic Qigong 36 form, 8 form and 5 steps, Buddhist Qigong Crane form, and Tai Chi elements and forms