University Recreation to Host Stand-Up Paddleboard, Self Defense, Ballet Classes and More

January 20, 2016

Ballet classes begin on Friday, Feb. 26 The spring 2016 semester brings a variety of non-credit and continued learning opportunities in aquatics, dance, and health & safety topics for students, UREC members, faculty/staff, and Arkansas Alumni Association members. Ballet Dance, beginning swim lessons, and American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED Certification are some of the classes offered through University Recreation.

UREC will offer stand-up paddleboard fitness classes in the HPER Natatorium in March and April. Classes include a blend of balance, yoga, and exercise movements on stationary paddleboards.  Each three-week session consists of one class per week on Tuesday evenings.

"Stand-up paddleboard classes challenge your fitness in a whole new way by adding the element of balance and stability to common exercise move," said Sara Downey, who will be instructing both sessions.

"Plus, it's fun!  What a unique way to work out."

Session dates/times, costs, and class descriptions are available on the UREC website.  Free, drop-in demo classes will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. Interested participants are welcomed to come and try it out!

Krav Maga is a new program that University Recreation will offer beginning Feb. 23. This popular self-defense method incorporates hand-to-hand combat techniques developed by the Israeli Military.  This eight-week beginner's class will cover self-defense against a wide array of attacks such as chokes, bear hugs, and shirt grabs. No experience or prior training is required. Interested, but not sure if the class is for you? The first class session is a free demo class where participants can meet the instructor and get a class preview.

Dance classes will include ballet and swing dance. The eight-week Ballet class begins Friday, Feb. 26, and will follow the Cecchetti Method, focusing on balance, poise, strength, elevation, and elasticity. The swing dance class is a 4-week introduction to the East Coast Swing form of partner ballroom dance featuring upbeat music such as big band and rock & roll. This beginner session, starting Wednesday, Feb. 24, will focus on the basics including the single, double, and triple lindy; as well as timing, musicality, and etiquette. Both of these classes are open to all levels; no prior knowledge or dance experience is required. More information about these classes, including dates, times, and prices, can be seen on the UREC website.

Aquatics program offerings include Beginning Swim Lessons for youth ages 5-12, as well as adults aged 13 and up. Lessons are designed to introduce participants to aquatic environments and develop basic skills including floating, breathing, and basic locomotion. Beginning swim lesson sessions for both youth and adults are Monday/Wednesday evenings beginning February 8.

Multiple American Red Cross class dates for CPR/First Aid/AED Certification classes and Lifeguard Certification will be offered during the 2016 semester. These classes can help students fulfill academic or employer requirements, and can also be packaged and brought to specific departments on campus.

UREC community programs are open to registration by students, UREC members, UA faculty/staff, and active Arkansas Alumni Association members. Online registration is available for students and faculty/staff. For more information about these or any other UREC programs, please contact Katie Helms at 575-4684 or

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