For questions about individual classes, please call the teacher listed.
 
We offer classes at the following locations:

Carrboro

Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver Street (2nd floor)

Cary

Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Ambassador Loop
SAS, I-40 at Harrison Ave exit

Chapel Hill

Carolina Meadows, Whippoorwill Ln
UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont, 100 Sprunt St

Durham

Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy
Duke Health and Fitness Ctr. (Center for Living), Morreene Rd
Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee
Osher Lifelong Learning Inst, Judea Reform, Cornwallis Rd
Wholistic Resources, 5014 Mt. Sinai Road

CLASSES BY LOCATION
(Alphabetical Order by Town)

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CARRBORO

Class Suitable for Beginners QIGONG. Resumes Sept 5.
Various approaches to the cultivation of personal energy: Golden Light (for “Enlightenment”), Five Animals (for Wellness), Rising Lotus (for Healing), etc. Ongoing class, start anytime. Beginners welcome! Tuesdays 10:30-11:45 am. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. $12 per class with a 10-class pass; $13 per class with a 5-class pass; drop-in: $15. Register in class. Resumes Sept 5. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

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This class provides an ongoing and varying experience in medical qigong, including Five Animal Play, Rising Lotus Qigong, the Six Healing Sounds, and other explorations. Five Animal Play (Wuqinxi) Qigong is divided into three sections: Crane/Bear, Monkey, and Deer/Tiger. This set is an excellent and delightful lifelong exercise, utilizing deep, smooth, breathing matched to movements that mimic the crane, bear, monkey, deer and tiger. The aim is to enhance the flow of qi (life energy), harmonize the five phases of change (fire, water, earth, wood, and metal), strengthen the internal organs, nerves, muscles, and bones, prevent and cure diseases, improve the health and vitality of body, mind, and spirit, and prolong life.
HOOKED CANE SELF-DEFENSE FORM & WU/HAO STYLE TAIJI. Resumes Sept 5.
Tuesdays 12-1:15 pm. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. Traditional 75-movement Guai Gun (walking cane with hook) form. $12 per class with a 10-class pass; $13 per class with a 5-class pass; drop-in: $15. Open to beginners who are willing to persevere. Register in class. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

Class Suitable for Beginners TAIJIQUAN: THE MASTER KEY. Resumes Sept 5.
Tuesdays 6:45 to 7:45 pm. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. Includes Taiji Diagram sculpting (silk reeling), push-hands, and intro to San Shou (traditional two-person set). $12 per class with a 10-class pass; $13 per class with a 5-class pass; drop-in: $15. Open to beginners who are willing to persevere. Register in class. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

Class Suitable for Beginners OPEN PRACTICE: WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN. Resumes Sept 6.
Join Dr. Jay and other players, from beginning to experienced, in a silent (with music) play-through of the Wu/Hao 108-movement traditional long form. 7:30-7:55am, Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. Open to all by donation ($3 suggested); free to members of the 8:00-9:00 class (below).

Class Suitable for Beginners TAIJIQUAN: THE MASTER KEY. Resumes Sept 6.
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 am. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. Includes Taiji Diagram sculpting (silk reeling), push-hands, and intro to San Shou (traditional two-person set). $12 per class with a 10-class pass; $13 per class with a 5-class pass; drop-in: $15. Open to beginners who are willing to persevere. Register in class. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]


CARY

Class Suitable for Beginners T'AI-CHI BASICS: DYNAMICS OF YIN & YANG.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm. One 7 class session: Jan 10-Feb 21. Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. $88 for Cary residents or $116 non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, 919-968-3936]

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An introduction to the principles of T'ai-Chi, this class includes breath work, structural dynamics, walking, play with the diagram of yin and yang, and the ABCs of energy cultivation. Exercises open energy channels, stabilize the knees, loosen the hips, foster internal power, relaxation, and concentration.

Class Suitable for Beginners T'AI-CHI: HEAVY BALL.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm. One 7 class session: Feb 28-Apr 11. Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. $88 for Cary residents or $116 non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, 919-968-3936].

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T'ai-Chi Heavy Ball is a traditional method that conditions muscles, nourishes the spine, strengthens the core, and improves Qi flow and circularity. It enhances abilities and increases power and grip strength. Come with a 2-8 pound medicine ball depending on your conditions and experience the power of Heavy Ball!

T’AI-CHI: YANG STYLE, EXPERIENCED.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm. One session: Apr 18-May 30. Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. $88 for Cary residents or $116 non-residents. This class is devoted to corrections and enrichment of the choreography and underlying principles of the Yang Style long form. This class is open to students who have previously studied the form. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, 919-968-3936]

Class Suitable for Beginners T’AI-CHI: YANG STYLE, BEGINNING.
Wed 7:45-9:05 pm. Three sessions, 7 classes per session: Jan 10-Feb 21, Feb 28-Apr 11, Apr 18-May 30. Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. $88 for Cary residents or $116 non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, 919-968-3936]

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Discover the benefits of T'ai-Chi, an ancient movement art practiced for health, relaxation and self-defense. The widely popular Yang style is characterized by generous circles and smooth, strong postures. Learn the fundamentals of stance, alignment and energy cultivation, as well as the traditional Yang family style long form.
Class Suitable for Beginners T’AI-CHI: INTERACTIVE EXERCISES.
Wed 7:30-8:45 pm. 7 classes, Jun 20-Aug 22. (No class July 4, Aug 1, 15). Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. $88 for Cary residents or $116 non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, 919-968-3936]

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The interactive exercises of T'ai Chi will enhance your ability to touch with sensitivity, to listen, to interpret, and to respond appropriately. Learn to flow with situations and yet maintain your center and balance. Focus is on simple drills and sets for two or more people. New and experienced practitioners welcome.
Class Suitable for Beginners QIGONG.
Thursdays 11:30-12:30 pm. UNC Wellness Center, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary. 919-957-5900. Beginners welcome. 18 Immortals Qigong, Rising Lotus Medical Qigong, Five Animal Frolics, etc. On the first Thursday of each month we do a “half mala” of the 18 Immortals Qigong—three repetitions of the full set. An energizing and invigorating workout!! Register at the desk if not a member: $10 per class. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

Class Suitable for Beginners TAIJIQUAN “HEAVY” BALL & WU/HAO STYLE.
Thursdays 12:45-1:45 pm. UNC Wellness Center, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary. 919-957-5900. Beginners welcome. Register at the desk if not a member: $10 per class. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

CHAPEL HILL

Class Suitable for Beginners CHEN TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG. Ongoing: ***Call instructor to register.***
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm. The Farm, UNC Faculty Staff Recreation Association, 1 Alice Ingram Circle, Chapel Hill, in the clubhouse or picnic shelter. Focus in on Chen Style Taijiquan, Silk Reeling, Qi (energy) enhancing exercises. Appropriate for beginning and experienced participants. Farm membership not required. Comfortable clothing, soft soled shoes. [Teacher: James Sutton, (919) 724-2167, scepticusg@gmail.com]
Class Suitable for Beginners TAIJIQUAN “HEAVY” BALL, WU/HAO STYLE, & QIGONG.
Wednesdays 1-2 pm. UNC Wellness Ctr at Meadowmont, 100 Sprunt St, 966-5500. Beginners welcome! Register at the front desk if not a member: $10 per class. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG.
Wednesdays 2:45-3:30pm. At Carolina Meadows. Ongoing: for residents only. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

DURHAM

Class Suitable for Beginners TAIJIQUAN “HEAVY” BALL, WU/HAO STYLE.
Mondays, 10 -11 am. Duke Health and Fitness Center, 3475 Erwin Rd, www.dukefitness.org . Ongoing: drop-ins and beginners welcome. Register 919-660-6660 or at front desk. $15 per class for non members or $15 per month for members of DHFC. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, 919-968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners CHEN STYLE TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG, BEGINNING & FULL FORM PRACTICE. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome. Ages 55 and over. www.dcslnc.org/ Mondays, 10-11:30 am, Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee. First hour: beginning instruction; last half-hour: group practice of the long form. $5 per class. Form practice only: $4. [Teacher: Gabrael St. Clair 919-323-2101]
Class Suitable for Beginners QIGONG. Starts Sept 11.
Mondays 3:15-4:45 pm. Judea Reform Education Bldg, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd. Focuses on deepening breath, coordinating it with whole-body movement and visualization as we practice the 18 Immortals Qigong, as well as auxiliary exercises, including selections from the Five Animals Medical Qigong. Registration through Duke’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI): call 919-684-6259 or go online to www.learnmore.duke.edu/ [Teacher: Dr. Jay, 919-968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners CHEN TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG. Ongoing: ***Call instructor to register.***
Tuesdays, 8:00-8:55 am. Treyburn Country Club, 1 Old Trail Dr., Durham. Focus is on Chen Style Taijiquan, Silk Reeling exercises, and the Five Animal Frolics Qigong. $10/class. [Teacher: Dan Partridge, (919) 724-3665].
Class Suitable for Beginners QIGONG & WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN.
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am. Duke Health and Fitness Center, 3475 Erwin Rd, www.dukefitness.org Ongoing: drop-ins and beginners welcome. Register 919-660-6660 or at front desk. $15 per class for non members or $15 per month for members of DHFC. [Teacher: Dr. Jay Dunbar, 919-968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners SEATED TAIJI BALL AND QIGONG
Tuesdays 10-10:45 am. Durham Regent Senior Living, Residents and guests only. This class works on the Taiji heavy ball form with balls ranging from empty to 6 lbs and incorporates Qi Gong exercises. [Instructor: Tricia Cutrara, 919-265-3712]
Class Suitable for Beginners TAIJIQUAN: BALL & BASICS
Wednesdays from 11:00-12:00 pm. Walltown Recreation Center, 1200 W. Club Blvd. 919-286-9232, upstairs in the Dance studio. This class is for all levels of experience, students learn the Taiji ball form and other exercises designed to teach the basics of Taijiquan. No registration required, 4$ per class. [Instructor: Tricia Cutrara, 919-265-3712]
Class Suitable for Beginners TAIJI/QIGONG FUNDAMENTALS. Starts Sept 13.
Wednesdays, 6-7:10 pm. 10-class series, beginners welcome! Wholistic Health Studio, 1000 Hackberry Lane (corner of Mt. Sinai Rd and Hackberry Lane), Durham NC. To register, or for more information, visit www.wholistichealthstudionc.com, email: info@wholistichealthstudionnc.com, or call (919) 489-5355. Directions to Wholistic Health Studio are available on their website (“Contact Us”). [Teacher: Dr. Jay, 919-968-3936]
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Experience Tai Chi and Qigong in a 10-part series that explores the basics of breathing, movement, and the ancient philosophy that informs both these practices. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and system of meditative movement used worldwide for fitness, stress reduction, balance, and well-being. Principles of motion based on Yin and Yang, body mechanics, proper alignment, knee safety, and whole body coordination serve as an introduction to further study.

The healing properties of Tai Chi derive from Qigong: the cultivation and movement of Qi or life energy to induce physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual equilibrium. Explore exercises from three Qigong sets: 18 Luohan, Rising Lotus, and Five Animal Play.

When you have completed this class, you may join the experienced class, that meets on Thursdays from 6-7:10 pm, practicing the 108-movement Wu/Hao style solo form and the Master Key.

FINDING FUNCTION IN FORM
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm. Ongoing. Laughing Mountain Pavilion, 2621 Princeton Ave, Durham. $15 per class; $12 per class with a 5-class pass. Exploring Taiji Principles Using Non-Competitive Interactive Exercises. Contact instructor to register. Open to all styles. [Teacher: James Sutton, (919) 724-2167, scepticusg@gmail.com]
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Instead of a focus on learning choreography, this class will use very short choreographed two person sets that will allow a sturent to quickly become familiar with postures. Students will work together using these sets to explore the bamen (eight gates), wubu (five steps), and other subtle Taiji principles. This will allow students to experience why whole body movement, empty stepping, knee control, and overall structure are vital to the practice and understanding of taijiquan. With a deeper intellectual and physical understanding of these Taiji principles, a practitioner's solo routine can take on new meaning and begin to come alive and daily solo practice can be enhanced.

Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN: MOVING MEDITATION. Starts Sept 14.
Fall (“Moonlight”) 10 weeks; Winter (“Starlight”) 10 weeks; Spring (“Sunlight”) 6 weeks. Thursdays 9-10:30 am. Duke’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). To register, call 919-684-6259, or go online to www.learnmore.duke.edu/ Meets at the Judea Reform Education Bldg, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd. [Teacher: Dr. Jay (919-968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners SEATED TAIJI BALL AND QIGONG
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 9:15-10:00. Spring Arbor Assisted Living, Residents and Guests only. This class uses Taiji Ball form to practice coordination and build upper body strength. [Instructor: Tricia Cutrara, 919-265-3712]
WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN & TAIJIQUAN ESSENTIALS.
Ongoing: experienced Wu/Hao players only.
Thursdays, 6-7:10 pm, at Wholistic Health Studio, 1000 Hackberry Lane (corner of Mt. Sinai Rd and Hackberry Lane), Durham NC. To register, or for more information, visit www.wholistichealthstudionc.com, email: info@wholistichealthstudionnc.com, or call 919-489-5355. Directions to Wholistic Health Studio are available at their website on the “Contact Us” page. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, 919-968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG, BEGINNING & FULL FORM PRACTICE. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome. Ages 55 and over.
www.dcslnc.org/ Fridays, 10-11:30 am, Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee. First hour: beginning instruction; last half-hour: group practice of the long form. $5 per class. Form practice only: $4. [Teachers: Gabrael St. Clair (class) 919-323-2101 and Dr. Jay (long form practice), 919-968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners TAIJIQUAN “HEAVY” BALL & WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN.
Fridays 12:30-1:30 pm. In Ponder Auditorium at Croasdaile Village. Ongoing: for residents only. [Teacher: Dr. Jay 919-968-3936]

PITTSBORO

Class Suitable for Beginners CHEN STYLE TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG. Ongoing.
Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00 pm. At Duke Center for Living, Fearrington (Galloway Ridge). 100 Clynelish Close, Pittsboro. 919-545-2133. Focus in on Chen Style Taijiquan, Silk Reeling, Qi (energy) enhancing exercises. Beginners welcome! Register at the front desk. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

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The Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School
c/o Dr. Jay Dunbar, Director
15 Timberlyne Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1522
919.968.3936