Updated for 2017. 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 QIGONG: 5 ANIMAL FROLICS.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm. One 7 class session: Sep 6—Oct 18. 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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Cultivate your personal energy with Qigong. The 5 Animal Frolics are gentle exercises imitating the spirit and movements of the crane, bear, monkey, deer, and tiger. Accompanied by deep, relaxed breathing, they have been practiced in China for 1,800 years to strengthen the body, promote balance, and celebrate life.

Class Suitable for Beginners QIGONG: 18 IMMORTALS.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm. One 7 class session: Oct 25—Dec 13, no class Nov 22. 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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Promote flexibility, muscle tone, bone strength, deep breathing, relaxation, and enjoyment of life with Qigong. Learn movements matched with breath and mental focus designed to cultivate personal energy. Dynamic yet meditiative, these exercises are the traditional foundation of Shaolin martial arts, and foster health, fitness, and well being.

Class Suitable for Beginners T’AI-CHI: YANG STYLE, BEGINNING.
Wed 7:45-9:05 pm. Two sessions, 7 classes per session: Sep 6—Oct 18, Oct 25—Dec 13, no class Nov 22. 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 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.

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