January 19

New Year, New Knowledge

Check out these fun and interesting local classes.

As we embrace the opportunities and challenges of 2024, South Lake Union continues to offer a diverse range of options for anyone aiming to elevate their personal and professional lives. Whether your goal is to enhance your fitness, acquire new abilities, or start a new hobby, there are plenty of options in the neighborhood to help enrich your life. Here’s a look at some of the interesting classes available in South Lake Union.

People building wooden boats

Build a Boat

The Center for Wooden Boats (1010 Valley Street) is partnering with Chesapeake Light Craft to offer unique “build your own boat” classes. In these engaging week-long sessions, participants will be meticulously guided on how to properly sand, paint, or varnish the boat, tailored to individual preferences.

These classes are open to anyone aged 18 and above and will be held at South Lake Union. Each class can accommodate up to 6 boats, ensuring a focused and hands-on experience. The classes are scheduled from 9am to 5pm, with the specific dates varying. Click here for pricing and more details.

Just Dance

Live2Dance (308 Ninth Avenue North) is dedicated to redefining the perception of dancing, highlighting its substantial benefits for physical, mental, and social health. The studio’s goal extends beyond promoting dance as a cardiovascular exercise—it aims to build communities, reduce stress, and spread happiness through its vibrant and energizing Indian-fused dance routines.

Live2Dance’s mission is to share the joy of dance and celebrate Bollywood and Indian culture across the nation. Its classes are designed to appeal to a wide audience, welcoming people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Live2Dance offers a unique opportunity for creative self-expression, physical fitness, and social interaction, all through the universal language of dance.
Founder, director, and instructor Deepali Jamwal and her team offer a variety of classes that will get you moving and keep you smiling ear to ear. See the class schedule here.

Learn to Roll

The structured curriculum at Praxis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (222 Minor Avenue North) presents a gradual progression through all skill levels, from brand new beginner to experienced competitor. Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes offer beginners a comprehensive overview of self-defense techniques and strategies inherent to the discipline, providing a foundational roadmap for ongoing Jiu-Jitsu study. The Fundamentals course delves deeper, focusing on the intricacies of techniques and their effective application against resistance, following a structured curriculum for a well-rounded skill set. Intermediate classes build upon this base, introducing counters and combinations, enhancing defensive skills with offensive strategies. Advanced classes, including both Gi and NoGi sessions, are designed for mastering technique sequences and understanding their tactical applications, featuring sparring sessions by invitation, to integrate and refine all learned skills in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Explore the class schedule here.

Looking for more learning opportunities? Did you know that South Lake Union is home to three different higher learning institutions? Cornish College of the Arts (1000 Lenora Street), Northeastern University Seattle (401 Terry Avenue North), and School of Visual Concepts (2300 Seventh Avenue B) all feature main campuses in the neighborhood and offer full programs of study.

Check out the Discover SLU directory for more info about neighborhood businesses.

Story by Ethan Chung. Photos courtesy Melanie Masson & Live2Dance.

At The Center

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