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Louis van Amstel of Dancing With the Stars to Teach Dance Fitness Master Class on March 15 in Columbia

Louis Van Amstel

Louis van Amstel — the dance champion, coach and choreographer whose television work has included performances on the hit show Dancing with the Stars — will be coming to Columbia to teach a master class.

That master class will be in van Amstel’s new LaBlast dance fitness program. LaBlast is a fun-filled, high-energy dance fitness class that challenges and inspires people of all ages and fitness levels as they dance to a wide variety of music. Types of dance include cha cha, disco, the hustle, jive, the Lindy Hop, merengue, paso doble, quickstep, salsa, samba and the Viennese waltz.

The master class will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the Supreme Sports Club Arena, located at 7080 Deepage Drive in east Columbia. Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m.

The program is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Participants can pay at any CA fitness facility or via telephone at Columbia Athletic Club (5435 Beaverkill Road in Harper’s Choice, 410-730-6744); Columbia Gym (6151 Daylong Lane in River Hill, 410-531-0800); and Supreme Sports Club (410-381-5355).

KidSpace will be available. It is free for KidSpace members and $8 per child for all others.

For more information on the event, please email Group.Fitness@ColumbiaAssociation.org. And for more information on van Amstel, go to LouisvanAmstel.com.

In addition, there well be LaBlast certification training for those seeking to become instructors. This will be held on Sunday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Supreme Sports Club. The early bird rate through Feb. 16 is $289 (use code EARLY), and then goes up to $319. Sign up — for certification training only — is through LaBlastFitness.com/training.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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VIDEO: Find Out About CA’s NewU Programs

In this video, CA’s director of community health sustainability, Shawni Paraska, talks about CA’s NewU programs, which help people get healthier. And click here for the full January episode of Columbia Matters.

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VIDEO: CA’s Personal Training Programs

In this video, Columbia Association’s Sam Yurko and Dena Taylor talk about CA’s personal training programs. And click here for the full January episode of Columbia Matters.

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Avoiding Hidden Sugar: Nutrition Tips with CA’s Bonnie Pace

Watch this video for advice from CA’s Bonnie Pace. And click here for the full January episode of Columbia Matters.

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by | January 11, 2014 · 6:00 am

Relax and Rejuvenate With Haven on the Lake

Columbia Association’s (CA) new mind-body wellness retreat is coming soon to Town Center, overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi. There have been some new developments since we first announced this very exciting project to you. We spoke with Rob Goldman, CA vice president, for an update.

Q. Are there any new developments on the project? What is the construction timeline?

A. The project is on schedule. Howard Hughes Corporation is scheduled to turn the renovated space over to CA in March, and CA will then build out and finish the space. A September 2014 opening is planned as scheduled.

Q. Has CA picked a name for the new wellness retreat?

A. The mind-body wellness retreat has been named “Haven on the Lake.”

Q. CA has partnered with The Still Point, a wellness spa with current locations in Clarksville and Takoma Park. What types of services will The Still Point be offering at the new facility?

A. The Still Point will be delivering a variety of acupuncture sessions, a number of holistic skin treatments, a wide variety of massage therapies, Reiki and more. The Still Point also will offer a proprietary line of essential oils.

Q. How can people learn more about Haven on the Lake?

A. Currently, there is a video online that provides quite a bit of information about Haven on the Lake. You can access it at bit.ly/HavenLakeVideo.

You will soon see a lot more communications about CA’s new wellness retreat in a variety of media locations. In February 2014, CA will have an information/sales trailer in the parking lot of the American City Building where you will be able to get information about the retreat and purchase memberships and services.

For more information about “Haven on the Lake,” email Rob.Goldman@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

-Article by Mary Weeks

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Stay Fit and Have Fun With CA in 2014

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Many of us have resolutions that we want to keep. Instead of dropping your new plans after they’ve barely begun, check out all of the options Columbia Association (CA) offers to help you stick with and reach your fitness and recreational goals. CA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people living and working in Columbia, and one of the ways to do that is to provide facilities and programs that help people get in shape and have fun so they can feel and look awesome!

Fitness Programs/Classes

As you may already know, CA has three fitness facilities: Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia Gym and Supreme Sports Club. Each offers group fitness classes that give members a chance to socialize while participating in an exercise class taught by certified instructors. Classes range from basic aerobics to hip-hop dancing to kickboxing. And if you prefer something a little more low key, CA also has mind/body classes to relax you and get you in shape. In addition to yoga offerings, there are tai chi and Qigong (a less complex form of tai chi) classes. There are also some boot camp programs, aquatics programs and classes geared toward residents age 55 and over.

Wellness Programs

CA also offers wellness programs to keep you healthy and happy. There’s Columbia Optimal Health, a program focusing on exercise, nutrition and behavioral health; Fit Beginnings, a program focusing on exercise; WINN, an exercise program for mature adults ages 45 and older; and Columbia Youth Fit, a program focusing on creating healthy families. Call 410-715-3128 for more information.

Community Amenities

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors, CA provides several amenities to the Columbia community including pathways, tot lots, parks, picnic pavilions, basketball and tennis courts, and golf courses for residents and members to enjoy. Visit ColumbiaAssociation.org to learn about other amenities and services CA provides.

-Article by Aria White Connor

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Hours for Columbia Association Facilities

CAlogoTREE_colorCA Headquarters and Membership Service Center

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31

    • Headquarters open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    • Membership Service Center open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, closed.

Columbia Archives

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, open until 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, closed.

Columbia Art Center

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, closed.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, closed.
  • Thursday, Jan. 2, open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m..
  • Friday, Jan. 3, open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 4, open 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 5, open noon to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 6, open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 7, open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 8, open 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 9, open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 10, open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Regular hours resume on Jan. 11.

Columbia Athletic Club

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, 5:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    • Group exercises classes until 4 p.m.

    • KidSpace, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    • Therapy pool, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    • Indoor tennis, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., no block time.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Group exercises classes until noon.

    • KidSpace, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    • Therapy pool, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Indoor tennis, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., no block time.

Columbia Gym

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    • Group exercise classes until 4 p.m.

    • KidSpace, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    • Swimming pool, 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Group exercise classes from 7 a.m. to noon.

    • KidSpace, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Swimming pool, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Columbia Ice Rink

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, public session from noon to 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan.1, public sessions from noon to 2 p.m., and from 4 to 6 p.m.

Columbia SportsPark and SkatePark

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting (40 degrees)

  • Wednesday, Jan.1, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting (40 degrees).

Columbia Swim Center

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, open 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • AquaFit until 12 p.m.

    • No KidSpace or SplashDown

    • Laps/Rec Main Pool, 12 to 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • No AquaFit, SplashDown or KidSpace
    • Laps/Rec Main Pool, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fairway Hills Golf Club

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Owen Brown Outdoor Tennis and Bubble

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., no block time

  • Wednesday, Jan.1, closed.

Supreme Sports Club

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, closes at 8 p.m.

    • Group exercise classes until 4 p.m.

    • KidSpace, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    • Swimming pool, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, reopens at 7 a.m.

    • Group exercise classes, 7 a.m. to noon.
    • KidSpace, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Swimming pool, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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