Beyond U

Winter 2018

Classes begin Tuesday, January 2
Classes end Friday, April 20


Registration Fee:  $5.00

Class/Workshop Fees:  $5.00 Per Class or Workshop (unless otherwise indicated).

Fine Arts Class & Theater Class supply fee:  $10.00

Late & Final Registration: January 4 and 5 ($5.00 Late Registration Fee)

Registration Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Register/questions: Pat Baldwin in Room 305, (313) 833-1300 ext. 15

[Scholarships are available for qualifying participants]


Payable to: The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation

There is a $35 charge for returned checks


Yoga:  Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increased flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing     Class size: 10 minimum/30 maximum        Instructor: Gail Twitty
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am             Room:  Lower Level


Belly Dance:  A Middle-Eastern dance fitness class that will get your body moving.  You can expect to learn Tribal, Egyptian, Lebanese, and North African dance style and technique.  Benefits include strengthening and toning your body and relaxing your mind. Participants can purchase course materials from instructor.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing   Class size: 10 minimum/20 maximum     Instructor:  Stephanie Carr
Time:  11:45 am—12:45 pm                 Room:  Lower Level



Meditation:  In this course we will explore the various techniques of meditation. Learn and develop the practical skills of mindfulness and meditation, including methods for (a) deepening concentration and (b) responding skillfully to physical pain, stress, and difficult emotions and thought patterns.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing     Class size: 10 min/30 max        Instructor: Vernice Daniels
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm             Room:  Lower Level


Sing Out! (Men’s Multi-Style Singing Group):  Come sing with us! Join in the joy of group singing as we sing great music from the Swing and Be-Bop eras, as well as Blues, Doo-wop and Motown. The instructor is Alina Morr from the Grammy-nominated jazz group Straight Ahead.

Requirements: All skill levels are welcome     Class size: 8 min/25 max        Instructor: Alina Morr
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm             Room:  Lower Level



Contemporary Societal Issues Workshop: The New Urban Crisis Part II  This collaborative workshop will focus on contemporary issues facing Detroit including gentrification, income equality and ecological racism. Wayne State University students will partner with Hannan Center participants to read about current issues facing Detroit and will collaborate on a neighborhood profile project resulting in informative posters to be displayed at Hannan.

Dates: Wednesdays, February 7 through March 28  Time: 11:30am – 12:45pm
Location: Kayrod Gallery
Class size: 10 minimum/25 maximum  *$10 Materials Fee


Tai Chi:   Provides an opportunity for participants to learn the ancient Chinese form of moving meditation and relaxation while creating balance between the mind and body. The flowing dance-like movements are able to improve muscular strength, flexibility, joint movement, balance, and cardio-respiratory fitness.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing   Class size: 10 minimum/30 maximum   Instructor: Bobby Calhoun
Time: 10:15am-11:15am                      Room:  Lower Level


Zumba Gold:   A dance fitness class that will get your body moving to Latin and other genres of music. You can expect to hear fun & festive music that will inspire you to dance, walk in place and move your hips and arms while standing or sitting in a chair. The benefits include improving your physical and psychological health.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing Class size:  10 minimum/30 maximum Instructor:  Sheila Girard
Time:  11:30 am—12:30 pm                Room:  Lower Level



Art and Design 101:   This class is for beginners and for those who want to review basic exercises in drawing, collage, and color design.

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm      Class size: 9 minimum/15 maximum           Instructor:  Nancy Wolfe
Room:  Lower Level


Theater:   This class will provide the opportunity to explore aspects of theater performance and production.  Through various theater techniques, such as improvisation, oral history and storytelling, the group will develop and share their creativity with an audience.

Time:   10:15 am—11:45 am       Class size:  6 Minimum—10 Maximum         Instructor:  Assata Haki
Room:  3rd floor Conference Room      Supply fee per term:  $10.00



Afro-Cuban Dance:   An introduction to Afro Cuban dance techniques and basic drum rhythms.  This class will also examine Afro Cuban history and cultural practices.

Time: 9:00 am-10:00 am   Class size: 10 minimum/20 maximum    Instructor: Seycon Chea
Room:  Lower Level


Gentle Yoga:   Gentle yoga for all levels of abilities. We will do seated and standing poses, with floorwork being optional. Plenty of helpful modifications will be suggested.  Gain flexibility, balance, range of motion and even muscular strength.

Course duration:  12 weeks (6 weeks, 1 week off, 6 weeks)

Time: 10:15 am-11:15 am   Class size: 10 minimum/30 maximum    Instructor: Dr. Nia-Avelina Aguirre
Room:  Lower Level


Fine Arts:   Learn the skill of printmaking, collage, figure drawing, mandala making, and painting self-portraits. Students are able to learn and create in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere that welcomes all who are interested in self-expression and using their imaginations.

Time: 12:30 pm-3:00 pm        Class size: 10 minimum  20 maximum            Instructor: James Puntigam
Room:  Lower Level                         Supply fee per term:  $10.00



Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast

Join Hannan Center as we partner with HAP and Black United Fund to honor MLK Day.  This intergenerational breakfast will bring older adults together with students from Detroit School of Arts to discuss the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and what that work means today in terms of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream.

Monday, January 15, 2018 (9:00 am, 8:30 am Registration)

Greater Grace Church/Charles H. Ellis III Banquet and Conference Center

23500 W Seven Mile Rd, Detroit, MI 48219

Cost:  None

RSVP Required – please call 313.833.1300 X14



Intro to Stand Up Comedy

Wednesdays, January 17 through February 21
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room

Instructor: Joel Fragomeni, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle

This six-week workshop will give participants the opportunity to try their hand at stand up comedy. Stand up can be a fun way to socialize, improve mood, share life experiences, and explore talents that may not have been brought to light before. During this workshop, participants will explore the art of joke writing, learn methods for delivering material, experience performing in front of an audience, and learn about the history and art that makes stand up unique. At the completion of this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to perform a five-minute routine for family and friends at Hannan for the Hannan Showcase.  Participants will also have the opportunity to see a show at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle as part of their learning experience.

Class Size: 5 min/12 max

*Please note: Participants who sign up for this class are expected to attend all sessions. The nature of the program is progressive and each session is important to the learning process.


Diversity and Inclusion in the LGBT Community

Thursday, February 1
Instructor: Pat Baldwin, Director of Beyond U and Volunteer Services, Hannan Center
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm    Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room  Class Size: 6 min/15 max

Inclusion is a practice that enables full participation by eliminating implicit and explicit barriers. This workshop will review diversity and inclusion issues within the LGBT community and discuss attitudes and approaches for inclusion.

Materials Needed:  folder, notepad, pen/pencil


Life-Writing 201: A Literary Journey to Self-Expression

Mondays, February 2 through March 12
Instructor: Pat Baldwin, Director of Beyond U and Volunteer Services, Hannan Center
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm    Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room  Class Size: 8 min/15 max

This six-week workshop will continue with the life review process and how to take control of one’s narrative through writing. Materials needed: Notebook and pen/pencil



Detroit Medical Center (DMC) comes to Hannan the second Wednesday of every month to offer FREE blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings, plus the opportunity to ask questions of a health care professional.

Dates:  Second Wednesday of the month   Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am    Location:  Lower Level