With the start of a new year, many people choose to adopt a resolution -- a way to improve themselves in the coming year. For some, it might be to start a new hobby; others might decide they want to get in shape and get healthier.

Cornerstone Center for the Arts is one avenue that can help with resolutions. The center will be offering a variety of 12-week classes, beginning the week of Jan. 30.

Belly Dancing

If your New Year’s resolution is to become a better dancer while also getting a killer set of abs, then this is the class for you. In this course, you will learn the basics of belly dancing: posture, movement, simple dance combinations, and rhythm. Don’t worry if you have never had any dancing experience before; the class is specifically aimed for beginners. If you want to take part in this opportunity, the class will meet each Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Maybe you want to test out your artistic skills and see what you can create -- if you do, venture into the ceramics class Cornerstone will be offering. This class will take place in Cornerstone’s ceramic studio, and you will get the chance to try out hand-building pottery as well as testing out the potter’s wheels. The first section of this class has already been filled, but due to the high demand, Cornerstone will be offering another chance to go on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fashion Art

If you have always dreamed of designing your own clothes, then this is the class for you. Students will learn how to make their own wearable art, using techniques such as tie dye, weaving, silk screening, and macrame. If you are interested, the class will meet every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

USA Combat Jujitsu

If you were in a situation in which you were attacked by someone with a weapon, would you know what to do? If you aren’t sure, then Cornerstone’s combat jujitsu class might be a good option for you. Combat jujitsu is a form of martial arts that teaches people how to defend themselves in various dangerous situations. Students will learn how to use blocks, hold joints, leverage strikes and throws to defend themselves against attackers. This class will meet twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Acting for Grown Ups

Whether you have always dreamed of being on the big screen, or you just want more confidence in your public speaking skills, then Cornerstone’s Acting for Grown Ups class could be a good fit for you. Through the various performances put on in the class, you will gain more self-confidence while also having fun. The class will meet every Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.