Adult & Family Programs
The Zumba program is a fitness-party that fuses hypnotic Latin/International rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out and to get hooked. Zumba fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life. You do not have to be a dancer to do this workout. Zumba is for everybody! Zumba is offered year-round on a weekday evening.
When it comes to body sculpting, Zumba Toning raises the bar (or rather, the toning stick). It combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Students learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. Zumba Toning is the perfect way for enthusiasts to sculpt their bodies naturally while having a total blast. Students must purchase Toning sticks prior to beginning for use during class and can be purchased through DCH or at Zumba.com . Zumba Toning is offered year-round on a weekday evening.
DCH offers a wide variety of art classes in collaboration with the Dedham Square Artist Guild (DSAG). Classes are held in DCH’s ground floor space (enter at the back of the building) and taught by DSAG artists. Founded in October 2011, DSAG is Dedham's first artist cooperative, owned and operated by its members. It provides members of the cooperative a home for their work and opportunity to connect with the community, while striving to enrich the cultural life of all residents, through classes, workshops, art openings and more. The collection of work at the Guild encompasses a diverse style of art, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, mono-type, textile and much more. You will see this diversity of style represented in the classes offered by the Guild at DCH. Visit our Current Offerings page for upcoming classes, and check back often for additional offerings.
Yogalates is an innovative approach to fitness-focused workouts. This class combines the two forms of mind body exercise -- yoga and pilates -- to develop core strength, flexibility, balance and body alignment. Participants will gain improvement in posture and overall muscle tone. Yogalates is offered year-round usually with both weekday evening and weekend morning options.
Try our incredible Martial Arts programs, including Tai Chi and Karate, for all levels, ages 7 to senior citizens. Sensie John Morash has run this popular program for close to 30 years! 8-week sessions run continuously from September through June. Classes offered Friday evenings and Sundays.
Boot Camp: Beginner Karate and Jujitsu
Advanced Karate: For Yellow belts and up
Tai Chi: System of ultimate exercises, body flexibility, balance and coordination; all levels.
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid & CPR for Adults
This course is designed for anyone who may need to respond to a first aid emergency. The six modules covered in this course are First Aid Basics, Medical, Injury and Environmental Emergencies, Adult CPR and Pediatric CPR. Certifications are through the American Heart Association and are good for 2 years. Offered fall and spring on a weekday evening.
Scrapbooking: Faster, Simpler, Easier
Have you been wanting to try scrapbooking but aren't sure where to begin? Or are you an experienced scrapbooker looking for a faster, easier, and simpler way to preserve your memories? Let us show you how you can create elegant, fun, and inspiring art with your photos and memories. The class includes full color instructions and a paper kit and embellishments with supplies to create 4 unique and beautiful scrapbook pages as well as a bonus project.
Annual Fall Fair & Open House
Traditionally run on the first Saturday of November each year, the annual fall fair and open house is a FREE, fun, fall family event run in collaboration with Dedham Parent Time. Come enjoy great fall activities like mini pumpkin decorating and “needle in a haystack” game while feasting on some delicious fall snacks.
On occasion, DCH offers adult cooking classes on weekday evenings. Past classes have included: Italian Cooking, Seafood, and Easy Weeknight Meals. These classes generally run as one, two or three night workshops.
This two-night seminar style class will help you become acquainted and comfortable in using your sewing machine. You will learn such basics as threading your machine, how to make a bobbin, changing the presser feet, changing the needle, what stitch to use and when, how does the buttonhole attachment work and how to trouble shoot when the stitch is not right. Never be afraid of your sewing machine again!
Show your creative side through the art of floral arrangement design. Two different classes to meet all levels: a beginner and an advanced course. In the past, classes have been focused on fresh flower design, centerpiece design, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, and other holiday design work.
Dedham Parent Time, a network that connects local families to one another and community resources, is dedicated to bringing parents and children (birth through age six) together for times of friendship, learning and fun. Dedham Parent Time is a program of Dedham Shines, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fostering a vibrant community through programs that cultivate civic engagement and support for art, education and culture. DPT is supported by the Dedham Community House through collaboration and the donation of space for playtimes and events. For more information on how to join Dedham Parent Time visit HERE.
Please visit our Pool Page
Did you know that DCH members have access to the Charles River? Free parking and a short walk down our path lead to the Charles and a beautiful view. Bring your canoe and enjoy a ride on the Charles. Boat launch lot on Ames Street immediately past the new pool house.