Phone: (828) 450-3741

After reading about our various free classes and locations below, please use the Contact Us page to sign up for a particular class.  This will put you in contact with Paul Casper, who will assist you with your choice and provide additional information.

Class Times at the Legacy Dance Center

Tuesdays at 11:00 am: Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi Set 1, Instructor Paul Casper

Tuesdays at 12:00 noon:  Student’s Choice (Tentative), Instructor Paul Casper 

Thursdays at 11:00 am: Tai Chi for Fall Prevention, Level 1, Instructor Anne Plyler

Thursdays at 12:00 pm: Tai Chi for Fall prevention, Level 2, Instructor Anne Plyler

Thursdays at 1:00 pm: Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi, Set 2, Instructor Paul Casper

Directions to the Legacy Dance Center (formerly Angie’s Dance Academy):

The legacy Dance Center is located at 115 Glance St. in Clyde, NC. Turn off of Main St. at the Haywood Appliance red light, turning towards the railroad track. Go across the tracks, then turn right at the first street. The dance center will be at the end of Glance St, on your left. 

Click the map on the right to get detailed directions.


Class Times at Laurel Ridge Country Club

Mondays at 7:00 pm: Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi Set 1, Instructor Paul Casper

Enter via the double doors near the Pro Shop or the combination locked door to the weight room. Both doors should be open.  We usually gather in the lounge area.  Paul typically has a presentation or some administrative stuff to talk about for the first 15 minutes, then we move to the big room to begin exercising at 7:15 pm.

Directions to Laurel Ridge Country Club Fitness Center

The Laurel Ridge Country Club Fitness Center is at 49 Cupp Lane in Waynesville, NC. 

Take exit 100 off the expressway. Turn right on to Eagles Nest, go about 1/2 mile then turn into the LRCC entrance. Turn left at the end of the entrance street. The Fitness Center will be on your left. 

Park under the trees if there is no available parking at the door.

Class Descriptions

Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi: You can read about this program at We use the Set 1 and Set 2 programs from this website. Shibashi is just Chinese for 18 movements. Each movement is repeated about 6 times, standing in one place. That is the main difference from Tai Chi…no choreography. Some seniors find Shibashi easier to learn because there is no need to memorize choreography in addition to the movements and the breathing. The movements are slow, smooth, continuous….and easy!

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: This program is substantially the same as Tai Chi for arthritis. However, you do not need to have arthritis to do this program. It is just designed to be a bit easier for folks that do have arthritis. The benefits are still wide ranging. We use the programs developed by Dr. Paul Lam of the website, also This particular program has been around and has been thoroughly clinically studied by many medical organizations. It has been found to be very effective and consequently is promoted by Arthritis Associations around the world, plus the CDC. It’s rock solid…if you do it, you will see results.

Student’s Choice:  Every Tuesday at 12 noon we have an hour we can use to pursue particular student interests.  We do experiment with other programs from time to time that we know are effective, just for variety and fun. Tai chi for Memory, Simplified form 24, Qigong 8 Treasures, Qigong 12 Method, Auckland Demo, etc. are some examples. We don’t allow you to get bored! If we get enough interest in this kind of session, we will arrange with the Dance Center to lease another hour and hold a “By Request” class every week.  Paul doesn’t have enough to do….sign him up for another hour!

Other Programs in Haywood County:

From time to time there may be other Tai Chi or Qigong programs available in Haywood.  The Hospital Fitness Center often has one or more classes, and occasionally the Waynesville Recreation Center, and the Yoga Center on main street may offer classes.  There is also some movement to establish a Qigong Shibashi class at the “Middle Path” holistic establishment on Main Street in Canton.  If our classes do not fit well with your schedule, by all means check these alternatives out.  We are not the only teachers in Haywood.  There are several others with many years experience that for whatever reason may not be currently teaching, but hopefully they will resume and help spread recognition of what Tai Chi and Qigong can do for the human body.

We are not all business...

…we do have fun!  The goofy bunch in the picture below are letting off steam after a long two day Tai Chi for Memory Workshop!  That’s the ‘proprietor’ in the middle holding his head!

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