Dance Programs for Seniors

Facilitating access to dance is both our skill and our passion. Since 2016, Dance Together Project has partnered with Wheel Dance, ReVitahealth, Vital Steps, as well as Amica and Four Elms Retirement Residencies to develop and facilitate special dance programs for movers with full and partial mobility.

Dance and Movement programs for older adults are available for groups and individuals at retirement residences, day programs, care facilities and community centres. Movement is key for healthy aging, maintaining mobility and quality of life, and music is a wonderful medium for connecting and improving the mood. Activities can be done from standing or sitting positions.

Most sessions are done with chairs in a circle – it is a chance to be social, exploring dance and creativity in a supportive setting. In these classes, there is no “wrong” way to dance, and there are no routines to remember. No prior dance experience is required.

Classes are lead by a Dance Together Project founder and professional dance educator Katya Kuznetsova, who has over twenty years of experience of teaching dance to adult learners of various abilities. Classes include a mix of guided dance and improvised movement activities. Katya integrates elements from Cha-cha-cha, Foxtrot, Jazz, Swing, Waltz and other dance styles and provides an example and general structure, encouraging each person to move in the ways that work for their body and mobility. Each session includes a rhythmic but gentle warm-up and stretch followed by movement activities that can all be done seated. The music includes Brazilian drumming, Cuban, Big band, Jazz, and Waltz.

Various fitness aspects are woven in to the class: cardio, muscular strength, endurance and power, flexibility, balance, reaction speed, and multi-tasking. Participants are equally welcome to dance with smaller or bigger movements, or to simply rest, enjoy the music and dance through their imagination. The most important thing is that participants pay attention to what their body needs and listen to their own limits.

Options for classes include a seated class, a standing class, or a mixed class (where each participant chooses whether to do the activities while sitting or standing). Some examples of what current Activity Coordinators call the program at their residences: Seated Dance Fitness, Move to Music, Swing/Waltz Fitness and Chair Dancing.

The length of the class is geared to what is appropriate for the members of the location. At some locations 45 minutes is excellent; at most care facilities 30 minutes might be more appropriate. Sessions can be biweekly, weekly, monthly, or a one-time workshop. Take a look at this workshop for Senior’s Day 2018 with ReVitahealth (full mobility).

Please call 647-689-3900 or email to discuss what may be the best fit for your group.