Free Workshops

“…Conclusive proof that compelling art can be developed with community participation.”

-Nicole DeWald, Arts Coordinator City of Greenbelt, MD

Jane Franklin Dance engages older adults:

  • with on site workshops at community centers,
  • with free performances and open rehearsals that communicate the artistic process,
  • with personal enrichment through activity in dance suitable for all levels of physical facility,
  • with performance projects that combine community members with professional dancers.

Dance For Older Adults

Workshops encourage flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. Participants begin with chairs in a circle, and then move as a group or with a partner.  The structure is fun and expressive. A blend of directed improvisation and social dance, the workshops incorporate a music playlist of  lively and well-remembered oldies, Latin rhythms and popular tunes. Most classes are taught by Jane Franklin, who holds an M.F.A from The Ohio State University and is certified by the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies.

The workshops listed below are free, but registration is required through each of the Senior Centers.  For details on class location, call the venues listed below.

Joy of Movement Workshops:  2015 – 16 Schedule

Langston Brown Senior Center – Weekly Mondays, 10:15 – 10:55 am
2121 N Culpeper St, Arlington, VA

  • Sept 14 – Oct 12
  • Jan 11 – Feb 8
  • Mar 7 – Apr 4
  • May 2 – May 23

Walter Reed Senior Center– Weekly Wednesdays, 11:00 – 11:40 am
2909 16th St S, Arlington, VA

  • Sept 16 – Oct 7
  • Jan 13 – Feb 3
  • Mar 16 – Apr 6
  • May 4 – May 25

Arlington Mill Senior Center –Weekly Fridays, 10:00-11:00am
909 S Dinwiddie St, Arlington, VA

  • Oct 30, Nov 6, Dec 4, Dec 11
  • Feb 5 – 26
  • May 6 – 27

St. Martin de Porres Senior Center– Weekly Tuesdays, 10:30am
4650 Taney Avenue Alexandria, VA Dates TBA

Aurora Hills Senior Center – TBA
735 18th St S, Arlington, VA


Stretch & Strength for Active Older Adults 

Increase flexibility, strength, range of motion and balance while moving through fun & rewarding rhythms.

Walter Reed Senior Center – Weekly Tuesdays, (please check back to confirm location, dates, times)

Click here to learn about more technique classes for active adults and the Forty+ program.


 “On the days that Jane’s troupe was at the Center, fifteen to twenty seniors could be seen on their feet, moving and dancing with the members of the dance company. The others were watching with interest. It is a tribute to the young dancers that they were able to inspire people who sometimes have difficulty walking to get out of their chairs and move their bodies in harmony with both the music and the trained dancers who accompanied them. It is also to their credit that in our multi-ethnic center, they were able to engage and include many participants who speak no English.” – Nelly Urbach, Walter Reed Senior Center Director

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Senior Adult workshops are supported by Washington Forrest Foundation and Arlington Community Foundation.