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 Activity List

Jane Franklin welcomes older adults into active participation. Simple movement gently encourages flexibility, strength, balance and coordination.  Beginning with chairs in a circle, we progress to standing forms as a group (similar to line dances) or to a partner (similar to social dances).  The physical benefits are undeniable.  Dances uses the whole body, invigorates the spirit and offers a heart healthy workshop.
The workshops listed below are free, but registration is required through each of the Senior Centers.
Phone either Walter Reed or Langston Brown.
Most classes are taught by Jane Franklin, certified movement analyst by the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies.

Morning Joy of Movement Workshops -  2014 – 15 Schedule
Location 1: Langston Brown Senior Center; 10:15 – 10:55 am weekly on Mon;
Sept 8 – Oct 13
Jan 12 – Feb 23
Mar 9 – Apr 13
May 11 – June 1

Location 2: Walter Reed Senior Center; 11:00 – 11:40 am weekly on Wed;
Sept 10 – Oct 1
Jan 14 – Feb 4
Mar 11 – Apr 1
May 13 – June 3

Location 3:  Arlington Mill Senior Center; 10:00 – 11:00 am weekly on Fri;
Feb 6 – 27
May 1 – 22

Location 4: St. Martin de Porres, Alexandria 10:30 am weekly on Tues

Location 5: Aurora Hills Senior Center; TBA


The class consists of standing stretches, rhythmic patterns, and fun and relaxed sequences that partner with other class members.  Individual experience is acknowledged, no matter age, past training or physical proficiency of the participant.

Location 1: Walter Reed Senior Center; 2 pm – 3 pm weekly on Tuesday:
Sept 16 – Oct 21
Jan 20 – Feb 24
Mar 24 – Apr 28





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

“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