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.


Jane Franklin’s workshops incorporate exercises to gently encourage flexibility, strength and coordination. Participants begin with chairs in a circle, and move as a group or with a partner in forms that are fun, expressive, and danced to lively Motown oldies, Latin rhythms and catchy songs. The physical benefits are undeniable. Dance uses the whole body and offers a heart healthy workout.  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.

Morning Joy of Movement Workshops:  2014 – 15 Schedule

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

  • Sept 8 – Oct 13 – CLOSED
  • Jan 12 – Feb 23
  • Mar 9 – Apr 13
  • May 11 – June 1

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

  • Sept 10 – Oct 1 – CLOSED
  • Jan 14 – Feb 4
  • Mar 11 – Apr 1
  • May 13 – June 3

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

  • Feb 6 – 27
  • May 1 – 22

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


Dance for Active Older Adults 

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.

Walter Reed Senior Center – Weekly Tuesdays, at 10:00-11:00 am

  • Sept 16 – Oct 21 – CLOSED
  • Jan 20 – Feb 24
  • Mar 24 – Apr 28

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.