“…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,
- by encouraging active involvement by people of all ages, gender and ethnicity,
- with performance projects that combine community members with professional dancers,
- with personal enrichment through meaningful physical activity in dance.
Dance for Older Adults Menu
Workshops are active classes to gently encourage flexibility, balance, strength and coordination. Participants begin in chairs in a circular formation, and progress to partnered and group dances. Street clothing and shoes, come as you are. The workshops listed below are free, but registration is required through each of the Senior Centers. Phone either Walter Reed or Langston Brown.
Morning Joy of Movement Workshops - 2012-13 Schedule
Location 1: Langston Brown Senior Center; 9:30 – 10:20 am weekly on Wed;
May 22 – June 26
Location 2: Walter Reed Senior Center; 11:00 – 11:40 am weekly on Wed;
May 22 – June 12
Location 3: Fairlington Senior Center; 9:15 – 10:00 am weekly on Fri;
May 10, 17, 24
DANCE TECHNIQUE – 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.
Location 1: Walter Reed Senior Center; 2 pm – 3 pm weekly on Tuesday:
if you would like information about bringing JFD to your group.
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