Forty + is a group of performers past the age of 40. Forty+ dancers meet weekly with a local contemporary choreographer to develop a work for performance. The repertory for Forty+ is maintained year round, and performances frequently take place at centers serving older adults. The aim of Forty+ is to engage with community participants, and to enjoy the expressive, rehabilitative, and restorative power of dance. Forty+ is open to people of all physical facility, at any age, regardless of previous experience in the performing arts. Please connect with Jane Franklin Dance at 703-933-1111 for information about Forty+. Engage with the creative process!
- Read about Forty + in The Beacon Newspaper
- Download the PDF with full descriptions of programs for older adults: Download Dance-for-Older-Adults_2015
- An article that explains why we do this work: To Dance is a Radical Act by Kimerer L. LaMothe, Ph.D (Psychology Today, 2011)
Try a Free Class
Want to experiment? Try a free class at the Athenaeum, Sunday June 14 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Always wanted to try a dance class? Did you dance once, but have you’ve gotten away from it? Jane Franklin offers a 30-minute mini-dance class at 11:30 Sunday, June 14 at the Athenaeum. No need for leotards and tights, but do come dressed to move. Refreshments after class? Yes, there will be some. please rsvp email@example.com
201 Prince Street
Daily Class in Alexandria at the Athenaeum
July 7 – 10, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Daily Class in Arlington at 3700 S Four Mile Run Drive
July 21 – 24, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
FEE SCHEDULE – use your classes all in one week; or spread through the 2 weeks, or even into Saturday sessions
6 CLASSES $110
4 CLASSES $80
2 CLASSES $50
Single classes are $28 and may be purchased on the day of the class.
All purchases are final.
The Isadora Effect
LaMothe beautifully expresses what hooked me into devoting my life to dance as a professional modern dancer. The “ahhh” exhilaration and communion with the universe is still a thrill at age sixty-seven. Not mentioned is that, in this age of pioneer work in brain function, dance has been recognized as a primal cognitive symbol-making system. Infants learn to “speak” movement, the language of dance, before forming words. The cognitive and educational importance of this has yet to be explored. Perhaps there is an “Isadora Effect” (Faber 2000) that rivals the “Mozart Effect.” – Rima Faber
Forty + in Up Stairs in the Attic (2008):
Forty + holds performances in nursing homes and other community spaces for private and public performances. Contact us if you would like information about bringing JFD to your group.