Forty +


Dance for Older Adults activities

Forty + at INTERSECTIONS – click for video of Snapshot


To Dance is a Radical Act

Forty +, developed by Jane Franklin, is a performing group of dancers past the age of 40.  Forty+ dancers meet weekly with a local contemporary choreographer to develop a dance work that can be performed.  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 meaningful communication through 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 coming free workshops and about the next session for Forty+.   Engage with the creative process!

Peg Schaefer and Lindsay McLaughlin in “Times Two”

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

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