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
- An article that explains why we do this work: To Dance is a Radical Act by Kimerer L. LaMothe, Ph.D (Psychology Today, 2011)
Forty+ 2014 – 15 Season Project Schedule
Weekly classes on Tuesdays from 11am-1pm with a rotating program of choreographers. Seasonal sessions of 8 weeks.
1. Fall 2014 : Weekly Sept. 9 – Oct. 28 with choreographer Shannon Quinn – CLOSED
2. Winter 2014/15: Nov. 25, Dec 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Dec 30, Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20
3. Spring 2015: Weekly Mar. 3 – Apr. 21 with choreographer Emily Crews
All classes take place at 3700 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington
Fee: $150 – 8 sessions
Special Holiday Session Just Added
Meeting on Thursdays from 11 am – 1 pm, work with company members and choreographers Leslie Noble and Sean Miller on a new piece to be premiered on Jan 24 at Theatre on the Run.
Holiday Session: Dec 11, Dec 18, Jan 8, Jan 15, Jan 22
Fee: $100 – 5 sessions
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.