“…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 movement suitable for all levels of physical facility,
  • with performance projects that combine community members with professional dancers.

Dance For Adults

Workshops encourage flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. Participants begin with chairs in a circle, and then move as a group or with a partner.  The structure is fun and expressive. A blend of directed improvisation and social dance, the workshops incorporate a music playlist of  lively and well-remembered oldies, Latin rhythms and popular tunes.  Classes are led by Jane Franklin, M.F.A The Ohio State University and C.M.A Certified Movement Analyst Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies.

The workshops listed below are free.  For details or location information, call the venues listed below.

Joy of Movement Workshops:  2019 – 20 Schedule

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

  • Sept 30 – Oct 28, 2019 no class on Oct 14 Columbus Day
  • Jan 13 – Feb 24, 2020 no class on MLK Jan 20 / no class on Feb 17 Presidents Day
  • Mar 2 – 30, 2020
  • Apr 27 – May 18, 2020

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

  • Oct 1 – 29, 2019
  • Jan 8 – 29, 2020
  • Mar 4 – Apr 1, 2020
  • May 6 – 27, 2020

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

  • Oct 4 – 25, 2019
  • Feb 7 – 28, 2020
  • May 1 – 22, 2020


Click here to learn about the weekly technique classes for active adults

CLICK HERE for information about  Forty+


 “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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Arlington County Senior Adult workshops are supported by Washington Forrest Foundation.