ENGAGING SENIORS THROUGH DANCE
Free dance-based workshops for seniors
TUESDAYS OR THURSDAYS in April and May
online series via ZOOM
April 7 - May 28, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
All adults over 40 are welcome,
with priority to those 55 and up
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 40 PARTICIPANTS
Attendance at all sessions is recommended
To register please send an email here
This online series of free dance-based workshops for seniors features classes that keep us moving and connected during a difficult period of physical separation due to COVID-19. Senior professional dance instructors will guide participants in thorough physical warm-ups, exhilarating movement exercises and simple creative tasks. These workshops offer the many benefits of dance to overall health and social well-being.
Artistic Director of MOonhORsE Dance Theatre (MDT), Claudia has been a force on the Canadian dance landscape since the late 70’s. After many years as a celebrated performer, she founded MOonhORsE in 1996 as a home for her dance projects. Claudia continues to perform commissioned works and teach movement to seniors through her company. In 2000, Moore established Older & Reckless- MDT's acclaimed series for senior dance artists- to connect seasoned dance artists to the public in effective workshops, community projects and live performances.
A dance artist and author, Carol has chronicled Canadian dance since the 1980s, often working with dedicated dance archives Dance Collection Danse. A founding dancer/member of Toronto’s Dancemakers in 1974, she has created choreography and taught dance in professional, educational and community settings across Canada since the early 1970s. A Professor Emerita of York University’s Department of Dance, Anderson continues to write, move, teach and choreograph. A certified GYROKINESIS® and Pilates mat work instructor with focus in working with older movers, Carol promotes the benefits of mindful motion.
Julia has been studying and practicing movement for over 40 years. She danced for 15 seasons with Dancemakers, under the Artistic Direction of Serge Bennathan, performing around the world. Julia holds a B.A., B.Ed, is a Certified Mitzvah Teacher, Pilates teacher, dance artist and movement teacher. Since 1985, Julia has taught movement in many contexts including private practices, universities, public and private schools, academies and colleges. She works with a wide range of people from elite performers to beginners. In 2011, Julia founded her own private practice, Upward Spiral, to gather and share her teachings.
Michelle Silagy is a Certified DanceAbility Teacher (Austria), and Master DanceAbility Teacher (Uruguay and Mexico). She received her B.A. (Honours) Major in drama from San Diego State University (CA); is a School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT) Graduate (ON); completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in the Dance Programme at York University where her Thesis: Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement With All Bodies, was nominated for a Thesis Award. As a dance education activist, Silagy offers courses in Sharing Best Practices in Bringing Dance to Schools and Communities for All Bodies.