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Dance for Health: Seniors Workshop January 24, 2016

Dance for Health: Seniors – Sunday, January 24

Atlantic Canada’s only professional development workshop for dance teachers interested in working with older adults. The last workshop was held Sunday, January 24 at Halifax Dance (ground floor, Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street).

Whether you’re already teaching older adults or looking to design classes for this growing market, Dance for Health: Seniors is for you. This interactive day is designed to spark ideas and conversations about creating and adapting dance classes to suit older bodies. The last day-long workshop, which was the second in our series designed for teachers who want to teach older adults, featured renowned choreographer Randy Glynn who conducted the third session of the day. The layout below will give you an idea of the material we cover and some of the organizations involved in this unique program.

Dance for Health: Seniors – 

Here are the three workshop modules:

9:30: Welcome and introductions

9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Dr. Jans Ellefsen, Kinesis Health Associates ( A chiropractor who specializes in both dancers and senior clients, Dr. Ellefsen will talk about mobility, balance and other age-related considerations in older bodies. (You can read more about his work with dancers in this article, “Making Sure the Show Goes On,” found on page 18.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch break Bring your own lunch. 

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Gerard Murphy, Barefoot Facilitation Inc. ( A fellow dance teacher and health educator, Gerard will focus on understanding learning styles in older adults. In this session, you’ll complete self-assessment quizzes, discuss strategies to meet the learning preferences of older adults and discover tips to engage seniors in healthy, safe and meaningful learning experiences.

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Randy Glynn, dancer/choreographer: This renowned choreographer created “Dancing in the Third Act,” a one-hour piece for untrained senior dancers, which was a finalist for the 2015 Masterworks Arts Award. He’ll be leading the afternoon practicum on engaging older adults in dance. (If you’ve not had a chance to check out Dancing in the Third Act, you can get a taste of it here:

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Wrap-up


The cost for this foundation workshop: $20 (Dance Nova Scotia members) or $30 (non-members), You can enjoy a full day of learning, sharing and discovering, along with practical ideas you can apply right away. 

For information on the next foundation workshop and upcoming specialized workshops in this program, keep your eye on our Events Calendar and Notices page. 


Dance for Health: Seniors is a program of Dance Nova Scotia, made possible with in-kind support from Halifax Dance, Kinesis Health Associates and Barefoot Facilitation Inc.