Sharing Dance for Active Seniors

You don’t have to have any dance experience. As long as you want to move to music, everyone and anyone is welcome

— Dorothy "Dot" Gordon, over 90 years of age

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Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors

In collaboration with Baycrest Health Sciences, leaders in healthcare for seniors, NBS has developed a safe and accessible dance program for seniors to support them in their health and wellness goals.

Piloted in the Peterborough, ON region the program offers both standing and seated dance options in a community setting. Sharing Dance Seniors ensures opportunities for both physical and social engagement for all participants.

Further, in partnership with Trent University’s Centre for Aging & Society and Brandon University, NBS is bringing the benefits of dance to seniors by testing three delivery models:

  • Livestreaming classes to community care centres
  • Livestreaming classes to individual homes
  • In-person delivery

Our goal is to provide the highest quality dance programming for seniors — focused on safety and improving physical and psycho-social wellbeing — that can scale across different communities and group settings within Sharing Dance’s value system.

To learn more about this program’s development and research, contact Rachel Bar, Manager of Health and Research Initiatives.

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A group of seniors practicing dance moves while seated

Learn Accessible choreography

The Sharing Dance Canada 2017 choreography can be performed while seated or standing! Our step-by-step rehearsal videos make it easy for you to learn along with Canadians from coast to coast to coast.