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

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


Dance is for everyone! Developed by Baycrest and Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), Sharing Dance Seniors is a safe and accessible dance program that engages older adults in meaningful dance activity that benefits physical, cognitive and overall health. Programming is delivered through the following methods:
  • In Person - A range of classes for seniors of varying abilities are available.
  • Video stream - Bring a Sharing Dance Seniors video class to your community via video stream.  With the goal of providing the highest quality dance programming for seniors, an instructor from NBS will teach a class via video streaming from the studio in Toronto to a range of settings across Canada including community centres and retirement homes.
  • Teacher Training Program - The Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors Teacher Training Program is designed for dance teachers who are interested in learning how to offer dance classes to seniors with significant physical and/or cognitive limitation (e.g., people living with dementia).
  • New in Spring 2019 - George Brown College Activation Coordinator/Gerontology Program will offer an innovative training course designed and delivered by Baycrest and Canada’s National Ballet School for those interested in learning how to deliver dance classes to older adults with significant physical and/or cognitive challenges including dementia. Learn more

Why Dance for Seniors?

Dance has so many benefits! Physical benefits of dancing in older adulthood may include (Keogh et al., 2009):

  • Improved aerobic power
  • Increased muscle endurance
  • More strength
  • Greater flexibility
  • Improved balance and gait
  • Increased bone-mineral content
  • Muscle power
  • Reduced risks of falls
  • Reduced cardiovascular health risks
Dance may also be emotionally and socially beneficial for older adults by helping to reduce isolation, and by encouraging a sense of community, and providing a space for creativity and artistic expression.




Sharing Dance SeniorsClasses at NBS

Canada's National Ballet School offers a range of classes for seniors in our beautiful studios located at 400 Jarvis St. in Toronto, ON. A range of classes for seniors of varying abilities and interests are available. Click below to explore a class and start dancing today!