Movement can provide important physical and emotional benefits for seniors, especially during times of increased social isolation. Baycrest and Canada's National Ballet School are using the power of technology to help bring the joy of dance to more seniors and people who work with seniors. If you are a senior, are caring for an older family member, or work within an environment that needs additional resources to engage residents during this period of social distancing, we have curated some helpful dance resources below.
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A note: We are excited to provide these online video resources but encourage you to follow closely the recommendations of public health authorities. If you are dancing at home, be sure to clear the space before you begin. If you would like any suggestions or recommendations on how to modify the activities or choreography for your context, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for extra support.
Join us for a 20 minute, seated dance class, accompanied by a live musician. Based on the Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors program, this class starts with a warmup, moves through a set of themed dances, and finishes with a sing-along. The whole class is done seated and designed to be accessible for people with varied physical and cognitive abilities. No experience is necessary. Have fun, and move in the way that feels best for you today.
Join us for a 30 minute, seated dance class, accompanied by a live musician. Based on the Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors program, this class starts with a warmup, moves through a set of themed dances, and finishes with a sing-along. The whole class is done seated and designed to be accessible for people with varied physical and cognitive abilities. No experience is necessary. Have fun, and move in the way that feels best for you today.
Remember to begin each session with the warm-up video.
Warm up the body with this movement sequence that will set you up for the rest of the dances.
Port de Bras:
Move your arms and upper body with grace and sensitivity as we explore the theme of sunlight.
Use your imagination to come bowling with us in this themed narrative dance.
What is your happy dance? We’d love to see! In this dance we’ll pick up the pace and get groovy.
Sing and dance along to “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”.
Use your imagination to come stargazing with us in this themed narrative dance.
Bring your best Broadway razzle dazzle. We’ll get our feet tapping and finish with a kick line.
Bicycle Build for Two:
Sing and dance along to “Bicycle Build for Two”.
This choreography, created for NBS by Jera Wolfe
, explores how collaboration and support for one another enables us to arise and face challenges in our lives. This theme has never been more relevant than it is right now for many people around the world. This powerful choreography is a symbol and celebration of the power of dance.
Seated Adapted Version:
Below are step-by-step instructional videos to accommodate dancers who prefer to remain seated as they learn the choreography (also available in French)
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Increasing access to the joys and benefits of dance from coast-to-coast-to-coast through Canada's National Ballet School's (NBS) Lozinski Centre for Community Dance, a visionary gift from Joan and Jerry Lozinski.