“I used to go to my senior center every day, so I’ve really been missing seeing my friends during quarantine. Silver Edition gave me a chance to move, learn new dances, and see others doing the same thing. I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep up, but the teacher gave modifications for each move, and the songs she used reminded me of when I was young! It was very uplifting, and it brought me a lot of joy. Now I want to dance every day!”

Mary

Silver Edition Residencies

Bringing the benefits of our social-dance program to adults 55 and up!

DCLI offers Silver Edition, created to meet the rising demand of wellness for older adults.  Through a series of live lessons (conducted virtually or in-person as allowed) participants will learn a variety of social dances from around the world, combined with great music and story sharing opportunities.  Silver Edition supports adults’ social, emotional, and physical needs, focusing on four key areas:

  • Building strength and flexibility
  • Improving balance and coordination
  • Enjoying music while learning one step at a time
  • Sharing stories and making social connections

Lessons can be ONLINE, in-person, or a hybrid combination

Delivered through
8 sessions (program can also be ongoing)

Participants will learn fun moves of the foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, tango, swing, salsa, and line dances; no partner necessary.

Lessons are 45-60 minutes

Each lesson provides sequential, skill-building movements and creativity through movement and the joy of music.

Culminating Activity

Each program ends with an optional social dance event to celebrate all that the participants have learned.

Available for Varied Settings

We serve Libraries, Senior Centers, Community Centers, Assisted Living Centers, YMCAs, Religious Groups, Arts Councils and Health Facilities

 

Contact us to find out more information about booking a program.

Created for adults 55 and up, DCLI Silver Edition will stimulate their bodies and their minds.

Social dance is good for body, brain, and emotional health

Older adults can learn simple and fun ballroom dance exercises to improve their overall physical condition, enhance memory and brain function, and take care of their social and emotional well-being.

Improved Balance and Flexibility

Studies show that long-term dancing is associated with better balance and gait in older adults. Since falls are the top cause of injury and death among elderly people, dancing can be a crucial tool to improve balance and flexibility.

Reduced Risk of Dementia

A 2003 New England Journal of Medicine study found that “dancing was the only physical activity associated with a reduced risk of dementia.” Unlike traditional exercises such as walking on a treadmill, dance demands sustained mental effort to master new steps and maintain coordination with music.

Improved Social and Emotional Health

Loneliness in the elderly is an increasing concern and isolation can lead to depression and cognitive decline. Social dance reduces stress and anxiety and provides an outlet for older adults to relate and learn alongside others.

Music, Memories, and Connection

Music is a powerful tool to unlock wonderful memories and elevate mood. Participants are encouraged to share their stories and make new connections.

We believe everyone can dance…please join us!

Our fun approach to dance gets adults up and moving, no matter what your past experiences are. We teach in a way that everyone can feel comfortable learning, even if you are taking class in a chair.

Click to Download The Silver Edition PDF

 

Contact us to find out more information about booking a program.