Community Dance Programs

Celebrating Life Through The Years

Click on any image below to zoom in and get the bigger picture on the 2014 and 2015 events.

Dance Demonstration & Instruction at the Carmel Nursing Center 2014

Kelly Gilmore, Director of FADS Staten Island provides a dance demonstration, instruction and dance party for members of the Carmel Nursing Center Adult Day Care Program.

He is seen dancing the Foxtrol with his partner Ms. Joan Meaders. Joan is an accomplished dancer in her own right who has taken first place awards at both Regional and National Fred Astaire Dance Competitions. She is  herself a senior of 81 years.

These photographs illustrate the enthusiasm and joy expressed by the seniors who participated in the dance event that day.

Dancing For Seniors and People With Special Needs

These young adults joined in the show with seniors at last year’s TRY performance workshop at the Jewish Community Center on Manor Road.

Dancers Gary, Alfred, Michael,Natalie and Mellisa rehearse a song and dance number from the “Sound of Music” for our performance at the Jewish Community Center on Manor Road, Staten Island.

“Down in New Orleans” Performed for the JCC on Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island

Halina Malinowski and Kelly Gilmore in costume performing a showcase number to Dr. John’s “Down in New Orleans” at a Regional Fred Astaire Dance Competition. Halina and Kelly performed this same number for senior members of the JCC on Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island.

Entertainment then songs around the piano 2015

Celebrating Life Through The Years

Senior couple having a great time dancing together. Full body isolated on white.

1. Dance helps to improve balance.

This benefit is evident in a study of a group of social dancers from the Bronx, who were an average age of 80 years old. These seniors danced an average of four days a month and had been dancing for an average of 30 years. When compared with a control group of non-dancing seniors, the dancers weren’t stronger than the non-dancers, but they had better balance and “longer steps and strides reflecting a better walking pattern.” This is what helps to prevent falls. Dance is also linked to improved “balance confidence,” when seniors are less afraid of falling and more confident in their stability.

2. Dance improves strength and gait.

One study found that a group of senior citizens who participated twice a week, for ten weeks, in an Argentine tango class had increased lower body strength and a longer, stronger walking stride compared to a similar group who exercised by walking for the same amount of time. Studies have found that seniors who have previously fallen or who are afraid of falling can gain confidence and strength through dance.

3. Dance helps improve cognitive abilities.

In a group of older dancers studied in Sweden in 2010, seniors who had danced on an amateur level for an average of 16 years were found to have better “reaction time, motor behavior and cognitive performance.” Dance often requires memorizing routines and movements. When done over and over, for many years, these movements can become second-nature and a part of our everyday movement, even when we’re not dancing.

4. Dancing has social benefits.

Participants in dance programs find it to be a fun experience. Because of this, seniors are less likely to drop out and more likely to reap the benefits of the program than they would with an ordinary exercise program. Dance can also help prevent loneliness and isolation among seniors.


Sections of this article are from “Tips for Seniors: The Benefits of Dance for the Elderly”