Community Dance Programs 2017

Celebrating Life Through The Years

Jewish Community Center, Manor Road, Staten Island

June 22nd 2017



This video captures some of the moments of the SU-CASA Public Presentation, the culminating event of the ”Dance for Life” social dance program taught to seniors at the Jewish Community Center on Manor Road, Staten Island, NY from February through June, 2017.

The video was filmed from a cell phone mounted on a free standing tripod on 6/22/2017.

The video shows Mr. Gilmore teaching some basic swing steps to some of the 85 audience members who attended the event. The video clips also feature some of the ballroom dancing Kelly showcased with his student partner Halina Malinowski and ends by showing some of the participants at the social dance party which concluded the event.

SU-CASA Artist in Residency
Public Presentation at the J.C.C.


These photos taken on June 22nd at the Jewish Community Center, Manor Road, Staten Island highlight the “dance celebration” which was the culminating public performance event for the S.I. ARTS SU-CASA Artist in Residency Program.

Halina and Kelly performing a swing dance demonstration.

Halina Malinowski and Kelly Gilmore dance a Foxtrot to “My Kind of Girl” by Michael Bublé.

Lisa Lubarsky, one of the C.L.L.D. (Center for Life-Long Development) Fitness Staff members at the J.C.C., assists Kelly in teaching swing dancing to the participants at the event.

Every one seems to be enjoying this Waltz, including Halina!

Our dancers performing a Bolero to Andrea Bocelli’s “Besame Mucho”.

Kelly leads Halina in a “grapevine” step as part of their Foxtrot routine.

Mr. Gilmore acknowledging the generous public funding from Councilman Steven Mateo of the New York City Council in partnership with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the NYC Department of Aging that made the 2017 S.I. Arts SU-CASA Artist in Residency Program at the J.C.C. possible.

The program was hosted by the Jewish Community Center’s C.L.L.D. (Center for Life – Long Development).


Dance Classes at the J.C.C.


PHOTOS by Kelly Kuwabara, Arts Education Manager with S.I. Arts 



These photos were taken on June 13th, 20017 at the Cassidy Coles Senior Center located at 125 Cassidy Place, S.I. during the Public Presentation by the S. I. Arts SU-CASA Artist in Residency Dance Program. The presentation was a highlight of a social dance party hosted by the Center.


Mr. Gilmore teaching a line-dance at the Social Dance Party which culminated the dance classes taught at the Cassidy Cole Senior Center from February through June 2017.

Over 100 individuals attend this special dance event which coincided with the Center’s annual Father’s Day Party!

Kelly Gilmore dancing with the members of his dance program and others attending the special dance party held on June 13, 2017.

Kelly and Annette enjoy dancing to the lively music of local D.J. “Tommy Dee”!

Patriotic decorations in red, white and blue already in place for the Center’s upcoming 4th of July Celebration provided a colorful back drop for our dance party.

Our special dance event featured a demonstration by members of Mr. Gilmore’s dance program, a showcase of various ballroom dances performed by Kelly and his student dance partner Halina Malinowski and of course refreshments for dancers and spectators alike!

The Staten Island Arts SU-CASA Artist in Residency Program at the Cassidy Coles Senior Center was made possible by public funds from Council Member Deborah Rose of the New York City Council in partnership with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the NYC Department of Aging.


Dance Classes at Cassidy Cole Senior Center

Click to View Letter of Appreciation from Cassidy Coles Dance Class Members

Samples of 2017 Promotional Fliers

Other Community Work

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”