Dance for Life
2019 SU-CASA Artist in Residence ProgramGreat Kills Neighborhood Senior Center Staten Island
Dance for Fun & Fitness
June 7, 2019
A Summer Celebration
June 7, 2019
Irish Theme Party
March 9, 2019
All the dancers really got “In the Mood” of the party while dancing the swing.
Dancing together our version of “Hey Baby” (I wanna know if you’ll be my girl!).
Everyone doing The Electric Slide Line Dance remixed to a medley of traditional Irish songs in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
Work Samples of Kelly Gilmore Teaching a Dance Workshop for Seniors
Mr. Kelly Gilmore teaches Tango to a couple who participated in SU-CASA Programs in 2017 and 2018.
Kelly leads his student in a more advanced Salsa routine December, 2017.
“Welcome Summertime” dance on June 21, 2018. Everyone enjoyed dancing to music provided by our D.J. “Carmen.”
Celebrating Life Through All The Years
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.