Senior Grooves

If this video of an elderly gentleman gettin’ down makes you happy, you’ll be pleased to learn that last month marked the beginning of Dance Entropy’s SU-CASA senior center residencies! Valerie Green and DE company members will be leading creative movement workshops at centers in Queens, NY including:

Forest Hills Neighborhood Senior Center
Hanac Ravenswood Neighborhood Senior
Rego Park Neighborhood Senior Center
Sunnyside Community Services Senior Center

The weekly classes offer a safe and nurturing environment in which seniors participate in dance-based exercises and movement creation while working on cognitive and physical skills. With imagery, music, props, and plenty of hip shaking, seniors get up and moving!

Performances

Each residency, lasting March–June, will culminate in a vibrant community performance of Valerie Green’s work “Wild Kingdom.”

Photo by Sharon Harsa

June 22nd
Hanac Ravenswood Neighborhood Senior
June 25th
Forest Hills Neighborhood Senior Center
June 27th
Rego Park Neighborhood Senior Center
June 29th
Sunnyside Community Services Senior Center

 

Teachers

With this year’s residency, Dance Entropy is welcoming a new Teaching Artist, Nicole Kadar!

Nicole has been on faculty at Saratoga City Ballet, the National Museum of Dance’s School of the Arts and The Ailey School, and she recently completed her M.A. in Dance Education as a scholarship student at the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College.

“Working with the seniors in the Dance Entropy residencies has expanded my views on building community through dance, with an audience I sometimes forget to include in my teaching practice. It’s wonderful to get to know [the seniors’] personalities through their movement. They cannot help but smile.”

Valerie Green, Artistic Director of Dance Entropy, has lead SU-CASA senior residencies for four years. She reflects on a recent workshop: “The seniors had an amazing ability to grasp the choreography, direction changes,  embodying the movement, all while having fun. You feel so good when you see them enjoying themselves so much.”

 

Happy dancing!

For more information about Dance Entropy’s senior residencies and class/workshop offerings, please reach out to Info@DanceEntropy.org.

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