Focused on inspiring strong and creative movement among seniors of all abilities, our free programs are the heart of Dances For A Variable Population’s work. Based on the core values of appreciating one’s own body and moving with other people, the programs promote greater mobility, self-confidence, physical awareness, social interaction, expressiveness in movement, and a greater sense of meaning. We start by acknowledging each individual’s history and take each participant forward from that place.
FREE SUMMER CLASSES in NYC parks
- Washington Square Park, Garibaldi Plaza, Tuesday 9:30 to 10:30 AM
- Summer on the Hudson, Riverside Park South at Pier 1, 70th street Thursdays in June and July, 6:30 to 7:30 PM
- Summer on the Hudson, West Harlem Piers Park, Thursdays in August, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Since 2008, DVP has worked with over 45 senior centers and senior oriented institutions. Each year, we typically visit 10-12 centers with our Dances For Seniors programs and run our signature Movement Speaks programs at 12-14 additional sites citywide.
MOVEMENT SPEAKS® offers seniors in low-income communities free sequential dance instruction followed by a public performance of their original work. Ranging in length from 10 to 36 weeks, each 75-minute session typically includes warm-up and dance exercises for seated and standing participants; individual and group dance improvisation; memorization of basic movement phrases; and cool-down. Throughout the program, students will create movement in preparation for culminating performances, which take place at the workshop site or in the surrounding community. The program operates in libraries and senior centers citywide.
“Before I started I was very heavy, 300 pounds at 5’5. As we participated in the dance, my weight started coming down, my diabetes settled down and I’m doing so much better. I love this program to death. It’s very challenging. You’re challenging yourself; you’re challenging your mind. This dance class has saved my life.” – Participant, Citizens Care Senior Center, Harlem
“Although I had danced “a while ago” I developed a new spirit here in extending creatively legs, arms, head, shoulders, fingers, knees and toes. We were able to engage one another with positive “can do” statements. I truly am passionate what this project does, what it promotes and the joy it engenders!”- Participant, Central Harlem Senior Center, Harlem
“The program attracted me since I have had a double hip replacement and I don’t walk enough. The doctor said I need to move more. I really liked the idea of since it was a different kind of movement besides walking.” –Participant, George Bruce Library, West Harlem
“Before Movement Speaks I was sort of unsure about everything, now I feel my world is my oyster.” –Participant, George Bruce Library, West Harlem
“I love that we are all in this together; it’s a shared experience of dancing amongst all of us.” – Participant, Central Harlem Senior Center
“I like that I come here and do what I CAN. I focus on what I can do and not what I can’t.”- Participant, Central Harlem Senior Center
“It’s for any level of learning or body movement. If I cannot do the movements that day standing, its no big deal I just sit with the others who take part from the chairs.”- Participant, George Bruce Library, West Harlem
“I have always felt that I had a dancing heart, but I couldn’t do anything about it before. Now it’s my time and I will dance.” – Participant, George Bruce Library, West Harlem
DANCES FOR SENIORS
DANCES FOR SENIORS offers free interactive modern dance performances and participatory workshops to low-income seniors at New York City senior centers. Each program includes 30-minute performances by DVP’s multigenerational company, which encourage audience participation and feature artist-led introductions to explain the work. Following the performance, participatory dance workshops use creative movement, improvisation and personal gesture to introduce modern dance to participants.
Fall 2017 Schedule:
Wed. Oct. 4 @ 1:00 PM
Hamilton Grange Senior Center
420 West 145th Street
New York, NY 10031
Wed. Oct. 11 @ 1:00 PM
530 West 133rd Street
New York, NY 10027
Wed. Oct. 18 @ 1:00 PM
Jackie Robinson Senior Center
1301 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Wed. Oct. 25 @ 1:00 PM
Penn South Program for Seniors
290 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Wed. Nov. 1 @ 12:30 PM
JASA Club 76
120 West 76th Street
New York, NY 10023
Wed. Nov. 8 @ 1:00 PM
990 Pelham Pkway South
Bronx, NY 10461
Wed. Nov. 29 @ 1:00 PM
Morningside Retirement and Health
100 La Salle St
New York, NY 10027
Wed. Dec. 6 @ 1:00 PM
River Terrace NORC
156-20 Riverside Drive West
New York, NY 10032
*Directions to River Terrace NORC* – do not use GPS
BY CAR: From Broadway and 158th Street, you will be going west toward the Hudson River. Take 158th Street west to Riverside Drive (about a block) and make a left onto Riverside Drive. The intersection is a little tricky, you drive all the way into the middle of the intersection and make a left turn where you see the stately tall apartment buildings.
Take that for a block or 2, around the bend and stay to the right. You will come to Riverside Drive West, along the River, and you make a right. The building is just a few in (on the right) opposite the Hudson River, and has a blue awning and terraces.
BY SUBWAY: Take the #1 train to 157th Street. Walk south to 156th street and then walk west till you come to Riverside Drive. You can cross to the other side of Riverside Drive when able, and then stay to the right, looping around the corner until you come to the street along the river, which is Riverside Drive West. Then walk north past one building till you come to a red brick building with blue awning. That’s 156-20 Riverside Drive West.
There are two sides to the building (but only one entrance), hence two addresses in front. The security guard will let you in, and we will be in the South Community Room.
Wed. Dec. 20 @ 1:00 PM
Center for Adults Living Well @ The Y
YM-YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Avenue, New York, NY 10040
“I enjoyed dancing with a partner, connected with someone.” – Participant at Hudson Guild Fulton Center
“The experience of participating in this workshop uplifting- I feel energized to the maximum.” – Participant at JASA Westside Senior Center
“I was so pleased by my group’s reaction to your efforts. I put it down to your skillful manipulation of the choreography for my population, your encouragement and demonstrations of what is possible, and your wider interpretation of what Dance means and can be for them.”-Eugenia Cameron, Activity/Outreach Director, Good Companions Senior Center/Henry Street Settlement
“We thought about dance performance and movement in a new way”- Suzanne Yuen, Director, Mott Street Senior Center