Dance Programs in the Community

Our dancers are specially trained to offer movement to underserved populations at no cost to the participants. Via local partnerships and video conference capabilities, our movement classes are offered in a hybrid format.

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available both virtually and in person at the senior recreation center

Dance for Life

Dance for Life is a free weekly dance class designed to help people with a diagnosis of MS, Parkinson’s disease (PD), or other similar neurological movement disorders improve physical wellbeing, social interaction, and creative expression, as well as targeted improvements in balance, strength and mobility. The class involves both seated and optional standing movement activities that incorporate elements of modern dance, jazz, ballet, yoga, and social dance. No prior dance experience necessary.

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available both virtually and in person at the senior recreation center

Dance for Lifelong Health

Free weekly dance classes for those 60+ that focus on fun, fitness, creativity and community and use easy dance techniques from jazz, modern, and various national styles that contribute to experiencing the joy of motion. By creating an original dance each week, participants have fun with others, develop a sense of accomplishment and help retain independence through maintaining and enhancing fitness, and general wellness. Facilitated by Rusti Brandman, UF dance faculty emerita and UF Shands Arts in Medicine dancer in residence.

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available both virtually and in person at the senior recreation center

Encore Dancers Workshop

Encore Dancers Workshop provides dancers who are 60+ with an opportunity to continue their practice in an adult- friendly environment. The classes will focus on fun, fitness, community, creativity, and goals important to the group using dance styles ranging from jazz to modern to ballet and our own personal styles. Rusti Brandman, UF dance faculty emerita and Shands Arts in Medicine Dancer in Residence, will facilitate sessions and expects that the participants will continue to be instrumental in determining the direction of the program. If you are dancing and/or have danced in your recent or even distant past, please join us and keep on dancing forever.

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On average, about 6,000 dance workshops are directed by an Arts in Medicine dancer in residence annually.