I conduct dance sessions for older adults in independent and assisted living facilities, nursing homes and adult day centers.

I modify dances from the International Folk Dance repertoire into versions that can be done sitting, standing or a combination of both so that everyone can participate at their own level.

I have conducted more than 700 dance sessions in the 9 years since my very first class. I feel fortunate to have cultivated a wonderful group of regular clients where folk dance is a valued part of their program.

In 2020 we continue to enjoy our favorite dances and add new material to our repertoire. We have developed lovely annual traditions such as Maypole dances, winter holiday world dances, and our own version of Oktoberfest.

Seated Dance Sessions

I use both original and modified versions of folk dances that I adapt into seated dances. I include a variety of movements and offer several versions sitting and standing so that people can participate as they are able. All dances are taught sitting so that everyone is included. Here we are learning Pata Pata, by Miriam Makeba from South Africa.

"You have shown that you are able to relate on a level that our residents need"
-The Alzheimer's Care Director of a nursing home where I conduct monthly sessions

No Partner Required

We dance circle, line and solo dances, which means we dance as a group and everyone is included. We dance to music from around the world, some slow, some lively, some soulful. We take a short break and talk about geography, history, and culture related to the dances. We are dancing to Zemer Atik, an Israeli dance, in this picture.

"I may be sitting in a chair, but my whole body was dancing"
-A resident of an assisted living facility following a dance session

We Have Fun!

Dance is both energizing and relaxing. The dance sessions are comfortable and non-threatening. The environment is personal and there is synergy in dancing as a group. There is both familiar and new movement, language, and rhythm. The participants learn something new during an enjoyable hour. This dance is Daronee, from Armenia.

"... a calm came over the entire room", "the dance was moving", "your voice and demeanor are perfect for this audience"
-Feedback from colleagues at the 2010 Pourparler, the National Folk Organization's conference for dance teachers