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"Oh, you’re all like doctors. You give us injections of happiness." — Participant, Baycrest resident

Through the support of The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation, Sharing Dance Seniors is a specialized health and wellness dance program developed to provide an opportunity for older adults to access dance and enjoy its benefits.

Developed in partnership with Baycrest and taught by instructors from Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), Sharing Dance Seniors is a safe and accessible program designed to provide enjoyable dance classes for older adults that benefits physical, cognitive and overall health. Classes are designed to adapt to a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities, with more challenging classes also available.

The program is available in person at the National Ballet School. Learn more here.

Sharing Dance is also available via video stream. Bring a Sharing Dance Seniors video class to your community! An instructor from NBS will teach a class through video streaming to a range of settings including community centres and retirement homes. Learn more and apply here.

Baycrest and NBS co-teach a training program designed for dance teachers who are interested in learning how to offer dance classes to seniors with physical and/or cognitive challenges (including individuals living with dementia). Learn more here

For any additional information about Sharing Dance, please contact Melissa Tafler, Arts and Health Coordinator at Baycrest at  416.785.2500 ext. 2578 or mtafler@baycrest.org.