Creative Movers

Dancing in community is an excellent way to engage with aging.

Come join an inclusive, collaborative dance movement group of all abilities. Move in new ways, release tension, and have fun through a variety of guided dance improvisation activities and exploring creating dances together. Most members are 55yrs+, and the group includes people under 55 with diverse physicalities and mobilities.

Thank-you to Saanich Parks & Recreation, the Cedar Hill Arts Centre, and Made in BC – Dance on Tour for supporting the group!

2018 Details:

Mondays 2:15pm-3:30pm
At Cedar Hill Recreation’s Dance Studio.

Photo of fifteen people, many who are 50 years or better, making a group shape.
Dance Days 2017 photo by Miriam Waldman/ Dance Victoria.

Free introductory session:

Dance Days free class January 22, registration code: 877361. *Please note that on Jan. 22 photos will be taken of the group dancing; if you are not okay with being in group photos please let the facilitator know at the beginning of the session.

Upcoming sessions:
Winter: January 29 – March 12
(no class Feb. 12 stat), 6 sessions for $30, registration code: 877362.
Spring: April 9 – May 28 (no class on stat holidays), 7 sessions for $35, registration code: 877363.
*Join anytime: drop-in is $5 (if space permits).
Photo of five dancers on a patio, all wearing red tops and looking up to the sky, each making a different shape*If cost is a barrier: there is a recreation subsidy program for Saanich residents who live on a low income; and/or be in touch with Joanne about a scholarship spot.

To register:

Options: register by phone (250-475-7121), online through Saanich Recreation, or in-person at a Saanich Recreation Centre.

More details:

Photo of nine dancers each doing their own move

All abilities welcome. There are chairs available if you would like to sit to dance the whole time or some of the time.

No prior dance experience needed.

55+ is just a suggestion; adults under 55 are welcome too.

The group is facilitated by Joanne Cuffe in collaboration with the group.

Photo of four dancers making shapes with arms while seated outside each framed by a red window frame.

Location:

Classes are at Cedar Hill Recreation (3220 Cedar Hill Road), in the Dance Studio.

Accessibility note:

Photo of five dancers on a rampThe Dance Studio is wheelchair-accessible and accessed via a ramp with three turns. If you are using an extra wide electric chair or a longer scooter, please be in touch if you would like to know the width dimensions of the ramp. If you are using a manual wheelchair and would like an Access Buddy to meet you at the ramp (it is a bit steep), or for any more access info or requests, please be in touch with Joanne.

For more info:

For more information about the group, contact the facilitator or come by a session!

If you are interested in the Creative Movers but not available this season, there is an email list for updates about the group.

Photo of 6 people's backs, going down a hallway, most wearing red tops

Back story to the group:

In 2016, participants in Joanne’s Dance for Brain Health class at Cedar Hill Recreation suggested creating a seniors’ dance troupe. The group began forming in autumn 2016 and has been shaped by the interests of participants thus far. In Spring 2017 the group explored site-specific improvisation and some members chose to perform (being part of sharing the group’s work in public is completely optional).

Dancing is fantastic for brain health, as well as physical, emotional and social well-being. Research has found that frequent dancing is one of the best activities for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.