Get Moving with Canada’s National Ballet School This Winter!

February 22, 2021 in Keynote |

Take part in an interactive presentation and hear more about the benefits of dance and the Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors Program. Tune in to the First Link® Memory Café on February 23rd from 1:00 – 2:00pm.

Article provided by Canada’s National Ballet School:

At Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), excellence, access and inclusion fuel our belief in sharing the transformative power of dance to change lives for the better. NBS knows how dance affects our bodies, minds and souls. We know it because we live it and help others live it every day. People of every age, ability and aspiration have a transformative experience waiting for them in dance.

Why dance?

Dance is a powerful, yet underutilized tool for health and well-being across all spectrums of Canadian society. Creative movement has the unique ability to connect people and provide comfort during challenging times. Research also suggests that dance is an exciting new direction in the study of aging and cognitive neuroscience, offering a unique combination of physical, mental and social benefits for seniors at home, in retirement and care facilities and with age-related illnesses like Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

The physical benefits of dancing in older adulthood may include:

● improved aerobic power

● improved balance and gait

● increased muscle endurance

● reduced risk of falls

● greater strength and flexibility

Dance may also be emotionally and socially beneficial for older adults by helping to reduce isolation, encouraging a sense of community and providing a space for creativity and artistic expression.

“Participating in Sharing Dance Seniors truly changed my life. It helped me
physically do things I haven’t been allowed to do for more than 50 years.” – Participant “When I dance, I feel free, ageless and euphoric.” – Participant

Discover the joy and benefits of dance – at home!

Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors – at Home

Baycrest and Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), industry leaders in geriatric care and dance training, are offering FREE six-week dance courses for older adults, which can be accessed at home.

Weekly online classes are taught by professional dance teachers from NBS, are accompanied by a live musician, and include a variety of movement options to suit participants’ needs. Classes are 20 minutes in length and both seated and standing course options are available. Join any time and engage in these fun, creative and musical classes at your own pace. No dance experience required! Visit www.nbs-enb.ca/sharingdanceseniors and start dancing today!

Want to learn more? Take part in an interactive presentation and hear more about the benefits of dance and the Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors Program. Tune in to the First Link® Memory Café on February 23rd from 1:00 – 2:00pm.


Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) and Baycrest, industry leaders in aging and brain health and dance training, have collaborated to develop meaningful dance activities for older adults. Through its artistry and physicality, dance supports overall physical, emotional and social wellbeing. Take part in this interactive presentation, and hear more about the benefits of dance and the Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Programs.

Photos courtesy of Canada’s National Ballet School

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Canada’s National Ballet School Senior’s Dance Program – www.nbs-enb.ca/sharingdanceseniors

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