Seniors dance to their own beat in community dance troupe

Morning Talk 04/09/2018

Senior citizens are often advised to walk or swim for low-impact exercise, with little thought paid to getting their groove on for health purposes.

But an Auckland-based community dance company says dancing is for everyone, and can be especially beneficial for those over 60.  

Dancers at the SeniorsDance Company are just that. All between 72 and 81-years-old, the dancers are encouraged to use dance to build strength for their mind, body and soul.

Senior dancers in their last performance. Photo: Facebook.

SeniorsDance founder Susan Jordan began the program in 2011, offering local dance classes to encourage seniors to stay active and social.

“The dance that we know of, ballet, contemporary, all sorts of dance, tends to be very strenuous. So the dancers are actually elite athletes. But dance doesn’t have to be like that,” Ms Jordan told RadioLIVE.

Their upcoming performance Glass Ceilings will celebrate 125 years of the Kate Sheppard's suffrage movement, highlighting the struggles of climbing the corporate ladder today.

Glass Ceilings will be performed as part of the Short + Sweet Dance Festival on September 14 & 15 at TAPAC; in Epsom, Mt Albert and Pt Chevalier Libraries on September15, and at the Northern Dance Networks ASPIRE Seniors Show on September 22 at TAPAC.

Watch the full interview with Susan Jordan above.

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