The goal of the weekly Elders Academy session was to demonstrate how dance movements can be used to build relationships. Participants included Hayes/Laguna community members of varying abilities and memory, gerowellness interns, and staff.
After an explanation of the four stages of an exercise regime (warm-up, aerobics, resistance, and cool-down), Cuo, visiting dance therapist, demonstrated sitting stretches and breath work .
During the resistance stage (muscle building), interns and elders worked in pairs. When Cuo progressed to aerobics, community members started dancing. The floor livened up.
Intergenerational relationship building through non-verbal dance & movement, and other forms of meaningful engagement. That’s AgeSong.