Forever Moving Dance Company proves that dance is ageless

The company's 2014-2015 season keeps Hillsborough County's older adults active and creative

As we grow older, our curious, creative spirit never dies. The key is to exercise it. How does the saying go…use it or lose it?

Serving adults primarily ages 50 and up, the Life Enrichment Center provides challenging and stimulating activity for high-functioning older adults in Hillsborough County. The non-profit, private organization offers events and classes that promote life-long growth.

A collaboration between the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Moving Current Dance Company and the Life Enrichment Center, Forever Moving Dance Company was created in 2006. The company's 2014 - 2015 season is based on Lynn L. Norton’s (former director of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County) vision that dance is an ageless activity/art form.

This season of classes produced by the Forever Moving Dance Company will take place at the Life Enrichment Center every Friday from 10:15 a.m. to noon. The company welcomes mature adults with all levels of dance experience (including zero).

The classes will have a different theme every other week and will culminate in a dance performance that spans generations at the New Grounds Dance Festival in May.

Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 - Creative Dance with Susan Taylor Lennon

Guided by Professor of Dance at the University of Tampa and Director of the UT Dance Program and the Applied Dance Major Program, Susan Taylor Lennon, the course will focus more on the fun, improvisational side of dance, rather than the technical aspects. Expect a lot of creative improvisation and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s where you can get familiar with how your body moves.

Nov. 7, 14 and 21 - Classical Ballet and Jazz with Vicki Caudill

Instructed by Vicki Caudill, who has studied with the Oakland Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the San Diego Ballet and the Boston Ballet, this course will provide an introduction to jazz and classical ballet. The disciplines will sharpen the coordination and balance of the dancers, as well as strengthen their bodies. A more precise course, it will allow the dancers an understanding of the flow of movement.

Dec. 5 and 12 - Urban Dance with DeMario Henry

Local celebrity DeMario Henry – who recently competed on America’s Got Talent – has been teaching dance for 15 years and has dabbled in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, salsa, bachata, aerial silks and hoop. He founded VYB Dance Company in Tampa.

Focusing on rhythm and muscle memory, Henry’s course will be an energy-packed, upbeat, calorie burning lesson in hip-hop technique set to a soundtrack of R&B, EDM, pop and (of course) hip-hop.

Moving Current Dance Company and Cynthia Hennessey will continue lessons in January leading up to the performance at the New Grounds Dance Festival.

The Life Enrichment Center is located at 9704 N. Blvd, Tampa.

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