The Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA) Quicksilver dance company offers an innovative and replicable best practice model for the emergent Creative Aging field. The group utilizes improvisation techniques to fulfill its mission of engaging older adults in health improvement and life enhancement through the arts. The efficacy of this work is supported by a growing body of research that has identified mastery and social engagement as the two key components that are essential for participatory arts programs to be successful in delivering health and wellness benefits to their participants
Creative aging, improvisation, mixed ability dance, music, health, wellness
‘I want two dancers: One from Quicksilver and one from Support Center....’
Their impromptu pas de deux took place in the center of the circle. The dancers turned round each other as they gestured with their limbs. The older one, in her mid-eighties and now standing on one foot, leaned her weight into the arm of the other dancer’s wheelchair. The seated one gracefully arced her arm up in response as she sang with the violin’s melody. The surrounding ‘audience’ joined in. Rocking their bodies they sang ‘Under the Boardwalk we’ll be having some fun....’
It was another day and another dance with Quicksilver, the Arts for The Aging Inc. improvisational dance company for seniors. The choreographic direction came from Nancy Havlik the company’s founder and co-director. The violin music came from this author, her co-director.
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