The world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre will lead a free AileyDance for Active Aging workshop on the spacious patio at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Monday, March 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Workshop participants, led by an Ailey teaching dancer, will learn strength and flexibility movements, dance technique and a segment of the late Alvin Ailey's acclaimed ballet "Revelations." The workshop is offered under the umbrella of the Ailey organization's Arts in Education and Community Programs Division.
The Pasadena Senior Center continually stresses, through its ongoing #AgeWell campaign, the importance of older adults staying as active as possible to improve strength and balance, boost energy, improve cognitive function (how the brain works), prevent or fight off depression and more.
Ailey made a commitment when he founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 1958. He said, "Dance is for everybody. I believe that dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people." To honor that commitment, the organization has brought dance to schools, community centers and lives of people throughout the world.
"Older adults need to be able to engage their imaginations and express their creativity, especially in this era of COVID when so many who are most vulnerable are isolated and lonely, which often leads to depression, anxiety and other effects," said Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center. "We are thrilled that this illustrious dance theater wants to conduct an AileyDance for Active Aging workshops here."
The workshop is open to adults 50 and older. Membership at PSC and residence in Pasadena are not required. Registration is required by visiting www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and clicking on Activities and Events, then Special Events or calling 626-795-4331. Proof of COVID vaccination will be required.
In addition to online classes, onsite events and other activities, members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center are encouraged to visit the website regularly for a monthly magazine, free food delivery for older adults in need, COVID updates specifically for older adults and more.
The center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years. During the pandemic, doors are open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services and other critical services for older adults in need as well as the library, Sy Graff Fitness Center, computer lab and limited occupancy for events. Masks and social distancing are required. Rooms are sanitized after each use.
In accordance with Los Angeles County Public Health Department guidelines, proof of COVID vaccination is required for everyone who uses the fitness center or attends onsite activities indoors.