Fine Tuning with Fine Arts

Dance classes in New Jersey are becoming increasingly popular among the senior community, as these older adults find more creative ways to maintain an active lifestyle. In Hackensack, seniors take classes in ballet, tap, Indian dance, and several other varieties that are offered at community venues. The dance studios found that seniors could take advantage of their programs during the day, when most of their younger students are in school. Elissa Machlin-Lockwood, the artistic director and teacher of modern dance in the area, explains that many older adults use the classes to discover a new passion or manner of expressing themselves. "People want to use their minds and their bodies to stay in shape in a more interesting way, or to keep their creative juices flowing,” she says.

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