Did you know dancing is beneficial for brain health and physical function including balance?

GERAS Dance is a fun, mind and body program that emphasizes mobility, balance and strength for older adults (ages 60+) through a series of ballroom type movements. This 14-week program provides a mixture of both seated an standing movements that help improve cognitive and mobility impairments. No background in dance is necessary to participate.

This program is in partnership with the GERAS Centre for Aging Research at Hamilton Health Sciences. It will be offered in various locations across Hamilton, Halton, Brantford and Niagara region. This program is FREE for members or $90.00 for non-members. Registration is required to participate in this program.


Is GERAS Dance right for me? The program is designed for older adults (aged 60+) experiencing early cognitive or mobility impairments. Individuals may have a mobility aid but should be able to walk at least 10m and be able to get out of a chair unassisted.

How long is the program sessions? The program will run for 14 weeks. The first week will be an introductory and assessment period for participants, followed by 12 weeks of GERAS dance, with the final week being a final assessment.

When and where is the program running? Niagara Region:

E.J. Freeland YMCA – Fort Erie: (905) 871 – 9622, beginning March 19th, 2019
Niagara Centre YMCA – Welland: (905) 735 – 9622, beginning March 25th, 2019
Niagara Falls YMCA: (905) 358 – 9622, beginning, beginning March 11th, 2019
Niagara West YMCA – Grimsby: (905) 309 – 9622, beginning February 25th, 2019
Port Colborne YMCA: (905) 835 – 9622, beginning February 20th, 2019
Walker Family YMCA – St. Catharines: (905) 934 – 9622, beginning March 1st, 2019

How do I register?  Individuals can register at the membership desk and their preferred location. To receive full benefits of the program it is recommended to enrol prior to the start date. If space allows, the latest date to register will be the third week.

What happens during a class? The class starts with a warm up and social element, followed by 30 minutes of dance (both seated and standing), and ends with a cool down session.

What are the health benefits to GERAS?  Studies show that GERAS allows you to exercise both the mind and the body, therefore increasing cognitive ability and physical health. It helps participants learn balance and strength and provides a great opportunity to socialize and meet new people.

Do I need to have dance experience to participate?  No, we welcome all individuals. Dance experience is not required.

Who can I contact for more information?
* Niagara lead: Samantha Cameron – (905) 735 – 6959 ext.487 samantha.cameron@niagara.ymca.ca
* Senior YMCA Advisor: Genevieve Hladysh – (905) 929 – 7273 genevieve.hladysh@ymcahbb.ca

*Program details and dates are subject to change. 

Program Location and Dates

LocationDays OfferedClass TimesIntake Assessment Dates
(All 10 am - 4 pm)
Program Start Date
Niagara Falls YMCATuesday11:30 am - 12:30 pmMarch 5March 11
Niagara Falls YMCAThursday11:30 am - 12:30 pmMarch 7March 11
Walker Family YMCAMonday11:15 am - 12:15 pmFeb 26March 4
Walker Family YMCAWednesday11:15 am - 12:15 pmFeb 28March 4
E.J. Freeland Fort Erie YMCATuesday1:00 - 2:00 pmMarch 12March 19
E.J. Freeland Fort Erie YMCAThursday1:00 - 2:00 pmMarch 16March 19
Port Colborne YMCAWednesday3:30 - 4:30 pmFeb 13Feb 20
Port Colborne YMCAFriday3:30 - 4:30 pmFeb 15Feb 20
Niagara West YMCAMonday11:30 am - 12:30 pmFeb 18Feb 25
Niagara West YMCAFriday11:30 am - 12:30 pmFeb 22Feb 25
Niagara Centre YMCAMonday1:30 - 2:30 pmMarch 18March 25
Niagara Centre YMCAWednesday1:30 - 2:30 pmMarch 20March 25