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.

The Niagara West YMCA program registration is running the week of November 19th. Assessments/Intake on Friday, November 23rd from 11:30am-12:30pm. Official classes start on Monday, November 26th at 11:30am-12:30pm.


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?
The program will launch November 19th, 2018 at the following locations:

Les Chater Family YMCA – Hamilton: (905) 667 – 1515

Niagara West YMCA – Grimsby: (905) 309 – 9622

Peter Gilligan Family YMCA – Oakville: (905) 845 – 5597
In January 2019 you will be able to find GERAS dance at:


Flamborough Family YMCA: (905) 690 – 3555

Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA: (905) 529 – 7102

Laurier Brantford YMCA: (519) 512 – 4891

Les Chater Family YMCA – Hamilton: (905) 667 – 1515

Ron Edwards Family YMCA – Burlington: (905) 632 – 5000

Niagara Region:

E.J. Freeland YMCA – Fort Erie: (905) 871 – 9622

Niagara Centre YMCA – Welland: (905) 735 – 9622

Niagara Falls YMCA: (905) 358 – 9622

Niagara West YMCA – Grimsby: (905) 309 – 9622

Port Colborne YMCA: (905) 835 – 9622

Walker Family YMCA – St. Catharines: (905) 934 – 9622
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? 
* Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford lead: Christine Smith – (905) 632 – 5000 ext.6240

* Oakville lead: Lisa Newman – (905) 845 – 5597 ext.427

* Niagara lead: Samantha Cameron – (905) 735 – 6959 ext.487

*Senior YMCA Advisor: Genevieve Hladysh – (905) 929 – 7273