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Seniors interested in dance should reserve spot now for workshop

ENCINITAS — San Diego Dance Theater is offering an opportunity for seniors to participate in “Aging Creatively,” a free six-week modern dance workshop at the Encinitas Senior Center. 

Beginning Jan. 4, the one-hour classes will meet each Friday through Feb. 8, culminating in the final performance Feb. 15 of “Romance through Generations.” The classes are specifically designed for ages 60 to 99 and adapted to accommodate the physical needs of the students. The program offers a unique opportunity for seniors to discover talents, improve dance fitness, and perform at an older age.

Lead by San Diego Dance Theater’s teacher-choreographer and exercise physiologist Yvonne Harguindeguy Gagliardo, the students will learn improvisation and the iconic style of Jean Isaacs. Gagliardo has studied, taught and performed with Jean Isaac’s San Diego Dance Theater for over 25 years and also worked with the senior population as an Exercise Physiologist for Sharp Mission Park Medical Group for 20 years.With a Masters in PE/Exercise Physiology and an extensive background in senior wellness, a recent certification in personal training, and an in-depth understanding of the modern techniques taught by Isaacs, Gagliardo will teach the six-week modern dance workshop which offers fit seniors an opportunity to express creatively through dance while increasing flexibility, range of motion, balance, and coordination. Seniors of all levels and physical abilities are encouraged to attend.

“Aging Creatively,” a satellite program of San Diego Dance Theater, is funded in part by the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program. The project originated with a yearlong San Diego Creative Catalyst Grant for an artist through the San Diego Foundation. A thirty minute documentary titled “The Door is Open” by award-winning producer Kira Carrillo Corser, reveals the joy and surprising health impacts of dance during the project and can be seen on the San Diego Dance Theater website at

The Encinitas Senior Center is at 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr.

Reserve your place in the workshop by calling (619) 225-1803.