Ann-Marie Loushine-Thomsen has a degree in modern dance from the University of Minnesota, and over 13 years of experience teaching ethnic dance and movement classes to diverse ages and skills. Starting with a Project Imagine/NEMAA educational grant to work with the elderly and dance, she has brought movement to the elderly for ten years. This includes senior residencies, assisted living, day care and memory care.
This residency engages elders in creating movement and exploring new movement possibilities for this stage of their life, in a fun and safe environment. The residency focuses on having the elders create abstract movement based on their memories. The class engages minds, builds friendships, explores creative movement and exercise, and produces an overall fun, uplifting experience for the elders. Through connecting elders' memories to movement, the residency engages the elders more fully in the movement and allows them to explore new types. Ann-Marie uses key selected words and music to inspire their movement.
Everyone remains seated throughout all the movement. Ann-Marie leads the discussions, warm-ups and stretches, as well as guiding the movement explorations. This provides individual creativity and expression while exploring personal movement capability in a safe environment.