Have you ever wanted to try clogging? How about belly dancing or even tap dancing? At the York West Active Living Centre, you can try these and so much more!
The York West Active Living Centre offers a variety of classes and social outings for people 55 years old and up. The fully accessible, air-conditioned facility is located at the corner of Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue.
In addition to dance classes, the centre provides fitness and educational classes including Zumba, Pilates, computer courses, Spanish and Italian language courses and a watercolour painting class.
I spoke to Suzanne Teixeira, Executive Director of the York West Active Living Centre about the centres’ commitment to promote, encourage and support healthy, independent living. “Some members are very involved at the center; participating in different fitness classes and trips. For others, knowing they belong to the Centre is enough,” she said.
Dancing with Parkinson’s is easily one of the most inspiring programs offered at the centre. Instructors guide individuals with Parkinson’s and other neurological ailments through a specialized dance that empowers them and encourages them to explore movement and music in ways that are stimulating and creative.
A non-profit organization, the centre uses money it receives from the small membership fee it charges and grants to fund the programs and pay for equipment including its two vans which play a vital role in bringing people to the centre. “A lot of our members are no longer driving, so we have two minivans that are used to bring members to and from the Centre. We also use these vans for social outings,” said Ms. Teixeira.
This Friday, June 29th, the York West Active Living Centre will be holding a Canada Day Lunch from 12 PM to 1:30 PM.
The event is open to both members and non-members who are 55 years young and older. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be available along with coffee, tea, and dessert. The cost is $10.00.