October 27, 2020



“This class makes me feel very happy and exuberant from all the beautiful movements. It makes my body feel so much better. After I finish the class, I feel so much different than before I started. It’s a feeling of love, happiness and grace while bringing back good memories.” 
Joan Harrison, 81
Private Lesson, Clayton, MO

“I finally found something I can do! It’s slow and makes you feel more agile. It’s stretching, but in a different way. I’ll be back.”
Margaret Baumgartener, 85
Our Lady of Life, Cardinal Ritter

“If we don’t exercise, we can’t use our [walker] equipment. We need to keep the strength in our arms. I love this class. I love the variety and dancing part of it. I feel like I need to push my body…and it helps me feel better.”
Georgia Leutwiler, 76
Briarcrest Estates of Ballwin

“It gets me moving again. I have arthritis in my shoulders and it helps me get them loosened up. Plus it’s fun!” 
Shirley Cook, 79
Tesson Heights Senior Living

“I love it because I love dancing and music. I had so much fun with the class and I feel it’s good for my body. It reminds me of what your posture should be.”
Barbara Panos, 85
The Sheridan at Chesterfield 

“The class made me feel like a ballerina again. The movements were what I remembered from when I was a kid. It helped me loosen up. It made me feel graceful like a swan. Swan Lake was my favorite ballet. You can do more than you think you can.”
Kit Homer, 84
Laclede Groves

“It’s a very valid and enjoyable form of low stress, low strain exercise. It’s the kind of exercise you could do forever.”
Carl Mungenast, 79
Friendship Village Chesterfield

“I just love the movement and the poetry of it. I realize it’s helping me regain balance. I just love ballet and the class gets really into it too.”
Edie Sosnow, 90
Park Place at WingHaven

“I think it’s great exercise to get things moving that I don’t usually get to move. It’s uplifting. I love watching the dancer demonstrate.” 
Estelle, 82
St. Catherine Retirement Community

“This class makes me aware of my posture. I love the discipline. Ballet makes me feel like I’m flowing in the air.”
Marge Dougherty, 90
Friendship Village Chesterfield Care Center 

“We have one resident here, a gentleman, who gets so excited when he knows that it’s Senior Ballet day that it is truly a transformation for him. He absolutely loves the class and I love watching him enjoy it so. Thank you for what you do, you are helping us enrich lives.” 
Katrie Spink
Director of Lifestyle Enrichment at Meramec Bluffs Care Center

“Residents who were once dancers or musicians have fallen in love again with movements that may have seemed unattainable in their current state while other residents who had never taken a dance class before are made to feel like they are true dancers not only because of the simplicity of the moves, but also the beauty and elegance.” 
Kim Parks
Activity Coordinator at Friendship Village Chesterfield

“I feel so graceful afterward.”
June, 91
Bethesda Meadow

“It’s a mental stimuli…it puts me on a different plateau.”
Sally Baudendistel, 81
Delmar Garden South

“It’s so relaxing and you exercise the body and the mind. It’s more thoughtful than some other classes. I love the classical music and doing the same movement with others.”
Jan Kilgen, 81
Pacific Place Senior Living

“Senior Ballet makes me feel good because I’m moving muscles I wouldn’t ordinarily move. It makes me feel good afterwards.” 
Rosanne Bodlman, 88
Pacific Place Senior Living

I love the exercise we are getting in Senior Ballet- it’s very gradual for our old bodies.”
Marge Gedney, 81
The Fountains

“This class rejuvenates me. It makes me more sure of myself. It makes me feel good inside.” 
Hesper, 94
Garden Villas West

“It makes me feel invigorated and joyful. It’s just a beautiful experience for me. I enjoy it a lot.”
Marilyn Mcguire, 80 
The Sarah Community

“I used muscles that I haven’t used in a long time.”
Elaine Garner, 77
Meramac Bluffs, Parkinson’s patient

“It reminded me of what ballet technique really is and what to look for at a real ballet performance.”
Phyllis Banister, 81
Meramac Bluffs

“I want to take this ballet class once a week for the rest of my life.”
Jackie Lehman, 85
Meramac Bluffs

“It brought back memories of watching my granddaughter in ballet class.”
Patrick Fazio, 85
Autumn View Gardens

“When we were young, we all wanted to be ballerinas. This [class] makes you feel good inside.”
Shirley Alexander, 82
Briarcrest Estates