CH Senior Center News

A recent article in The New York Times spoke to the benefits of dance for exercise, especially as one ages. The demands of learning new steps, the benefits of the movement, and the social engagement that occurs while dancing all contribute to increased health.

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) offers a variety of opportunities to dance. Among them is a class on Argentine tango, a social dance based on natural walk that can be enjoyed and danced by adults well into their 90s. Ann Dobyns and Charles Scillia teach the basics of the tango, and a bit about its history and the culture in which it developed.

Wes Senseman teaches English Country Dance—traditional dance and music from the British Isles.

Line Dance, taught by Gladys McGlothin, promotes physical fitness through dance exercise and contemporary music.

In Dance 101, Leslie Keller leads the group in an exploration of movement, expression and improvisation.

No partners are needed for any of these dance classes. Some are free; some charge a small fee. Call, e-mail or check SAC’s online calendar for further information about these and other senior center classes, and please let us know if there is a dance form not offered that interests you. We hope to see you dancing in 2018!

SAC, located in the Cleveland Heights Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a variety of programming for those 60 and older, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, which is available at Cleveland Heights City Hall, local libraries, the community center and online at

SAC membership is $5 for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older. To sign up, bring a recent piece of mail (such as a bill) and a photo ID.

University Heights residents who would like to join SAC must first register with Patrick Grogan-Myers, University Heights community development coordinator, at 216-932-7800, ext. 203, or Membership is $10 for University Heights seniors.

Amy Jenkins

 Amy Jenkins is supervisor at the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging and the Senior Activity Center.  She can be reached at 216-691-7379 or by e-mail at

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:50 AM, 12.04.2017