DANCE – Dancing for Cognition and Exercise

The GERAS Centre for Aging Research at Hamilton Health Sciences has partnered with the YMCA. This fun 12 week dance program is designed for older adults who may have early memory or mobility impairments. No dance partner required.

For more information about the DANCE program, contact us at: (905) 777-3837 ext: 77709 

To register, please contact the YMCA location nearest you. Program dates and times vary by location.



Laurier Brantford YMCA
Mondays & Wednesdays
100 Water Street, Brantford
P: 519-512-4891


Ron Edwards Family YMCA
Mondays & Fridays
500 Drury Lane, Burlington
P: 905-632-5000


Flamborough Family YMCA
Tuesdays & Thursdays
207 Parkside Drive, Waterdown
P: 905-690-3555

Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA
Mondays & Fridays
79 James Street South, Hamilton
P: 905-529-7102

Les Chater Family YMCA
Schedule TBD
356 Rymal Road East, Hamilton
P: 905-667-1515


YMCA of Oakville
Tuesdays & Thursdays
410 Rebecca Street, Oakville
P: 905-845-5597


E. J. Freeland YMCA
1555 Garrison Road, Fort Erie
P: 905-871-9622

Niagara Centre YMCA
310 Woodlawn Road, Welland
P: 905-735-9622

Niagara Falls YMCA
7150 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls
P: 905-358-9622

Niagara West YMCA
325 Main Street East, Grimsby
P: 905-309-9622

Port Colborne YMCA
550 Elizabeth Street, Port Colborne
P: 905-835-9622

Walker Family YMCA
25 YMCA Drive, St. Catharines
P: 905-934-9622

What happens during a class?

Each class consists of:

  • Warm-up and cool-down
  • 30 minutes of dance (both seated and standing)
  • Time for socialization

Who should attend?

The class is geared towards older adults who may have early cognitive or mobility impairments (e.g. difficulty climbing stairs, walking around the block).Individuals may have a mobility aid but should be able to walk 10 meters and be able to get out of a chair (using arms is okay) unassisted.

Program Fee

The cost of the program is included in a YMCA membership, OR $90 for the program only (14 week program, twice a week). Financial assistance is available.