Artful Aging

New in 2017! Artful Aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Artful Aging programs are designed to bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults.

Come Dance With Me

This class if for participants over the age of 55 who want to have fun and make new friends while learning a dance routine. Teaching Artist Valerie Soetermans will lead the class through some of the most frequent dance combinations that are applicable to jazz, ballet, and tap. Participants will gain confidence and self esteem in a supportive environment. The session will end with a dance performace at the Golden Year Dinner Dance on May 6, 2017. 

Session Dates: March 6 - May 6
Class: Mondays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Northeast Family YMCA
Cost: FREE
Maximum 15, Minimum 8

Register in person at the Northeast Family YMCA or I.D. Pennock Family YMCA, or register online below. For more information, contact Holli Tank at or 815-885-6815.

The YMCA of Rock River Valley was selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. to receive a grant from Aroha Philanthropies through its new national initiative, “Seeding Artful Aging.” The Y received an $18,000 grant to launch three classes in 2017.

Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness. We believe that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime.

Aroha Philanthropies works to improve the quality of life of people 55+ by encouraging the funding, development, and proliferation of arts programs designed to enhance longer lives, and by advancing the development of professional teaching artists working with those in their encore years. Learn more at