Based in Washington Depot, Pilobolus is well-known for harnessing creative energy to produce innovative and creative dance performances. What some may not realize is that the troupe has offered community based educational programs for much of its 45 year history. The Pathways Program at Connecticut Community Foundation is proud to support Pilobolus’ Connecting with Balance series, a groundbreaking program for older adults that focuses on movement as a vehicle to maintain and improve balance.
Connecting with Balance is unique in that it addresses the physical, social and spiritual well-being of the older adults that are enrolled in the program. Lily Binns, Co-Executive Director at Pilobolus explains, “As our participants work with our trained teachers to create connections with their bodies, connections with their peers, and connections to their own creativity, they begin to develop a better sense of their balance. This is instrumental in maintaining independence, avoiding falls, increasing self-confidence, and combating isolation for this specific community.” The program has been well received, with many participants commenting that they are enjoying using their body in new ways while having fun.
The Pathways grant has enabled this program to be offered at no charge to participants. “With the Foundation’s support, we were able to offer the six week program in seven different towns located in the their service area in 2015. We hope to expand the initiative in the future by developing materials that participants can use on their own at the conclusion of the series,” adds Binns. Helping to provide innovative ways for older adults to maintain their health and remain actively engaged in their community – Timeless Impact.