Age is Only a Number

Age is Only a NumberToday was the last day of the PALETTE in Motion program. We had our showcase event where we choreographed a dance incorporating the difference dance elements that we have learned together throughout the movement art classes. It was amazing to see how much my group has learned together through these dance sessions. I remembered in the first movement art class, we were unfamiliar with how our bodies moved. Each movement required thought and the motions were uncertain and less defined. Today, however, as we slowly pieced together our dance, I can see that our movements were more spontaneous but yet more certain and confident. Not only were we more familiar with our own body movements, but we were also more familiar with each other and how our bodies moved together. Because of this understanding and comfort with each other, we were able to communicate with each other using nonverbal cues throughout the dance as we transitioned almost seamlessly from one dance segment to the next. In the end, when we showcased our dance to everyone, I felt like we were not only performing our dance to everyone but we were also showcasing our relationship with each other through these different dance movements.

It has been such an incredible journey this semester getting to know the PALs, especially my PAL Beverly. Beverly told me today that she retired a few years ago, but she is still so actively involved in our community that her grandson jokes that she has not retired yet. Beverly taught me that aging is not something to be feared but something to embrace in the future. Age is only a number; it does not confine us nor does it define who we are as a person. Instead, it’s our actions and attitudes that determine who we are and who want to be in the future as we age. I will take my newfound understanding of ageism with me and apply it to myself as well as my professional practice.

Yvonne Zhang, graduate student in Pharmacy

Confidence and Gusto

Confidence and GustoToday was the last day of PALETTE in Motion for the Fall 2015 semester.  The group I have been working with over the past few weeks has grown tremendously in their ability to understand and comprehend the overall concepts of movement. Counting and establishing a pulse with music is a rather hard task for many people and communicating with my group about how to count was crucial.  In the end, my group was really able to find and keep a pulse when dancing together.

I have realized how great it is to work with people from different areas of study and age groups. You become aware of how amazing and powerful dance is in bringing people together to accomplish a common goal.  A common misconception among many young adults is that older adults are tired and stuck in their ways. PALETTE in Motion has shown me that this is incorrect. The older adults I had the opportunity to work with were more willing and excited about moving and learning new things than the students! They also completed every exercise with confidence and gusto! Aging should be seen as a good thing! It has been an invigorating and rewarding experience sharing and moving with everyone!

Kara Robertson, student in Dance