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EveryBODY Moves with Joffrey Ballet & Garfield Park Conservatory

August 31, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until October 5, 2022

a collage of three photos. Photo 1 is of a woman dancing with her left arm stretched out. Photo 2 is of a man danceing, also with his arms stretched out. The man is wearing a har. Photo 3 is of a woman posing in a chair


Garfield Park Conservatory has teamed up with Joffrey Ballet to offer an in-person 8-week in-person interactive dance and movement class for individuals age 55+!

This 8-week program will help participants to rejuvenate, restore, and reconnect to their own selves and become better in tune with their surrounding environment and fellow participants through dance. This call will include a combination of standing and sitting activities. Skills practiced will include the “Brain Dance,” which activates the central nervous system and opens neural pathways, improves mental concentration and body coordination. Other proponents will include interactive group activities and a memory exercise in learning ballet-based choreography to highlight participants’ artistic expression through a culminating performance.

This class will take place on Wednesday morning from 9:00am-11:00am at Garfield Park Conservatory on the following dates:

August 17, 24, 31

September 7, 14, 21, 28

October 5

Culminating Event Date TBD by students


Class Price:

General Registration $240

Volunteer/Member Registration $192

Materials: Thanks to the support of E.A. Michelson Philanthropies & Joffrey Ballet, all supplies are covered for students in this class!

Scholarships are available! Please fill out the Scholarship Application or contact Mattie Wilson at for more details . Scholarship Applications close 12:00pm, August 15th 2022 (deadline extended)


Accommodations: When you register for this workshop you will be asked to provide any accommodation requests. If you have any questions or would like to request an additional accommodation, please contact Mattie Wilson at, at least 72 hours prior to the event start.

Please read our updated Covid-19 protocols (link opens in a new tab)

Teaching Artist Bio:

Pablo Sánchez (he/him) grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, and began dancing in his youth at the Dance Academy of Libertyville. He supplemented his dance training by attending Boston Ballet School’s Summer Dance Programs during high school before continuing his education at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington. Here he earned a B.S. in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Communications and Culture. Upon graduation, he accepted a full scholarship to the Academy of Dance, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in the Trainee program. Pablo joined the Atlanta Ballet under the direction of John McFall and also joined the faculty of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Pablo continued his performance career as a freelance artist throughout the United States and then joined Ballet Memphis. Pablo was selected as one of Joffrey Academy’s Winning Works choreographers in 2020 and 2021, and was named the first Zach Lazar Fellow. He is currently a ballet instructor in the Adult Open Division and Program Coordinator in Community Engagement at the Joffrey Ballet.

Registration closes Friday August 12th (deadline extended)

This program is made possible in part by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, Illinois Arts Council, DCASE and Arts Midwest.


August 31, 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Chicago, IL 60624 United States
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