Golden Years Dance
Pat Hall Dance & Movement

Golden Years Dance Program

The Mission Statement
Co-founded by Pat Hall and Hattie Gossett, Golden Years Dance (GYD) is a non-profit, comprehensive dance and exercise education program specially designed to meet the needs of adults over 50 of all physical abilities. Emphasizing the health and benefits of dance as well as the fun and art benefits, GYD is committed to providing low-cost, high-quality learning experiences in the South Bronx, Harlem and other under-served communities.

The Program
Fully active over 50 adults can get an exciting, safe dance and exercise workout at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD) in the Hunts Point area of the South Bronx. GYD will travel to senior centers, nursing homes and assisted living facilities to present classes for the partially active and wheelchair bound. All classes focus on movement styles from traditional Latin-Caribbean-American cultures presented within a contemporary context. Ms. Hall has sucessfully implemented the GYD program in three nursing homes in Brooklyn and Long Island.

The Co-Founders
Pat Hall/GYD Education Coordinator. For nearly 25 years Ms. Hall has forged a high standard of excellence in the international dance world. As an acclaimed dance educator, choreographer and dancer, she has toured throughout the USA and Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and Latin America. As an educator, Ms. Hall brings the joy of dance to people of all ages and levels of ability, from pre-K through geriatric. Current involvement includes teaching dance for semi-able and wheelchair-bound elderly at the Menorah Home & Hospital, for graduate and undergraduate students at New York University and for adults at the Mark Morris studios and serving as a dance education consultant with the New York City Department of Education and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Hattie Gossett/GYD Business Coordinator. Since her teen years, Ms. Gossett has been an avid dance student. Her Golden Years Dance involvement grows out of being over 50 and wanting to take dance classes geared toward older adults. A founding editor of Essence magazine, she has worked in the corporate world and the arts management world since the 1960s, building expertise, which prepared her to take on the marketing, development and other business aspects of GYD. Acclaimed poet and author of "Presenting Sister NoBlues" (Firebrand Books), she serves as development associate for Seniors Helping Seniors, Inc.

Copyright 2007 Pat Hall