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Debby Cornwell, 78, and Joseph Lono, 79, take a ballet class Monday, January 29, 2018. Once a month, seniors at Pomperaug Woods Senior Living in Southbury take a ballet class, taught by Cassie Haley, 24 of Seymour, as a way to stay healthy. less

Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media




Shirl Franklin, 92, left, and Dot Dohert, 89, participate in a “seated” ballet class taught once a month by Cassie Haley, 24 of Seymour, to seniors at Pomperaug Woods Senior Living in Southbury, Monday, January 29, 2018. less

Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media



Debby Cornwell, 78, left, and Joseph Lono, 79, take a ballet class Monday, January 29, 2018. Once a month, seniors at Pomperaug Woods Senior Living in Southbury take a ballet class, taught by Cassie Haley, 24 of Seymour, as a way to stay healthy. less
Debby Cornwell, 78, left, and Joseph Lono, 79, take a ballet class Monday, January 29, 2018. Once a month, seniors at Pomperaug Woods Senior Living in Southbury take a ballet class, taught by Cassie Haley, 24 … more
Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media






Debby Cornwell, 78, and Joseph Lono, 79, take a ballet class Monday, January 29, 2018. Once a month, seniors at Pomperaug Woods Senior Living in Southbury take a ballet class, taught by Cassie Haley, 24 of Seymour, as a way to stay healthy. less

Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media





SOUTHBURY — Once a month, residents in the Pomperaug Woods senior living community participate in ballet classes taught by Health Care Administrator Cassie Haley.

Haley, a classically trained ballet dancer, started the standing and sitting ballet classes after learning the health and mental benefits of the exercise. She taught ballet at another senior community before starting at Pomperaug three years ago.



“Ballet is a total mind-body exercise,” Haley said.

Studies show that listening to music and dancing can help seniors’ health. Haley also said she saw benefits for residents with dementia when working at the other community.

Article source: https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Seniors-practice-ballet-at-Southbury-s-12537496.php

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