About Our Classes

What is Class Like?

  • Class begins with an easy breath-based warm-up and stretching, safely increasing the range of motion in the arms and legs
  • Next, explore breathing and movement exercises that are specially designed to reduce swelling (lymphedema).
  • Then, reduce fatigue by dancing actively to upbeat music.
  • Work up a sweat while awakening both body and spirit
  • Build strength using weights and therabands or one's own body weight.
  • Some sequences challenge the brain, helping to fight the effects of mental fog and confusion.
  • We close with a relaxing stretching sequence and a community dialogue about new feelings and resources.
  • Each class member is given personalized attention and is guided to build greater awareness of, respect for, and control of all parts of the body, helping body image and self-respect.
  • Upbeat music and free movement serves as an antidote to depression, and a group class facilitates meaningful connections.

Hear from our students:

Beverly Thompson

I dance away feeling energized and alive only to repeat the experience each week. Moving For Life has changed my life.

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Gail Johnson

After this one session, I can't tell you how much better I feel.

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Florence Gordon

If you come to this class, you won't regret it.

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Moving For Life Classes Are Backed By Research:

There is scientific evidence behind the practices of MOVING FOR LIFE.  We have engaged with NYU Langone Medical Center to conduct and publish research that showed the positive effects of participating in Moving For Life classes twice a week. Participants were breast cancer patients in treatment who also attended a nutrition class.  Since our classes began in 1999 much research has substantiated our approach. The American Cancer Society and the American College of Sports Medicine have been published guidelines that echo Moving For Life's long track-record. The research concludes that aerobic exercise is not only safe, but necessary for physiological health and improved quality of life.  Additional studies confirm the power of music to shift mental attitudes in people who suffer from depression. Participants in MOVING FOR LIFE classes have reported an improved quality of life, a reduction in body fat, and significantly reduced side effects of cancer treatment.  

Research attests to the importance of strengthening muscles and reducing fat levels in reducing the recurrence of several types of cancer.  An American Society of Clinical Oncology report, released in 2013, noted that women in treatment for breast cancer who participated in MOVING FOR LIFE classes, lost up to 10 pounds in just eight weeks. MOVING FOR LIFE is now looked to as a leader in exercise and wellness education for prevention, recovery, post-treatment health, and maintenance of a healthy mind and body by organizations and agencies such as Jewish Community Centers, YMCAs, New York City hospitals, Gilda’s Club, Susan G. Komen Foundation and Emblem Health.

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Methodology

MOVING FOR LIFE uses easy-to-follow exercises and familiar dance moves to boost mental and physical health while carefully increasing:

  • energy (fighting fatigue)
  • range of motion (post-surgery) 
  • lymphatic flow (strengthening the immune system) 
  • joint ease (antidote to treatments and illnesses that cause stiffness)
  • mental acuity (helps with losses due to aging or chemotherapy) 
  • balance (related to neuropathy, inner ear, or substance abuse) and 
  • calorie burning (working with small weights or resistance bands builds a better ratio of muscle to fat).

MOVING FOR LIFE classes are taught with an emphasis on preventing injuries.  We differentiate ourselves from popular stretching and strengthening routines by including only anatomically sound actions combined with gradually increasing aerobics.  Our combination of safe, gentle movements for strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination, conditions the heart and cells, and helps reduce fatigue. 

Research attests to the importance of strengthening muscles and reducing fat levels in reducing the recurrence of several types of cancer.  An American Society of Clinical Oncology report, released in 2013, noted that women in treatment for breast cancer who participated in MOVING FOR LIFE classes, lost up to 10 pounds in just eight weeks. MOVING FOR LIFE is now looked to as a leader in exercise and wellness education for prevention, recovery, post-treatment health, and maintenance of a healthy mind and body by organizations and agencies such as Jewish Community Centers, YMCAs, New York City hospitals, Gilda’s Club, Susan G. Komen Foundation and Emblem Health.