Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

As colleagues from different generations (x/millennial), we’ve been leading talks and workshops sharing our insights about working across generations – what we call “cogeneration.” As we plan, we’re usually texting furiously, sharing ideas and reflections. So we...

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

I was thrilled when I heard about the new book, Why Aren’t We Doing This! Collaborating with Minors in Major Ways, written by Denise Webb, age 20, and Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, age 73, (both pictured above) and published by Youth Infusion, a clearinghouse co-founded by...

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Sunday’s show featured three big moments reminding us that music can be a bridge not only across race, culture, and genre, but also age. Tracy Chapman & Luke Combs. Much attention, rightfully, has gone to the duet between Tracy Chapman, who turns 60 next month,...

A New Chapter for the Encore Fellowships Program

A New Chapter for the Encore Fellowships Program

We’re excited to share the news that the Encore Fellowships program has moved to The Fedcap Group, a new home with the capacity, networks and drive to help the groundbreaking program expand dramatically.  Got questions? We’ve got answers. What’s The Fedcap Group? The...

What Makes an Intergenerational Dance Company Special?

These photos explain in a way words can’t.

By Sarah McKinney Gibson | Apr 18, 2022

A large group of youngr and older people dancing in a blackbox theater

Dance Generators is an intergenerational dance company housed at the University of San Francisco. With participants ranging in age from 17-89 and representing a mix of undergraduate students, elders and professional dancers, Dance Generators works to shatter stereotypes about aging, celebrate life histories, reduce social isolation and encourage dance as a tool to manage anxiety.

We love these gorgeous photos taken by Hillary Goidell at a recent rehearsal for a performance on June 5 that will explore the nuclear family and communication between generations. It’s being choreographed by Liv Schaffer, the director of Dance Generators and a CoGenerate Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow.

“Our bodies hold the experiences and stress of the past two years with limited social connection,” Schaffer says. “Now we are returning to live and in-person performance with a vibrancy informed by awareness of what we’ve been missing. The power of the Dance Generators lies not only in our ability to facilitate connections across generations, but to infuse our audiences with a connection to the ephemeral and precious nature of both dance and the human experience.”

Learn more at dancegenerators.com and purchase tickets to the upcoming event at https://odc.dance/bigred

Heidi (age 21) and Yope (age 89)

Zoë (age 21) and Katheleen (age 62)

Cecilia (age 76) and Zoë (age 21)

Kathleen (age 62) and Sebastian (age 21)

Toni (age 22) Zoë (age 21) and Valeria (age 59)

Laura (age 62) and Kate (age 22)

Mari (age 21) and Erik (age 56)

Members rehearse for an upcoming performance