Quicksilver is an improvisational senior dance company sponsored by Arts for the Aging. Our members are 65 and older, and present performances and workshops for older adults and their caregivers in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. Some of us started training before grade school, others didn’t venture into a dance studio until after retirement; some learned the rigors of classical dance, some explored modern and improvisational dance, and others just danced for fun in the living room, at the county fair, or in the rec center.

Quicksilver unites us in its philosophy that dance is for everyone, at any age, no matter what level of ability or skill you have, as a means of self-expression and community building. We bring improvisational dance to older adults as part of Arts for the Aging’s programs to enhance caregiving and healthy aging, foster communication and connection, and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

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About Us


Nancy Havlik started Quicksilver in 1992 as a vehicle to explore dance improvisation with a group of older adult dancers, under the auspices of Arts of the Aging. Around that time, Dance Exchange director Liz Lerman was disbanding her senior dance performance company, Dancers of the Third Age. Some of these wonderful dancers joined Quicksilver as founding members of the company, along with violinist Anthony Hyatt as music director and dancer.

Quicksilver began presenting interactive dance workshops for older adults in senior day care centers and nursing homes throughout the Washington area. The company members’ skills as dance improvisors proved invaluable in encouraging our senior participants to discover their own creative expression. Over the years, Quicksilver has participated in national conferences, performances, and teacher training sessions both locally and nationally. When Anthony Hyatt left Quicksilver in 2019, cellist Adam Gonzalez took over as music director.

Quicksilver celebrates the power of dance and music improvisation in our lives and in the lives of the older adults we serve, thanks to the ongoing support from our sponsoring organization, Arts for the Aging. As dance improvisors we are committed to practicing presence and attention to each other, to continuing to polish our skills, and to developing choreography “in the moment” that speaks to our audiences and to our senior clients. We also provide training to organizations and artists that want to begin working with seniors or that want to incorporate dance and movement into the activities they already offer.


Nancy Havlik
Artistic Director

Quicksilver founding director Nancy Havlik (she/her/they) has some 30 years of experience teaching interactive creative movement and dance workshops for older adults. With Quicksilver music director Adam Gonzalez, Nancy presents interactive workshops for people living independently and for seniors with aging-related health challenges in community centers, day health programs, and nursing homes throughout the Washington metropolitan area. She emphasizes encouraging students to move freely and with pleasure within each person’s ability level.

Nancy is Artistic Director/Choreographer of Dance Performance Group, a small, experimental company of professional dancers and musicians. Dance Performance Group has performed extensively in the Washington DC area, New York, and Eastern Europe. She has studied dance/dance improvisation with Robert Dunn, Simon Forti, Susan Rethorst, and physical theater with Saskia Hegt. Nancy has a B.S. and M.A. from Northwestern University Speech Department with a degree as a Speech Pathologist.

“My goal is always to help each dancer in their journey towards discovering their own creative voice, their unique story.”

Adam GonzalezMusical Director

Cellist Adam Gonzalez has been the music director of Quicksilver since 2019. He has taught at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and Montgomery College, Maryland, and was director of Instrumental Music at the Waldorf School in Baltimore. Since 2007, Adam has taught classes in Music History, Music Theory, and Composition at Frederick Community College. He also maintains an active music studio at his home, where he teaches students of all levels ages 8 to 98. Adam started his professional career in Mexico City, where he played with the Mexico City Philharmonic. He then moved to New Mexico, where he organized the Helios String Quartet and the Placitas Artists series, now in its 33rd season. Adam has performed in a wide variety of styles as a freelance cellist in Washington, D.C. His commercial recording work has included music for the History Channel and National Geographic. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and has a Master’s Degree in cello performance from Boston University.

“Artistic freedom, collaborating with talented artists, and community service – what a great combination!”

S. Alexandra RussellManaging Director

Alexandra Russell’s love of dance started with folk dancing in her teens. Over the decades she has dabbled in ballet, modern, and jazz dance, while enjoying social dancing for fun. A fondness for swing and salsa led her to the tango, which she started dancing in 2006. Now a tango instructor and historian, Alexandra serves as Program Manager for Older Adult Outreach for Tango Mercurio, an arts-education nonprofit. She became an Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist in 2019 and joined Quicksilver the following year. In 2021 and 2023, she served as Washington, D.C. Site Leader for Quicksilver’s contributions to the Global Water Dances, which she produced and directed. Alexandra has undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Translation (French and Spanish into English) from the University of Paris, France. She worked for decades as a translator and editor in international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund, where she founded a dance club.

Dance, like all true art forms, connects people. It’s my refuge from misanthropy.

Quicksilver in the News:


Quicksilver performs “Crystal Clear Flow” as part of the 2023 Global Water Dances initiative.

Quicksilver performs “Water Spirit” as part of the 2021 Global Water Dances initiative.

Quicksilver on the “Age Stage” at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Arts for the Aging training for The Washington Chorus.

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