Kairos Alive! Choreography of Care™

Kairos Alive! Choreography of Care™ programs create personal and community wellbeing through our Kairos Dance™ interactive staged events, Moving Well™ training and education programs, Dancing Heart™ weekly programming, New Community Dance Hall™ public participation events, and our Community Arts and Wellbeing™ Residencies.



Our Programs

55+ Active Adults
  • Participate in New Community Dance Hall™ events
  • Learn mambo, Latin, swing, waltz, schottische, folk, and modern dance; enjoy song, story and theater participation
  • Discover the latest research about and enjoy the physical, social and cognitive health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation
  • Dance with Kairos Dance™ all ages and abilities performing group
  • Participate in Dancing Heart™ sessions, classes and special events
  • Find movement, voice and story in life meaning
  • Volunteer in community programs with seniors, children and youth
  • Be an organizer to connect other people and organizations to these programs

 

Youth & Adults with Disabilities

Our programs are proven highly successful with special populations of people with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Our programs create participation breakthroughs to increased artistic/physical/social involvement, and are inclusive with others of more conventional abilities.

  • Participate in a Dancing Heart™ program at your day program
  • Dance with us; enjoy song, story and theater participation

Be encouraged based on the latest research about the physical and social health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation

 

Healthcare & Social Service Providers

Kairos Alive! Choreography of Care™ arts and health programs are enjoyable and good for both you and the people you serve, and have the power to positively change personal, family and organizational cultures.

  • Involve staff in our Moving Well™ 16-hr training
  • Host Community Arts and Wellbeing™ residencies with multiple points of entry that includes Moving Well™ training, New Community Dance Hall™ events, and other public information events with collaborating community partners
  • Custom design based on needs of your community
  • Enjoy and promote health benefits: Increase strength, balance and coordination; prevent slips and falls; reduce medications and doctor visits; improve mood and memory
  • Improve quality of life
  • Improve relationships with and involvement of client families
  • Improve staff satisfaction and reduce turnover
  • Increase volunteerism
  • Decrease cost of care
  • Build/deepen collaborative relationships with other community individuals and organizations
  • Build/deepen staff leadership development and satisfaction
  • Articulate these culture/health promotion benefits as an added value for marketing/recruitment purposes
  • We can consult with you about program development and funding strategies

 

Elders with Alzheimers, Dementia and Other Cognitive Impairments
  • Participate in a Dancing Heart™ programs at my care center
  • Dance with us; enjoy song, story and theater participation
  • Learn about the latest research about and enjoy the physical, social and cognitive health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation; sustain cognitive functioning longer
  • Volunteer with us

 

Youth & Families

Venues for our performance events have included Loring Park, Minnehaha Park Bandshell, Cowles Center for Dance, Saint Catherine University, Walker Art Center, Minnesota Children’s Museum, and many elder care and community centers.

  • Participate in intergenerational New Community Dance Hall™ events
  • Dance with Kairos Dance™ intergenerational company, with regular rehearsals
  • Be inspired and guided by the life experiences, stories, dance and song of elders and others in this intergenerational setting
  • Be admired and encouraged for positive artistic, emotional and community building risk-taking
  • Build meaningful relationships with elders and others, based in creativity
  • Feel successful at creating meaningful performing art works within a community
  • Enjoy physical, emotional and social health benefits
  • Young people enjoy higher school test scores, increased attendance, higher self-worth, cooperative skill learning, and decreased violence and behavior problems

 

Volunteers
  • Participate in New Community Dance Hall™, Dancing Heart™ and Moving Well™ sessions, classes and special events
  • Learn mambo, Latin, swing, waltz, schottische, folk, and modern dance; enjoy song, story and theater participation
  • Discover the latest research about and enjoy the physical, social and cognitive health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation
  • Find movement, voice and story in life meaning
  • Volunteer in community programs with seniors, children and youth
  • Be an organizer to connect other people and organizations to these programs
  • Volunteer for special projects: Fundraising, grant-writing, help at performances, administrative support
  • From time to time, we have opportunities to serve on our board
  • We welcome business and organization volunteer network participation
Veterans
  • Participate in a Dancing Heart™ program at your care center
  • Dance with us; enjoy song, story and theater participation
  • Find movement, voice and story in life meaning
  • Learn about the latest research about the physical, social and cognitive health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation
  • Your life experience has the power to mentor and guide younger people
  • Have more hope, energy and enthusiasm
  • Yes, your service impacts the rest of you life, but the rest of you life matters

 

Family Care Partners

Volunteer and participate in Dancing Heart™, New Community Dance Hall™, Creativity Caregiver’s Café™ and Moving Well™ trainings

  • Learn about the latest research about and enjoy the physical, social and cognitive health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation
  • Value and enjoy your loved one as an artistic, social and emotional source
  • Value and enjoy yourself and your artistic, social and emotional participation in life
  • Discover new strategies for interacting with and supporting your loved one
  • Discover new strategies for self-care, and healthy family and community life
  • Advocate for your loved one and these programs

 

Service Learning

Our work offers formal and informal service learning opportunities for children, youth and university students. This is an ideal opportunity for dancers in training, other music/story/theater/poetry performing artists, those interested in social services and integrative healthcare, or those just curious.

  • Saint Paul Adam’s School 4th grade outreach with cognitively impaired elders at Shalom Home; Minneapolis Barton School collaboration with Walker Methodist Home, among many others.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs, Bemidji, MN; Sabathani Community Center, Mpls; YMCA, Winona collaborations for youth, among many others.
  • High School gifted and talented youth involved in our programs with Fairview Ridges, Burnsville, MN
  • Young men from the Red Wing Correctional Facility included in year-long residency at Fairview Seminary Home, Red Wing, as welcome artistic collaborators
  • 6 masters thesis have been based in our work from students at St. Catherine University
  • University of Minnesota Medical School students worked with our veterans program for their project on touch
  • Winona State University students are involved in our Community Arts and Wellbeing™ Residency with Winona Health

 

Artists
  • We want to interest and encourage other performing artists who are in love with this work
  • We have opportunities for artists to participate in our rural community residency trainings and other activities
  • We welcome collaborations with other performing artists, including Jeannie Brindley-Barnett, Nancy Nair, Tamara Ober, Jesse Neumann-Peterson, Anthony Hyatt, Stuart Kandell, Gary Glazner, Sanok Dixieland Band, Irv Williams, Peter Schimke, Fred Steele, Tom Tipton, Ida Arbeit, Kevin Washington, Barbara McAfee, Mari Carlson, Denise McWaters, Dick Erdrich, Ron Johnson, John Whitehead, Tom Johnson and the Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra, Mark Stillman, David Stenshoel, Kevin Burke, Ron’s Old Time Band, Larry Price, Eric Heukeshoven and the H30 Trio, Margo McCreary, One Voice Mixed Chorus, Bemidji Participatory Arts Collective, and others.
Speakers Bureau

Maria Genné, Speaker and Consultant

Maria-Genne2Maria is a dancer, choreographer and educator. Her award winning work to create interactive dance, music and story theater programs for older adults and intergenerational groups is designed to tap into the artistry and creativity of all ages and abilities, and invite them to be collaborators in the artistic process of dance, music and storytelling. It models a new and vital role in society for the community based professional performing artist. Her choreography is recognized for its ability to highlight the beauty of human experience through movement and story. (Full vitae.)

Presentations and interactive participatory events are offered on:

  • Participatory Performing Art Making
  • Arts and Aging/Creative Aging
  • Arts and Health/Wellbeing
  • Dementia Performing Arts
  • Intergenerational Interactive Performing Arts & Mentoring
  • Community Collaboration through the Arts
  • Artist as Wellbeing Catalyst

Current and recent presentations:

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Center for Creative Aging
  • American Society on Aging
  • American Public Health Association
  • Collaborative on Health and the Environment
  • Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI)
  • Entelechy Arts, England
  • RESEO, Europe
  • ArtSage Minnesota
  • Among others

Kairos Alive!, has come to work with 30 adults with profound disabilities (cognitive, physical) in an arts enrichment program that I helped design… [Kairos Alive!] is a pioneer in arts access for people with all manifestations of diversity. Whenever I am there to facilitate a reflection between artists and staff at the end of the day, invariably staff and artists relay stories of breakthrough moments.

Nadja Reubenova

Arts Coach, Collaboration Specialist

Upcoming Events

September 2, 2015
Struthers DH
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: September 2, 2015 - 12:00 pm
Location: Struthers Parkinsons Center, 6701 Country Club Dr, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Description: Ongoing DH

Kairos Alive! uses the power of participatory, creative dance theater to make connections, stir the imagination, energize and create resilience in intergenerational communities. We seek to promote the joy of intergenerational interactive dance, music and story theater, and liberate its power to nurture and heal.

  • Enjoy research verifiable improved balance, endurance, hope and enthusiasm, less depression, enjoyment and meaning, and sustained cognitive ability
  • My stories, dance and songs matter and can contribute to the making of compelling art
  • I am strong, graceful and coordinated, no matter what my disabilities
  • I, my life and my gifts matter to my artistic colleagues, family members and friends, and can make valuable artistic, social and emotional contributions to them
  • I belong, and am loved and valued
  • I have the power to love and value others
  • My life experience has the power to mentor and guide younger people
  • Develop friendships with others
  • Find and embody passions through participation
  • Have fun as part of adult life
  • Find ways to celebrate assets rather than deficits

Choreography of Care™ is a way of participating in the world, through collaborative caring encounters of dance, music and story to create personal and community wellbeing

Maria Genné

MEd, Founder | Director, Kairos Alive!

Help Us Succeed

Help us in our commitment of sharing the joy of dance and unleashing its power to nurture and heal.

Make a Contribution

Your contributions are important to us. Our programs and performances are made possible in great part with the support of generous people like you. KAIROS ALIVE! is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions made to KAIROS ALIVE! are fully tax-deductible. By contributing, you’re transforming the lives of individuals through movement and dance. If you would like to make a monetary contribution to KAIROS ALIVE!





55+ Active Adults

 

  • Participate in New Community Dance Hall™ events
  • Learn mambo, Latin, swing, waltz, schottische, folk, and modern dance; enjoy song, story and theater participation
  • Discover the latest research about and enjoy the physical, social and cognitive health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation
  • Dance with Kairos Dance™ all ages and abilities performing group
  • Participate in Dancing Heart™ sessions, classes and special events
  • Find movement, voice and story in life meaning
  • Volunteer in community programs with seniors, children and youth
  • Be an organizer to connect other people and organizations to these programs

 

Youth & Adults with Disabilities

 

Our programs are proven highly successful with special populations of people with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Our programs create participation breakthroughs to increased artistic/physical/social involvement, and are inclusive with others of more conventional abilities.

  • Participate in a Dancing Heart™ program at your day program
  • Dance with us; enjoy song, story and theater participation

Be encouraged based on the latest research about the physical and social health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation

 

Healthcare & Social Service Providers

 

Kairos Alive! Choreography of Care™ arts and health programs are enjoyable and good for both you and the people you serve, and have the power to positively change personal, family and organizational cultures.

  • Involve staff in our Moving Well™ 16-hr training
  • Host Community Arts and Wellbeing™ residencies with multiple points of entry that includes Moving Well™ training, New Community Dance Hall™ events, and other public information events with collaborating community partners
  • Custom design based on needs of your community
  • Enjoy and promote health benefits: Increase strength, balance and coordination; prevent slips and falls; reduce medications and doctor visits; improve mood and memory
  • Improve quality of life
  • Improve relationships with and involvement of client families
  • Improve staff satisfaction and reduce turnover
  • Increase volunteerism
  • Decrease cost of care
  • Build/deepen collaborative relationships with other community individuals and organizations
  • Build/deepen staff leadership development and satisfaction
  • Articulate these culture/health promotion benefits as an added value for marketing/recruitment purposes
  • We can consult with you about program development and funding strategies

 

Elders with Alzheimers, Dementia and Other Cognitive Impairments

 

  • Participate in a Dancing Heart™ programs at my care center
  • Dance with us; enjoy song, story and theater participation
  • Learn about the latest research about and enjoy the physical, social and cognitive health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation; sustain cognitive functioning longer
  • Volunteer with us

 

Youth & Families

 

Venues for our performance events have included Loring Park, Minnehaha Park Bandshell, Cowles Center for Dance, Saint Catherine University, Walker Art Center, Minnesota Children’s Museum, and many elder care and community centers.

  • Participate in intergenerational New Community Dance Hall™ events
  • Dance with Kairos Dance™ intergenerational company, with regular rehearsals
  • Be inspired and guided by the life experiences, stories, dance and song of elders and others in this intergenerational setting
  • Be admired and encouraged for positive artistic, emotional and community building risk-taking
  • Build meaningful relationships with elders and others, based in creativity
  • Feel successful at creating meaningful performing art works within a community
  • Enjoy physical, emotional and social health benefits
  • Young people enjoy higher school test scores, increased attendance, higher self-worth, cooperative skill learning, and decreased violence and behavior problems

 

Volunteers

 

  • Participate in New Community Dance Hall™, Dancing Heart™ and Moving Well™ sessions, classes and special events
  • Learn mambo, Latin, swing, waltz, schottische, folk, and modern dance; enjoy song, story and theater participation
  • Discover the latest research about and enjoy the physical, social and cognitive health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation
  • Find movement, voice and story in life meaning
  • Volunteer in community programs with seniors, children and youth
  • Be an organizer to connect other people and organizations to these programs
  • Volunteer for special projects: Fundraising, grant-writing, help at performances, administrative support
  • From time to time, we have opportunities to serve on our board
  • We welcome business and organization volunteer network participation

 

Veterans

 

  • Participate in a Dancing Heart™ program at your care center
  • Dance with us; enjoy song, story and theater participation
  • Find movement, voice and story in life meaning
  • Learn about the latest research about the physical, social and cognitive health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation
  • Your life experience has the power to mentor and guide younger people
  • Have more hope, energy and enthusiasm
  • Yes, your service impacts the rest of you life, but the rest of you life matters

 

Family Care Partners

 

Volunteer and participate in Dancing Heart™, New Community Dance Hall™, Creativity Caregiver’s Café™ and Moving Well™ trainings

  • Learn about the latest research about and enjoy the physical, social and cognitive health benefits of Kairos Alive! program participation
  • Value and enjoy your loved one as an artistic, social and emotional source
  • Value and enjoy yourself and your artistic, social and emotional participation in life
  • Discover new strategies for interacting with and supporting your loved one
  • Discover new strategies for self-care, and healthy family and community life
  • Advocate for your loved one and these programs

 

Service Learning

 

Our work offers formal and informal service learning opportunities for children, youth and university students. This is an ideal opportunity for dancers in training, other music/story/theater/poetry performing artists, those interested in social services and integrative healthcare, or those just curious.

  • Saint Paul Adam’s School 4th grade outreach with cognitively impaired elders at Shalom Home; Minneapolis Barton School collaboration with Walker Methodist Home, among many others.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs, Bemidji, MN; Sabathani Community Center, Mpls; YMCA, Winona collaborations for youth, among many others.
  • High School gifted and talented youth involved in our programs with Fairview Ridges, Burnsville, MN
  • Young men from the Red Wing Correctional Facility included in year-long residency at Fairview Seminary Home, Red Wing, as welcome artistic collaborators
  • 6 masters thesis have been based in our work from students at St. Catherine University
  • University of Minnesota Medical School students worked with our veterans program for their project on touch
  • Winona State University students are involved in our Community Arts and Wellbeing™ Residency with Winona Health

 

Youth & Families

We worked with [Kairos Alive! and] the YMCA…to get the intergenerational component…it was very effective…It was great to see the kids so interested…It was so cool to see the kids value the elders [and vice-versa].

Emilie Volkman

Winona Health

What an eclectic group; from older adults to people with disabilities, families with young children and 20-something younger men – we danced the night away together.

Detroit Lakes, MN New Community Dance Hall™ Participant

Winona Health

Family Care Partners

One Family’s Story

Ed and Virginia and the Dancing Heart™ Virginia Nordling says she has a cute story about her husband Ed that happened after we brought our Dancing Heart™ program to him and other vets at the VA Adult Day Program in Richfield, and now at the Minnesota Veterans Home. After a stint in the Army in Germany during the Korean War, Ed was a fine arts major who founded and ran his own advertising agency, and reared four children with Virginia before being diagnosed with cognitive impairment. The hardest part, says Virginia, in addition to sleepless nights as the primary caregiver, is, “Watching him become someone he isn’t; changing from being happy-go-lucky to someone angry at losing parts of himself.”

But, Ed is among those we’ve come to cherish in our program. And, Virginia has gotten involved in our Dancing Heart™ caregiver sessions.

“Ed enjoys the Dancing Heart™. He loves the energy of the music, and they get him up and moving around,” says Virginia. “When he comes home after a session, he is much calmer, more relaxed, and more ‘with it’; his mind is sharper.” Formal research is pending, but Virginia’s experience with Ed is similar to what has been reported by caregivers about the ability of our dance theater program to improve physical and emotional health of anyone, and to stabilize the health of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This improves quality-of-life and reduces healthcare costs.

Virginia says she was with Ed and family at a fall festival in a small town in Wisconsin. A band was playing at a street dance as they were walking down the street. Ed had lagged behind and Virginia turned back to look for him. “I turned to see where Ed was,” says Virginia, “and he was dancing down the street to the music. Before the Dancing Heart™, he never would have done that. They taught him to loosen up and enjoy himself.”

And Virginia says she appreciates our Caregiver sessions. “The music, fun and laughter – I was hooked. And I learned so much.”

Veterans

“This program is the best thing that has happened here.”

“It’s so much fun. You just want to get up and move around.”

“It gives us camaraderie.”

Veteran participants

Volunteer Profiles

Pam McDavitt

This enthusiastic former elementary school teacher has been a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for 28 years, “Always using my hands to capture interest,” she says. She volunteers Thursday mornings at the Richfield VA session and attended the recent Kairos Dance Hall™:

“It’s so wonderful to see the men singing and dancing. It’s so inspiring when you see someone who said ‘no’ then stand up and give it a shot and dance in his walker. I am so moved when I see the effort because my dad passed away a few years ago and I know how difficult it could be for him. I love when they have memories and tell stories. They are so smart and have all this expertise that I would never hear about in my life, otherwise.

“I love the spontaneity of the Kairos artists, not knowing what is going to come next and watching the creativity unfold. This inspires me in case I get slower in my body – which probably will happen – that I can trust and stay active.”

Walter Griffin

The striking Kairos Dance™ dancer says it’s his lifelong athleticism that may make him look younger than his 66 years. He ran track competitively, went to college on a football scholarship, and, in addition to dancing with Kairos, he is an active founding member of a bicycling club, named after the 1898-1902 African-American champion velodrome ace, Major Taylor.

Walter is a professional documentary photographer, photography educator and a performing jazz whistler. Interested in the arts, social activism and education his whole life, he says he finds a perfect fit with Kairos Alive! He says, “I enjoy learning new dances, entertaining audiences, and being involved in an arts performing group that feels like a family. We laugh and play together, make art together, and hug and celebrate each other.”

We always enjoy Walter’s good heart. He inspires us with his dancing and he can often nail us with an improvised jazz whistle line. Thank you!

Shadow puppet theater intergenerational program with veterans and 3rd graders; “Thank you so much for this outstanding opportunity [which has] lit a fire in [our] students!” – Teacher

Service Learning

Our work offers formal and informal service learning opportunities for children, youth and university students. This is an ideal opportunity for dancers in training, other music/story/theater/poetry performing artists, those interested in social services and integrative healthcare, or those just curious.

  • Saint Paul Adam’s School 4th grade outreach with cognitively impaired elders at Shalom Home; Minneapolis Barton School collaboration with Walker Methodist Home, among many others.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs, Bemidji, MN; Sabathani Community Center, Mpls; YMCA, Winona collaborations for youth, among many others.
  • High School gifted and talented youth involved in our programs with Fairview Ridges, Burnsville, MN
  • Young men from the Red Wing Correctional Facility included in year-long residency at Fairview Seminary Home, Red Wing, as welcome artistic collaborators
  • 6 masters thesis have been based in our work from students at St. Catherine University
  • University of Minnesota Medical School students worked with our veterans program for their project on touch
  • Winona State University students are involved in our Community Arts and Wellbeing™ Residency with Winona Health

This Moving Well™ training will change [the student’s] lives forever!

Winona State University Professor

The Kairos leaders made the environment feel safe for everyone present, and provided adaptations as needed for differing physical abilities. The genuine happiness was contagious.

St. Catherine University Student New Community Dance Hall™ Participants

Artists

  • We want to interest and encourage other performing artists who are in love with this work
  • We have opportunities for artists to participate in our rural community residency trainings and other activities
  • We welcome collaborations with other performing artists, including Jeannie Brindley-Barnett, Nancy Nair, Tamara Ober, Jesse Neumann-Peterson, Anthony Hyatt, Stuart Kandell, Gary Glazner, Sanok Dixieland Band, Irv Williams, Peter Schimke, Fred Steele, Tom Tipton, Ida Arbeit, Kevin Washington, Barbara McAfee, Mari Carlson, Denise McWaters, Dick Erdrich, Ron Johnson, John Whitehead, Tom Johnson and the Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra, Mark Stillman, David Stenshoel, Kevin Burke, Ron’s Old Time Band, Larry Price, Eric Heukeshoven and the H30 Trio, Margo McCreary, One Voice Mixed Chorus, Bemidji Participatory Arts Collective, and others.
[Kairos Alive! has] a powerful collaborative art-making model that fosters stronger, healthier and vital communities.

Kathryn Gonzales

Founder/Director, Bemidji Participatory Arts Collective

Speakers Bureau

Maria Genné, Speaker and Consultant

Maria is a dancer, choreographer and educator. Her award winning work to create interactive dance, music and story theater programs for older adults and intergenerational groups is designed to tap into the artistry and creativity of all ages and abilities, and invite them to be collaborators in the artistic process of dance, music and storytelling. It models a new and vital role in society for the community based professional performing artist. Her choreography is recognized for its ability to highlight the beauty of human experience through movement and story. (Full vitae.)

Presentations and interactive participatory events are offered on:

  • Participatory Performing Art Making
  • Arts and Aging/Creative Aging
  • Arts and Health/Wellbeing
  • Dementia Performing Arts
  • Intergenerational Interactive Performing Arts & Mentoring
  • Community Collaboration through the Arts
  • Artist as Wellbeing Catalyst

Current and recent presentations:

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Center for Creative Aging
  • American Society on Aging
  • American Public Health Association
  • Collaborative on Health and the Environment
  • Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI)
  • Entelechy Arts, England
  • RESEO, Europe
  • ArtSage Minnesota
  • Among others

From Our Blog

Awards for Kairos Collaborators

This week  in downtown Minneapolis 3,500 members of Aging Services of Minnesota are having their annual conference. Two Kairos Dance Theatre collaborators, Ebenezer and Wilder,  won awards for excellence in program innovation  in connection  with  Kairos’... read more

Neuropsychoimmunology

New Kairos word for the day: “Neuropsychoimmunology”. A relatively recently emerging field that considers the interconnectedness of our feelings, brains, bodies, and health or wholeness. More research is needed to understand just how this... read more

hand in hand

There is something about holding someone’s hand when you dance with them. Maybe it’s feeling their warmth – or cold (I often get the response: your hands are so cold!) and if I’m lucky an elder will rub my hands until they are warmer or we rub... read more
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