Kairos Alive! transforms lives through dance and story, and raises awareness of the importance of creative involvement across the lifespan for verifiable health benefits. Our Choreography of Care™ programs promote personal and community well-being through our Intergenerational Dance Hall™ public participation events, our Dancing Heart™ weekly programming, our Community Arts and Wellbeing™ Residencies, and other programs. We empower intergenerational and intercultural communities through participatory dance, music and story — with elders at the center.


  • Wed
    1:00pm - 2:30pmPark Elder Center, 1505 Park Ave. S, Mpls

    To RSVP or for questions please contact Bri Ristow at [email protected] or call at 612-926-5454

  • Sun
    3:00pm-4:30pmDuluth Art Institute - West End (Lincoln Building) 2229 W. 2nd St Duluth

    Please join us for a free Intergenerational Dance Hall featuring the Lazy Owl Moonshiners - playing your favorite Americana folk tunes, waltzes, polkas and more! All ages and abilities welcome! Family friendly!

  • Mon
    7:00pm-8:00pmDuluth Art Institute - West End (Lincoln Building) 2229 W. 2nd St Duluth

    This introductory event outlines the use of participatory dance, music and story theater to promote health and social connectedness. The interactive evening is open to community members, artists, caregivers, health, social service and educational professions.

  • Thu
    9:00am - 10:30amMinnesota Orchestra's Target Atrium, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

    We're hosting a family-friendly morning dance party featuring the Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra and would love to have dance volunteers!

    For more information or to be a dance volunteer for this event please email [email protected]

  • Thu
    6:30pm - 8:00pmVA Health Care Center Auditorium (One Veterans Drive, Mpls MN)
    Featuring the Kevin Washington Quintet!
  • Sun
    2:00pm - 3:30pmLyngblomsten's Newman Benson Chapel
    Featuring the Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra!

Choreography of Care™

Intergenerational Dance Hall™

– a revival of the dance hall as the community intersection of artistic, physical and social involvement – designed for all ages and abilities (ages 5-101), with elders at the center. These intergenerational, intercultural events feature live music, and participatory dance, story and theatre – intended to promote arts participation, health education and personal and community well-being. These are often paired with other health promotion programs of collaborating organizations.

Dancing Heart™

– a nationally recognized program which vitally engages older adults of every ability, – including those who are physically frail, with Parkinson’s, early-mid-late stage Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia – in weekly arts participation and health education through interactive dance and storytelling. These 90-minute sessions put elders at the center of community activities, and have shown to positively improve the health of participants.

Community Arts and Wellbeing™ Residencies

are custom implementations of Kairos Alive! Choreography of Care™ programs, designed to promote intergenerational community coherence and leadership development. Residencies are developed in collaboration with participating arts, healthcare, Tribal, education and social service organizations. The result is an integrated, interactive arts, health and creative aging program designed for specific community needs.

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!


Marrying science and art in our research-based, nationally recognized work.

Putting elders at the center of communities.

Increasing the health and vitality of individuals and communities.
Promoting personal and community wellbeing.
Creating intergenerational, intercultural communities.
Collaborating with arts, health care and social services professionals.
Leading in the field of creative arts & aging.
Infusing dance in all ages.


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