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.

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    Welcome Spring Intern Emily Dorr

    Kairos Alive!

    Kairos Alive! is thrilled to welcome Emily Dorr to our team as our spring intern. Read a little about Emily in her own words- "I am from Shoreview, Minnesota and graduated from Roseville Area High School in 2019. During my time at Roseville, I directed small ensembles as well as taught private lessons. I participated in Minnesota All State Band and Orchestra, and earned several awards for clarinet performances. At Lawrence University, I am pursuing a dual degree in general and instrumental music education, as well as French and Francophone Studies. I am a member of the Lawrence University chapter of the National Association for Music Education and the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble. After graduation, I plan to pursue a teaching position in a public school. Outside of my studies, I enjoy reading and exploring all the Twin Cities has to offer!" Emily brings her many skills as a musician and educator to help further the mission of Kairos Alive. Join us in welcoming Emily to the Kairos community!

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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Help us in our commitment to transform lives through dance and story, and raise awareness of the importance of creative involvement across the lifespan.

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