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Awards for Kairos Collaborators

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' The Dancing...

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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 interconnectedness happens...

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hand in hand

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 each others hands. The...

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We’re in for some fun when Trudy is there

We’re in for some fun when Trudy is there

Dancing with Trudy is a treat. I have the chance to see her every other week at the Wilder Day Program Dancing Heart session and I always know we're in for some fun when Trudy is there. Trudy is currently in a wheel chair and has very minimal mobility on the left side...

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Whirlwind of Hellos

Whirlwind of Hellos

This past week has been a breathtaking whirl of new friends and places. One site has a 98 year old gentleman who played drums with Louis Armstrong at the age of 17 and toured the world. Another site has a concertina player who shared his insight that "rhythm is the...

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It’s Almost Moving Day!

It’s Almost Moving Day!

One of our adult day programs will be moving soon – back to their old home after having been newly renovated. It had been difficult for them to adjust to their temporary home and now they’re going back to their original location. At our last session in the temporary...

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It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

Last week we completed a two year program of The Dancing Heart at Martin Luther Care Center in Bloomington. Two years getting to know wonderful, loving, happy residents who shared their stories, their emotions, their favorite songs – it was so very hard to say...

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Grief and Joy

Grief and Joy

We are heading into next week to say "good-bye" to our "Dancing Heart" friends at five nursing homes. We have been dancing together for two years through a Minnesota Department of Human Services grant given to five nursing homes that Ebenezer either owns or manages....

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

We had a warm and cozy afternoon last Monday with a group of elders after braving a mild Minnesota blizzard to reach our destination. We began with an energizing warm-up to get our body brains engaged, and then we were ready to dive into The Nutcracker, re-telling the...

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Tales of a Well Seasoned Traveler

Tales of a Well Seasoned Traveler

(Joan in Take Me Back to Hip Harlem) Joan Calof is not only a multidisciplinary artist, exploring the intersections of movement, music, theatre, performance art and storytelling, she's part of Kairos Dance Theatre. We're excited to announce that the book Tales of a...

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Triple Header

Triple Header

Sometimes, between the Dancing Heart Programs and Kairos Dance Theatre engagements, some really big days can come along. One of these came recently, starting 9:30am at Red Wing's Seminary Nursing Home. We had a performance/sharing with Dancing Heart participants for...

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Saying “Goodbye” is difficult but…

Saying “Goodbye” is difficult but…

In early January Kairos Dance Theatre will be leaving some of our residential facilities and bringing the Dancing Heart program to several new groups including adult day services and assisted living facilities. We’re excited about new possibilities and the opportunity...

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