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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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Winter Wonderland

As the elders' learned the lyrics and choreography to the song, "You Can't Stop the Beat" from the musical, "Hairspray", they also pondered the question, "What else can't you stop?" Muriel cried out, "Time!", Gerald said, "The universe!" and Lucille cried, "WINTER!"...

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Two Beautiful Shows

Freezing rain turning to eight inches of snow...no problem. Piano breakdown with replacement making it two minutes before show time on Sunday...no problem. Kairos played before two very heartful audiences this weekend. The challenges of production gave way to a...

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Tech Rehearsal

Last night was the Technical Rehearsal at InterMedia Arts for the Take Me Back To Hip Harlem show. Work work work, albeit beautiful, somebody's gotta do it~~! Wu Chen, our artist-in-light, set the lighting interplay cues for the dances and the program. Peter Schimke,...

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Tap! Tap! Tap!

This week I had the special pleasure of bringing two of my granddaughters and my eldest son to one of our Dancing Heart sessions. I wanted them to see first-hand the joy that the Dancing Heart program brings to our participants. We planned to do some tap dancing with...

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Grateful

Today I felt showered with the radiance that comes from a grateful heart. At Wilder and Ridges, we created gratitude poetry, taking snippets of heartfelt thankful phrases coming from our elders, weaving them together into a grand tapestry of verbal artistry. I was...

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Beautiful Rehearsal

Yesterday, just two weeks before opening night of the 'Take Me Back to Hip Harlem' show, Kairos Dance Theatre had a beautiful 4 hour long rehearsal which included generous and patient coaching and critiquing from Candace Barrett, lead teaching artist from the Guthrie....

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UNDER THE BIG TENT

Six weeks ago Carla and Peter traveled with folks from The Dancing Heart group at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center to the Shrine circus at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. One of the highlights of that adventure was being greeted at the front door by real live...

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Who Knew What We Could Do

One of the big joys of working in Kairos Dancing Heart sessions is the sense of exploration and discovery that plays out on a daily basis with folks who might have thought they'd left that kind of thing behind them. Here Nancy and Rose find some safe stable shared...

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Take Me Back to Hip Harlem rehearsal

We are just three weeks away from our concert series at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis on December 4 and 5 featuring centenarian, Ida Arbeit and Mr. Smooth, Irv Williams on sax with his Quartet. Rehearsals are in full swing. On Friday we were at Ida's Assisted Living...

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O Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

This week we had a special guest at one of our adult day care centers. Maria brought her wonderful dog, Romeo, to a Dancing Heart session. It was perfect timing because we had two new participants that day and Romeo’s presence made a tremendous difference in their...

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Elder Clock Dance

Warming up our bodies, swinging our torso side to side, I asked the group of elders at Martin Luther Care Center, "What does this movement remind you of?" Florence answered immediately, "A pendulum." We then proceeded to discover all the various parts of our body that...

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Life Time Skills

I have been part of the National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference in San Francisco this past week. On Wednesday I helped present a National Center for Creative Aging Institute with colleagues Susan Perlstein, Stu Kandell, Jeff Champline and Michael...

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