First Dance

Last evening Carla, Peter and I brought a session of The Dancing Heart™  to a new site at Shalom Home through a NORC project funded by MSAB with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Amendment. Yea Minnesotans!

There is always that first dance. People are in wheel chairs or sitting in chairs with their walkers behind them. They are waiting. Usually waiting for someone to do something to entertain them because they don’t do much anymore. But we are inviting them to dance with us, not just watch us. We can still dance, even if it is just tapping one sneakered foot. There were some folks who I thought might just watch without moving much. But as we sang their names to the tune of “Dream A Little Dream of Me” and waved to each other more and more people joined us as we stretched in a big distal shape for the “Dream a Little Dream of Me'” part (almost like yawning but nobody went to sleep even though Joe informed us that “usually people around here just eat dinner and go to sleep.” ) No one was sleeping tonight!

More joined as we danced “Hava Nagila”, doing a grapevine with our feet in our chairs. During our last song, “Great Big Love” every last person joined us and signed great big love, even Josie who just sent out the big love with her eyes. I could tell by her eyes, that she was dancing with us.



The mission of Kairos Dance Theatre is to transform and revitalize individuals and communities. We work with older adults in intergenerational settings to liberate the healing power of interactive dance and story. We achieve our mission by engaging the skills of professional teaching artists.

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