“We should be dancing every day”

One participant in our Dancing Heart™ program at Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Minneapolis brought in his favorite music today – the Blue Ox Jazz Babies.  I can see why they are his favorite because we had a ball dancing together to the Dixieland Jazz.  The energy provided by the music was contagious as many more people managed to stand up  and dance with us for several dances.  Our chair dancers were tapping toes, fingers, hands and smiling.

We couldn’t stop dancing, laughing and singing along.

Our friend who brought the Blue Ox CD and I looked around and saw everyone was dancing. He beamed proudly as he saw all of the elders, staff, volunteers, Kairos teaching artists, all different ages, experiences and abilities who were just as inspired by the music as he is. He said: “Dancing changes my whole outlook on life. It  gets me going. We should be dancing every day.”

I couldn’t have said it better.



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.

One Response to “We should be dancing every day”

  1. Dear Kairos Dance Theatre,
    Very interesting Whenever an experienced leader asks a new follower to dance, he must quickly determine his partner’s proficiency level so that his leads will not confuse or overwhelm her. The two quickest measures of his follower’s ability are the way that she initially holds his lead hand and the quality of her arm tension during their first ‘move.’ If his partner either grips his hand and/or attempts to position her hand within his hand improperly, or she gives him insufficient arm compression (push) or resistance (pull) then the male dancer knows that he must begin by leading his companion into a very basic swing pattern (a recommended way to start a dance anyway). Although this quick assessment of his partner’s capabilities might seem to be sufficient, there is another important aspect of their first dance together that leaders often fail to consider, and that is an intangible called ‘trust’ which is the sense of assured reliance that powers every style of swing dancing. The male dancer needs to recognize that when he walks out onto the dance floor with his new partner, because she has no prior basis to judge his ability to safely lead her, trust between them does not exist!

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