Eros –Alive and Well

It is Tuesday afternoon and I am preparing for our Dancing Heart™ session at Heritage Commons. As I rummage through our scarf and boa bag—I remember rummaging through my mother’s closet and jewelry box, looking for the shimmering bracelet, or a colorful scarf or even a wig. I smile; getting excited to “play”. At our sessions we always begin with what we call the creative spark, it could be special song, dance, and theme—usually kinesthetic, to get the energy moving.

The moment I arrive I pull out the boas, and wrap it around the necks of Char, Debra and June.  I play “Fever” by Peggy Lee. Char takes the lead and teaches us a sensuous hand dance, we imagine we are taking a white glove slowly off. Debra shimmies to “everybody got the fever…” and June stands and erupts into a playful hip shake, hugging herself… “fever when you hold me tight”.

As the song ends, we look at each other and laugh in delight, pink and yellow feathers are scattered on the floor–it looks like a late night party.

I look around at this group of wise, playful elders and know that Eros is alive and well in all of 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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