Dancing With Poetry!

Kairos Dancing Heart was thrilled by a visit from Gary Glazner, founder of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project http://www.alzpoetry.com/. We seemed to understand each others’ language right away.  The Dancing Heart session we did together reached heights of rhythm and motion and poetry and feeling. Gary was well versed in the value of  kinetic embodiment of words. There wasn’t a sedentary soul in the house when the poetry and movement got flowing.

Soon after the collaboration with Gary,  we were emboldened to try out a poem with the guys at the V.A. Day Program in one of our regular Thursday morning sessions.

The Eagle by Lord Alfred Tennyson

He clasps the crag with crooked hands    (craggy hands all round the Dancing Heart circle)

Close to the sun in lonely lands (hands dance the distant sun and the lonely eagle)

Ring’d with the azure world he stands (hands and arms encircle the blue-sky realm)

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;  (undulating like the sea)

He watches from his mountain walls, (lone lookout on a sheer rock face)

And like a thunderbolt (clap) he falls

( a full eight count on the final “Faaaalls”)

                                                                Happy to say the veterans got into the feeling of the poem~~!

  Now Gary has taken “The Eagle” on to a group in Warsaw Poland and Kairos Dancing Heart is using poetry as part of our  mix of dance, music and story improvisation.



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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