Remembering: Peter, Louise and Alan

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Part of our work at Kairos Dance Theatre is to learn to open to the heart of death. We dance and bond with so many elders at their last stage of life, their encore stage. We find that it is never easy when our dear friends pass. We do know it is important to pause, honor, reflect, celebrate, laugh and cry.

This past week our Dancing Heart™ program lost three dancing participants: Louise, Peter and Alan.  We want to honor and remember their wonderful spirits:

Peter: We danced with Peter for almost three years at Ebenezer Care Center. Kathy, our ASL translator, says it best: “Our dear friend Peter passed away yesterday evening. Yes, the Peter who was SUCH a rich part of the Kairos group when it met at the care center – with his wonderfully playful spirit – always full of surprises.” I recall his face beaming every time he took the role of leading the group in signing the chorus to “Great Big Love.” I hope he knows that OUR big, big love extends beyond his time dancing with us here on earth to wherever his spirit now dances.

Louise: We danced with Louise at Struthers Parkinson’s Center’s Club Create program every Wednesday morning. Louise, aka Tookie, had such a generous, playful spirit—with her colorful socks and purple hat she would dance into the room grinning, playfully. We all connected to her deep wisdom.

Alan: We were lucky to have danced with Alan both at Struthers Parkinson’s Center’s Club Create and Sholom Home East. Alan brought his passion for classical music and jazz. He opened his heart to us, always present and ready to dance with enthusiasm.

May their lives be a blessing for 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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