Finger Poppin’ Downtown

Last Monday, a group from Wilder Adult Day Program went to Mears Park in downtown St. Paul to stage an impromptu flash dance with Kairos. We had worked on the dance during our weekly Dancing Heart sessions at Wilder.

First, we nonchalantly gathered and read newspapers  like ordinary downtown lunch hour folks might do in the park. Then, on cue, we leapt into our “Finger Poppin” dance routine. We were introduced to the song “Finger Poppin” by Hank Ballard from a friend at the Veterans Adult Day program in Richfield. So this song has special meaning for our teaching artists because each time we dance to this song we can’t help but think of Frank.

It was a surprise for the downtown lunch hour crowd and some of them even joined in.

The dancing heart™ participants were so energized they decided they want to do this again somewhere. . . soon! They were proud to be ambassadors for dance and creativity in the greater world.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
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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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