About

Our Mission

Kairos’ mission is to share the joy of dance and unleash its power to nurture and heal. We believe there are many ways of dancing, and that each person has his or her own dance to share and story to tell.

Our Vision

Kairos uses dance and storytelling to create a sense of community and well-being in participants of all ages and walks of life.

Our Work

Our work draws upon modern dance, movement improvisation, folk dance and oral history traditions from around the world, and the lives of inspiring people. Artistic Director Maria Genné is recognized for her ability to highlight the beauty of human experience through movement and story, skillfully weaving together the gifts of each performer. Kairos is the only intergenerational modern dance company in Minnesota, and one of only a handful in the U.S.

We are an unusual and unique dance company of all different ages (4-100 years). We have created an award winning program called “The Dancing Heart” which vitally engages frail elders, including those with mid-to-late stage Alzheimer’s, in a weekly dance and storytelling playshop that has shown to positively improve the health of participants. We have won two national awards: The Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from The American Public Health Association and the 2008 Mind Alert Award from the American Society on Aging.

Most importantly, we are a community-based program that believes all are welcome in the community circle. We realized that there was a large group of people who had been left out, and our work welcomes them back in. Our intergenerational performances, which we bring to schools, nursing homes, museums, parks, and community centers bring a vision of what community can be: all ages, all backgrounds, all abilities, all dancing together.

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5 Responses to About

  1. ruthanng says:

    love to my beautiful cousin Maria…

    Ruth Ann Genne

  2. John O'Brien says:

    I am wondering if you are still looking for board members. Could you send me some information?

    John

  3. glo says:

    Maria,
    I loved the article about Freedom and the VA. It brought back so many memories for me. My father died at the Vets hospital on July 4, 1998. I will always remember how well cared for he was while he was there…only for a few days. The VA truly helped our family through the crisis and my dad’s death. Thank you for the lovely memories. Glo

  4. Kate Theis says:

    I love this article and the dance company. I am so interested in helping in some way. Please let me know how I can volunteer. I am a puppeteer and storyteller.

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