Bringing Joy to the Community

Kate Florian, owner of Dance Around Montrose, submitted the following guest post about their recent visit to an assisted living center. Thank you Kate! On March 22, 2012 thirty-three students from Dance Around in Montrose, CO visited Volunteers of America Homestead at Montrose Assisted Living Center.  Their sole purpose was to bring smiles to the residents by sharing their love for dance. The Dance Around students, who range in age from 5 to 16 years old, were warmly welcomed and well received by the staff and residents of Homestead. They then performed eight dances in a variety of genres including Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Hip Hop which filled the audience with joy and happiness. To learn more about Dance Around, please visit their website or call 970.216.4895. Did you recently attend a family activity going on in one of our communities?  Write a brief summary and send us a picture to go with it to: info@sanjuanparent.com....
Hip Hop Fun with Ames at Wilkinson

Hip Hop Fun with Ames at Wilkinson

This week while at Wilkinson Library for storytime, a friend informed me that there was a free hip hop class going on in a few minutes, taught by Ms. Amanda with the Ames Conservatory. It was the Hip Hop Fashion Show class, which is going on every Monday at Wilkinson Library through the end of July. At first, my kids were hesitant to participate, but thanks to some excellently timed peer pressure, they relented. Ms. Amanda encouraged the parents to get lost. Ok, she didn’t say it quite like that – Ms.  Amanda was kind and lovely when she told us that while the parents were welcome to stay, it was often less pressure for the kids if we would leave. For the record: if you offer to watch my kids for an hour I will have left the room before you finish the sentence.  So, after spending a blissfully quiet 45 minutes at Between the Covers, I returned and found a group of happy kids doing some impressive moves, and they sure looked cool. More moves: The kids had glittered and feathered some old clothes, compliments of the Free Box. After showing off their new cool moves, we left and watched the kids hip hop all the way down the street towards lunch. Them: “Mom, check me out.” Me: “Yo, baby.” (Yea, I know….probably not proper hip hop response….but when I hear/see/listen to hip hop, I can’t help thinking/saying/muttering, ‘Yo, yo, baby.’  I blame my Jersey upbringing for this.) Thanks to Wilkinson Library and Ames Conservatory, this is FREE. Kids (boys and girls) can go to every single class, or they can only go to one....

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