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Kairos Alive hosts all-ages dancing event in Two Harbors

Kairos Alive teaching artist Nicholas Pawlowski leads a few dance moves at an intergenerational dance hall. (Photo courtesy Kairos Alive)

After the Heritage Days parade Saturday, July 7, residents of all ages and abilities are invited to dance together at the Two Harbors Community Center during the Kairos Alive intergenerational dance hall.

"Be prepared to have fun. Come to enjoy the music," said Marie Genne, founder and director of the Minneapolis-based organization Kairos Alive. "If people want to join in, which we'd love, they’re absolutely welcome, but know that they’re welcome just in the door.”

Kairos Alive is a nonprofit art and exercise program that promotes dancing as a way to connect people across generations, but specifically focusing on elders. The program hosts intergenerational dance halls to introduce communities to the concept.

"We create a safe space so that people, no matter how much they've danced or if they've never danced, they feel like they're welcome," Genne said. "We encourage chair dancing for the people who want to dance in their chairs. But we also invite people to move around. We talk about how dancing is really just walking with a beat, so no previous dance experience necessary."

Multiple generations dance together at a Kairos Alive intergenerational dance hall. (Photo courtesy Kairos Alive)The live music at the dance hall will be a mixture of genres and eras, stretching from rock ‘n’ roll to folk to country music, played by the Tom Johnson band.

The dance hall is a kickoff for a free new program, "Dancing Heart Live," offered by Kairos Alive in collaboration with the Citizens League, St. Paul and the Northland Foundation, via Age to Age. The program will feature a weekly online broadcast from Kairos Alive with the Age to Age program to get people moving and dancing.

Genne said she hopes the new program will be a model that could be duplicated in other communities.

"Our goal is to eventually reach people who may be aging in place and can't get out and about, but who can use the internet to access the show and participate in their own homes," Genne said. "So we're excited to try this out in Two Harbors and see where it leads."

The new program is set to begin Monday, July 9, and continue throughout the summer. Kairos Alive will be hosting a meet-and-greet Friday, July 6, at 10 a.m. focused on “Dancing Heart Live.”

The Intergenerational Dance Hall will begin Saturday, July 7, at 3:30 p.m. at the Two Harbors Community Center.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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