Monday, January 9

Dancing to a Different Tune

by Lisa Freeman

The Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts for 2011 is in my rear view mirror and what a year it was! From performance to workshops to authors speaking about subjects as diverse as water, autism and bullying, we celebrated another successful season. If you were in attendance at one or several of our events, I hope you learned something new or were moved to find out more information about a topic you weren't familiar with.

So now I am setting my sights toward our dance studio at the other end of the cultural arts wing. I can't think of anything more adorable than 3 and 4 year olds all decked out in pink tutus and ballet slippers twirling and giggling their way to their dance class.  In addition to developing their inner "fashionista," a splash of creativity, fitness and social skills are being developed at this tender young age. Come take a peek when our teeny ballerinas are moving and grooving to the beat after school.

And, did you know that dancing makes kids and adults smarter? Dancing integrates such brain processes as kinesthetic (movement), emotional, rational and musical connectivity. In a study funded by the National Institute on Aging, frequent dancing was a top physical activity in preserving mental acuity. Plus, it's a lot of fun!

When the winter blahs get you down, dig deep into your imagination and "travel" to another country by trying a Zumba! class. I dare you to stand still when you walk into the room! Journey to the Middle East, feel terrifically feminine and wear a jingly, jangly hip belt in a Belly Dance class - you can even dance barefoot!

For more information, contact Lisa Freeman, Arts and Education Program Coordinator at or 715-9240.

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