Monday, July 7, 2014

1200 Children Dance to Pharrel Williams' "HAPPY" in Cincinnati!


I had the opportunity to help with an exciting project, Cincy Dances in Washington Park!, that brought over 1200 third-graders in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area together to dance and celebrate the arts on May 21.  It all happened in beautiful Washington Park in the heart of our city.

The project was conceived and carried out by Julie Sunderland, the Director of Education and Outreach for the Cincinnati Ballet.  With the help of grants and sponsors, the staff of the Cincinnati Ballet and many volunteers, she was able to send dance instructors to teach the dance to the children and faculty members of schools who were invited and wanted to participate.  The day of the event, transportation, lunches, and t-shirts were provided to all the participants.

It was an exciting way to bring children together, expose them to dance and other arts (Cincinnati Symphony, Children's Theater, and Cincinnati Opera all gave short interactive presentations), and give the children a chance to play and dance together.

Below are photos, links to the dance, and the poster which names the sponsors and shows how the event was pulled together.

Keep on dancin',

Connie Bergstein Dow


Watch a short edited version:
Cincy Dances in Washington Park!

Watch the whole dance:

Cincy Dances in Washington Park (unedited)

Cincy Dances
 in Washington Park!
May 21, 2014
12 - 1 pm

Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine
Come dance with us on your lunch break! 
On Wednesday, May 21, Cincinnati Ballet has invited over 1,200 local third graders to dance together in Washington Park.

Cincy Dances is a fun-filled, enriching event with a focus on community connection and arts education.

For more information or to volunteer, contact
Julie Sunderland at

To learn the dance, visit

Special Thanks to:



 Clever Crazes for Kids 


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