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
|MOVING IS LEARNING!|
Watch a short edited version:
Cincy Dances in Washington Park!
Watch the whole dance:
Cincy Dances in Washington Park (unedited)