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MoCo Arts Is Healthy This Fall!

MoCo dancerSubmitted by Organizational Champion, MoCo Arts

Four girls dance on pointe, hands embraced with their eyes moving in unison across the room. They become little swans as they glide across the floor, moving as a single unit to the iconic string music of Swan Lake. They represent a small piece of the upcoming show, “Time To Dance”. This repertory show puts kids from ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop on stage to showcase all of the skills they developed over the fall. This high-energy show is on January 25th, 2014 at the Redfern Art Center at Keene State College.

In another studio, students are singing, “we love you Conrad, oh yes we do!”, echoing through the room. They have all gone back in time to present, “Bye Bye Birdie”, a musical filled with a rock-and-roll superstar, swooning teenagers and conservative parents trying to keep them in line. The 40-student cast impresses with their ability to sing, dance and entertain.

Earlier that morning, the same studio was filled with a dozen, tiny, pink tutus learning their dance positions. All of the little dancers in this Young Arts Creative Dance class giggle as they learn to keep their feet together. They are told to think of their dance shoes as a book and if their feet separate, they rip the page of their book! The cheerful music has lyrics that complement this lesson.  They follow the directions with delight and then skip away to their next activity.

With dedicated teachers and enthusiastic students, there is no such thing as “down time” at MoCo.  On Sunday September 29th, MoCo Arts was pleased to continue its community outreach effort by participating in the 36th annual Clarence DeMar Marathon in Keene. One of our talented teachers, Cassie Tobey, lead nearly 700 kids in a group warm-up before the Kids DeMar Marathon, where they stretched, danced and moved together!

MoCo Arts is proud to be an Organizational Champion of Healthy Monadnock 2020.  Our outstanding engagement this fall is an encouraging sign of a promising year; dancing, tapping and acting our way to a healthier community!