RADNOR TOWNSHIP, PA – Residents of the Radnor area are encouraged to enroll in a six-week dance residency and learn American, Latin and European social dance in an intergenerational class.
Starting March 11, the Radnor Memorial Library will host the virtual ballroom dance residency run by Dancing Classrooms Philly (DCP). There is no charge to participate.
âThe program will bring several generations together in a fun activity, helping them connect socially and emotionally, while creating a sense of community for the larger Radnor community,â said Swati Chaturvedi, program director, Dancing Classrooms Philly.
DCP’s dance residency is typically offered in an academic setting for grades 5 to 8 students; However, DCP is using this new virtual environment to innovate and partner with community organizations so that even more community members in the Philadelphia area can experience the social and emotional benefits of dance, Chaturvedi explained.
The 6-week dance residency will take place Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. from March 11 to April 15 at the Radnor Memorial Library. The residency marks DCP’s first-ever intergenerational dance residency, and each week will cover a different style of American, Latin and European social dance.
âThese accessible dances allow all participants to be successful regardless of their experience or skill level while providing significant physical activity during these times when many of us are more sedentary than usual,â Chaturvedi said.
With most opportunities to dance with an in-person partner still out of reach due to the pandemic, this virtual residence will give families the opportunity to dance with members of their immediate household. It can also create a sense of community and a shared space with other residents of Radnor, Mainline and Delaware County, and create an opportunity to learn more about world cultures through social dance, said a Radnor Library press release.
Among the social dance styles taught will be Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, Swing and Waltz.
Rhonda Moore, the DCP artist-teacher who will lead the program, said: âOne thing the pandemic is bringing to the fore is how each of us views our relationship with the world at large, with those in our work. closer and social communities, and especially with our immediate families. The current circumstances provide a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in a way that is beneficial to all involved. “
The Radnor Memorial Library has stated that its mission is to provide programs, collections, spaces and other resources that improve the quality of life for the entire community.
âAt the Radnor Library, one of our highest goals is to provide programs that surprise and delight the community, which has been difficult during this season of virtual experiences,â said Carrie Sturgill, Manager of Services at youth at the Radnor Memorial Library.
âWhat could be nicer and more surprising than taking a series of ballroom dancing lessons with your daughter, son or grandparents, and enjoying them for free from your own living room? The library is more than books. We strive to help people engage with others through social and cultural discovery, and we are excited to partner with Dancing Classrooms Philly to be able to offer this program to our families and give them the opportunity to move. , to learn, to grow and to feel connected through dance, âsays Sturgill.
With most opportunities to dance with an in-person partner still out of reach due to the pandemic, this virtual residence gives families the opportunity to dance with members of their immediate household.
Online registration is available here.
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