January 20, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
There really are too many good quotes about dancing, I hate to pick just one. Screw it, here’s another:
“A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having.”
Amen. Likewise, the Kick-Off would be remiss if I failed to recognize the depth of dance.
Dancing is great. It’s probably even better for people who know how to do it. Sadly, I’m not one of those people, but for thousands of dancers it’s a tremendous channel for expression. While you don’t need any formal training to dance like nobody’s watching (some people are just naturally talented), dance training provides the tools and the discipline necessary to master the art of movement. Like karate or basketball, dance class provides structure and guidance and goals to kids who want to grow up and be something – dancer or otherwise.
Kids In Dance Succeed (K.I.D.S.) believes that the lessons learned in the dance studio resonate throughout their students’ lives, and is looking for funds to help make those lessons available to kids who might not otherwise have access to them.
KIDS participants are children ages 7-17 that do not have resources for traditional expenses associated with dance instruction and performance such as tuition, costumes, travel and recital fees. Weekly instruction culminates in the community performance where participants experience recognition for their work. It is hoped that the KIDS project will inspire similiar programs so that more can be exposed to the benefits of dance as part of the childhood experience.
K.I.D.S. is helping shape the future by inspiring and empowering kids today. That makes them a project worth supporting.