Before the Chaska Dance Team said goodbye to the 15-16 dance season some of their juniors and seniors took time to put together a performance and share their Love4Dance with a group from Magnifying Abilities.
Magnifying Abilities is a group of adults with varying mental health abilities from the Chaska community and surrounding areas. This was the 6th year that the Chaska Dance Team has worked with the adults from Magnifying Abilities and they did a dance to a mix from “Grease”. In years prior they have done a “Dancing with the Stars” event where girls from the team do dances with the Magnifying Abilities participants in small groups and then they get positive feedback from the judges and a score of 1-10.
I contacted Kris Rydland the head coach for the Chaska Dance Team and asked what practice looks like for an event like this and she told me that “We met for an hour and a half. We showed them the dance and asked for volunteers for any of the “highlight” moments. Then the seniors chose two friends and the juniors chose one friend. We had the seniors in one line and the juniors in the other line. We learned half the dance and took a water/bathroom break and then learned the other half. We dance in halves to give compliments and cheer!! Then before the performance, the group came a half-an-hour early to review.”
For those of us in the dance world we know that an hour and a half is not always a lot of time to put together a dance for a performance, but I must say I am very impressed with the participants from Magnifying Abilities and how quickly they were able to learn the dance and remember it for their performance with not a lot of practice time.
Working with a group of adults from an organization such as Magnifying Abilities can be a very rewarding experience and Kris Rydland told me that “It is rewarding in a way that can’t be verbalized; we just love it.”
“It is rewarding in a way that can’t be verbalized; we just love it.”
Seeing the smiles and energy on the participants faces is something that these young high school dancers will remember for the rest of their lives.
I want to commend these dancers and coaches for taking the time to give back to their community and share their Love4Dance in a fun and unique way. Keep up the great work!