The day before Mother’s Day, World Dancers ventured out into the community to
share the gift of music and movement, to connect with folks who are confined to a wheelchair for
most of each day, and to honor an extraordinary generation of Americans.
Huge thanks to Juanita Johnson who organized the outing, and Hymon Johnson for photos and video!
Cindy: “Yesterday was exhausting and exhilarating! The best experience on so many levels. My favorite moments among many: holding hands ever so gently with fragile wheelchair-bound seniors…while watching their toes tapping to the beat!”
Juanita: “Yesterday was amazing! That kind of service, where we can see people light up before our very eyes AND to be able to share it together is very special for me. Also, as Janet was leading us in improvising when Rob was playing keyboard, I realized we have such a solid, varied repertoire – all she has to do is point or say a word and we can all follow! I remember an interview with one of Fred Astaire’s dance partners, Barrie Chase, who said that during a performance, he whispered “Now you’re dancin’!” I often think that when we perform…” Now we’re dancin’!”
Becky: “What a joy to bring the gift of dance to this man who had the time of his life dancing with us and shaking his jingles! We all were smitten by how much fun he was having! How great to be a part in this moment in time!”
Jennifer: I loved spending the afternoon with all these folks. We had a blast and the smiles and toe tapping never stopped. What a fun and joyful way to honor these amazing new friends!
Betsy Stivers: “This was another wonderful outreach experience! I’m always amazed by the love and joy being shared with our community. Whenever I start to feel tired, I get a new burst of energy from the smiling faces we connect with. This was a great way to get in the mood for Mother’s Day and I know that we really made a difference in the life of many people this weekend. Thanks to Juanita and Janet for making these special events happen!”
Michele: “I danced in honor of my mom, Reba. As the faces lit up with recognition of the songs, it helped me to reflect on the beauty ot these women. One women that I was holding hands with and swaying to the music with, suddenly swelled up with tears, I hope due to happy memories of years gone past. It was a great way to honor these women and mothers.”
Jackie: “The World Dance for Humanity Outreach event is a beautiful thing! Through music and dance, faces light up and a very powerful connection happens. Each time I leave with extraordinary unspoken communication and emotions of human kindness. Absolutely wonderful!”
Betsy Davis: “Such a joy to bring a smile to someone’s face!”
Loved spending the afternoon with all these folks. We had a blast and the smiles and toe tapping never stopped. What a fun and joyful way to honor these amazing new friends.