When Sarah Quie founded Prairie School of Dance 17 years ago, she knew that thriving in the community meant “giving back”. Over the years, Prairie School of Dance has come up with creative ways to share the joy of dance with people in Eden Prairie and surrounding communities. One very special tradition is our annual visit to Summit Place, a senior living community on Flying Cloud Road, just a couple miles from our dance studios.
This past Saturday, March 15th, dancers from PSOD’s Performing Arts division came prepared to present a “full show” to seniors, including ballet, jazz, tap, and Sacred dance.
Our dancers started the afternoon with a great warm-up led by our wonderful high school seniors.
There are always adjustments to be made when dancing in a new space; the carpet took a little getting used to but the girls made the most of it! The facility’s chapel served as our “Back Stage Dressing Room” and was especially cozy!
Residents started to fill the chairs longer before the show began in eager anticipation of the performance!
Sarah Steichen introduced each number while Miss Marit and Miss Jenna managed dancer “entrances”. It was fun to hear occasional “Oohs” and “Ahhs” from the audience as dancers appeared in their various costumes.
Our dancers did a beautiful job performing their various pieces and even did their show, “Finale”. Sarah Steichen thanked the seniors for coming and engaged them in a short dialogue inquiring about their dance history. Our girls were delighted to learn that many of the seniors LOVE dancing still, and even took ballet, tap and ballroom lessons when they were younger.
Dancers mingled and visited with residents for a good half hour; this was the event’s highlight for many! Two of our dancers had grandparents in the audience — an extra special treat! We tried to capture some of the smiles, gratitude and meaningful conversation taking place but truly, “You had to be there!” It was a very special time.
Summit Place generously provided punch and cookies for our dancers but the sweetest part of the day was indeed the fellowship! We were so thankful for the opportunity to share our love of dancing with these special neighbors and already look forward to returning next year.
Do you have ideas where PSOD could share or serve in the community? Please let us know!