Youthful Exuberance

March 31, 2014 0 Comments
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela

sm.ART Kids
There is no passion to be found playing small
– in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
Nelson Mandela

Twice a year, I have the pleasure of teaching Tai Chi to kids.  In Spring and in Summer, about 26 kids, grades 2nd to 9th grade participate in Gateway Dance Theatre sm.ART camp.  sm.ART camp is a week-long program exposing kids to arts, crafts, dance and rhythm.  During spring break and Summer vacation, the week-long camp runs from 9 to 3:30, Monday through Friday.  The Friday afternoon performance for parents and guardians is always a hit with kids and adults.

This was my third year and I will vouch that I learn as much teaching as my kids do learning.

This year, we played with fans.  Chinese performing fans are used in a variety of eastern arts, including martial arts.  We learned the first half of Flying Rainbow Fan Series, a routine melding the essence of Chinese culture, traditional Kung  Fu, and Tai Chi.  Elements of the form unify stillness and motion, develop coordination and strength, and foster artistic expression.  For the kids, it was just plain fun.

As well as learning the form, they also practiced flipping their fans, catching their fans, and snapping open their fans.  No fans nor kids were harmed in the ensuing madness.  The main and second floors of our building may have shuddered a little when we coordinated the fan snaps.  Those babies can make some noise.

For those five days, I was a kid again.  And, I can’t wait until summer to start all over again.

 

 

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