Student volunteers from Rhythm Dance Center (RDC), located in Belmont Michigan, celebrated the winter holiday season with residents at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community for the second year in a row. The group of dancers, ages 9 – 16, spent weeks preparing an evening of dance numbers, songs and musical performances to provide seasonal entertainment to residents in late December.
“Music and dance are gifts to share with others – especially during the holiday season and I am so proud of these young dancers for giving of themselves, their talent and their time to brighten the evening for the folks at Bishop Hills,” said studio owner, Jen Hanes. “It’s our way of giving back to our community, to share our blessings.”
Rachel Kooiman, Director of Life Enrichment at Bishop Hills, helped coordinate the event and reported that the residents really appreciated the kids for taking time out of busy schedules to make a visit and put on a very uplifting show. “Our residents really enjoy it when visitors come in from the community and the sing-along at the end of the show was a crowd favorite.”
The dancers that participated are all members of the RDC Competitive team and they regularly travel to perform. Volunteering and community service are important elements of the team spirit inspired at the studio and this visit is an expansion of that effort which was started last year under the guidance of RDC instructor Sarah Maxim-Gerard.
“Considering others and looking beyond our own immediate circle is part of our philosophy at RDC,” Maxim-Gerard added. “We strive to encourage students to consider ways to contribute to the well-being of others and that touches back to our goal of helping develop healthy, well-rounded individuals who just happen to share the love of dance.”
RDC is committed to excellence in offering contemporary dance styles and the principal mission is to create a fun, healthy educational and creative environment for dancers of all ages and skills.