I so much appreciate having access to DVP. My favorite time during these peculiar days is very late afternoon, so I go to the recorded zooms. They’re perfect, and I can dance while it’s a team’s turn and then while it’s another teams term….I don’t have to stop! As Mark Twain said, Dance like nobody’s watching!
JILL ROSENBLOOM –
Thank you all so much for being a lifeline for us during this unsettled and deeply disturbing time.
I am very lucky to participate in your classes. I feel very special. I come out of each class Smiling from the Inside Out! I ALWAYS feel Loved, Cared for, and Supported by each and every Teaching Artist.
I’ve been taking a Movement Speaks class almost every morning (plus Gierre’s class on Sunday) and I love these classes. I tried a class in person at the Park Slope Senior Center and I didn’t like it because I felt inhibited. I especially did not like the creative section. But in the privacy of my home, even tho at times I’m spotlighted, I feel very free. I used to dance a lot and I feel now that I am realizing all the power my body and mind are capable of at this point in life. I really enjoy the different personalities of the teachers and marvel at how you can all keep smiling.
So thank you all for your cheerful and inspiring presence in my life.
This is LOUISE BURWELL and I’m calling to express how helpful this exercise program has been for me – When I started in April, I’m very obese, it was very hard to exercise. I’m able to move, to get up and walk around – this program has been very helpful – everyone knows not to call me at 11:00 because I’m exercising – I’m stuck in the house I’m able to focus, I love it – I hope it continues even when the Covid is over – I love the voice stuff we do it’s so much fun, I laugh – I love exercising my voice – I love the tones! Spiritually, physically, mentally, it’s all. wonderful!
CEO CHAPLIN ALECIA GOUDIE – Kennedy
These classes are good for my physical and mental wellbeing
They motivate me to achieve health
They make me happy because they help my mind, my body, and my spirit
MILDRED WOODS – Kennedy
These classes mean sharing, singing, connecting with others
They loosen my stiffness and motivate me to move
We laught at and with each other, get silly together – we sing together – it makes me happy
HILDA HAMER – Canaan
We get limber instead of stiff
I love that we laugh and carry on
SHIRLEY MANNING – Kennedy
I can’t see you but hearing people – I feel connected and alive
Hearing people’s voices means a lot
My life would be difficult if I couldn’t talk on the phone – It makes me happy to communicate
RED VERNA BOWEN – Canaan
A social connect the greatest thing
Keeps me a little in motion – Action
Makes me happy to be connecting – to have a social connect
ELINOR PERRY – Kennedy
I have something to look forward to It’s improved my life trememdously
It makes me happy when I’m moving
RITA CARRINGTON – Central Harlem
It is a God sent – it makes my day – I look forward to socializing with my peers
To choose using the phone to engage Seniors was a genius idea
I really enjoy the class
It fills a space of isolation – the engagement of just an hour with a group just makes your day – the singing the dancing the interaction
Happy is a good word – it raises our spirits to such a point at this time in our lives where we need something light, something sociable – it leaves you in a spirit that makes your day – I thank
all those who made it possible and ask please keep us in mind – keep us active, keep us involved and do it the easy way, by way of phone – computer’s are difficult sometimes – Thank you!
ELINOR DENNIS – Kennedy
We have such a wonderful time in class – Movement Speaks has brought me the opportunity to leap! stretch! bend! And joy in the ability of my body to become more powerful and capable These remote classes have been a God Send in the midst of a global pandemic!
Classes allow me to realize the fun we can have when we virtually meet dancers who desire to live healthy lives. Healthy leads to happy spirits.
The teaching artists, Theo and Pamela set a party tone that encourages the class to enjoy creative movements.
And that makes me happy!
LOUISE BURWELL – Honorary Kennedy member
These phone classes mean the world to me because I look forward to it, they give me a start for the day
They improve my life, I was telling Pamela because by me taking the class I’ve gained strength all through my body, I’m able to walk without that much pain, I’m able to move more, I’m energetic – It’s over all very helpful improved my life
Of course these classes make me happy cause they boost my energy, they give me hope because we get together and also I like the tones afterwards that Pam does because before I didn’t like to hear my own voice but now I love to hear my voice – so I am pleased with these phone classes!
MILDRED WOODS – Canaan
Phone class to me is sharing with each other ideas singing and poetry
Movement Speaks helps me to loosen up and helps my stiffness and motivates me to do more movement
The class makes me happy when we all can laugh with and at each other – no one gets upset – we all to speak up and out!
BERNICE – Canaan
It means a lot to me for I look forward to laughing and having fun with everyone
The class improves my life because I hurt my left hand and since the class I’m able to move it better and also move my spine – I’m able to bend over longer
The class makes me happy – for example when I lost my brother and spoke to Theo her words were so comforting and later the class was so warm a prayer was said for me – I really felt the love
I love carrying on with my voice like Pam!
CARMEN MOOHA – Kennedy
This class means a lot to me in that it keeps me thinking positive – being alone in my apartment not able to be with my friends at the center, I would be depressed.
It improves my life in that when I do the exercises, it makes my whole body and especially my knee joints feel much better.
I’m happy to know during this crisis you and your team think about us and make it possible for us to do the exercises in our homes. Many thanks to you all, God bless you all.
VERONICA – Kennedy
It’s a connection in the Pandemic – you know you’re connected with wonderful ladies ver inpriring
It helps me it keep you focused so you do the whole hour
The ladies are always uplifting high spirited with lots of energy – great voices when they sing, and they bring nice poems and quoted from different writers – Sometimes the drilling is so loud I have to hold the phone close to my ear and I only work with one arm but that’s ok
Pam is always singing and full of joy – love it – it’s different!
ADRIAN STINTS – Kennedy
I feel very grateful for this being offered to me. It’s an important part of my life, part of my mornings, it gets me going – that in addition to my prayer and meditation
It’s very important, it improves my life – it energizes me, I’m grateful that it’s in the morning time and can improve my mood with the things that are happening with the pandemic, I”m sometimes very sad and if I concentrate on it for a long time it can get me down…
I’m not depressed and anxious because of I think those 2 things – exercise and prayer and meditation
The class makes me very happy because it’s energizing – the people who teach the classes love people and are very interested in what they are doing and the people love them, they do an excellent job because they do it with love and they want us to be our best selves
HILDA – Caanan
These classes are great because I don’t have to go out.
They help me get stronger with my hands and my legs
They make me happy because they make me move the most parts of my body – and I like it!
SUSANN VICTORY VANN – Kennedy
I appreciate the phone classes – they keep me motivated and I’m glad to hear everyone on the line, especially for the part that’s caring and sharing –
I like the movement, because without it I get a stiff neck
I wish we could do more – it takes the stress out of the day and it’s good to keep it moving wherever you are
I appreciate all your efforts and putting us on the phone line
REBECCA HITE – Teaching Artist
I cannot describe the joy I feel teaching for DVP. It is what I most look forward to at the start of every morning. Even when I am having an off day, seeing my students move, learn, laugh and connect with one another puts a huge smile on my face and gives me purpose. My students have become like a family to me, and watching them grow stronger and more confident with each class is an incredible gift. I have been teaching these classes for eight years and I can say that this program truly changes lives in the most positive way!