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Saint Paul Public Library Encourages Kids to Get a Move On

Date: Aug 27th, 2012

The Get A Move On series includes yoga, dance, and movement exploration workshops.

“We know that being physically active is just as important as reading to kids’ overall well being,” said Karen Kolb Peterson, Youth Services Manager, “and we’re excited to provide these opportunities for kids to get a move on in their library.”

The program schedule is below:

African Dance
Saturday, Sept. 8, 1-2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 1-2 p.m.
Saint Anthony Park Library

Take a movement journey from West Africa, through the Caribbean and the Harlem Renaissance, all the way up to Hip Hop. Our instructor, Ms. Kenna, will lead you through the beats, rhythms, and culture of Blackness through fun and funky fundamental movement.

Capoeira for Kids
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2-3 p.m.
Hamline Midway Library

Join us for a demonstration and introduction to the Afro-Brazilian movement art of capoeira. Capoeira incorporates music, dance, martial arts, and music all in one. The class will be geared towards children with simple and fun movements and sequences.

Make-a-Mat Yoga Workshop
Saturday, Sept. 29, 1-2:30 p.m.
Merriam Park Library

Join us for a fun workshop that cultivates the creative side of yoga for kids. After a calming and centering yoga flow, each participant will receive a yoga mat to decorate. The session will finish with refreshing relaxation.

Creative Movement
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2-3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-3 p.m.
Hamline Midway Library

Expand your vocabulary for both your body and brain! Move with a variety of music to strengthen physical coordination and activate the mind. Activities incorporate both the imitation of movements and guiding children to move in their own style. Group and individual movements are incorporated into mini-choreographic challenges. Come leap, twirl and explore with us!

Movement Exploration
Monday, Oct. 1, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 15, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Highland Park Library

Join us for a chance for families and kids of all ages, including kids with disabilities, to explore dance, movement, and theatre activities led by Upstream Arts' professional artists.

Irish Dance
Saturday, Oct. 6, 1-2 p.m.
Merriam Park Library

The Mooncoin Ceili Dancers are a Twin Cities-based Irish dance group, whose mission is to promote and preserve social dances of Ireland. Mooncoin was formed in 1976, and has performed locally, in other states, and in Ireland. The group will be demonstrating and teaching basic Irish dance steps and dances.

Because of the active nature of these programs, a consent form signed by a parent or guardian will be required for all programs.

This series is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Please visit