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February 10, 2014

Parents, students get up and dance

— DANVILLE — They would have made First Lady Michelle Obama proud.

Students, teachers and parents got up and moved Friday to steps taught by Karen Gronsky of Gronsky School of Dance of Danville.

It was part of an I Am Moving, I Am Learning Event of Danville Head Start in the Danville Primary School.

“We decided to do a dance party with parents,” said teacher Heather Crumb.

Crumb, classroom assistant Cindy Stump and student teacher Jordan Francis led warm-up exercises.

Then Gronsky played a variety of music for jazz and hip-hop dancing.

The children, ages 3, 4 and 5, parents and teachers held hands, clapped, slapped their knees with their hands, marched and stepped forward. They also beat their hands on the floor — and that was just the first song.

“I’m tired,” mother Jennifer McWilliams said after that, but she continued on dancing with daughter Sydney McWilliams, 4, who sported lighted sneakers and a sparkly skirt and top.

“I think it’s great. It gets them moving and thinking — it’s very good,” Jennifer McWilliams said.

Dad Dave Switzer tried some moves with 15-month-old son Aiden Bower and son Nolan Switzer who turns 5 in March.

“It’s great for the kids,” Switzer said.

Also enjoying themselves were Bridget Poe, her boyfriend, Wesley McCloskey, and Poe’s 5-year-old daughter, Audrey Poe.

The group continued moving around the room, clapping, marching and jumping with their arms overhead.

After 45 minutes, Gronsky led a cool-down where they sang and the boys bowed and the girls curtsied. They ended with a huddle saying, in unison, “I did great.”

Gronsky, who led a dance party for Crumb’s students last year, loves giving of her time in this way. “I believe everyone deserves a chance to dance — it’s so much fun,” she said.

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