Karen Fletcher says she was looking for ways to bring families together to form real communities. In the Landmark SELP program, Fletcher created “Our Dancing Village”, a family dance jam get-together designed to help do just that – give parents, children and families a place to come together to dance and be together. The North Seattle Herald-Outlook wrote a story about the program, which now takes place in Seattle on the second Sunday of each month.
Fletcher says she was inspired by the saying that “it takes a village to raise a family”. A Qigong instructor and dance facilitator, Fletcher passionatley believes that dance is “one of the most powerful ways to build a strong and loving family”.
The first event took place in November, and another followed the next month. The dance jam starts with an opening dance with everyone in a circle, which Fletcher leads. Freeform dancing takes place the rest of the evening.
To get involved and see the schedule of upcoming Dance Jams, which take place from 4-5:30pm at the OmCulture dance space in Wallingford, WA, go to Fletcher’s QiDancing blog.