Breckenridge dance hosts community boogie
It took a couple of years for Cindi Krane to get her courage up, but last month she launched a monthly community dance at Abbey Hall.She talked to three other people who wanted to help facilitate it: Rick Eisenberg, Jackie Stoffel, and Bo Tomlyn.”Everyone was enthusiastic and willing to participate,” Krane said. “It made it much more creative and exciting.”The group aims to bring people in the community together through dancing, joy, laughter — and a good sweat. And Abbey Hall seems to be the perfect venue to pull it off in. “Abbey Hall is such a great space with such a terrific wood floor and plenty of room that it just seemed to beg to be danced in,” Krane said. “I love to dance and wanted to move away from structured dancing such as two-step, waltz and other dances — which are great, too, but require teaching — to free movement, something I have always loved.” Thanks to locally known Doc PJ (and Ben Brewer & Matt Krane for set up), the hall has a great sound system that allows people to plug in an iPod or laptop. Anyone can bring music to play, as long as it’s diverse, dance inspiring and lyrically suitable for kids.”Different music inspires different people, for example, some people may be moved to dance by Van Morrison, someone else by the Gypsy Kings, and someone else by the Grateful Dead; we try to provide a broad range so everyone feels inspired,” Krane said.Tonight’s dance will likely feature some Michael Jackson “to celebrate his musical genius,” she said.Last month’s debut of the dance drew about a dozen people, ranging in age from younger than 10 to older than 60. One of the dancers was a friend of Krane’s, Whitney Mitchell.”I had a blast,” Mitchell said. “It was great to be on such a big dance floor and have all that wonderful space. I’m so glad she put this together for anyone to join in on. There were people of all ages and abilities, and we all just played around on the dance floor.”The group plans to continue hosting the dances each second Friday of the month, with different dance music collected from people who come.”We hope to connect people in the community and provide an outlet for those who love to dance, want to try dancing, or just love the music,” Krane said.
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