BABY Bits - Let Them DANCE !

PlayGroup Sessions end, BUT let those Babies DANCE at TRAVERWOOD on December 28, 4:00 - 4:30 pm. Push back the coffee table; clear out the lamps; and have a dance in the Living Room to practice with:
Heel, Toe, Away We Go
Stomp, Glide, Wobble
Motown Dances
Shakin' A Tailfeather

Rubberbandance Group performs at UM

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The Rubberbandance Group will grace the Power Center’s stage for three days of high power dancing the weekend of January 9th. Trained in urban and classical dance and theater, Victor Quijada, artistic director/choreographer, formed RBDG in Montreal 2002. He was later joined by Anne Plamandon and the two have been co-directing the dance company in masterful works of dance integration.

Rubberbandance is a fusion of break dance and ballet, with bits of contemporary dance, flips, and freezes all rolled into one, creating an altogether new dance form that is “remarkable and rare”. The result is a powerful mix that adds the glory & gracefulness of classical dance to the edge & competitiveness of hip-hop.

To catch a glimpse at another form of invigorating dance, check out Rize, which documents the rise of the dance style known as clowning and krumping.

January’s UM RBDG performance will feature two works:
“Elastic Perspective Redux, a suite of six dances that are audacious settings of hip-hop to classical music and Latin rhythms, and their newest work, Punto Ciego. Punto Ciego explores whether there is a loss of time and self in our “virtual” universe, answering with a contemporary dance work influenced by ballet and break, and laced with A/V feeds, street demeanor, and an ardor for violence and tenderness together.”

Power Center | 121 N. Fletcher Street | Jan. 9, 8pm | Family performance Jan. 10, 1pm |
Jan. 11, 2 pm | Additional info/ Tickets

Dancing Babies!

Full from feasting this holiday season? Work it off with Betsy Beckerman, Sara Melton Keller and all the Dancing Babies at the Traverwood Branch on Sunday, December 28th at 4:00 pm for 30 minutes of circle dances, baby bouncing and lots of fun!

Too Much Noise at Silly Storytime!

I am thrilled and honored that composer and percussionist Curtis Glatter will be joining me for the fun folktale Too Much Noise at this silly storytime for all ages on Tuesday, December 30th at 10:00 am Downtown. You can join in with sound effects and singing and find out why monkeys live in trees from Princess Gorilla and a New Kind of Water.

All Your Grand Championships Are Belong To Us

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IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN. School is almost out for the year; the 4 rounds of the SmashKart regular season are behind us, and the town is filled with slush. That means it's time for the 5th Annual AADL-GT SmashKart Grand Championships and Festival of Noobs! er, Wildcard Tournament, I meant Wildcard Tournament! It all happens this Saturday, December 20, starting at High Noon at the Downtown Library! Prizes include a Wii, an iPod touch, a DS, and a Shuffle; plus hot new AADL-GT Tshirts for all attendees! Then the season wraps up with our 2nd annual Grudge Buffet, Clan Cup Finals, and GT Awards on Monday, 12/22 at 6 PM featuring food by Salsarita's! Don't miss it, and read on for full details about these highly anticipated events

There's No People Like Snow People!

Come and get in out of the cold! Come to the Traverwood Branch on Friday, January 2, 2009 any time between 2 - 4 p.m. to make some charming snow people out of socks.
This program is for preschoolers through fifth graders. The preschoolers and very young children will need to have an adult stay with them. All supplies will be provided.

For stories about snow people, click here.

Kid Crafts - "Warm Welcome" Charms

On Monday, December 29, between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. at the Malletts Creek Branch you can create a Shaker "Warm Welcome" charm for your door or window out of dough. Carry it home and let it air-dry until hard. Traditionally these charms were created in Shaker and Pennsylvania Dutch culture as a common kitchen craft during holidays. The charms are typically made of salt dough, and decorated to hang. For more ideas, check out the book Dough Folk Art. The craft is appropriate for all ages. Young children will need adult help during the craft.

Kid Crafts - Make a Gift Coupon Book

Create a personal gift coupon book at the Traverwood Branch on Tuesday, December 23, between 10:00 and 11:30 am. using envelopes, ribbon and calligraphy pens. School ages and up are welcome. Younger ages will need help from an adult during the project. If you like to get into the mood for a craft, read The Book Of Coupons by Susie Morgenstern. It is one of my favorite "chapter books" to read aloud to elementary school age children.

Laughter Blast!

One of my favorite creative teams is coming to town to give you a chuckle and a lift this holiday season on Saturday, December 27 at 2:00 pm Downtown. Talented storyteller and Hopwood Winner, Badria Jazairi, is joining her theatrical expert husband and Pioneer teacher, Phil Walker, for laughter yoga and creative play for the 9 year old and up crowd. Adults and teens are very welcome!

Mittenfest of Music to Benefit 826Michigan

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Ypsilanti’s Elbow Room will play host to the 3rd annual Mittenfest. This year’s Mittenfest is three nights of local musicians at one location, where all proceeds will go to 826Michigan. Ann Arbor's 826Michigan is the Michigan chapter of 826National, which was started by Pulitzer nominated author Dave Eggers. 826 is a "non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write." They offer totally free programs, such as tutoring, workshops, drop-in writing and all sorts of other fun things. (And they are housed in a robot store!) Mittenfest is a great way to enjoy quality local bands (such as Great Lakes Myth Society) and support a great organization. See here for a list of all the bands.

Elbow Room | 6 South Washington St. Ypsilanti | Dec 26, 27, 28 | Doors open @ 5pm, Music @ 6pm | $5 per night | $12 for 3-day pass

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