Innerythms plays parties
July 24, 2003
Parents who want to avoid the chaos of planning their child’s birthday can let the InnerRhythms Dance Theater do it for them. Members of the board have put together a “celebration package,” a two-hour party that includes cake, place settings, gift bags, balloons and a one-hour dance, drama or Music Together class at the Sierra Nevada Dance Studios.
“The parents (and children) come in, we do all the work, and they leave and take the booty with them,” said Polly Ryan, the vice-president of the board for InnerRhythms. “It’s a win-win for everybody.”
Teachers from the theater teach creative dance, mother/daughter jazz, hip-hop or swing. They bring in Kris Norris, a board member of the Truckee Tahoe Youth Theater, to teach skits or pantomime, and Kathryn Hill with Music Together, a program in which infants and toddlers can participate in music by singing or playing instruments, or simply movement.
It exposes children, who might not otherwise experience classes like these, to the arts, Ryan said. For their first and latest party in April, Sherrie Peterson, the owner of Sierra Nevada Dance, taught creative dance to a group of about 15 girls.
“Some people said last time, the children were really raptured by the whole thing,” said Ryan, who was unable to attend.
The birthday parties are part of the InnerRhythms Dance Theater’s fund-raising effort. The non-profit organization supports the arts in the Truckee area through education, exposure and awareness. It’s a stepping stone for dance students who have taken classes since they were young and want to continue with a more advanced study while still in Truckee.
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“[The InnerRhythms Dance Theater is] for the serious dancer,” Ryan said. “We want someone who’s really committed to the art.”
The theater currently teaches students from ages 15-24. Ryan’s own daughter is a member and plans to go on to the University of Utah to study dance.
InnerRhythms began in July 2002, and has since performed at several events, collaborated with other local art organizations, held its first annual fund-raiser, Appetizers for the Arts, and founded Circle of Friends, a support organization for InnerRhythms.
“It’s pretty amazing what our small core group did in just a year,” Ryan said.
Along with the birthday parties, InnerRhythms will plan parties for anniversaries and other special events. Ryan hopes the celebration packages will be another avenue with which InnerRhythms can raise people’s exposure to dance, drama and music.
“It’s a really fun, great party for the kids-something really enriching for them,” she said.