Special to the Press
BRISTOL- Kids were escaping the heat and dancing to the beat this Thursday at the Bristol Public Library’s weekly hip-hop class.
Two dance instructors from Get Up N’ Dance, a dance studio in Bristol, taught the kids basic moves and how to strike a pose.
“I hope they love it (dancing) as much as I do and go home and want to take dance classes,” said Amanda Poinatale, who has been working at the studio for five years and dancing there for 15 years.
Get Up N’ Dance has visited the library the last three weeks and will return again next week for another fun filled afternoon.
Kids of all ages were spinning, jumping and waving their arms. Even some of the parents joined in. Tanya Elyosius and her 6-year-old son Van enjoyed the class.
“He (Van) is interested in learning how to dance and loves to dance,” said Tanya.
Johanna Thibault and her 7-year-old granddaughter, London Porter, liked the event as well.
“She likes to move around and participate with the other kids,” said Thibault.
The hip-hop class is part of a summer activity series at the library that includes a free lunch and classes aimed at getting kids to be active.
From June 19 to Aug. 19 the library is offering free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Kids up to 18 years old can get a free, healthy lunch that includes sandwiches, milk, fruit and vegetables.
Then, from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. the library hosts a free class. On Tuesday kids can try out a Tai Chi class and on Wednesday they can participate in a yoga class. Every Thursday they have the hip-hop class.
The classes started July 3 and will continue until Aug. 7. They are sponsored by Rotary Club of Bristol.