Tuesday, January 15, 2008

middle school madness  

posted by Michael Piwonka 9:19 PM
Allie was thrilled to attend "Middle School Madness" this past weekend. It is a social event for middle school-aged kids at a local YMCA, occurring every other Saturday night. The kids can dance, play games, and congregate in a safe, monitored environment.

It was her first time to attend; she said she had wanted to go before, but she had always been a little intimidated. Her friend Chelsea went with her, giving Allie the reassurance that she would have at least one friend with her. But actually many of her friends were there, and she quickly made many new friends also.

I took the girls to the YMCA, and Chelsea's parents picked them up. When Allie got home, she was so excited she could hardly contain herself. She said she had had "the time of her life", and couldn't wait to go again.

She demonstrated to me how the kids dance: if it's fast tempo music (such as rock/pop/hip-hop), they basically just jump up and down. It reminded me of some of the tribal dancing I've seen on National Geographic specials; in any case, it looks like good exercise (I don't know that I would be able to make it through one song).

If the music has a slow tempo (such as country), they dance together, but with arms fully extended. Evidently, they're not allowed to get too close when slow-dancing.

There's a similar event at the local Jewish Community Center called "Jammin' at the J". Prior to her experience Saturday, Allie hadn't shown much interest in the "J"; when she got home she informed me that she absolutely wanted to go there also.

I told her she would have to clear it with her mom.

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