“Six or seven people have signed up so far. I have a lot of people from the past who took dance classes from Carol Jean, and some of those are coming back,” said Croskey, a retired Tennessee State professor. “Some students that I taught will come back, and some of the Zumba people might take tap.”
Croskey utilizes all types of music in his classes, some Gershwin tunes, and music from the 1940s, like band leader Frankie Carle and music from the Fred Astaire era. He explains why taking dance class, such as ballet and tap, are good choices for seniors.
“First of all there’s movement and balance involved. Seniors definitely need balance,” said Croskey. “There’s rhythm, balance, exercise, and it’s fun. Although tap dancing isn’t as technical as ballet, they want to try something that is fun.”
Founded by Josephine and Hermene Schwarz in 1927, the Dayton Ballet School is one of the oldest dance schools in the U.S. It is the only ballet school in the Miami Valley associated with a professional dance company. Its primary goal is to prepare dancers for professional careers. Some graduates have danced with the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre. Others have performed on Broadway, or taught in schools and universities.
The mission of the Dayton Ballet School is to provide the very finest dance training to children and adults who wish to experience the wonder and the fun of dance. The goal of the school is to serve the community, by not only strengthening the body but also by introducing accomplishments and discipline to all participants.
The new partnership with Washington Twp. will continue the work of Dayton Ballet School’s Susan S. Kettering Branch, serving the south area. The Washington Twp. Recreation Center is located at 965 Miamisburg Centerville Road.
For more information about these and other Dayton Ballet School classes, call Heller at 937-223-1542, or email Caroljean.Heller@daytonballet.org.
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