Boys' workshop teaches movement

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What: Boys Only! Workshop

When: 1 to 2 p.m. today is the drumming and rhythm class, 1 to 2 p.m. May 12 is the juggling class and 1 to 2 p.m. May 19 is the hip-hop class

Where: Northwest Ballet of Steamboat Springs studio, 326 Oak St.

Cost: $40 for all three classes

Call: 736-1005 or 846-4450

— Juggler Kelly Anzalone says dropping the ball is simply a sign of learning.

"If you never drop a ball, it means you never tried," he said.

Anzalone will be teaching a juggling workshop during a three-part series of dance and movement related workshops for boys age 7 to 10.

"My goal is to have the men teaching the boys so they see that this is actually a cool thing," said Wendy Smith Mikelsons, owner of Children's Danceworks. "And what I try to do is find men in various moving arts."

The first workshop, which begins at 1 p.m. today will be on drumming and rhythms, and is being taught by Cary Kamperschroer. Anzalone will teach the second. Ryan Browning, who is a professional dancer, will teach the boys how to dance in the style of hip-hop in the third workshop.

Anzalone will spend most of his juggling class teaching the boys eye-hand coordination, rhythm and how to work with other people.

"Boys like to throw things as hard and fast as they can," he said. "It's not about someone catching it, it's more about throwing it."

Anzalone said such workshops show the boys that there is more out there than sports.

"Juggling is an outlet to do stuff that is fun and is still very active," he said. "And you use eye-hand coordination and balance, no matter what skill or sport you're playing."

Smith Mikelsons understands many boys think dance is only about girls in tutus, and is not a manly thing.

"Often, that perception of dance goes right up through their fathers and runs through the generations," Smith Mikelsons said.

By offering this workshop, she hopes to educate men through the boys.

"It's like getting men to come to a dance concert," she said. "Some men really understand and appreciate the art form. Some want to see women in leotards, and other wouldn't be caught dead there."

Smith Mikelsons explains to the boys even football players take ballet for strength, balance and coordination.

"You have to have good eyes and quick feet," she said. "So that would translate from a dance studio to a soccer field to a basketball court."

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