THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Improvisational movement is the theme of an activity slated to begin in March that will promote healthy living.
Will Roboski, director of the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble, spoke to the Rotary Club of Elkins about the introduction of an up-and-coming project, Elkins Dance Jam.
“The purpose of this is to create a free, inclusive opportunity for healthy movement and to further foster community involvement within Elkins and Randolph County,” he said Monday during the Rotary Club’s lunch meeting at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA. “We already have a lot of strong heritage arts here, so this is really fruitful and fertile grounds for this project.”
Roboski explained the idea of a “dance jam” is to provide people with a large, open studio or area for them to come together and enjoy improvisational dancing.
“There are oftentimes several musicians there improvising, and you are welcomed into the space to do whatever you want,” he said. “Everyone is moving at the same time, so people may stay off to the side, but it is ultimately a chance to move in a space where you can respect one another and do whatever naturally comes out of your body, which is not something we always get the chance to do.
“The idea of all of this is to be very inclusive and give people a place where they can come together to create things and have safety,” Roboski continued.
He went on to emphasize the potential health benefits of taking part in a creative dance activity.
“Movement is a key part of a healthy life, whether you do yoga or have a morning workout. We all know that you have to keep moving to stay fresh and enjoy yourself,” he said. “Movement supports the systems of the body and is the basis for self expression, which leads to communication with others.”
The first Elkins Dance Jam is scheduled to take place from 7 to 8 p.m. March 15 at Davis & Elkins College. Roboski noted the event will feature live music.
The special dance improvisation activity is slated to take place once a month, on the third Thursday, and will be open to people of all ages at no cost. Children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by an adult.
Roboski said in the future, organizers hope to host the event at venues in the downtown Elkins area. He added he hopes people from dance studios or communities in surrounding counties will find interest and begin to take part in the monthly event.
Anyone interested in more information or anyone who would like to volunteer to serve as a “host” is asked to contact Roboski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-308-9191.