In collaboration with API Forward Movement and the Dance Resource Center (DRC), KYCC provided a four-week dance/movement residency as part of the APIFM Champions for Change – Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) program for seniors currently running at KYCC’s Menlo Family Center. The sessions included movement and dance, combining elements designed to increase flexibility and strength, and to engage participants in dances that encompassed and honored Korean traditions.

DRC Executive Director and KYCC Boardmember Felicia Rosenfeld approached KYCC with the idea to provide dance classes for our constituents. They have been a great addition to our health/nutrition program at Menlo, and geared toward engaging Korean seniors in exercise. Classes consisted of around 15 students and were led by teaching artist Juli Kim. 

“We’re so grateful to the Dance Resource Center and Juli Kim for helping us integrate traditional Korean dance into our Healthy Eating and Active Living program at Menlo,” APIFM Program Manager Diyana Mendoza Price said. “The collaboration helped bring in more community members, and you could see how enthusiastic the participants were about learning the dance – or re-learning it, since some of them had studied traditional dance as youth in Korea.”