Kathy Woods Connects, Contributes, Creates, Collaborates, Celebrates.
Movement and music became an integral part of who I am when I started pre-ballet at age 5. I danced my way through grade school learning ballet, point, tap and jazz dance; went on to high school where I started teaching, choreographing, producing and directing; My major was dance and education in college and I had 2 summer internships being in charge of teaching dance and choreographing for two musical/comedy shows.
I love sharing dance and movement in many different forms and have taught classes for over 25 years in studios, gyms, schools, at arts camps, in continuing education, senior facilities and recreational environments.
For 10 of those years I focused on the subject of Teaching Dance to Young Children where I was able to tie-in so many of the things that I enjoy: dance, theater, education, science (yes, biology) plus using props and simple costuming. All in an environment of creativity, imagination and play. During that time I created and produced 3 seminars on the subject of Teaching Dance to Young Children and coached teachers who wanted to work with this age group. Who knew that years later I would use much of the approaches and strategies from the course material and adapt them to creating my classes in Ageless Grace and 4EverFit4KIDZ!?
In 2007 Spirit told me to buy a domain called Everyone Dances - to start an organization to challenge the traditional definition of who ‘should’ dance and to create wonderful times when everyone dances. Earlier I had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and because of medication had gained a lot of weight. In addition, because of inflammation I could hardly move and couldn’t dance…so I thought. You see, Everyone Dances takes away everyone’s excuses for not dancing. “If you want to dance…dance. No matter what your age, size or any other excuse.” So, I started dancing from a chair, while sitting on the floor, lying in bed or just in my heart. Remember, I was the founder of Everyone Dances which says, “If you want to dance…dance!”
So, I started to move/dance. God has a sense of humor. I got stronger, made other health changes and my body started to come around to the new/old me. I used Everyone Dances to reach out and help teach the “One Billion Rising” Break the Chain dance and then collaborated with 3 other creative women to produce “A Women’s Play C.A.M.P.” (Creative Arts Movement Play).
In September of 2012 two friends strongly suggested that I take an Ageless Grace class saying there would be a ‘perfect fit’. I did. They were right. And here I am – a member of a team changing the face of aging in the world. Come and join us.
Kathy Woods's Seminars & Certifications
Ageless Grace® Events & Classes offered by Kathy Woods
For details about any of the events below contact Kathy:
The Ageless Grace® Program for children is called 4EverFit4KIDZ! It is ideal for children Pre-K thru 10+ years old and can be adapted for almost all abilities. At this time many children are NOT getting enough movement in their lives. The situation is they sit for hours whether they are in school, or doing eLearning. Many schools have cut-back or eliminated gym and after school activities. And when the children get home they simply park in front of another screen.
Learn the 4EverFit4KIDZ! fitness program for body & brain and then share it with your children in your own home.
A 4.5-hour seminar for personal practice for use in your home with your family. Great for parents who are HomeSchooling, doing eLearning, adding or supplementing your child's movement education or wanting a fun activity the entire family can do.
The Seminar is designed for parents/grandparents to attend Via ZOOM. They will learn the basics of the 4EverFit4KIDZ! Program in order to share with their children in their home. This is not a certification.
This Seminar was offered several times in 2022. We're making plans for 2023.
Attention Ageless Grace Educators:
This WORKSHOP is for you if you are thinking of adding 4EverFit4KIDZ! classes to your teaching schedule and are not sure how to adapt Ageless Grace for children to use. Or if you want additional ideas and suggestions to help with your classes. Kathy Woods, Certified Ageless Grace and 4EverFit4KIDZ! Trainer plus dance and movement specialist, will guide you and share with you ideas and suggestions to help bring your 4EverFit4KIDZ! classes to life.
The next 4EverFit4KIDZ! Workshop for Ageless Grace Educators will be in 2023. See you then...............................
Kathy Woods is one of the Mentoring Artists for Arts With A Purpose, an Indianapolis based non-profit organization which uses the arts to create positive change while promoting Individual Wellness, Social Awareness, Equality and Inclusion.
Kathy gave an Ageless Grace/Music Presentation in March, July and August.
Venues for Ageless Grace with Kathy
Independence Village (Carmel, IN) began classes in Ageless Grace on April 6, 2021 and I've been teaching Ageless Grace to the Residents in Independent Living every since. For information contact 317-818-0526
Jacksonville Public Library (Jacksonville, Illinois) offered classes last Spring in Ageless Grace using the ZOOM platform.
Woodland Terrace of Carmel has invited Kathy Woods to give classes again. This year they will be doing "Everyone Dances for Seniors".
Contact Kathy Woods to set up an Ageless Grace Presentation/Demo for your Senior facility, church, or club. She also teaches Ageless Grace on-going classes at Senior Facilities in Hamilton County, Indiana and in Northern Indianapolis.
Kathy uses music, imagination and stories to further stimulate the brain of her students plus she encourages interaction with all in attendance.
After 2 years of volunteering at Perfect Harmony* I decided it was time to dance away. I loved being with the other volunteers and the staff at The Great American Songbook Foundation who offered the Perfect Harmony program - each person was VERY skilled and very professional. Work is hardly the word I would use to describe what we did - PLAY is what it was. Plus I learned a lot!
*Perfect Harmony is a music program offered through Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook for older adults. They share good music through singing, discussing songs and musicals, dancing, laughing and enjoying each others presence. I used movement from Ageless Grace and Dance w/Kathy in every program and was given the title of 'movement specialist' by the other program specialists.
Note: The Perfect Harmony music program, as we knew it, was cancelled because of Covid.
Kathy writes: "I wrote a little story about some of my experiences when I was one of the caregivers for my wonderful Mother. I'd love to share it with you." https://agelessgrace.com/key-exercising-people-caring-plus-benefits/