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Kids 'Shake It Up' for Jazzercise show

Posted: June 19, 2012 - 6:36pm  |  Updated: June 27, 2012 - 4:26pm
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Taylor Weathersby (from left), 7, Avery Tiwari, 7, and Abbigail Johnson, 7, perform a dance routine.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN
MICHAEL HOLAHAN
Taylor Weathersby (from left), 7, Avery Tiwari, 7, and Abbigail Johnson, 7, perform a dance routine.

 

Children showed off new moves in bright outfits to a small audience Friday at the end of Jr. Jazzercise camp.

Instructor Loralee Kokovich filmed the final performance of the weeklong camp that was themed Shake It Up after the show on Disney Channel.

Children were dancing and exercising at the same time, doing karate moves, jumping, clapping their hands and more.

Jessica Johnson, 10, said her favorite part of camp was making the outfits that they wore, such as T-shirts that said “Shake It Up” and decorated hats.

Kokovich said camp also taught participants how to work together as a team.

“I learned to be respectful of others,” Jessica said.

Before camp, Kokovich found out each child’s clothing size and favorite colors and shopped at secondhand stores to purchase items to become a “fun and funky” outfit for each child, similar to the styles of the lead characters on the TV show.

Kokovich said her goal was to teach campers how to dance like dancers do in music videos.

“They learned a lot in a short amount of time, but by Friday, they had it down,” she said. Children performed the songs TTYLXOX, School’s Out and Shake It Up.

“My hope was to make each child feel special and famous,” she said. “I hope they can look back at their DVD (each camper will receive a copy of the performance) and remember the fun they had with each part of the camp.”

She said she was impressed by the children’s teamwork during the week.

“When Friday arrived, I asked them what they learned and they all agreed that they could trust, respect and depend on each other,” Kokovich said.

 

 

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