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Broadway Jazz Workshop Comes to Summit

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Don’t miss this chance to learn the art of Broadway Jazz from a master!

Head to The Connection in Summit on Saturday for a free dance workshop led by Greta Martin, professional dancer/singer/actress. Greta trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Her Broadway credits include Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Oh, Kay! and the Tony award winning revival of Guys and Dolls.

Jazz shoes or jazz sneakers recommended. Some dance experience recommended. Class will consist of a center floor warm up, across the floor combination, learning a dance routine and ending with a cool down stretch all with a Broadway Jazz flare!

This unique workshop will be held on Saturday, December 19, from 3-4 p.m. The Connection is located at 79 Maple Street in Summit. For more information, call 908-273-4242, or visit The Connection website.

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

The Connection for Women and Families has been serving individuals in Summit and its surrounding communities for over 90 years. Since its inception in 1919 as the YWCA of Summit, when it rented rooms to young working women, the organization has grown and responded to meet the changing needs of the community, with particular emphasis on the needs of girls and women. Throughout its history, The Connection has consistently been at the forefront of community service and social change.

Today, The Connection serves over 5,000 women, men and children through a variety of programs and services. The Connection is well known for its excellent aquatics and fitness programs. Classes are offered for all ages, and are filled with girls and boys as young as six months to senior citizens in their nineties. Within both the aquatics and fitness programs there are classes for those with special needs, many of which are not available elsewhere.

The Connection’s commitment to community service programs is particularly outstanding. By serving newcomers to our country, physical rehabilitative patients, and children and adults with special needs, The Connection meets the needs of many different constituencies not reached by other agencies. They have a rich tradition of providing much needed community service programs such as English as a Second Language, special needs swimming and recreation, after school enrichment, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation and support services for women with breast and gynecological cancers. In addition, The Connection offers a scholarship program, which assures that everyone can participate in our programs, regardless of their economic circumstance.

The original YWCA resided in a white house located on the current property.  After the original house was destroyed by a fire, the oldest part of the current facility was constructed in the 1940s.  The pool and locker rooms were added in 1967, and the gymnastics facility added in 1997.  In 1998, the organization left the National YWCA and was re-named The Connection for Women and Families. While its name changed, the programs, services and mission remained the same.




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