Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Cute Kid Of The Day

You're never too young to learn how to dance like the pros.

Cute Kid Of The Day

courtesy of ASAP

Here's my vote for Cute Kid Pic Of the Day, courtesy of the good folks at ASAP - the After School Activities Partnership - which sponsors young dancers like these in its after-schools clubs.

ASAP showcased its dance programs yesterday by transporting audiences, via bus, to six participating schools to see firsthand the hoofwork the kids have mastered. Sort of like a progressive dinner, without the food!

Dubbed "Philly Dance: Don't Miss The Bus," the tour kicked off at the Penrose School in Southwest Philly and then moved along to the Jackson School, Harrington School, Philadelphia Montessori Charter, Mastery Charter and Shaw Beacon.

The kids demonstrated tap, hip hop, ballroom and modern dance, learned in programs sponsored by The Annenberg Foundation and The Phoebe Haas Charitable Trust.

My hat's off to ASAP, a non-profit that aims to keep kids safe and active in the dangerous after-school hours. The organization serves more than 5,500 Philadelphia kids annually in a variety of activities including dance, chess, Scrabble, skateboarding and yoga.

If you're interested in volunteein g for ASAP or learning more about its programs, check out ASAP's website. These are good folks doing very good things.

Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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