By Said Rios
Junior Reporter

Hello, my name is Said Rios. I’m 12 years old, and a dancer with Moving in the Spirit’s Men in Motion program. Moving in the Spirit is a very fun organization that uses dance to inspire kids and teenagers to become leaders in their community, social lives and schools.

Being a leader, I like people to look up to me because I like to make people smile and have fun and to inspire them.

Moving in the Spirit taught me that to be a leader, I need to take care of things when I have to, work hard and listen. Also, it’s okay to have a flaw to work on, because nobody’s perfect. For example, I was having problems with math at school. Moving in the Spirit challenged me to figure out what I could do to improve and learn, and by the end of the year I was getting straight A’s.

Now, I think a leader is a person who respects his followers as equals, and takes care of what he needs to do so he can help others.

Everyone at Moving in the Spirit is welcoming and outgoing, and they always like to help out. Although I love dancing, what I like most at Moving in the Spirit is the positive energy. It makes me feel like I’m at home, and everyone is like a family.

My program, Men in Motion, is performing Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Our show this year is about the game of chess and strategy, and will include Men in Motion students and professional dancers from Atlanta.

My classmates and me are helping to create our piece. I’ll also get to be a leader in the show by performing in a special dance, and by helping younger dancers learn their choreography.

You can support my fellow dancers and me by coming to see our show in February, and by volunteering at Moving in the Spirit. Volunteers help with our shows, and some even become mentors to students like me. Information about volunteering is at movinginthespirit.org.

I hope to see you in February!

Summer Dance Camp

Moving in the Spirit’s Summer Dance Camp features an exciting variety of dance and educational activities for students ages 8 to14, designed to keep children moving and having fun! Students will take lively classes in Modern Dance and Hip Hop, explore the art of creating choreography, and participate in recreational activities such as swimming and roller skating. Classes are taught by professional dance artists from the Atlanta community. At the end of camp, students will showcase what they’ve learned in a performance for friends and family. Summer Dance Camp will take place July 18 – 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Moving in the Spirit’s home theater, The Beam, located at 750 Glenwood Ave. movinginthespirit.org

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.