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Focus: HOPE HustleFocus: HOPE’s Community Involvement department is organizing stakeholders who care for the community to become actively engaged in actions to help transform the community. Start a block club, plan a neighborhood clean-up, join a book club or attend one of several community programs throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming involved please contact Stephanie Johnson-Cobb by email, or by phone at (313) 494-4468 for more information.

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Dance classes provide intergenerational activity

In our community, the Hustle has proven to be an intergenerational activity. Dancers, male and female, range in age from the very young (children/youths) to the very young at heart (adults and seniors), most of who come to participate, and some just to watch and enjoy the music. The Hustle dance itself is extremely versatile and the movements can be easily adapted to accommodate different levels of personal fitness. The classes are hosted by Focus: HOPE., and organized by Esteria Rogan, for the HOPE Village Initiative.

Hustle instructor and  former Focus: HOPE colleague, Sam Phillips - AKA “Smooth As Chocolate,” is an experienced and patient instructor. The method he uses is to model the movements step-by-step without music until the class is comfortable and then lead the group to practice the dance with music. The learn-by-doing approach in a friendly, supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere creates a fun filled environment for novice, intermediate, and advanced students alike. Recently, the Hustle classes have been expanded to include Ballroom Dancing as well. Each week, participants also receive information about programs and resources that are available on a variety of topics.

Free to the public, Hustle and Ballroom sessions are hosted every Monday in Focus: HOPE’s Center for Advanced Technologies Cafeteria, 1400 Oakman Boulevard, at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.