PATERSON, NJ - For more than 20 years the InnerFaith Performing Arts Center (IPAC) has been helping children to develop stronger minds and bodies through a series of programs, including the Tiny Ballerinas

Founded in 1998 by Rahsona Elder, born and raised in Paterson, IPAC continues to operate on the belief that “all God’s children are stars,” and that by offering the city’s youngest residents the same opportunities that existed in more suburban areas they could “empower their inner spirits,” and make sure that “no young person in Paterson becomes hopeless.”

As Paterson, New Jersey, the United States, and much of the globe continue to struggle with the sudden impact of school closures, stay at home orders, and social distancing measures brought on by the coronavirus, Elder is more determined than ever to make sure IPAC has a positive influence in her beloved city.

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“Studies show that yoga and mindfulness have great benefits,” Elder said of the once-a-week, and free, class IPAC is delivering during the pandemic. “It calms the mind, improves concentration, and builds awareness of self in children.”

The classes, usually a part of IPAC’s regular offerings, will be taught by Ms. Cheryl each Thursday at noon via Instagram. Tune in to the organization’s Instragram page at @innerfaithperformingarts to participate.


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