WAYNE, NJ – Brookdale Senior Living had some juniors come for a dance party on Wednesday afternoon when children’s performer and author Miss Jolie brought her unique form of music games and dance to the assisted living facility.
Children came to the show with their mothers and fathers to dance and play to a variety of upbeat fun music. Some classic fifties tunes were mixed in with Miss Jolie originals, and every song had the children jumping, dancing and laughing.
The senior residents in attendance were all smiles and laughter as they pointed outed to each other this beautiful baby and this cute child.
Miss Jolie has been performing for almost five years. She is self-taught in guitar, ukulele and harmonica. “I’m exploring so much within myself that I didn’t know existed,” she said with a beaming smile and seemingly boundless energy.
The young performer started by writing a children’s book called Georgie and the Ants in the Pants. “When I read it, I realized I needed to offer something else to keep the children engaged, that’s what made me start singing. I wrote children’s songs, but I was too embarrassed to sing. I guess it was always within me and it was just waiting to come out.”
Miss Jolie performs all over, combining a book reading along with her music and gearing her show toward very young children. When the opportunity to perform at Brookdale came, she jumped at the chance. Her father, who passed away recently performed for seniors in the last few years of his life.
“I feel like I’m filling his legacy a little bit when I perform for seniors,” said Jolie.
How does she feel when she performs: “I feel alive and like my true authentic self,” she said. “In everyday life, I’m always trying to control this crazy energy that’s within me, so when I’m performing, I feel like I’m allowed to let it out and be truly me.”
“We had a blast!” said Cindy Redliing about Miss Jolie’s performance. She held her two-year-old daughter’s hand, who was still smiling and breathing hard. “Catie has become such a fan girl that we kind of tail her on the library circuit.”
In pure coincidence, Talsa Scors, the Manager for the Montclair portion of a children’s activity website was on hand for the performance and gave Miss Jolie the Hula Frog Award for Most Loved Music Lessons.
“Miss Jolie’s performance alongside the residents of Brookdale made for a very merry, hand-clapping, bubble-popping audience, that comprised both young and old,” said Scors.
Jolie’s next book is due out soon. It’s called: Searching for Good Luck, and iss about instilling mindfulness and gratitude.
Look for her performing at a Library or Boca Bowl near you