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Sylvan Park neighbors hold nightly dance party during COVID-19

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Posted at 6:08 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 23:31:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — There isn't a lot of movement these days in Nashville. COVID-19 is still keeping a lot of folks home and routines, no matter your age, have been hard to keep.

"No friends," said Finley, a 6-year-old that lives in Sylvan Park. "It’s been a tough time."

That is, except for a standing meeting between neighbors in Sylvan Park. The meeting has just one rule -- no standing still! "We come out for about 20-30 minutes and dance dance dance," said Sarah Wilson, who also lives on the block.

The neighborhood dance party started as an idea between four neighbors.

"She sent out a text to the neighbors and said, what if we did a dance party?" said Wilson.

They haven't missed a beat since lock-down began. "Sometimes we’re like ahh, we’ve gotta go to dance party, but every time we go to dance party we’re like - thank God we went to dance party," said Wilson.

DJ duty is split between all four houses, which means song selections vary from the greatest hits, to some songs on the rise. "Everybody’s kinda sent texts and emails with lists of songs. We’ve gone through the playlist several times," Wilson told us.

Also on the rise -- Sarah's husband periodically makes homemade bread as a dance break snack that he shares with his neighbors.

"Now he’s baking inordinate amounts of bread," his wife joked.

But like the bread itself, there's a time for things to heat up on the dance floor, and a time to cool and slow down.

"There are some special moments, you know, it’s not like for Fred and I to just, hey let’s just slow dance," said Anne Rayner, who lives across the street with her husband.

Fred and Anne have been cherishing the slow and tender moments, but are also looking forward to when their lives take a step back in the right direction. "We’re also practicing. We’ve got his grandson’s Bar Mitzvah so we’ve gotta get our steps in and coordinate," said Rayner.

Of course, we will get back to normal eventually. Until the dark clouds pass, this neighborhood's connection to each other shines brighter than ever. "We don’t just dance to dance, except well, now we do, Every day," joked Fred Kirchner, Anne's husband.

It's a standing appointment that no one can stand the thought of missing. "It’s really brought us closer together as neighbors," said Wilson.

All of the neighbors agree, the dance party may have to continue, long after the pandemic.