Babies and bubbes can boogie at childrens stage

This year the entertainment planned at the To Life! festival children’s stage promises to be more party than show.

With a high-energy, pop-culture vibe and a new production company organizing performances, the children’s stage will be hipper and more interactive than ever.

Last year’s children’s stage configuration was more traditional, with an awning covering the stage and audience seating below.

This year, everyone will feel like they’re part of the show: Both stage and audience will be under one large, festive, circus-style tent. A dance floor will be added to the configuration to entice everyone to get out of their seats and boogie.

There will be hip-hop performances at 10:30 a.m. by the Fantasy Dance Group, made up of local junior high kids from the South Bay.

The professional performance by Beatz N’ Pieces at 12:15 p.m. will feature break dancing, followed by an interactive workshop.

At 1:15 p.m. Moshany Shemesh will lead Israeli folk dancing, and a family dance party at 3:15 p.m. will bring the festivities to a conclusion.

The dance performances will be punctuated by 45-minute breaks filled with dance contests, games and prizes, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The children’s stage entertainment is being produced by Personalities, a company owned by 31-year-old Aaron David, a recent Bay Area transplant from the Chicago Jewish community.

A performer, musician, singer, emcee and DJ himself, David has been connecting with kids and bubbes alike for 14 years. He’s worked for celebrity and sports stars as well as doing entertainment for weddings, bar mitzvahs and corporate functions.

Experience has taught him it isn’t easy to create a fun, party atmosphere. He picked up many tricks during his career to get everyone energized and involved, such as adding a dance floor and providing classes and other interactive activities.

“We will have lots of dancers to motivate the crowd and get the kids excited. Instead of performing for people, we are making them part of entertainment,” David says.

David uses hip, interactive entertainers to engage kids and bring families together to share a fun experience. “Parents work so hard in the Bay Area that they don’t always get to spend enough time with their kids. It’s important to me to create something for them to do together that is Jewish, pop culture and fun.”

Because he’s living far from his Chicago family and community, David has quickly adopted the Bay Area Jewish community as his own, volunteering his services at the Albert L. Schultz JCC fundraiser and other Bay Area JCC functions.

“If I can’t have my family around, I want to have a surrogate family in the form of a local Jewish community,” David says. “Isn’t that what Jews have done throughout history?”