Jumping Kids

In the world of Dutch dancing, human kids can easily jump as joyfully high as the kids of young goats do. That’s why there is a dance called Bokkepootjes, which roughly translates into Goats’ feet. People like me like to point out that there is Dutch pastry under the same name as well.
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On Saturday, September 15th, our Dutch Dancers were invited to perform at the Blauvelt family reunion in Suffern, NY. Almost 200 years ago, there were many Blauvelts in our church, and it was nice to reconnect this way. I must say, with Erie’s and Ellen’s well-tried leadership, the dance floor filled rather quickly, and before you knew it, old Dutch melodies filled the room at the Holiday Inn.
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Did you know, however, that Dutch Dancing is not just folk art of centuries past but is still being developed today? It came as no surprise, then, that the evening closed with a modern Dutch dance that is barely 15 years old, Hendriks Mazurka, danced by Erie and Pastor Susan. It was so beautiful that I simply forgot to take a picture. The two I took, however, show Ellen and Bruce in their traditional costumes, and our very lively group of children. Don’t they look ready for another round of Bokkepootjes?

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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