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Toddlers' Tango musical program

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Both babies and seniors are getting their groove on. Toddlers' Tango is a musical dance group that's in several location across the country. As our Katie Gibas tells us, it was started in Syracuse by one mom who wanted to bridge the age gap between old and young.

CENTRAL NEW YORK -- Tamar Frieden has always loved music. When her son was a baby, she started a music and dance group for toddlers.

"Music is a universal language for everybody to be part of," said Tamar Frieden, the President of Toddlers' Tango.

That group would later become Toddlers' Tango, a musical program that now stretches across the U.S. Kids and their parents, sing, dance and play instruments.

"It helps them develop social skills, gross motor, fine motor and brain development for sure," said Frieden.

Margie Libling, a Syracuse resident added, "We've had a great time. It's been really fun for her, and I think she just likes crawling around a chewing on all the instruments and shaking everything. So it's been fun."

Several years ago, Frieden started a group at Menorah Park, where residents of the nursing home join the class.

"They're less inhibited or afraid if someone looks a little different, is in a wheel chair or whatever. And I said I'm going to open a class here and bridge that gap," said Frieden.

And parents say they enjoy the Tuesday class at Menorah Park because of that interaction with the residents.

"I think it's great. The kids learn to interact with the older people. And it's great for the residents. They get a lot of joy seeing the babies come in," said Karen Jenks, a Syracuse resident.

Libling added, "Just for her too, she doesn't have great grandparents, so it's nice for her to be able to get to know some seniors also."

Frieden and her students hope the program continues to grow. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP