National Dance Day 2014
More than 200 area residents turned out for this year's National Dance Day in Greensboro this past Saturday, July 26, 2014. But the biggest excitement came when many of the group were seen on the FOX TV Show, "So You Think You Can Dance" which aired Wednesday, July 30 at 8:00 PM. (Eastern).
Every year, the show takes a few minutes to highlight various groups and individuals who have learned the National Dance Day routines provided by Dizzy Feet Foundation, which is an organization that was founded in 2009 to support, improve and increase access to dance education in the United States.
"So You Think You Can Dance" All-Star, Comfort Fedoke came from Los Angeles to dance with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club who made up the Captain Green Eyes Dance Troupe.
Woodruff Family Law Group and Fred Astaire Greensboro sponsored the event that showcased more than 50 youth ages 6 to 11 from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro who make up the 2014 Captain Green Eyes Dance Troupe.
An afternoon filled with a variety of dance routines and performances, this was the only location where 'So You Think You Can Dance' All-Star, Comfort Fedoke chose to celebrate National Dance Day. Comfort performed with the children while also sharing heart-felt words of inspiration. Additionally, Comfort amazed all those who attended with two solo routines and also an impromptu breakdance performance with JaQuez, one of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club members.
This past weekend's event is the culmination of a free two-month summer dance program that includes free dance classes, taught by professional dance instructors from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Greensboro. Additionally, those who participate receive a free healthy lifestyle educational program with the finale including the free field trip to the Fred Astaire Dance Studio.
'Life can be hard for anyone. Some of these kids we work with in the dance program know little of a happy home life. But if there is anything that each of us can do to help our youth experience a childhood that is any less harsh, it is our responsibility to try. At Woodruff Family Law Group, our way of giving back is through dance. Dance has made a huge impact on my life, my health and my happiness. When you dance, you focus on the music and the dance steps. Life's problems and concerns have no way of taking center stage in your mind “ says Woodruff Family Law Group President, Carolyn J. Woodruff.
Along with Woodruff Family Law Group, the co-owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Greensboro are sponsors as well. Fred Astaire dance instructors are instrumental in taking children who have never taken any form of structured dance classes to becoming members of The Captain Green Eyes Dance Troupe.
“We are honored to be a part of this meaningful program and to have the opportunity to give back to children in the community that we call home,' says AloshaAnatoliy.