The Fifth Annual Greensboro Dance Day was held on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club. Several hundred attended the event held in the Royce and Jane Reynold’s Salvation Army Corps Worship Center and Boys and Girls Club on Freeman Mill Road, Greensboro. The crowd consisted of children, business and community leaders, Greensboro Police Department law enforcement officers and families.
This year’s theme was Unity in Community Through Dance. According to organizer Carolyn Woodruff, “What better way to show unity, trust, connectivity, friendship, and awareness than through dance?” Woodruff Family Law has been the driving force behind the Greensboro Dance Dance since 2013. Other sponsors include ValuePointe.biz, and Fred Astaire Studios Greensboro.
This year’s Greensboro Dance Day was used as a time of national healing to honor and remember global tragedies and unite the community through dance. Woodruff Family Law Group, ValuePointe.biz, and Fred Astaire Studios Greensboro know the needs of our community.
“Dance is the universal language of the world,” says Carolyn Woodruff, Woodruff Family Law Group president.” Dance is a way of expression, an identity. Our country has been through so much hurt, anger, and sadness. We need time to heal. Dance Day offers that opportunity”
Dance Day Battles Featured
This year’s event featured eight award-winning dancers with The Underground Dance League performing dance battles with the children and members of Fred Astaire Greensboro.
“Keep in mind a dance battle is not about fighting, but is about love; we hug each other at the end of a ‘battle’,” says Tyler McNeil, who is a founding member of The Underground Dance League. “It’s not about the movement; it’s about what the move meant.”
The finale, which included Greensboro Police and the Boys and Girls Club dancers, was to Juju On That Beat! by Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall.
Although relatively new to this area, dance battles have a long history. They began decades ago to provide a healthy alternative to gang fighting. In 1969, Afrika Bambaataa organized New York’s ghetto youth into a breakdance crew called the Zulu Kings. When a rival street gang challenged the Zulu Kings, Bambaataa suggested that the two groups fight with steps rather than weapons.
Sure enough, the rival gang was as ready to square off with dance steps as they were with violent weapons. Bambaataa’s followers grew into the Zulu Nation with 5000 members. The kids from Zulu Nation would rather dance than fight. After that, breakdancing became an integral part of hip-hop.
The group reaches over 60 active participants. Woodruff Family Law Group, ValuePointe.biz, and Fred Astaire Studios Greensboro join forces to cover all costs of Dance Day rehearsals, including professional dance instruction, healthy lifestyle suggestions, and healthy snacks after each rehearsal.