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Embracing The Greensboro Community And Unity Through Dance

The third annual Greensboro Dance Day takes place Saturday, July 23, 2016.  Local girls and boys will square off against police officers in a dance battle, but this dance day theme is all about unity.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police and local kids are coming together through dance!

The third annual Greensboro Dance Day takes place Saturday, July 23, 2016. It's where local girls and boys square off against police officers in a dance battle, but this dance day theme is all about unity.

Greensboro Dance Day has been an annual event since 2013. This year, 58 children from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro will take part in the event which has a timely theme: Unity In Community Through Dance.

While planning was underway for this year's event, the organizers, Woodruff Family Law Group and Fred Astaire Studios Greensboro, took notice of the many tragedies happening all across the US, including Dallas, St. Joseph, Minnesota; Miami, Michigan, Louisiana, Ferguson, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina.

The decision was made to use this year’s Greensboro Dance Day as a time of healing for the nation by speaking the universal language of dance.

“Dance is the universal language of the world, says Carolyn Woodruff, Woodruff Family Law Group president and owner. “Dance is a way of expression, an identity. Our country has been through so much hurt and anger and sadness. We need time to heal. Both Woodruff Family Law Group and Fred Astaire Greensboro know the needs of our community. What better way to show unity, trust, connectivity and friendship than through dance?”

This year’s event will feature eight award-winning dancers with The Underground Dance League performing a dance battle. “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.

Several of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club dance troupe members will participate in a dance battle with eight dancers from The Underground Dance League.

The finale, which will include Greensboro Police, the Boys and Girls Club dancers, and eight members of The Underground Dance League will be to Can’t Stop The Feeling! by Justin Timberlake.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Fred Astaire Dance Studios located at 1500 Mill St. in Greensboro starting at 2 p.m.

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