Get to stepping!
Fans of the 1990's sitcom "Martin" recall this quote as a means to emphatically tell someone that their presence is no longer needed, and they should vacate the premises immediately. As we fast-forward to 2013, the quote is being used this weekend to "get a move on", but not as a means of making your exit, but to make your entrance and presence felt.
Starting this Thursday, February 14th, and concluding on Sunday, February 17th, Good Deeds International LLC (GDI, LLC)is hosting its Heritage Ball and Steppers Conference. Centered around the theme of "Celebrating our Heritage", it is a balance of social events centered around the dance style known as stepping (this is different from the stepping done at step-shows conducted by predominantly black fraternities and sororities) and workshops designed to not only commemorate Black History Month, but to encourage healthy and fit lifestyles through the vehicles of dance, healthy relationships, and overall healthy living.
"As a culmination of all of our good deeds throughout the year, we come together in February in commemorating Black History Month; we welcome Atlanta residents and those coming from around the country to join us in this celebration", notes GDI, LLC founder and president, Cora O'Kelley. With an expected attendance of 4,000 people traveling to Atlanta from areas such as Chicago, Washington DC, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Miami, the Midwest (i.e. Ohio and Indiana among other locations), the upcoming weekend should serve as the largest steppers' conference in the country.
All events are taking place at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). Thursday night's kickoff (8pm-2am; $10 ticket fee) features a performance by r and b recording artist Blue Magic, and Friday's (February 15th) meet and greet with a "red and black" attired theme takes place from 9pm-3am ($35 ticket fee).
Saturday provides a balance of workshops and commemorative programming. A Civil Rights based arts exhibit (gallery) is located on site at the GICC, along with a 5K run to help promote physical fitness. A health fair and a cooking demo and tasting by Real Men Cook (Atlanta) is provided to place additional emphasis on healthy living and food choices, and workshops on stepping instruction and healthy relationships are also scheduled for the daily schedule on February 16th. Programming concludes with the "All Black Elegance" main event (from 9pm-3am; $45 ticket fee) on Saturday evening, the farewell brunch on Sunday (from 1-6:30pm; $25 ticket fee), and the closeout event at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway (7pm-1am; this is a free event).
Events which provide a balance of social events and community-based programming (via the health, fitness, and wellness) components are usually a sound and solid blend and benefit to all. Add to it a celebration of Black History and the feel of an old-fashioned get together of good people and good times, GDI, LLC's Heritage Ball Weekend is another way to get people from all walks of life and communities together for some good times and great resources.
Sounds like we need to get to stepping...