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Local attorney to take daring risk in NYC at invite only Dance Legends

Family Law Specialist, Carolyn J. Woodruff and her dance partner, Alosha Anatoliy have been invited to perform at Dance Legends 2014 this April in NYC. Dance Legends showcases the top professional Ballroom and Latin dance couples in the world. This year, their third in the historic Hammerstein Ballroom, Carolyn and Alosha are adding an element of risk and surprise to their performance. In honor of Isadora Duncan, known as the “Mother of Modern Dance,” they are incorporating a sixteen-foot red scarf throughout their entire routine, that will act as a third partner.

“Isadora Duncan pushed the boundaries of dance in her day, with regard to women and the freedom of expression she felt was missing."
Gillean Smith
Carolyn J. Woodruff and partner Alosha Anatoliy at rehearsal
Gillean Smith

Duncan, considered one of the founders of free expressionist dance, often incorporated long flowing costumes, based on Ancient Greece. Tragically, Duncan was killed in 1927 following an auto accident in Nice, France when the long, red silk scarf she was wearing was caught around the open-spoked wheels and rear axle, hurling her from the open car and breaking her neck.

“Isadora Duncan pushed the boundaries of dance in her day, with regard to women and the freedom of expression she felt was missing. She believed natural movement, including dancing barefoot was much more important than any rigid technique from traditional dance. When we perform in NYC, Alosha and I hope to incorporate the beauty of natural movement while incorporating the spirit of Ms. Duncan by including a long red scarf as our third partner,” says Woodruff.

For more than 20 years, North Carolina Family Law Specialist, Carolyn J. Woodruff has been helping men and women during some of the most traumatic times of their lives. Quite unexpectedly, Carolyn found herself facing divorce after 20 years of marriage when she came home to find her now ex-husband was not there. When a friend suggested that Carolyn find something she had always wanted to do, Carolyn selected dance and used it as her ‘divorce recovery’ program. Not only did she take lessons, she has become a national ballroom dance competitor and champion and continues to find tremendous mental and physical health benefits that positively impact her work as an attorney, CPA and certified business valuator. Just last month, Carolyn became an international reality TV celebrity as the Simon Fuller production, ‘Ballroom Blitz’ began airing on TLC (The Learning Channel) in several European countries.

“Dance has become such an important part of who I am as a determined and zealous family law specialist. Our society does not seem to support marriages very well and what we say at Woodruff Family Law Group is, if you’re going through hell, don’t stop. You’ve got to keep looking forward. You’ve got to keep the things that you want to accomplish in your very short life ahead of you. If you want to go sky diving, go sky diving. If you want to ride a bull named Fu Man Chu, in 2.7 seconds, do it. That’s what you need to do. You need to live life. You need to live every day. You can’t be angry. You’ve got to live in the present. You can rise from the ashes of divorce or most any painful tragedy when you apply all of your time and energy. Ms. Duncan said it best when she said, -The Dance---it is the rhythm of all that dies in order to live again; it is the eternal rising of the sun,” says Woodruff.

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