More than 200 area residents turned out for this year’s National Dance Day in Greensboro this past Saturday, July 26, 2014. The group is hoping to see if they will be seen on the FOX TV Show, "So You Think You Can Dance" which airs next on 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. This foundation was founded in 2009 to support, improve and increase access to dance education in the United States. It continues to grow in its popularity and its success each year.
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. For these children at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, we focus on each of them. We help them see their value in how they can take better care of themselves and allow them to see that they truly can succeed at whatever they want in life. My staff and I honestly get just as much, if not more, out of The Captain Green Eyes Dance Troupe program and this Saturday’s National Dance Day was perfection with Comfort really connecting with the children in every way we were hoping. Woodruff Family Law Group is committed to serving the best interest of every child. To this end, the summer dance program encourages boys and girls from all walks of life to find ways to stay active throughout the year and to take care of themselves for a happy, healthy future,” 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. Captain Green Eyes is a fictional character created from a real-life stuffed cat toy that was given to Woodruff’s husband, Dwight Ensley when he was born. Although many years have passed and today’s modern family looks very different from days gone by, together, Woodruff and Ensley hope to use Captain Green Eyes to help all children accept and love their family units no matter what form.
“I have been Carolyn’s professional dance partner for 8 years. While I have seen her grow as a dancer, receiving a multitude of awards, trophies and accolades, I see how proud she and all of the staff at Woodruff Family Law Group are of The Captain Green Eyes Dance Troupe and every child from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club participating in the summer dance program. As owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Greensboro, Sasha and I understand what it is like to face challenges as children. We both grew up in the Ukraine. Today, we are living our dream as successful business owners and professional dancers. We are so 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 Alosha Anatoliy.