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 when she came home after 20 years of marriage 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. Knowing how much she has received from dance, Carolyn, in conjunction with Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Greensboro developed a summer dance program around National Dance Day. After some initial research in the community, Carolyn approached The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro to see if they might be interested.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro serves over 600 members who are comprised of children and youth age 6 to 18 years old. Over 85% of the club members live in Greensboro Housing Communities. Over 90% of club members are part of, at best, single mother homes. Over 85% of club members are part of families living well below the poverty line with an annual household income of approximately $7,200.00. Through participation with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro, 90% of club membership will experience improved academic success and less than 5% will be involved in any way, with the juvenile justice system.
“We had been discussing how we might incorporate dance in our 2013 summer program when Carolyn and a member of her staff at Woodruff Family Law Group approached us about a dance program. They wanted to offer free lessons for each child who participated in the summer dance program, leading up to Saturday, July 27, which is National Dance Day where our boys and girls would be the featured event in an afternoon celebration of dance. We need more community leaders like Carolyn taking an interest in the lives of our future leaders by becoming involved with The Boys & Girls Club,” says The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro’s Executive Director, Jamie Cooper.
Along with Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Greensboro, Woodruff has committed to holding a National Dance Day event right here in the Piedmont on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 2:00 P.M., showcasing professional dance routines and highlighting The Boys & Girls Club members who will be featured as the Captain Green Eyes Dance Troupe. Captain Green Eyes is a fictional character created from a real-life stuffed cat 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.
Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. (www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org) The local event at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Greensboro featuring the Captain Green Eyes Troupe is showcased online at http://dizzyfeetfoundation.org/national-dance-day-locations.)
“Dance has become such an important part of who I am as a determined and zealous family law specialist. I think all boys and girls deserve the same opportunity I have found using dance to become whoever and whatever they want to become when they grow up,” says Woodruff Family Law Group Owner & Pro-Am Open Smooth Competitor, Carolyn J. Woodruff.
“Dance is truly an expression of who you are as an individual and who you can become if you just have the opportunity to try. Dance is also a fun way to stay in shape and is an activity that anyone can enjoy at any age. We, at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Greensboro are very happy to offer a dance program and co-host a local event with Carolyn Woodruff for National Dance Day,” says Fred Astaire Dance Studio Co-Owner, Sasha Tsyhankov.