About 1,000 people attended the dance performances as part of a daylong celebration at
The festival showcases cultural diversity and performing arts groups, said
"This event provides an awareness of what's going on in the community," he said."I think, sometimes, people take for granted the diversity we have."
Other entertainment included a jump rope group, R&B performance and ballet dancers.
"You get a wide variety of experiences you may not always get. Plus, it is a fun family event," said
"I think it gives people the opportunity to show their talents and experience different aspects of diversity," she said. "And it feels good for the participants, who may not have any other avenue to show their talents."
The summer dance program teaches various styles of dance to children and adults. Their festival performance included jazz and hip hop dance.
"Everybody has a different culture and a different definition of culture. We are all different and I think we can all get along and share because we are a diverse community," Ledford said.
"This is important just to broaden our minds and perspective of what
The festival was held at
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