A Toy Story
Dancing and toys go hand-in-hand at DreamWeavers Dance Studio.
The studio, located in Forest City, recently began its Operation Toy Drive to benefit local children battling personal obstacles.
"We like to try to give back to the community and teach the kids about community. We are already a big supporter of Relay for Life," said Pam Strickland, owner of the studio. "We wanted to do something for children, since there are so many kids in our dance studio. We thought this would be awesome."
The drive was inspired by the studio's hip hip production of Toy Story.
"Every year I try to pick a theme that has a lot of different characters and can represent different age groups," said Ritchie Garland, hip hop instructor. "I usually pick some iconic movie."
The dance features all of the memorable characters from the movie including Buzz Lightyear, Sheriff Woody, Jessie, Bo Peep, Barbie, Ken, the army men, barrel of monkeys and aliens. The almost 80 member cast, ranging in age from 4 to 18, began rehearsing in August and have been attending competitions on the weekends.
"The kids are super excited about it. They have done so well so far. They have received the award for most entertaining at every competition we have attended," Strickland said.
All toys collected with go to Noah's House, a residential foster care facility with Family Resources of Rutherford County for children between the ages of 6 and 18.
"This group of kids are very community minded and they've shown that through their unselfishly giving of their time with Relay for Life," said Sherry Bright, executive director of family resources. "I'm thrilled they are now reaching out to help local children here in our community."
Community members can help with the toy drive by dropping off a new boxed toy or new stuffed animal or doll, sealed in a bag, to the studio during regular hours,
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-7:30 p.m. Toys are being accepted for children of all ages.
"My goal is to have so many toys that we can give more to a children's shelter or to cancer victims," Garland said.
DreamWeavers Dance Studio is located at 149 West Trade St. Forest City. Toys will be collected through Saturday, June 1, the day of the studio's recital at The Foundation.