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'Dance Your Shoes Off' combines charity and worship

"Dance Your Shoes Off" is the name of an upcoming mission project being held by members of Central Fellowship Church of Connellsville. All that is needed to participate is willingness to give it a try, a new or gently worn pair of shoes, a few dance moves and $3 to cover the shipping cost of the shoes.

"All the shoes collected will be divided between Soles For Souls and our local community," said Colleen Murphy, missions director.

The event will start at 2 p.m. April 21 in the church parking lot. Organizers will be happy to move it to a bigger place, however, if they get a tremendous response.

"You can watch the video of what we are planning on YouTube by typing in 'dance your shoes off,' then choose 'Houston,'" Murphy said. "To learn the dance online, type in 'rise up full routine.' You can watch the front or back view. There is also a more difficult dance at the beginning, and in the middle of the video, there is no need to learn this part because we will have a group of dancers there to do this part for us."

Practice will be held 2 p.m. April 15 at the church.

At "Dance Your Shoes Off," participants will wear the shoes they plan to donate. At the very end of the dance, everyone will walk out of their shoes and leave them, a very powerful thing to see. Those who are involved and dance their shoes off will need to bring a second pair of shoes to wear when they leave.

"We would like to get as many participants as possible, so we're asking everyone to join us -- families, church groups, civic clubs and organizations, singles, couples, friends of all ages," Murphy said. "We would like to hear from as many people as possible in advance, because we would like to get an approximate number of participants. Registration will officially take place the day of the event."

The multiple parking lots in the city will be available for parking.

"The purpose of 'Dance Your Shoes Off' is to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus Christ in a powerful and celebratory way. We ask everyone to pray about this and hope they will decide to join us to help us make a considerable donation to charity," she added. "This is a new and unique opportunity to come together and give praise to our Lord and Savior."

Those who would like to be a part of "Dance Your Shoes Off" are asked to call now to let organizers know. Murphy can be reached at 724-626-1213 or 724-880-4948 or call the church office at 724-628-3949. The church is located at 316 N. Arch St.

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