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Dance to your own beat: United Way seeks to engage the unengaged at Silent Dance Party

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Heart of West Michigan United Way's Next Generation group will be hosting a Silent Dance Party on Friday October 8th at 6:00pm.  Hundreds are expected to gather at Rosa Parks Circle (armed with mp3 players and a sweet playlist) and dance together -- but to their own music. 

A hit on major college campuses, these events and similar flash mobs are a great tool for exposure, awareness, and engagement for organizations.  This is the first effort from the Next Gen group, made up of Millennials and Gen Xers, and they are hoping to share the success that similar events have had in Grand Rapids in recent years. 

Through the dance party and future activities, the Next Gen group seeks to reach out to the younger population and find meaningful ways to engage them in doing more for their community. 

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