On this Fourth of July, Margo Towell’s 11-year-old daughter, Makayla Griggs, is learning to enhance her pursuit of happiness for a more fulfilling life through her association with a group called the Dancing Angels.
The all-girl troupe, which includes members ranging in age from 4 through 22, will make its second public appearance Friday as part of the Douglasville July 4 parade.
The group was formed by director Oma Griffin and chorographer Darnice Clincy two months ago.
Griffin said most of the girls live in an apartment complex near where the group rehearses and come from families where the mother typically is the head of the household.
It is through dance that Griffin and Clincy are teaching the girls self-respect, self-esteem, leadership and a sense of self-worth within a caring atmosphere that is fun and keeps them off the street.
Towell said her daughter, who is a captain of the team, has been a member of the group since its inception.
“My daughter’s association with the Dancing Angels has not only increased her self-confidence, but has kept her mind focused while sharpening her leadership and communication skills,” Towell said.
Although these are the underlying goals of the Dancing Angels, the girls also are learning the art of dance and, according to Clincy, will perform a drum line dance routine for the parade.
“Our girls have been working on this dance routine for a month and have really gotten into it and the music and are looking forward to showcasing what they can do in the parade,” she said.
Clincy said she believes her work with the girls has been successful “because I believe I was destined to do this and put in this position for the purpose of helping these girls realize their potential.”