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EarthDance, a “global peace party,” returns to Delaware Saturday, Sept. 20.

It will run from 4 to 11 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

Begun in 1997 as a way to unite the world through the universal platforms of dance and music, EarthDance has become the largest synchronized dance event in history, occurring in more than 300 locations in over 80 countries. Rising out of the global electronic music scene, EarthDance has grown to feature a diverse cross-section of musical genres including world music, jazz, conscious hip-hop, folk and reggae. This is the sixth annual EarthDance in Delaware, and it is the only public EarthDance event in Ohio.

This year the celebration will bring some old and new artists and talent. OWU Dance majors, members of Bellydance Columbus, Israeli folk dances, Francine Butler from Rutherford B. Hayes High School, and Pam Spence with Laughter Yoga will return. New this year will be DJs from Dwubfest, plus drumming with the Central Ohio Symphony. The highlight of the evening is the EarthDance Prayer for Peace, uniting all local events in a global moment of solidarity.

EarthDance promotes peace by supporting humanitarian causes through the global languages of music and dance. In the spirit of this year’s theme of “Transformation,” Andrews House has been chosen as the beneficiary of this event.

Founded in 1993, Andrews House is Delaware’s multifaceted community services center. It is a place of hospitality, healing and education, and it serves as an advocate for individuals and families in the community. It is a safe place of acceptance, where people meet, learn, find solutions, overcome differences and achieve wholeness. It is the home of six small social service agencies, and provides office space for a church and two small service-oriented businesses. Andrews House also supports eight programs separate from those of its resident partners including free meals, free legal advice and a medical clinic.

EarthDance Delaware will take place during Ohio Wesleyan’s Family Weekend. People of all ages are invited to see, to learn and to dance. Refreshments will be provided. A suggested donation of $5 per person may be given at the door, and half of all proceeds will benefit Andrews House.

EarthDance Delaware 2014 is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Office of the University Chaplain and the Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and it is made possible by the gifts of many volunteers. For more information, see www.earthdancedelawareoh.org.

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