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Atlanta families participate in dance-off for charity

10:51 AM, Mar 22, 2012   |    comments
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BUFORD, Ga. -- They rev it up, move it around and shake it out -- whatever they have to do to just dance.

The little ones at Primrose School of Buford are trying to dance their way to healthy lifestyles and win the Primrose National Family Dance-off.

"The family that wins with the popular vote will get $5,000 and the hospital in their town will get $30,000," said Jenifer McKnight, who owns the Primrose School of Buford. "[We are] teaching children to have active minds, bodies and happy hearts, and the family dance-off really incorporates all of that."

Last year, a video produced by the Toregano family of Smyrna, featuring three-year-old Zariah putting the moves on Michael Jackson's "Beat It," snagged the family a second place win of $3,000 and $20,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"The money donated will benefit kids all across metro Atlanta to get care and that's lots and of people . We're very excited," said Children's Healthcare of Atlanta program coordinator Lauren Kortihoff.

The parents of these kids are already showing their dance moves in home videos. Participating families take their taped moves and upload them to the dance-off website, where anyone can vote on the winning entries.

This week, families in Ohio, Florida, Minnesota and Nebraska have the top votes, but families from Dacula and Smyrna are quickly racking up votes as well.

Metro Atlantans still have plenty of time to vote; the deadline is Friday, March 23.

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