Dancing in the Streets returns to Troy

TROY — Last year’s wildly popular Dancing in the Streets event will swing back into downtown Troy on Friday, May 26, 5:30-9 p.m. with some new dance groups and a few returning favorites.

Dancers include RJ Ballroom dancers, Troy Christian’s Show Choir and Troy Senior Citizens Center’s Swinging Seniors. Also, Troy’s beloved Pop Rocks jump rope performers will have a portion of their group on hand to show off their dance moves, and Center Stage will bring their adorable young dancers. The evening will end with the public invited to join in with line dancing.

“We have a different dance group performing every half hour at the Southwest quadrant of the public square,” said Shelly Calvert, marketing and events coordinator for Troy Main Street. “The public is invited to join in and line dance from 8-9 p.m. What a wonderful way to kick off the summer of events. Come dance with us and have some fun in downtown Troy!”

During the evening, boutiques and shops will be open late for SHOP HOP. Street artists and musicians will be present throughout downtown. The Northeast quadrant of the public square will feature the Troy-Miami County Library’s new Book Mobile and a fire truck from the Troy Fire Department.

“Our restaurants also will be open of course, so downtown Troy will be hopping with lots to do for the whole family,” Calvert added, noting that Dancing in the Streets is the first of Troy Main Street’s “Streets Alive” events for the summer.

Streets Alive began in 2011 to encourage downtown merchants to stay open in the evenings, particularly on Fridays. Streets Alive events will take place on the last Friday of May, June, July and August 2017. Each Streets Alive will have a different theme with lots of family-friendly activities, Calvert said.

The downtown merchants have branded SHOP HOP as the night they all stay open until 8 or 9 p.m. on the last Friday of each month. Troy Main Street comes alongside the merchants with events such as Streets Alive to help creative a festive atmosphere in downtown Troy. Many store owners create exciting sales, plan in-store events and stock new inventory for SHOP HOP.

“In addition to the stores staying open late, and Dancing in the Streets going on, people also can view the Sculptures on the Square exhibit as they walk along the sidewalks,” Calvert added. “The sculptures are called “Las Bicicletas,” which means “The Bicycles” in Spanish. It is contemporary art from Mexico and it is very colorful and intriguing. The artist’s intent is to bring a message of “living a life of balance” through his art form of the bicycle.”

Dancing in the Streets, SHOP HOP and Sculptures on the Square are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Troy Main Street at 937.339.5455, or go to www.troymainstreet.org.