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The sound of a billion feet ... well, almost

Members of the Adirondack Liturgical Dance Troupe  started off 1 Billion Rising for Justice at the Champlain Centre mall Feb 15.

Members of the Adirondack Liturgical Dance Troupe started off 1 Billion Rising for Justice at the Champlain Centre mall Feb 15. Photo by Shawn Ryan.

— Plattsburgh was part of a world-wide event last weekend, meant to shine light into the dark world of domestic violence.

One Billion Rising for Justice is a world-wide dancing event, held at the same hour in countries across the globe. Sponsored locally by Clinton County STOP Domestic Violence, 1 billion Rising was held at the Champlain Centre mall Feb. 15.

“It’s about bringing our voice to the world stage to celebrate the power of people to stop domestic violence, and say that we’re not going to put up with it any more in the world” said Susan Kelley with STOP. “The idea is to take up space and dance, because we all have the right to our space.”

The three-hour event featured dancing from the Adirondack Liturgical Dance Troupe, a Zumba class, Masouda World Dance Ensemble belly dancers, Guibord’s North Country School of Dance, Lake Placid School of Ballet and Dance, and Salsa dancing.

The event also corresponds with Teen Dating Violence Month, which hopes to bring light to the growing problem of teen violence.

“It’s not just about the adult generation, it’s about the generations to come,” said domestic violence advocate Sylvia Hough.

STOP had a table set up adjacent to the dancers where they were giving out informational materials. Small to not-so-small crowds gathered throughout the event, held in the food court.

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