By Alex Fenton The dash youth, a loosely-organized group of young people, are back in town for an all-night party at the local park.
The theme is “Dynamo Dash,” a play on the original 1984 film starring Al Pacino.
There are also dancing animals and a musical performance by local singer-songwriter Jody Lewis.
“This is the biggest thing we’ve done all year,” says Dylan, a 15-year-old from South Carolina who helped organize the party.
“It’s the first time in a while that we’ve actually done something like this.
We’re really excited.”
This year’s event was originally supposed to be the culmination of a series of events that have been underway at the park for about three months.
But it was a surprise to some, and Dylan says he’s excited to share his story with others.
“The fact that it’s been so well received, it just makes me so happy,” he says.
“We’ve been told that we should be happy with this, but we are not.”
The Dash Youth, or Dash for short, are an informal community of youth in the town of Staunton, South Carolina, who meet to make fun of each other and play games.
There’s also a dance club, a local youth organization, and a food truck, but the biggest draw is the fun they have together.
“We have a lot of fun.
We have this amazing community that just gets together and just kind of plays with each other,” says 15-foot-tall dancer-song writer Jody.
“Everyone loves to be a part of it.”
For Dylan, this is his first time attending an all out party.
He says that the event started as a joke and turned into a group effort.
“A lot of people thought I was a prankster or I was just going to be one of those kids,” Dylan says.
“I just thought, what can I do for this community?”
“The Dash for Kids is a way for people to connect with other people, to talk to one another, and have fun,” says co-organizer and DJ Alex Fentons dad, James.
James says that he had a feeling the Dash would be an ideal event to share some laughs and some fun.
“It’s a way to get people together for something that’s just fun,” he adds.
“There’s a lot more people who are going to come to the park than we are.”
The first time the Dash attended the park, James says, there were just 20 people.
The group was quickly joined by other Dash-loving teens who joined James and Dylan on the dance floor, and the group grew.
“They’ve got this group of teenagers, and they’re all kind of like, ‘We can do this!
We can do that!
We’re gonna have a party!’
So it’s kind of a really fun group,” James says.
The party ended on Saturday, May 23, with a bang.
Dylan, James, and Jody were all so excited, they ended up spending the whole day at the party, taking turns dancing and doing tricks.
It was an incredible time for the group.
“Every time you see somebody else dancing, you’re like, this could be us, and this could even be another person,” Dylan explains.
The next day, the group returned to the party to celebrate with some friends.
The next night, the party was just as amazing.
“You can see these little kids out there who are doing their little dance tricks and then you see this big group of adults,” James explains.
“And you’re thinking, ‘Wow, that was a good party.'”
The Dash are the newest addition to the local community, and James says the community has been waiting for this for quite some time.
“If we were just here, we would have probably been gone for a long time,” James notes.
“So the Dash are really the first people to come out and participate in this.”