Nine groups shined at the 9th Annual Praise Dance Festival at Word of Faith in St. Joseph.
In 2001, Pastor Robert Warren, and his wife Kimberly, started an organization called Mid City Excellence Community Learning Center.
Warren said the dance festival, and Mid City Excellence, work to bring something positive to the area.
"We want to show the youth that you don't have to wait until you grow up to be somebody. You are somebody now. We want to change the image of public perception that teens are getting in trouble all the time, and dropping out of school, and that's really not the fact," said Kimberly Warren.
Word of Faith is located at 604 S 20th St. in St. Joseph.