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Monday, March 2, 2009

Hundreds participate in St. Francis’ annual Spirit of Women Day of Dance

BEECH GROVE, Ind. – Some made it a girls’ day out. Others came alone. While some moms shared the experience with their daughters.

More than 400 participants learned the latest dance moves and embraced new ways to get heart-healthy during St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers’ sixth annual Spirit of Women Day of Dance.

By all measures, the Feb. 28, held at the Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center in Beech Grove, was a resounding success, event organizers say.

“I'm knocked out by the number of participants who literally danced six hours straight! It was terrific,” said Michele Wood, manager of St. Francis’ Spirit of Women program.

WRTV-6’s health reporter Stacia Matthews kicked off the day welcoming participants to the sixth annual Day of Dance sponsored by St. Francis Hospital. She emceed the event and introduced dance instructors throughout the day.

Participants learned different types of dance ranging from contemporary dance by Julie Bandy Performing Arts Centre to salsa from IntoSalsa from a short routine from our own Indiana Pacemates. There also was Nia, swing and party dances.

Although the event, which promotes exercise and healthy living, was targeted to women, men also came to join in on the fun. Along with the dancing, several participants won door prizes from local sponsors.

More than 80 hospitals across the country sponsored Day of Dance in February as part of Spirit of Women, an elite network of hospitals nationwide committed to caring for women. The goal of the event is to offer an exciting and interactive way to get people moving through exercise that is creative, expressive and fun.

The 2010 Day of Dance is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 27.