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Thursday, February 24, 2011

St. Francis Health Day of Dance measures success with 1,200 busy feet

PLAINFIELD, Ind. – While some moms shared the experience with their daughters, others made it a girlfriends’ day out – and some even came alone. The 600 attending the Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Spirit of Women Day of Dance found all the right moves.

Sarah Fisher, professional race car driver, jump-started the Feb. 19 event into high gear by welcoming participants to the eighth annual Day of Dance sponsored by Franciscan St. Francis. She emceed the event and introduced dance instructors throughout the day.

Participants learned different types of dance ranging from Nia instructed by Robia Cora of Franciscan St. Francis to Zumba instructed by Karem Heath from Capitol Sports Fitness Center to a short warm-up routine by Indiana Pacers cheerleaders, the Pacemates. There also was belly dance, salsa and square dancing.

Although the event, which promotes exercise and healthy living, was targeted to women, men also joined in on the fun. Along with the dancing, free health screenings were offered by Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center.

“This Day of Dance event had significant WOW factors from the number of participants, the stage and our celebrity emcee. It was a spectacular day of dancing, laughter, friendship and fun all in the pursuit of better health and vitality," said Michele Wood, manager of St. Francis’ Spirit of Women program.” “We really enjoyed meeting new people in the community.”

More than 70 hospitals across the country sponsored Day of Dance in February as part of Spirit of Women, a 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.

2012 Day of Dance is slated for Feb 25, 2012.