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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hundreds find all the right moves at Spirit of Women Day of Dance event

Dancing With The Stars choreographer led activities at all-day event

INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 500 participants got in step together to promote women’s heart health and wellness at the 10th annual Spirit of Women Day of Dance program sponsored by Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Led by Dancing With The Stars choreographer Chelsie Hightower women of all ages – and a few men – learned a variety of dance steps and aerobic moves at the all-day event, held Feb. 23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. She was joined the Pacemates, cheer squad for the Indiana Pacers, and WNBA Indiana Infernos Dancers,

“It was a spectacular day of dancing, laughter, friendship and fun all in the pursuit of better health and vitality," said Lori Warner, director of Women and Children’s Services for Franciscan St. Francis Health.  “We really enjoyed meeting new people in the community.”

Hightower has traded steps with a stream of, athletes and other well-known stars in her role as a partner/choreographer on Dancing with the Stars. She also was paired with Helio Castroneves – three time winner of the Indianapolis 500 – as they won top honors to cap the show’s fifth season.

Nearly 80 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.

Nearly 500 attended Day of Dance activities on Feb. 23.

Dancing With The Stars choreographer Chelsie Hightower
was this year's guest emcee.

Even youngsters got in step with the dances and aerobic
activities throughout the day.

Franciscan St. Francis Health staff were on hand to provide
health screenings throughout the day.

Chelsie Hightower took time out for photo opportunities
throughout the day.

Break times provided participants to network with one another.

Dude's got moves. Some brave males took time to participate
in what traditionally has been an all-female event.