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Dance, Dance and Be Healthy: Celebrating Day of Dance

Posted Mar 28 2013 6:00am

There are many definitions of the word “dance,” but our favorite is one of dictionary.com’s: “a successive group of rhythmical steps or bodily motions, or both, usually extended to music.” 

That is the dance that will be done at Northwest Hospital ’s Day of Dance, part of its Spirit of Women program. This year’s event will actually be held in the evening of Thursday, April 11, and while it will be an opportunity to learn information that will improve your heart and musculoskeletal health, Day of Dance will be an occasion for some major FUN.

In its varying forms, dance is an art, and at Day of Dance we’ll experience many of these art forms through performances, demonstrations and crowd participation. Whether participants step to the rhythm of the music or step in-between beats, it doesn’t matter; we’ll all just be there to have fun.

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The evening’s featured artist will be Ubaka Hill, a performer and composer of music for percussion instruments, such as her signature “Ube” drum. Her music is inspired by Celtic, jazz, Latin, African, shamanic, folkloric, Aboriginal and contemporary elements, and the beats she creates will inspire you to tap and move to the rhythm. There will also be line dancing with Donna Wise and the Union Crew Line Dancers; demonstrations of modern baloque, hip hop, swing dancing and more from GeorgiaBoyDance with Sean Climer; Jazzercise (it’s not the ’80s workout you remember) with Rene Loeb; Zumba with Maisha McCoy; and group exercise with LifeBridge Health & Fitness instructors.

Attend Day of Dance , and you’ll likely never have this much fun learning how to be healthy. Medical experts will be on hand to answer your questions about health topics important to women, you’ll learn a dance that will help you remember the most common signs of a heart attack that women experience, and heart-healthy food and a wine bar will be on hand. Plus everyone will get a free goodie bag and be eligible for a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes, such as a 12-month membership to LifeBridge Health & Fitness!

Day of Dance will be at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown on Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Come and go as you please, but please register to let us know we can expect you. The event is free! Day of Dance Heart

Some of us haven’t danced in years, so now’s the time to Dance away the aches,
Get in the groove.
Dance away the pain,
Bend the waist,
Wriggle it if you dare.
Lift your hands … lift them high.
Throw your head back and
Dance the evening away.

(Poem by Cordelia Ewa)

-Written by Cordelia Ewa, Volunteer , Department of Marketing and Corporate Communications and Holly Hosler, Marketing Coordinator, Department of Marketing and Corporate Communications, LifeBridge Health

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