More than 250 people participated in the first-ever Day of Dance hosted by The Spirit of Women®program of Columbus Regional Women and Children’s Center on Feb. 26. A signature event of the Spirit of Women program, Day of Dance is a family event that combines the fun of dancing to different kinds of music, such as Latin, Indian and hip hop, with health screenings and consumer education on heart disease and other topics.
Day of Dance offered a sampling of participatory dancing including Zumba®, meringue, salsa, ballroom, Indian Kathak, line dancing, hip hop and hula, to give participants the opportunity to try a variety of dances they may not have experienced before. In addition, the event featured performances by the Columbus Ballet, the Kali Anjali Indian Cultural Center and Pedro Rodriguez, among others.
Day of Dance also offered eight health screenings, including stroke risk assessment, cardiovascular risk assessment, glucose, blood pressure, Body Mass Index, Peripheral Artery Disease, Ankle Brachial Index and sleep disorders risk assessment.
“This was the perfect opportunity for women to spend a fun day with their friends or their families, to get moving and perhaps experience some new dances they’ve never tried before,” said Debbie Buckner, director of the Community Benefit Department at Columbus Regional Healthcare System. “What’s more, they had access to health screenings that can help them detect their personal warning signs of risk factors for a variety of health issues so they can take the necessary steps to avoid life-threatening diseases.”