Feb. 23 event gets the feet and heart pumping

Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2013, 9:34 am
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By Laura Anderson Shaw, landerson@qconline.com

Whether you were born to dance or you were born with two left feet, there will be something for you Saturday at the RiverCenter in Davenport during the annualDay of Dance, presented byTrinity's Spirit of Women program.

The free community event will feature a variety of dance demonstrations, free blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) testing, health risk assessments and a health fair.

Scheduled dance performances and demonstrations include polka, swing dance with QC SoDa (Quad Cities Social Dancing), ballroom with Fred Astaire Quad Cities, Jazzercise, theMississippi Valley Country Dance Association, belly dancing with theAmate Troupe, Ballet Quad Cities, Zumba with QC Studio Z, Junior Miss Iowa Kilie Akers, body vive and body attack with the YMCA, Salsa Touch, the Mayer School of Irish Dance and hip-hop with theImani! Dancers Studio for Cultural Arts.

"We do it to showcase the cardiovascular benefits of dance," saidAmy Pearson, Trinity's Spirit of Women coordinator. The event is all about getting up and moving, she said, while also throwing in a bit of hand-eye coordination.

That is "also helpful for the heart," Ms. Pearson said.

Ms. Pearson said the demonstrations will essentially be half performance, half lesson as each group will teach attendees a few steps. Ms. Pearson said the Day of Dance illustrates the talent in the Quad-Cities within its variety of dance groups. "How fun to come and experience that and learn a few moves for free," she said.

Ms. Pearson said the Day of Dance "sneaks in some health events in there, too," with a variety of tests and assessments, some of which determine whether you are at risk for heart disease.

If someone is at risk, Ms. Pearson said, "(we can)catch them and get them to where they need to be."

About 600 people turned out for last year's event, Ms. Pearson said, and this year, she expects the same or more. "It was just a lot of fun," she said, adding that families and folks of all ages attended.

She hopes that the people who came last year will return this year, bring their friends, and learn a little bit while they're there.

A news release from Trinity cites that the Report of the Surgeon General on Physical Activity and Health, which was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1996, states that more than 60 percent of American adults are not regularly physically active.

"In fact, 25 percent of all adults are not active at all," the release states.

But there are significant health benefits in getting a moderate amount of physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week, according to the release.Physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, diabetes and more, as well as improving mental health and the overall health of muscles, bones and joints.

Ms. Pearson hopes that event goers will take that home with them, and learn that "they need to get up and move and be heart healthy."

If you go:

-- What: Day of Dance, presented by Trinity’s Spirit of Women.

-- When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

-- Where: RiverCenter, Mississippi Hall, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport.

-- Cost: Free.

For more information and a schedule of dance demonstrations, visit trinityspiritofwomen.org and click the "Day of Dance" link. For more information about Trinity's Spirit of Women events and membership, call 309-779-2067 or visit the website.



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