GREENSBURG — Registered nurse Annie Wilkison, coordinator of Decatur County Memorial Hospital’s (DCMH) Spirit of Women (SOW) chapter, has decided against hosting a “featured performer” for the group’s 2014 Day of Dance, Feb. 22.
The 2013 Day of Dance featured circus performers, while Chinese acrobats performed in 2012. Going back a bit further, the event has also featured exhibitions by the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and the Indy Air Bears Jump Rope Team.
While Wilkison doesn’t necessarily view featured performers as a negative, in planning the annual event for 2014, she decided to forgo a headliner. In so doing, she hopes to return Day of Dance to the concept behind its original creation: “Get Up and Move.”
It’s no coincidence that Day of Dance is held during “American Heart Month,” which was first established by the US Congress in 1963 and first observed in February 1964. It’s also no coincidence that the SOW Heart Caring division plays a significant role in Day of Dance.
Day of Dance is a nationwide event, Wilkison explained, first held in 2005 by the national Spirit of Women organization. Based on the most recent numbers available at the group’s website (http://bit.ly/LSsRmq), in 2011, 75 hospitals hosted Day of Dance events, with more than 70,000 people participating.
Attendees benefit from a wide range of medical screenings and education available at Day of Dance; they also benefit from participating in heart-healthy activities.
Featured performers, Wilkison explained, are certainly entertaining, but they don’t encourage the type of physical participation Day of Dance is designed to encourage. Instead, at previous Day of Dance events, attendees might only watch the featured performer without sampling the Zumbathon, the indoor cycling exhibition, the Pilates demonstration or any of the other activities always available each year.
Although plenty of Day of Dance attendees always DO take part in the physical activities, Wilkison hopes to encourage even more participation.