HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A nationwide annual event which celebrates the connection between dancing and good health has reached a milestone...it's 10th anniversary. The "Day of Dance" is one decade old and Saturday, hundreds of dancers, health experts, vendors and spectators gathered at the Lake Terrace Convention Center to enjoy the health benefits of dancing, with dance performances, interactive dance sessions and celebrity dancing.
Forrest General Hospital's Spirit of Women is one of 60 sponsors across the country which host "Day of Dance" events.
"One out of every two women die of heart disease, it's the number one killer of women," said Kathy Emmons, Spirit of Women coordinator for Forrest General Hospital. "And so, it's very, very important for people to take care of themselves and keep their heart in good health," she said.
"(Dance is) a wonderful thing for you," said Kimberly Easterling, a Day of Dance participant. "I would recommend it for anybody who just wants to get out and have a great time, get some good exercise in," she said.
"(Dance) truly is cardiovascular," said Mike Spencer, another Day of Dance participant. "It involves all the different muscle groups of the body. It keeps you in shape, and it's fun to do and you can do it to just about any type of music there is," he said.
Forrest General's Spirit of Women was among the first three sponsors in the nation for the "Day of Dance."