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Campaign to get nation dancing

16th October 2009

The Department of Health has launched a campaign that aims to get 100,000 people in the UK more active through dance.

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It has signed up dance stars including Arlene Phillips, former Come Dancing presenter Angela Rippon, Capital Radio’s Lisa Snowdon and Strictly Come Dancing pro Darren Bennett as its Dance Champions Group.

The group, which will embark on a nationwide tour to get the country dancing, joined Public Health Minister Gillian Merron and Dance Champions Chair Rod Aldridge, to launch their campaign which aims to help get people fitter through dance in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

The Dance Champions Campaign will see free mass-participation dance-celebration events in each region.

The idea is to encourage those new to dance, and those who are used to dancing to become active.

Ms Merron said: “Our Dance Champions are some of the best known and leading talents of the dance world, but you don’t have to be a professional to enjoy dancing and feel the positive effect it can have on your health.

“People of all ages and abilities can get active to music and have a lot of fun too.”

She said the Dance Champions will help to make the Government’s Dance4Life campaign ‘come to life’ for many people across the country.

Arlene Phillips said: “We want to start a revolution to get the nation on their feet and onto the dance floor. Dancing is a great way to get fit and healthy and the Dance Champions want to get everyone involved.”

 

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