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Stratford Steps Out For Performances On National Dance Day

Dancers from different studios gather together for a group picture at Stratford's Dance Day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Dancers wait to show off their skills. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
The audience participates in Zumba at Stratford's Dance Day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
The American Heart Association is on hand to teach about healthy lifestyles. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
The Fairfield Health Department teaches about healthy foods. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
That is what 5 pounds of fat looks like. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
ShopRite provides healthy food tips to remember when shopping. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Pledges are made to live for a healthier lifestyle. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A mother and daughter stick together to make their pledges to stay healthy. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Dancers take the stage and dance to Bruno Mars' song "Uptown Funk." Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Dancers from Double Up Dance Studio. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Children as young as 2 years old celebrate Dance Day in Stratford. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
The Edge Fitness Club hands out membership information. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Access Health CT offers information on healthy insurance Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
The little dancers take the stage for their performance. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Spectators watch the performances. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A set of dancers prepares to perform. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

STRATFORD, Conn. – Dancers from studios across Fairfield County turned out Saturday to strut their stuff and show off the health benefits of dancing on Saturday at National Dance Day in Stratford.

The free event at Paradise Green was sponsored by Get Healthy CT, a regional wellness coalition. It opened with a routine from Double Up Dance Studio, followed by many other dance groups.

“This dance day was really something amazing. It was nice to see dancers from different studios come out and celebrate the day,” Alexis Rodridquez said.

Gift baskets were raffled off to participants who earned tickets by making a pledge to live a healthier lifestyle.

A variety of different vendors set up tables during the event, including the Stratford YMCA, which explained the programs and activities available for children and adults of all ages. The American Heart Association was there reminding people to eat the right foods to stay healthy and help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

On display at the table for the Fairfield Department of Health was a footlong log-shaped yellow item that felt like a mound of jelly. It turned out to be 5 pounds of fat. Holding it up will make you think twice about what kinds of foods you eat and how they can affect your body.

Other dance performances were presented by CT Dance Conservatory, Fred Astaire from Trumbull, Stratford YMCA with Zumba, Carol Farrell School of Dancing, the Latin Rhythm Dance Studio, the Trumbull YMCA and Double Up Dance Studio. The highlight of the event was the National Dance Day Routine.

The National Dance Day in Stratford was sponsored by ShopRite, Stop & Shop, and Whole Foods Market Fairfield.

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