The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Education has launched a new summer program designed to teach ballroom dancing to inner city teens in the Birmingham area. The program is called 'Dance 4 Health.' As part of the program, more than 50 teens selected from the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club are receiving ballroom dance instruction this summer three times a week for six weeks.
The goal of 'Dance 4 Health' is to raise awareness among inner city teens about the importance of exercise and healthy diets, said 'Dance 4 Health' principle investigator UAB Assistant Professor Tamilane E. Blaudeau, Ph.D., from the UAB School of Education's Department of Human Studies.
The dance instructors include Sterling Burroughs from Champion Latin and Ballroom in Vestavia Hills and Blaudeau who, in addition to being a researcher, is a top pro-amateur ballroom dancer.
UAB 'Dance 4 Health' also will provide teens with health assessments and classes on how to make healthier food choices. The UAB program is supported with a $13,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation. UAB is among the six nonprofit agencies in Alabama to win grants from the foundation to develop programs that encourage Alabama children and teens to be more active.
Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham