About The Dances

A Farewell Note from Theresa

In 2005, I had a thought about what was missing from the field of diabetes: prevention and management, and being active in a way that involves and includes everyone. It was called Dance Out Diabetes!

We started something innovative. We brought the diabetes clinic to the dance floor. We helped to prevent and manage diabetes. We made many friends. For this we are be proud.

We will be publishing our outcomes from last year in the near future to contribute to the body of diabetes literature showing the science behind what we have accomplished.

I am in gratitude to the entire DOD family for this experience, from those who were there 10 years ago, to all those early board meetings, to our launch, to the donors and sponsors, to all our dedicated volunteers, to the participants and your circle of support, to Kenzie – my right arm behind the scenes, to all the diabetes educators and those we’ve mentored along the way, to founding and existing Board of Directors, with special mention to Michelle Barth and last, but certainly not least, Rosie (aka DJ Charis) who have been there since day 1. I could not have done this without your unwavering support. Our lives have changed forever. My hope is that Dance Out Diabetes touched your life and added positivity and inspiration.

Diabetes Catalysts

If you would like to stay connected, Theresa is opening a virtual private practice. She has organized and will lead a team of expert certified diabetes educators in providing diabetes education and weight management (you probably have already met some of them, like Michelle Barth and others!). This will be done over the phone, by Skype, email and text – whichever methods you prefer, at times that fit into your schedule. Diabetes is not convenient, and sometimes you don’t want to interrupt your work or life schedule to navigate across town to a program. Select evenings and weekend appointments will be offered.

Check out www.diabetescatalysts.com to learn more. Our mission is: Customizing Solutions for Well-Being. For the DOD family, Theresa will offer 25% off through June 2016. Just tell her your participant ID to qualify.

Additionally, Theresa will put together a newsletter at some point and invite DOD family to opt in or out.
If you’d like to stay in touch with her social media musings, check out Theresa’s professional pages:
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

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Alessandra
 Join us for our final dance, Tarantella, with Alessandra Belloni!In this dance featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals participants will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines.Participants will get a FREE $277 value health check-up at the beginning of the event. This includes blood pressure, weight, A1C test (3-month glucose average), glucose and access to certified diabetes educators.

Where: The African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF, CA 94102). Free parking.

Contact: Theresa at 877-765-4386 or tgarnero@danceoutdiabetes.org


More about Alessandra’s Tarantella Class:

Alessandra presents these unique dance movements, which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

Representing an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present these dance movements embody and culminate the different dance traditions, which we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance and Tribal Dance. Participants should prepare to be enraptured by these exciting and healing dances. If possible, participants should wear white clothes to help facilitate the feeling of being part of a “ritual.”

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements, which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.

Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

 

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Arnel Tai ChiTai Chi as Dance is a style of the traditional Tai Chi forms that are popular in China and Taiwan and have recently been introduced to the U.S. It blends classic Chinese choreography with Tai Chi forms of exercise, and it contributes to goals of increasing body flexibility and strength, improving your balance, and of achieving serenity and self-confidence. Join in this graceful dance with Group Exercise Fitness Instructor Arnel Valle!

Participants will get a FREE $277 value health check-up at the beginning of the event. This includes blood pressure, weight, A1C test (3-month glucose average), glucose and access to certified diabetes educators.

Where: The African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF, CA 94102). Free parking.

Contact: Grace at 877-765-4386 or grace@danceoutdiabetes.org

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DJ CharisDance, shout and shake your body down to the ground! DJ Charis will play the classics from two ’80s icons: Michael Jackson and Prince. Bring your best moves to this free-style dance and don’t stop til you get enough.

Participants will get a FREE $277 value health check-up at the beginning of the event. This includes blood pressure, weight, A1C test (3-month glucose average), glucose and access to certified diabetes educators.

Where: The African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF, CA 94102). Free parking.

Contact: Grace at 877-765-4386 or grace@danceoutdiabetes.org

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Elsa Rivera (salsa)

Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance that has been done in Brazil since its inception in the late 19th century. Considered one of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions, samba has become an icon of Brazilian national identity, and it is the dance of celebration and joy at carnival celebrations in Rio.

For a $10 donation ($5 if you can’t afford), participants will get a $277 value health check-up at the beginning of the event. This includes blood pressure, weight, A1C test (3-month glucose average), glucose and access to certified diabetes educators.

Where: The African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF, CA 94102). Free parking.

Contact: Grace at 877-765-4386 or grace@danceoutdiabetes.org

 

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Allen Isidro from Dance-a-thonAllen Isidro is back with more line dancing fun! Join us May 9th to learn a dance style which involves a repeated sequence of steps, where a group of people dance in several rows, taking the same steps at the same time to a mix of popular music. Allen will offer a fun, new approach to low-impact exercise in his American Line Dancing class!

For a $10 donation ($5 if you can’t afford), participants will get a $277 value health check-up at the beginning of the event. This includes blood pressure, weight, A1C test (3-month glucose average), glucose and access to certified diabetes educators.

Where: The African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF, CA 94102). Free parking.

Contact: Grace at 877-765-4386 or grace@danceoutdiabetes.org

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Elsa RiveraJoin us for Hot Hula, a total body workout inspired by dances of the Pacific Islands. It incorporates easy to perform dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with funky Reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout.

For a $10 donation ($5 if you can’t afford), participants will get a $277 value health check-up at the beginning of the event. This includes blood pressure, weight, A1C test (3-month glucose average), glucose and access to certified diabetes educators.

Where: The African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF, CA 94102). Free parking.

Contact: Grace at 877-765-4386 or grace@danceoutdiabetes.org

 

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Jackie Wise Zumba Gold  Join us for Zumba Gold with Jackie Wise! Zumba is a dance
fitness program that combines Latin and international music
with steps based on salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton and
samba that makes exercise fun. The “Gold” part means it is an
easier version of Zumba. Of course, Zumba is a blast and an
easy way to burn calories while having fun!

For a $10 donation ($5 if you can’t afford), participants will
get a $277 value health check-up at the beginning of the
event. This includes blood pressure, weight, A1C test (3-month glucose average), glucose and access to certified diabetes educators.

Where: The African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF, CA 94102). Free parking.

Contact: Grace at 877-765-4386 or grace@danceoutdiabetes.org

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Anita Belly DanceJoin Dance Out Diabetes and Anita Lalwani in a hip-swaying, shoulder-shaking Belly Dance Class! Belly Dancing is a Western name for a traditional West Asian/Middle Eastern form of dance. This low-impact cardiovascular class is a great way to strengthen muscles throughout the body!

For a $10 donation ($5 if you can’t afford), participants will get a $277 value health check-up at the beginning of the event. This includes blood pressure, weight, A1C test (3-month glucose average), glucose and access to certified diabetes educators.

Where: The African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF, CA 94102). Free parking.

Contact: Grace at 877-765-4386 or grace@danceoutdiabetes.org

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2015 Postcards are Here!

by Kenzie on January 10, 2015

DOD 2015 post card frontSee what we’re doing in 2015!

If you’re in the San Francisco area and you’d like to have some postcards mailed to you, please contact Grace at 1-877-765-4386 or grace@danceoutdiabetes.org

You can also download the 2015 dance schedule here.

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