WATCH: San Diego Unified Students Kick Off American Heart Association's New Dance Challenge

Posted: Thursday, June 20th 2019

Last month, San Diego Unified School District students, American Dance Movement founders Nigel Lythgoe, and Producer Adam Shankman, pop artist Lion Babe, the American Heart Association, and district officials took part in the nation’s first American Heart Association Kids Heart Dance Challenge at Roosevelt Middle School. The morning was filled with performances, choreography and dance demonstrations, along with the official dance challenge kick-off led by the Roosevelt students, and hosted by Russ Sperling, the district's Visual and Performing Arts executive director.

The new Dance Challenge will also serve as an extension of San Diego Unified’s Wellness Initiative. Now in its third year and thriving, San Diego Unified’s Wellness Initiative has provided health and wellness resources to more than 100,000 students, 10,000 staff members and families in San Diego Unified  resulting in several district schools earning the title of America’s Healthiest School from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Schools throughout the district and county are encouraged to follow Roosevelt Middle School’s lead and plan their own wellness campaign through the American Heart Association's Dance Challenge online tutorials. Participants are led by celebrity dancers Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Allison Holker, sisters Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, Bailey Sok and Tahani Anderson. The videos are packed with cardio-pumping dance steps to help students move their way to heart health through step-by-step dance routines.

For more information, and participation details click here or contact

Brittany Lotshaw

Dance Fundraising Director, American Heart Association


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