D.A.R.E. Dance® Partners with Tavis Smiley’s Road to Health Expo™

March 15, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
D.A.R.E. Dance®, one of D.A.R.E. America's most innovative after-school programs announces its partnership with Tavis Smiley’s Road to Health Tour™, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Road to Health™ is a two-day multi-city health and fitness expo offering symposiums, seminars, performances and other inspiration for living a healthy lifestyle. It is free and open to the public. Professional D.A.R.E. Dancers, LA Kidstars will perform hip hop on the main stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, March 30 to over 5,000 students. The dance performance will include interaction with the audience focusing on the importance of staying healthy and free from drugs and violence.

“We are thrilled to partner with such an important organization with a similar mission to our own; to keep kids healthy and safe," says Jill Roberts, Director of D.A.R.E. Dance, D.A.R.E. P.L.U.S. and Youth Advisory Board. "D.A.R.E. America strives to provide kids with the knowledge to make good decisions and the D.A.R.E. Dance Program provides an outlet for children giving them a positive alternative to drugs and violence through the arts.”

D.A.R.E. Dance, now embarking on its seventh year, is a free after-school program offered in 75 schools nationwide. The program was established to bring kids a positive alternative to drugs and gang violence through the fun, healthy and expressive art form of dance. Since the program began over 18,000 students have participated in the dance classes and thousands of additional students, school administrators, parents and community leaders have attended the assemblies and performances.

More information on the Road to Heath Tour can be found at www.roadtohealthtour.com.
The D.A.R.E. Dance Program is affiliated with organizations such as Afterschool Alliance, Drug Enforcement Administration, National Guard and dozens of professional dance companies throughout the country. Since 2000, the D.A.R.E. Dance Program has received funding from American Express, General Mills, The J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, The Milken Family Foundation, News Corporation, Target Foundation, Verizon, Wal-Mart and numerous private donors. While these generous contributors have made D.A.R.E. Dance a possibility for so many, D.A.R.E. America is always seeking additional donations to help maintain and expand these programs. People who are interested in contributing to or finding out more information about the program are encouraged contact D.A.R.E. America directly at 1-800-223-DARE. Additional information is accessible at www.dare.com.