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Spirit of Women to sponsor “Enhance Your Dance” an educational program for young dancers

April 04, 2014


 Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist

 (Office)  413-967-2296             (Cell) 413-237-6743



Ware (April 4, 2014) – Dance is a great outlet for creativity and physical exercise that can also build character and self-confidence.  A special evening devoted to the young dancer is planned for Tuesday, April 29, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.  Aiena Laya Bautista, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, who is also specially trained in the physical needs of the young dancer, will discuss dance injuries and prevention.


 “Extremely popular among youth of many ages, there are many different types of dance classes to choose from including modern dance, ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics,” noted Dr. Bautista.  “Young dancers are not just artists but athletes as well and as with any sport or exercise routine, dance can lead to overuse injuries,” said Dr. Bautista, a dancer herself who danced from grade school right through her college years.  


During this event, Dr. Bautista’s will provide information about the prevention and treatment of dance related injuries and the Enhance your Dance program she offers at the hospital which was developed to address the many physical demands that are placed on young dancers.  


 “Young dancers are encouraged to attend in their practice dance wear and dance shoes to join us for this special program designed just for them,” said Tracy Whitley, Manager of Loyalty Programs and the Spirit of Women Program. 


For more information, to register for this event, or to become a Spirit of Women member visit or call Baystate Health Link at  967-2488 or