DWTS choreographer joins Franciscan St. Francis for women’s fitness event, Feb. 23


Chelsie Hightower has helped numerous celebrity guests get in step on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars competition for more than five years. Now she’s bringing her expertise here for the 10th annual Spirit of Women Day of Dance.

The event, sponsored by Franciscan St. Francis Health, gets under way at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, inside the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St. The event, which continues through mid-afternoon, is for women of all ages, offering dancing and other aerobic activities which may help prevent heart disease.

Hightower, who will host the event, has traded steps with a stream of, athletes and other well-known stars in her role as a partner/choreographer on Dancing with the Stars. She also was paired with Helio Castroneves – three time winner of the Indianapolis 500 – as they won top honors to cap the show’s fifth season.

The fleet-footed choreographer’s career blossomed nationally in 2008, when she became a fan favorite on the So You Think You Can Dance television reality series.

Among those joining Hightower to lead activities at the Day of Dance are the Indiana Pacemates, cheer squad for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.

Refreshments will be provided, and participants are eligible to receive raffle prizes.

Admission to Day of Dance is free, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged as the number of participants will be limited to 550.

To register, call 317-782-4422, or go to http://www.franciscanalliance.org/health-resources/spirit-of-women/central-indiana/day-of-dance/Pages/default.aspx