"It was a blast," said Davenport's Joni Schlue.
"I'm coming again next year," echoed Andrea Schafman of Milan.
Such was the enthusiasm near the end of Saturday's UnityPoint Health-Trinity's third annual Day of Dance event at the Davenport RiverCenter, where women's health information abounded among 20 booths, but dancing was the highlight.
"We came to dance," said Schafman."We picked up a bag with information, and we'll read it later. What I appreciated learning most were the different dance exercises you can do."
Like the participants, the program zipped right along, as 11 kinds of dances including Jazzercise, Irish jig, ballroom and even belly dancing were performed and witnessed between noon and 4 p.m.
Wayne Holst, 73 and a veteran ballroom dancer from LeClaire, laughed at accomplishing simultaneous firsts: doing Jazzercise and being the only male dancer on a floor with 50 women.
"That wasn't part of the plan, just a happy by product of coming to dance," he said. "Dancing is good exercise. I'm a little diabetic, so I have to work it off."
Holst's experience was part of UnityPoint Health-Trinity's plan to combine heart health information with fun.
"Most heart attacks and strokes are preventable," cardiac rehabilitation manager Dan Saskowski said. "It's all about moving more, sitting less and having fun doing it."
"People often think cardiovascular exercise has to be high intensity and involve running or a treadmill. It doesn't," said UnityPoint's Spirit of Women coordinator, Amy Pearson. "The key is to get your heart rate up. Dancing does that. It's fun, and the coordination helps the body and mind."
A Day of Dance is the biggest of eight annual events Pearson organizes for UnityPoint Health to promote women's health education.
"Women make 85 percent of health decisions for their immediate and extended families," she said. "Today's event ties into our mission of helping the health of the community we serve."
Linda Fleischman of Bettendorf specifically went to pick up information about post-stroke care, because her 44-year-old son, John, had a stroke this month. When asked what's the biggest thing she learned, she said, "What we need is for him to pay attention to his health."