Letter-to-editor by VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter
First Published in the Ballarat Courier, 24 February 2017.
Kicking off with White Night Melbourne, Swing City is now making its way to the Miners Exchange Building as part of White Night Ballarat on Saturday 4 March for another family-friendly all-night dance marathon. White Night Melbourne transformed the CBD into a wonderful world filled with vivid colour,music, dance and a big sense of community.
Down on Collins Street, the Swing City dancemarathon really got people's hearts pumping. The tango, jive, foxtrot and almost every social dance were on show for a night of fun, friends and movement on the dance floor. All night, crowds were taught how to bust a move, showing once again that dance is great way to get together and get moving.
Whether it's through dance, circus, or new technology, the arts are such a fantastic way to get active and meet new people. That's why VicHealth is supporting a whole range of events in February and March to do just that.
The fun continues on Sunday 12 March at the Arts Centre Melbourne with Fun Run - an afternoon jam-packed with amazing stage performances, music, dancing, lights, gold lycra and more. It's an amazing community spectacle that pushes one man to the limits of his endurance, while the rest of us cheer and bust a groove in support.
Art can be a fabulous mix of beauty, fun and physicality that takes somany different forms. So find an activity you love, make new friends and enjoy all the health and wellbeing benefits active arts can offer.
Jerril Rechter is CEO of VicHealth