Kohl’s Gotta Dance has openings for its Modern Dance classes. It is an expressive style of dancing. Classes are free and open to first through eighth graders.

Kohl’s Gotta Dance, a partnership between HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares®, is a fun and innovative way to help address childhood health and wellness in our community. Classes are held weekly for 26 weeks. Students have the opportunity to perform live and participate in a grand finale performance called Rising Stars.

“Through this program, we’ve seen children and adolescents take a risk to try something new, overcome fears, develops a new skill set, make new friends, improve their self-esteem and learn essential life skills like problem-solving and decision making,” said Kim Luz, divisional director of community outreach at HSHS St. John’s Hospital.

The community collaboration includes skilled instructors from Springfield Dance, Studio M Dance Centre and Tracey and Heather’s Dance Synergy. Other partner organizations include Real Life Church, Clear Lake Church of Christ and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois. Kohl’s Gotta Dance has provided an opportunity to help children of many different abilities and disabilities learn ways to exercise and have fun.
 
One participant’s mother said, “My daughter’s outlook has changed tremendously. On the dance floor, she becomes more confident.”
 

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About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
 
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org

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HSHS Illinois
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