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Since the onset of COVID-19, taking dance lessons has become more difficult. This is particularly true for those who want to learn to dance. Many fitness YouTubers have been creating more videos related to choreography tutorials and dance workouts. 

One Dance studio that has been gaining worldwide attention is STEEZY Studio, which offers dance classes online. STEEZY Studio was founded in April 2014 by Evan Zhou the CEO of the company. Evan’s goal is “ to make dance the next big sporting and fitness category, starting with online classes with the world’s best dance instructors to teach people the basics of dance” (STEEZY Blog). 

STEEZY Studio has been trending on many social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube,  and Tiktok. On their social media pages, they upload videos of Instructors doing/teaching choreography, offering how-to tutorials, and of course, there are a ton of dance clips. STEEZY Studio’s YouTube channels have 764k subscribers. STEEZY  studio mainly uploads tips for beginners, Do’s and Dont’s when dancing, and videos featuring their instructors freestyling and coming up with choreography to different songs. 

With the amount of promotion STEEZY Studio does on all of their social media platforms, they decided to take the next step and create their own App. This is ideal for anyone with a device to start dancing in the comfort of their own home and at their own speed. They are becoming the number one dance studio to use on your smartphone, iPad or TV. Once users download the STEEZY Studio app they can decide to begin learning different dances. The free account offers access to limited classes and dance styles. However, with a premium account, users have access to more choreography, dances, and classes.

I love to dance. Growing up, I took my first dance lesson when I was thirteen years old. Unfortunately, I ended up experiencing a Sickle Cell crisis because I turned my leg too fast during a dance move, without stretching before I started. After the incident, I stopped all dance lessons and continued on with other hobbies. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I missed dancing and began to look for online classes. Shortly, after this, I came across STEEZY Studio on the app store and downloaded it. Currently, it has been a few weeks since I started using the app to learn the fundamentals of Hip-Hop.  STEEZY Studio has also helped me memorize dance moves and become familiar with the basics. 

Since you can learn from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace, there is no reason why you shouldn’t try it. Personally, it has helped me be more confident in my dancing abilities. Rather than following along in a dance class and trying to remember the moves on my own, I highly recommend STEEZY Studio to anyone that has a passion for dance.

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Citations 

STEEZY Blog. (2021). Retrieved 29 September 2021, from https://www.steezy.co/blog

Click here to SCAN this blog entry about a non-profit organization! 

Sickle Cell Action Network (SCAN) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2014, by Merrick Palmer who is currently the president of the organization. The primary goal of this non-profit is to spread community awareness while providing support for families that are affected by Sickle Cell Disease. SCAN believes the internal cultural stigmas towards Sickle  Cell have affected the efforts of caregivers, medical professionals, and educators who need  continuous financial support to serve the Sickle Cell Community. 

Through collaboration, SCAN continually works with audiences around the world to host their events. These include World Sickle Cell Day and other gatherings at public places that educate young children and families about Sickle Cell Anemia. These events explain what it is as well as the different kinds of help that are available. By hosting events such as these, the next generation will be better informed and equipped to use the information they learn to find more effective treatment options. 

What is Sickle Cell Disease? Why was The Sickle Cell Action Network (SCAN) Founded?

With all this talk about Sickle Cell Anemia, you may be wondering what it is, I am here to give you a crash course about Sickle Cell Anemia/Disease and how it works. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), also known as Sickle Cell Anemia, is a hereditary (inherited) disease which causes a drastic change to the oxygen carrying hemoglobin in the red blood cells. 

Due to the changes in hemoglobin levels, red blood cells end up forming into a crescent moon shape. This means that the affected red blood cells carry less oxygen, compared  to healthy normal red blood cells. Sickle Cell Disease can often lead to Crisis, where the affected red blood cells, shaped like a crescent moon, get stuck in an airway. This, in turn,  causes chronic body pain, which can last for a short or long periods of time. 

This Image explains how a crisis starts and difference between normal red blood cells and affected red blood cells 

Sickle Cell Disease is connected with a number of acute and chronic health problems such as infections, Crisis (Chronic Pain), severe pain, and strokes. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) occurs when a person ends up inheriting two abnormal copies of the hemoglobin gene, one from each parent. 

Let’s dive into why the organization was founded! The Sickle Cell Action Network (SCAN) was founded because of a young girl named Tey Palmer who was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia at a young age. Interestingly, Tey’s Anemia is not hereditary.  Neither one of her parents, Merrick Palmer and Loryy-Ann Watson, have an abnormal copy of the hemoglobin gene. 

When Tey was born, her spleen; the organ that is responsible for fighting off bacteria in the body, grew too quickly. Due to the rapid growth rate, Tey had to grow up without a spleen. So, she takes certain medications daily to help manage her anemia. As a result, her whole family had to learn all they could about Sickle Cell Anemia in order to help their daughter. To learn more about this story, click here.

SCAN Social Media Platforms

If you want to learn more about Sickle Cell Anemia or SCAN as a whole, click these links.

Facebook: Do you want to find out more about SCAN and what they do? Click here 

Twitter: World Sickle Cell Day is happening this month. Click these links to learn more.

Citations: 

(2021). Retrieved 21 September 2021, from https://www.scanspeaks.com/

What is sickle cell anaemia?. (2021). Retrieved 21 September 2021, from 

https://www.yourgenome.org/facts/what-is-sickle-cell-anaemia