Fly Kids, Inc. will hold a hip-hop dance camp Aug. 13 through 17 at the Glass Recreation Center, 501 W. 32nd Street.
Auditions to attend camp are being held at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Glass Recreation Center's all purpose room.
The FLY KiDS director, Kathy Wood, will be looking for dancers ages 9 to 16 who love to perform. No previous dance training is required.
There is no charge for attending summer camp or for lunch, snacks, and bottled water. Camp will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 through 17.
There will be a show for parents and friends at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 4 p.m. Friday. The public is invited to attend the shows.
Each year, professional hip-hop dancers are brought to Tyler to teach at the FLY KiDS summer camp. This year's camp is a five-day workshop featuring Chris Gamez, a former FLY Dance Company dancer and a member of Houston's world famous Havikoro crew.
Dancers will learn new hip-hop movement, tricks and choreography in 30 hours of instruction that will be used at competitions, TJC basketball games and more than 20 other events in the Tyler area and Dallas over the next 12 months.
The FLY KiDS program is free and covers all expenses except Converse All-Star performing shoes and a $10 per year fee to the Glass Recreation Center. There are two-hour rehearsals on Mondays and Wednesdays most weeks of the school year and some in the summer. In addition to teaching dance and performing skills, the program emphasizes the importance of goal setting, self discipline and hard work.
For more information, go to FLYKiDS.net and click on Summer Camp. For more information, contact Mike Wood at 713-419-4611 or email@example.com.
UT center scientist nabs grant for infection study
Jian Fu, Ph.D., a UTHSCT associate professor of biochemistry, will use the five-year grant from the NIH to investigate the role of an enzyme called Sirt1 in the inflammation process associated with septic shock. Sirt1 and other enzymes regulate the rate of chemical reactions inside a cell.
Fu thinks that understanding the role Sirt1 plays in inflammation caused by septic shock could lead to better ways to prevent this devastating disease.
About 750,000 cases of septic shock occur each year in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. It kills 40 percent of the adults and 25 percent of the children who contract it.
Septic shock occurs when a person is overwhelmed by a massive bacterial or fungal infection. In response, the body's immune system floods the bloodstream with infection-fighting chemicals.
However, these chemicals also cause widespread inflammation throughout the body. The inflammation triggers tiny blood clots that keep nutrients and oxygen away from vital organs. The organs stop working, blood pressure plummets, and the person can die.
Fu is one of about 30 biomedical researchers at UTHSCT. In the past two years, they were awarded more than $25 million in research grants to support their world-class programs investigating lung disease, cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, and aging. The NIH provided more than $11 million of those funds.
ETMC offering free fall prevention class Aug. 14
“Concerns over falling are particularly troublesome for the elderly, as each year, one in three adults over the age of 65 experiences a fall,” Ms. LaMay said.
Falls are a leading cause of injury-related deaths among the elderly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The good news is falls are largely preventable,” Ms. LaMay added. “By following a few simple steps, older adults can reduce their risk for falling and stay active and independent.”
A light lunch will be served. Free parking is available next to the ETMC Pavilion, at 801 Clinic Drive in Tyler. The gate opens at 11:30 a.m.
To preregister, call 1-800-648-8141 and press 2.