July 28, 2012 02:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
The big day has arrived! And we’re not talking about the start of the Olympics; it’s National Dance Day! The brainchild of So You Think You Can Dance judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, this national celebration aims to get Americans up on their feet. How are dance enthusiasts joining in the fun? And how can you get involved? Keep reading to learn more about this exciting celebration!
It’s time to get your groove on, because today is National Dance Day! This grassroots initiative encourages people from all walks of life to get on their feet and move for the sheer joy of it. To accomplish this end, dance classes, flash mobs and other fun activities are held all across the nation. Dancers of all ability levels are encouraged to take videos of themselves performing and then post these to Facebook or YouTube. So You Think You Can Dance has commissioned both a hip-hop master class (taught be SYTYCD alum Lauren Gottlieb) and a Zumba routine for those not willing or able to choreograph on their own. Videos of these routines can be accessed on the Dizzy Feet Foundation website.
Why is National Dance Day important? According to the event’s official Facebook page, the goal of this movement is to “generate national awareness for dance, a medium of expression and storytelling which, through shows like So You Think You Can Dance, has proven its value in bringing individuals from all walks of life together through a positive platform that has no boundaries and cultivates imagination and passion. Most importantly, the day is intended to promote health and wellness nationwide.”
Sounds like a worthy goal to us! Will you be participating in the National Dance Day festivities? Feel free to share your plans or recap your experiences in the comments section below!
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