July 26, 2014 is National Dance Day. That’s right, us dancers have our own day! I don’t know about you, but that gets me very excited. National Dance Day (NDD) was started in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation, co-president, Nigel Lythgoe. “So You Think You Can Dance” happens to be my favorite show on television right now. I’m always amazed how tap dancers or b-boy dancers can do these fancy ballroom dances or jazz routines when they never had any training before! I guess some people are just born with it.
National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. NDD achieved national recognition when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a long time proponent of healthy lifestyles, announced at a press conference on July 31, 2010, in Washington, D.C. that she was introducing a congressional resolution, declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.
Each year, Dizzy Feet Foundation joins with the Music Center in Los Angeles for a west coast celebration at downtown’s Grand Park, while Senator Eleanor Holmes hosts events at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This year they are announcing a new partnership with Lincoln Center in New York City through the Lincoln Center Out of Doors program.
If you are interested in going to one of these events, just go to dizzyfeetfoundation.org. Updates about the events take place at each of these locations on the site. You may also access information about the festivities through the websites for Grand Park, Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center and Senator Holmes Norton. There is no need to RSVP. These activities are free and open to the public. If you are not near any of these locations, no need to worry. NDD is for everyone!
Be creative, grab your friends, a boom box and head to the park. Go to the gym on that day and take that Zumba class you always wanted to try. Next Saturday is the perfect day. Do something charitable using dance. Organize a Flash Mob in your area. Host a dance-a-thon or raise money for kids to have more access to dance. And my favorite organization for raising money so kids can have more access to dance is the Fordney Foundation. We would be pleased to accept donations on behalf of children and dance – anytime. As for me, I will be heading out to Topanga Canyon for a special event in honor of NDD with some friends.
Happy Dance Day to all our friends,
Thought Of The Week:
Our true nationality is mankind – H.G. Wells