Happy National Dance Day!
Did you know that this past Saturday, July 29th was National Dance Day in the United States? It’s a fairly new national holiday that I recently found out about. It was founded in 2010 by Nigel Lythgoe (yep, the judge and producer of So You Think You Can Dance?), and is a day decided to encouraging all Americans to include more dancing in their lives. An entire day devoted to dance sounds great to me, so here are some things you can do to celebrate and get the most out of the day!
Go To Class
The purpose of National Dance Day is to get more people to add dance into their lives, so if you’re already a dancer then, CONGRATS! You’re already a step ahead of millions!
Recruit a Friend
Do you have a friend who has expressed interest in dance, but hasn’t actually tried it yet? Then you can definitely use this day as an excuse to get them moving! If you’re a dancer, you already know how much fun it is, so it shouldn’t be too hard to convince them. Invite them to a class, take them to a party where you know there will be dancing, or even show them some steps you know!
Go Out and Dance
Going out for a night a dancing is another great way to celebrate the day. If you’re a well-versed social dancer then this weekend would be a good time for you to show off your moves. Even if you only know a few steps, you should still get out on the dance floor!
Learn a Dance
Every year, videos are posted on YouTube by the holiday’s organizers (Dizzy Feet Foundation) from which dancers can learn a choreographed routine. The routine is usually a fun and high energy hip-hop dance. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, you can learn the dance here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j3fyLMQVTc
Since all choreography doesn’t work for everyone (and National Dance Day should be for everyone), the organizers posted an adaptable version of the dance, as well. The dancer in the video goes through the moves and explains how she makes the choreography work for her. You can check out that video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YK6dMz9wPI Some people also like to post videos of themselves doing the choreography or their own variations, so if you’re feeling super ambitious you can also submit yours to YouTube!
Of course, if you’re not feeling like learning this choreography, you can still challenge yourself to learn a new ballroom step (or a something from your favorite style). Ask your instructor to show you some cool new moves!
You could invite a few friends over for a small dance party, or plan a get-together with your fellow dance enthusiasts. If you don’t feel like organizing your own, you can find a party to go to.
Don’t know of any parties happening? Well you’re in luck, because Celebrity Dance Studio is hosting a party next Friday, August 11th at 7pm. There will be music, dancing & food! Check out our website for more information on upcoming parties and events! www.celebritydancestudio.com
Have a Happy Dance Day! ^_^