Celebrate National Dance Day
3rd Annual Event on July 28th
By Marie Cauley
If you’re a fan of So You Think You Can Dance, you may already know about National Dance Day. It’s a day to celebrate the art of dance across the country in all of its many forms and get an amazing workout at the same time.
Since the first two have gone so well, this year’s event will be bigger than ever. The West Coast’s largest National Dance Day celebration will be held in Los Angeles at Grand Park, while other cities across the United States will hold their own celebrations. To find out if there is an event in or near your city, please check the Dizzy Feet Foundation Facebook page. New cities are being added every day.
The Facebook page is also where you can submit your own group or individual videos, performing the official 2012 dance routines. The first is a Hip-Hop Master Class taught by SYTYCD alumni Lauren Gottleib, Lauren Froderman, and Brandon Bryant. The second is a Zumba Fitness Routine. Both instructional videos can be found at the Dizzy Feet Foundation website for your learning pleasure. If you submit your video to the Facebook page, you may even spot yourself on an upcoming episode of So You Think You Can Dance!
In conjunction with the day’s activities, the foundation will also hold its 2nd annual Celebration of Dance Gala that evening. Among the acts performing are the American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, the cast of Step Up Revolution, and many SYTYCD favorites, including the well-loved Alex Wong/Twitch Hip-Hop routine “Get Outta Your Mind”, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo.
Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the foundation, which funds and supports dance education programs for children and organizations in underserved areas. They also provide scholarships for dance students at accredited and nationally regarded dance institutions. Dizzy Feet was founded in 2009 by SYTYCD producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe, along with others well-known in the dance world such as Katie Holmes, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Adam Shankman. Their goal is to improve and increase access to dance education across the United States.
If you are in the Los Angeles area and would like to attend the Gala, you may purchase tickets at the Dizzy Feet Foundation. Prices vary from General Admission to VIP, so there is something available for every budget.
So on July 28th, drop everything you’re doing and start dancing, even if there aren’t any official events scheduled in your area. You’ll burn a lot of calories … and you’ll enjoy yourself so much you won’t even realize you’re exercising!