Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is now a nation-wide, annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July to commemorate dance as an art form, a creative outlet, and a way to dance yourself to good health. The day encourages people to incorporate dance in their lives as part of a healthy, active lifestyle and pairs up with incredible non-profit cultural organizations like the Dizzy Feet Foundation to fund dance education and sponsor the next generation of dancers. Get ready because today there’s hundreds of events across the country—from flash mobs to free dance classes and live performances—no matter where you’re dancing or what kind of moves you like, you’re bound to find a way to get your groove on. Kick off those shoes and throw on some grooves, because it’s time to dance your heart out on National Dance Day!
National Dance Day Activities
1. Take a dance class
Ever wanted to swivel your hips like a salsa dancer or just loosen up a bit like a contemporary dancer? Today's the day to learn something new, so check out the local dance spots in your area to see if they offer a class. Most places offer classes for a wide range of levels so if you don't have the best rhythm, there's nothing to worry about! Time to boogie!
2. Dance movie marathon
Make it a date night and watch the ballet-meets-street-dance love story of Step It Up or Dirty Dancing. Invite a group of friends to watch a Hollywood favorite like Footloose or Black Swan—there's thousands of dance-inspired movies to choose from and enjoy.
3. Donate and make it possible for others to dance too
Dance non-profits rely heavily on donations to continue their work in sponsoring and creating dance programming. Since part of today recognizes the value these non-profits bring to dance, make their funding possible by giving a little bit away—anything helps to keep the boogying alive!
Why We Love National Dance Day
A. It's liberating
Dance is the only art form where you get to express yourself and experience true emotion through body and movement. It can be meditative, restorative, exhausting, emotional, or exciting. Having a bad day? Shake it off with some dance moves!
B. It helps our rhythm and beat
Dance teaches people about music, rhythm, and beat. As a result, they develop a better understanding of spatial relationships so it's a great activity for exercising both parts of your brain. Who knew your killer moves could make you smarter too?
C. It introduces us to new cultures
Different styles of dance can transport you from the dance studio to all around the world. It's an amazing social activity—you can meet so many different types of people by partnering, watching, or performing. Dance sure is trending in today's social scene.