Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is now a national celebration that takes place on the third Saturday in September. It commemorates dance as an art form, a creative outlet, and a way to dance yourself to good health. The day, sponsored by American Dance Movement, encourages people to incorporate dance as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. Get ready because today there’s hundreds of events across the country on September 19 — 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 tunes, because it’s time to dance your heart out on National Dance Day!
National Dance Day Activities
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!
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 from which to choose and enjoy.
Donate and encourage others to dance
Dance non-profits rely heavily on donations to continue their work in sponsoring and creating dance programming. Since part of National Dance Day recognizes the value these non-profits bring to dance, do what you can to help the group's bottom line. Your donation literally brings the boogie!
Why We Love National Dance Day
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!
It's good for our rhythm and beat
Dance teaches people about music, rhythm and beat. As a result, you can develop a better understanding of spatial relationships so dance is a great activity for exercising both parts of your brain. Who knew your killer moves could make you smarter, too?
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.