Nigel Lythgoe Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Judge of the hit FOX TV show – “So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD)” – is proud to announce that the 6th annual National Dance Day will take place on Saturday, July 25th and his Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Celebration of Dance Gala will take place the following week, August 1st in Los Angeles. Continuing the tradition of last year’s ground-breaking alliance of the nation’s leading cultural organizations in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., National Dance Day is proud to also partner with Eventbrite to help encourage Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives.
In Los Angeles, The Music Center is partnering with The Dizzy Feet Foundation to present the west coast’s flagship free celebration of National Dance Day for the fourth year in a row, featuring an all-day dance extravaganza with both performances and participatory elements. Dancers of all skill levels and ages are invited to join So You Think You Can Dance creator Nigel Lythgoe who will lead the crowd in the official National Dance Day routines. The day continues with the opportunity for audiences to learn repertoire from some of Los Angeles’ best dance companies and enjoy interactive performances by some of the finest young dance talent in Los Angeles. This includes San Pedro Ballet, which will showcase both its children’s group as well as its more advanced dancers, and also lead a demo at the event for National Dance Day participants. San Pedro Ballet’s most well-known former student is Misty Copeland, who was just named American Ballet Theatre’s first African American principal. The Music Center National Dance Day event also includes performances and a workshop by Invertigo Dance Theatre, which promotes physical and artistic empowerment by making dance accessible and fun for many underserved communities; as well as a workshop by Brisbane, Australia-based Bust A Move, an inclusive dance program for teens and young adults with disabilities. Bust A Move will also be dancing in Los Angeles as part of the Special Olympics World Games.
In New York, Dancer/Choreographer and SYTYCD Judge Adam Shankman will lead the festivities in front of Lincoln Center’s iconic Revson Fountain, and will also be joined by SYTYCD All Star Alex Wong in teaching dancers of all ages and abilities various dance routines as part of the New York celebration of National Dance Day.
This year’s celebration in Washington D.C. is in collaboration with the Kennedy Center’s 25/40 Celebration, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of VSA. A variety of artists will headline the festivities at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, including Baakari Wilder, tap dancer famous for his Broadway role in Bring in da Funk, Bring in da Noise; Antoine Hunter, Deaf African American choreographer; Culture Shock, a D.C. based hip-hop crew; Evan Ruggiero, one-legged tap dancer, singer, and guitarist and AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed physically integrated companies, along with SYTYCD Season 9 Alumni Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer. More information can be found online HERE.
As its official contribution to NDD, each year DFF produces and distributes instructional videos featuring dance routines for the public to learn. DFF encourages anyone and everyone to learn the routines and perform them on NDD. DFF also encourages the public to submit videos of themselves performing the routines. Select videos may be included on SYTYCD and can be submitted via DFF’s Facebook page. This year, DFF partnered with Eventbrite, the largest self–‐service global registration and events marketplace, to provide a place for anyone to create and promote their own NDD event. Those interested in creating a NDD event can visit Eventbrite to access an official NDD online event template and be featured in the nationwide 2015 NDD events directory. More information on how to become an official National Dance Day event can be found on DFF’s website.
About National Dance Day
Celebrated each year on the last Saturday in July, National Dance Day raises awareness about and encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun, positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. National Dance Day achieved national recognition when, in 2010, long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness.