So you think you can dance? Prove it this Saturday by turning up your favorite tunes, grabbing your dancing shoes and bringing out your best moves to celebrate National Dance Day.
People all over Chicagoland will be taking to the streets to freestyle, salsa, hip hop, and meringue even more than usual in celebration of this day recently marked by a resolution in Congress.
July 30, 2011 has been proclaimed as National Dance Day. Introduced into Congress by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a long time proponent of creating a healthy lifestyle, National Dance Day was created to promote dance education and a physical fitness throughout the United States(1)
It’s orginal creator Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer and judge for the popular television show so You Think You Can Dance was hoping to create a grassroots effort encouraging communities of the young and old to show creative expression and their own individual spirit through Dance.
“It’s a wonderful way to stay healthy and have fun while doing it”, National Dance Day creator and SYTYCD Executive Producer/Judge Nigel Lygthgoe said on Thursday’s Top 20 results show.
National Dance is marked on the last Saturday of July. This is the second annual National Dance Day.
Local dance studios and communities are celebrating with special events, festivals, free dance classes, and fundraisers.
Chicago is marking the day with Chicago SummerDance. Chicago SummerDance is located in the Spirit of Music Garden in grant Park. at 601 s. Michigan Avenue. The event will run on Saturday evening from 6 to 9:30p.m. and features a one hour introductory dance lesson by a professional instructor followed by two hours of live music and dancing on a huge 4,900 square foot open-aired dance floor made of 100% recycled materials and designed by Chicago Ground Covers.
Admission is free for this event and this is a weather permitting event. If you can’t make it on National Dance Day, Chicago SummerDance runs Thursdays through Sundays until September 18, 2011.
To find out if this event is still going on you can call the SummerDance Hotline at 312.742.4007.
Whether you like ballet, hip hop, salsa, lyrical, or free style, it doesn’t matter grab your favorite song, maybe your favorite partner and dance!
Dance makes you feel good, helps your heart, and it’s fun too!
So get up and dance on National Dance Day!
Happy and Healthy, the Heather Way!
(1) Norton Introduces Resolution to Launch Annual National Dance Day