In a ground-breaking alliance bringing together three of the nation’s leading cultural organizations, National Dance Day events will kick off in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C on Saturday, July 26 to encourage Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives. Jenna Elfman will host the Washington D.C event at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. “So You Think You Can Dance” break-out stars tWitch and Allison Holker will host the New York City event slated to take place at the Lincoln Center. Achinta McDonaldwill lead the Los Angeles event slated to take place at Grand Park which will be the West Coast’s largest National Dance Day event. All National Dance Day events are entirely free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Jenna Elfman, a classically trained dancer who has spent the better part of her life dedicated to dance said, “Dance has helped me through my career, my personal life and in my life as an artist. It is so liberating to use one’s body to communicate ideas and emotions, converting such into a creative sphere, whether one is exactly trained in dance or not. Dance can take one out of their problems and put their attention outward into a more aesthetic existence and I am so happy to be part of National Dance Day celebrations in D.C and the Dizzy Feet Foundation!”
In 2010, Nigel Lythgoe introduced the idea of a National Dance Day to the U.S. Congress in in order to promote dance as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D, Washington DC) proposed a resolution in the House of Representatives, National Dance Day was officially adopted. It occurs annually in America on the last Saturday in July. It has become a grassroots event that belongs to the people. National Dance Day encourages everyone from 8 to 80 years old to get up and dance. In recent years, thousands across the nation have participated in dance flash mobs and community dance events they have organized in their home cities to celebrate the positive power of dance.