Celebrating National Dance Day the Canadian Way
National Dance Day in the United States was created by Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and judge for the So You Think You Can Dance television series. It was introduced to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S. They had three choreographers come up with 3 routines of differing difficulties and invited all of America to learn them off of YouTube and then join them on National Dance Day to perform these routines at different venues all over the country.
National Dance Day has become an annual grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to get out and move. This event occurs on the last Saturday of July and this year, the third annual National Dance Day will take place on July 28, 2012. The Dizzy Feet Foundation, sponsor of National Dance Day, has commissioned two routines for this year, including a Hip-Hop Masterclass and, for the first time, a Zumba routine. In association with the National Dance Day, a number of local dance celebrations have sprung up all over the United States as well.
But why limit National Dance Day to the US?
Last year, Vancouver wanted to show the SYTYCD team that Canadians loves to dance too and in honor of National Dance Day, a flash mob was organized just outside of Stanley Park. This year, cities across the Canada are beginning to catch the spirit in addition to Vancouver, dance enthusiasts in Toronto, Montreal and even Midland, Ontario are jumping on board.
Dance is a great way to stay fit and healthy, it allows dancers to express themselves in ways that words can’t capture and it can unite people from all walks of life. No matter what your age, skill level or experience, on July 28th, grab your shoes and your best dance buds and no matter where you live, get out and dance!!!