Happy National Dance Day everyone! In case you weren’t aware, the last Saturday of July has been National Dance Day (NDD) since 2010. That year Nigel Lythgoe (co-creator of So You Think You Can Dance and co-president of the Dizzy Feet Foundation) launched the holiday and on the first NDD, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton declared every last Saturday of July as the country’s official National Dance Day.
Perhaps there is some hesitation to participating in today’s events. We can hear them already: “Eh, I don’t really like to dance” or “I can’t dance!” Understandable. But with all of the benefits that come with dancing, we all certainly owe it to ourselves to try it out! Especially on our national holiday!
Here are a few reasons to get up and do a little dance today (and make it a habit!):
So today, get your dancing shoes on and get ready to dance the day (and night) away! Go to some of the official NDD events, create your own, or just get up and dance with your friends (or by yourself)! Events across the nation can be found here:
Events Celebrating National Dance Day
And the NDD dance can be seen and learned here:
National Dance Day: Beginner Routine Featuring Twitch
Now that you know about all the perks of dancing, there’s no reason not to! Be courageous and put your best foot forward!
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