Get Excited for National Dance Day

So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe would like to declare July 31, NATIONAL DANCE DAY.

WHAT: NATIONAL DANCE DAY, a grassroots initiative that encourages the nation, young and old, to move!  Individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the nation come together through their creative expression in dance.  Any style of dance is welcome and imagination is recommended in order to get the most out of this celebratory day.

WHEN: Saturday, July 31

WHY: To continue to generate national awareness for dance, a medium of expression and storytelling which, through shows like So You Think You Can Dance, has proven its value in bringing individuals from all walks of life together through a positive platform that has no boundaries and cultivates imagination and passion. Most importantly, the day is intended to promote health and wellness nationwide.

Nigel has been tweeting up a storm about National Dance Day, a.k.a. D-Day. He said the goal is to “prove that the ‘Power of Dance’ can MOVE an entire Country!” So get up off the couch and put on your dancing shoes on July 31st. Share your D-Day ideas in the SYTYCD forums and stay tuned to this site for more information to come.


265 comments on “Get Excited for National Dance Day“

  1. Mima Dance - wrote:

    National Dance Day Saturday 30 Jul at Sand Dunes Dance Hall, El Paso, Texas. We would like to see all El Paso sing and dance!

    7/26/2011 5:07 PM UTC

  2. Debra Opland McLane - wrote:

    July 20, 2011

    Dear Mr. Nigel Lythgoe and All Those with So You Think You Can Dance:

    This letter is to inform you that we will be dancing with you in the Black Hills, SD, on National Dance Day, July 30, 2011! We applaud your efforts to counteract obesity; to encourage physical fitness, health; to build self-esteem through the art forms of music and dance—two universal languages humanity can share as we learn to communicate peacefully.

    Personally, as a forever fan of So You Think You Can Dance; I love to dance, love to watch stories expressed through music and movement! Professionally, I am an educator, specializing in the fields of peace education, social emotional learning, and Indigenous studies. After teaching three years on Lakota Reservations, I am now Educational Program Consultant with ChildFund International. Our Northern Plains Area Office, Rapid City, SD, benefits 3,000 children living in poverty in four SD communities: Lakota Homes in Rapid City and reservations that share borders with the three poorest counties in the U.S.: Pine Ridge in Shannon, Rosebud in Todd, and Cheyenne River in Ziebach.

    According to the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), thirty-seven percent of the adult American Indian population in SD was obese in 2009, above the national average. Accounting for differences in obesity risk, socioeconomic status plays a key role. Placed on reservations, these people were robbed of their subsistence and nomadic lifestyle; physical fitness of the hunt and a healthy diet based upon buffalo. Our Area Strategic Plan documents the long-term effects such poverty and oppression has within deprived, excluded, and vulnerable populations–especially among children exposed to violence, life-threatening events, traumatic losses—a pervasive atmosphere of pain, anger, and shame—all of which lead to low self-esteem and an increase of high risk behavior. A vicious cycle often repeated for generations. At ChildFund we encourage participation in program activities which promote cultural identity, increase resiliency skills, develop support networks, and communities to protect the children. Thus, we empower young people, hoping that each can gain a sense of self worth–of belonging to their community and the world.

    In this spirit we join National Dance Day at the grassroots level. Our event, called Dancing Round the Circle of Life, takes place Saturday, July 30, 2011, from 1 to 5 pm, at the Youth Development Program Center in Rapid City; to raise funds for Center renovation, building a safe place designed by the children, for the children—benefiting self and community. Another ChildFund affiliate–Oyate Networking Program, Rosebud Reservation, St. Francis, SD–plans a Summer Prom the evening of July 29, 2011; a formal affair with youth designing attire/hairstyles, organizing feast and dance. We hope to organize such dance events on a biweekly/monthly basis.

    Although our celebration follows Lakota PowWow tradition, we intend to feature multicultural dance presentations, including Lakota dancers, belly dancing, East Indian, Celtic, and more. Like PowWows, our intent is to bring people together for a common purpose; a place to celebrate life, to feast and dance, to get well, to feel good about self and others—a place of good spirits.

    In Lakota Wopila means a special Thank You. Mitakuye Oyasin translates as We Are All Related. My Lakota friends honor me by saying I have an Indian Heart. I like to think I have a Human Heart. We all do. Together, we keep dancing in our hearts—all day, every day!!

    Wishing You Peace,

    7/28/2011 7:07 AM UTC

  3. Joy - wrote:

    So excited about National Dance Day in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have 3 dance classes I’m planning to attend because the Cincinnati Ballet is offering FREE classes that day in support. Then planning to dance that night at the concert on Fountain Square. Can’t wait!

    7/28/2011 10:10 AM UTC

  4. Diana - wrote:

    How confusing – two of web sites say National Dance
    Day is July 31st – including this one – which is Sunday – today (Saturday) is July 30th

    7/30/2011 7:57 AM UTC

  5. The Cool Ones - wrote:

    I know I can’t see…. and usually miss the obvious….
    But I heard one could see clips submitted in honor of this NDD… but where………….?

    8/3/2011 12:51 PM UTC

  6. Isabel - wrote:

    I was wediornng if anyone was planning an event in western Washington. I live near Olympia and would love to know.

    2/9/2012 1:33 PM UTC

  7. Kamall - wrote:

    are thay only going to give us a week?is any one do any thing on east side cblomuus (eastland mall?) it so

    2/10/2012 11:30 PM UTC

  8. Kip - wrote:

    I can’t dance to coreography, but I love the show and think it would be fun to participate. Where’s it gonna happen in OKC, OK Maybe Audrey can get something going.

    6/27/2012 7:22 PM UTC

  9. carol may - wrote:

    life is better if you are dancing! do we know if there are any dance plans in dunedin/palm harbor/safety harbor/tampa/clearwater florida for the national dance day on july 31? let’s start something–carol may, i had open hart surgery not too long ago and need the happiness and the exercise!

    7/9/2012 2:35 PM UTC

  10. MacKenzie - wrote:

    Dancing is my LIFE!!!

    7/12/2012 2:05 PM UTC

  11. nancy m - wrote:

    please also see this link … Flash Mob in Beirut Airport!
    Dance is celebration of all accomplishments … so JOIN IN!

    7/19/2012 7:55 PM UTC

  12. Sue C - wrote:

    Happy People Dancing on Planet Earth
    What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society.

    7/21/2012 1:47 PM UTC

  13. Cyndee Lowe - wrote:

    What is the real date??? Saturday is July 28th – the 31st is Tuesday!!!!

    7/23/2012 8:04 AM UTC

  14. Sploozy - wrote:

    where do we find the video that teaches us how to do the dance…last year there were lessons for us to learn the dance then we could video it and send it in…I cant find a link for the dance routine.

    7/26/2012 8:54 AM UTC

  15. Wendy Connolly, So. Cal. Ceili Co. - wrote:

    We spent National Dance Day at the Traditional Music Gathering in Monrovia, dancing jigs, reels, and clogging to Looney’s Fortune and Kattywompus String Band.What great craic! (that means fun and comraderie) Folkies have always believed that dancing is part of life, for life, for everyone. We spread the word about National Dance Day, and they were excited! What else can we do to get the word out to the folk community next year?

    7/29/2012 8:52 AM UTC

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