National Dance Day Being Recognized with Official Act of Congress

National Dance Day, a grassroots movement taking place on Saturday, July 31 that encourages the people of this nation to get up and move, is being recognized with an official act of Congress. Created by Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and co-creator of the hit FOX series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and founder of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, the aim of National Dance Day is to promote health and self-esteem through the art form of dance.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, will introduce a National Dance Day resolution at a press conference on Saturday, July 31 in Washington, D.C., to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S.

In January, Congresswoman Norton introduced the Lifelong Improvements in Food and Exercise (LIFE) Act to promote exercise and diet changes. Norton’s LIFE bill directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be a lead agency in combating obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

“More than 30 percent of Americans are obese, and childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years,” said Norton. “Television shows such as SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE are not only entertaining but are also encouraging people to live a physically active lifestyle. Holding a National Dance Day in the nation’s capital is a terrific way to promote fitness and fight obesity.”

Additionally, Congresswoman Norton will host her own National Dance Day flash mob on the National Mall (between 3rd St & 4th St SW) from 1:00-5:00 PM featuring local dance enthusiasts, representatives from dance schools and organizations and former SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE finalists.

“National Dance Day does not ‘belong’ to any single corporation, television show or charity,” said Lythgoe. “It belongs to the people. It will be up to the individuals, corporations and charities of this country to come up with ways to take part – wherever they may be and whatever their motivation: whether it’s to lose weight, raise money for a nonprofit or just have fun. It is my hope that countless exciting dance ideas will come to fruition on National Dance Day, like the world’s longest conga line in Miami or the world’s longest kick line in front of Radio City Music Hall or scores of breakdancers taking over the Venice boardwalk. The sky is the limit.”

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60 comments on “National Dance Day Being Recognized with Official Act of Congress“

  1. deb - wrote:

    So you think you can dance this year was a trip.. They always praise the dancers that are average and dawg out the dancers that are good. The dancer they want to win never get difficult dances. If they do that style of dance is watered down.. Especially the hip hop.. The dancer they want to win always, always get Tap and Nap and they water down the hip hop. If a true hip hopper get Tap and Nap the routine is of the chain.. Mia I think is prejuidice every season any great black male dancer she alway dawg out. She dawg out Brandon, Ade’ and this year Adechicke’. Lauren would not have gotten all that praise if Ashley wasn’t injuried. Her dancing is not as wonderful as the judges want you to think. She always get watered down style. The judges just want a female in the finale. So they praise every little thing she does and America know it.. She will not win this year. It not just her. I love Kent but he always get his style and if he get something out of he style it is watered down also.

    8/4/2010 5:58 PM UTC

  2. DJ - wrote:

    This is the worse season with respect to format, professionalism and comments from the judges. It can work but the problem is that it was clear from the start who was the judge’s favorite. Once that person was injured the the judges selected the next in line as the winner of the show. The females and other males did not stand a chance. If this is really about the voters selecting the dancers, then there is no reason or excuse for the judges to consistently tell one male dancer that he is the best and no one else has a chance of winning. This is the most powerful way to influence the voters, the majority of which are young females.

    It is evident that Mia does not like black male dancers. This is no surprise as her same attitude has been displayed each and every year when there are talented strong black males who have formal training. The ones that did not have formal training were exceptional such that there was no denying thier accomplishments. Further, Mia has been mean spirited in her comments to Aoechike. She must have been called out on it, by the viewers, because she tried to address it on one show but it did not last long. No matter what he did it was wrong. Sadly, this applies to all of the judges. Usually when they can not find anything wrong with his dancing the comments were general, vague and appeared to be be personal attacks from the fact that he did not smile and/or looked mean or they needed more. I wish the judges would review the tapes of this year and others and they will find that when there is nothing else to say they have always claimed that the black males were were either angry, arrogant and not connected to their partners (the angry black male syndrone). Aoechike has worked hard and did everything asked but has taken a beat down each and every week. Even the 4th judge, this week and last, joined in on the attacks. Aoechike is the true professional and a remarkable strong black man. Ironically when the other dances were asked to make comments about each other they all stated how Aoechike was the one that was always smiling and happy and was everyone’s and their mother’s best friend.

    The females did not really stand a chance this year even though it is possible that one may win. Way to go. Once again the bias of the judges was evident. They repeatedly eliminated the females and when one of their chosen males should have gone home they eliminated a female. The eliminated female was one of the best dancers and should not have been selected to leave. To add insult to injury the following week Mia once again was so unprofessional that she told the tap dancer that they made a mistake the week before and she should have been eliminated. This before the elimination decision. SHAME ON YOU Mia!!!!!!! If you and the other judges made a mistake then you should have owned it and keep that to your self. These are young people and while it is true that you have to evaluate them there is no excuse for trying to destroy them.

    The judging leaves much to be desired. Have it your way judges and the male that you want to win most likely will even though he is clearly not the best dancer. This is not to take from his talent and potential but everything looks the same. They all but crowned him the winner tonight. The viewers may not be “the professionals” but they know and can see what is happening.

    I hope that Aoechike gets as many votes as possible, but it is clear the judges made a decision to once again target him to be eliminated since they will not have another chance to select the person. It was as if this was Aoechike’s farewell from the judges. This is clearly not the way this show should be runned. It is all about the power of persuasion and the judges influence. Besides, we have no way of knowng if the vote results are accurate or if the judges make the final decision. It is all about busines and who they want to market. Mmmm.

    Well. there is always next year, but probably more of the same. Enjoy if you continue to watch. I had enough. One of my suggestions would be to bring back Mary Murphy and please get rid of Mia!!!!!!!!!!!

    8/4/2010 6:17 PM UTC

  3. zoey - wrote:

    Mia micheals—- I am a dancer ..I’m so horrifed with mia .. u are such a racist bi***- it is a shame.u r a hateful and mean person. U suck and U get an F.maybe someone should comment on u. Wh**E!!!!! This is why no one wants u and ur lonley!! Forever u will be.. U have such an ugly spirt in turn makes u ugly.

    8/4/2010 9:00 PM UTC

  4. Jazzy - wrote:

    I have been a fan and committed viewer for all but the first season, and I don’t recall being so disgusted with such biased judging. It is very apparent that you guys pick your favorites and hammer the rest. Please remember the show is “Our” favorite dancer. Please let us judge without your personal bashing. I definitely appreciate your “professional” opinions, but this season it has felt like all personal. I am at the point that I fast forward past the judging. I am really disappointed because this is really on of my favorite shows.
    Thanks for the opportunity to voice my opinion. I mean no disrespect to the judges, but you are killing my enthusiasm for SYTYCD!

    8/5/2010 8:44 AM UTC

  5. LM - wrote:

    Well said DJ. I could not have said it any better. I watched the show last night with such disappointment. The judges made every effort to persuade viewers not to vote for Aoechike . My heart went out to the young man because he only received praised one week out of all the weeks the show has been on the air. It just so happened the week of praise was when Mia Michaels gave that less than half sincere apology. I would hope the network review the comments and make necessary changes because this current season has boarded on discrimination. Hoping for a better next season.

    8/5/2010 4:47 PM UTC

  6. Rosie Rocha - wrote:

    It disgust me when judges make comments such as: “If this was the finale, you would win the contest.” That influenes voters and it’s like the judges are promoting certain dancers. Also, statements like they are ready to hire them. Really? Then on tonight’s show, I knew Adechike would be eliminated but “of course” the first 2 saved would be Lauren and Kent. Why couldn’t they make it Lauren and Robert for the first 2 or Robert and Kent – noooooooooo – I just knew the Robert would be 3rd. It just makes it look like there’s some prejedice involved. Especially when they say it’s not in any particular order. I knew Robert would be announced 3rd and it totally made me sick! Just what our country needs to see!

    8/5/2010 7:19 PM UTC

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  8. JB - wrote:

    I am so disappointed that the video submitted of the Dancing Docs that were Dancing for Cancer Care (on a roof top in DC) did not air. What a worthy cause which I thought would be supported by not only the Judges but Fox :(

    8/13/2010 6:47 PM UTC

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