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HAPPY NATIONAL DANCE DAY!

Unable to join a National Dance Day event near you? No problem!

Watch a live stream of some of our celebrations from The Kennedy Center here from 2pm EST today.

ABOUT NATIONAL DANCE DAY

Established in 2010 by Dizzy Feet co-founder, Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration dedicated to dance, that encourages Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives. By creating a focused day of celebration, Dizzy Feet Foundation aims to educate the public about dance and its many benefits, as well as make dance accessible and inclusive to everyone.

Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF) believes that participation in dance connects the mind and body, promotes health and wellbeing, connects us with others and enables us to find joy through dance and movement. National Dance Day (NDD) is a day of celebrating dance, in all its forms, and takes place annually on the last Saturday in July.

Accessible to everyone at every ability level, National Dance Day provides:

  • An instructional video, made available online, for people to view, learn and share with others wherever they are
  • Dizzy Feet Co-Hosted events in two key cities, providing free dance classes and performances for all ages and skills levels, with information from a range of community dance organizations
  • Nation-wide Event Registration that encourages and supports individuals & communities, as they celebrate NDD
  • Strong online presence, allowing everyone to participate, no matter where they are across America

National Dance Day 2017

July 29, 2017

As we launch our 8th year of National Dance Day Celebrations, we’re looking forward to sharing another day of dance with everyone.

YouTube Red, in partnership with Dizzy Feet, is excited to join National Dance Day Celebrations with a routine inspired by moves from Step Up: High Water, the highly-anticipated dance drama series inspired by the global movie phenomenon. Ne-Yo, Naya Rivera and Faizon Love will star in this new, original series from Lionsgate that will debut on YouTube Red this Fall.

2017 Sponsors

Please Note: the Dizzy Feet Foundation and National Dance Day logos are Trademarked logos. Outside of the official poster provided to registered events, these logos cannot be used by anyone outside of official National Dance Day Host Venues and Sponsors in any given year.  If you would like a copy of our Official National Dance Day Supporter Poster, please be sure to register your event below. Poster graphics & design , whole or part, can also not be replicated or altered.

The Routine

Each year Dizzy Feet produces and distributes instructional video/s featuring dance routines offering participants, across the United States, a free opportunity to learn an original choreography, uniting dancers and dance enthusiasts everywhere, by performing it wherever they are as part of a national day of dance.

Created by well known choreographers, and featuring dancers from popular dance TV shows & movies, our Accessible Routine is aimed at a range of dance abilities to ensure everyone can participate. Additionally, Dizzy Feet has also created an Adapted Routine aimed to support those who may need to make modifications the main routine video.

The Accessible video and the associated track will be available here and the Dizzy Feet Youtube Channel one month prior to National Dance Day on June 29. The Adapted routine video will be available July 3.

Please Note: Not all choreography is suitable for everyone. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise to avoid/reduce the risk of injury. Do not start any dance if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while dancing you should stop immediately. Perform any routine at your own risk. Dizzy Feet will not be responsible or liable for any injury sustained as a result of your participation in any Dizzy Feet sponsored routines.

2017 National Dance Day Routine

This year, Dizzy Feet is pleased to work in partnership with YouTube Red to create the Accessible Routine. Featuring Jade Chynoweth and Carlito Olivero from the new YouTube Red original series Step Up: High Water, this is a fun simple routine for everyone to learn. Along with series choreographer, Jamaica Craft, the cast will break down the choreography to District 78’s, “Shake, Wiggle, Move”

TOP TIP: Remember to mirror the performers to make sure you are using the right side of your body while dancing the routines.

Adaptive Routine

Since National Dance Day is for everyone, Dizzy Feet has also put together a version of this year’s routine that highlights ways you can translate the movements to make it fun and accessible for everyone.

Watch as dancer, Chelsie Hill, takes you through examples of how she makes the dance her own, and encourages others find what works for them. You can also send us your own version of the routine, or share how you’ve translated the movements to your style or ability level, so we can share them with everyone. You can event submit your video for our competition!

Here are some ways you can play around with the choreography to make it your own:

  • Slow down the timing if it’s a little fast
  • Finding the footwork tricky in places? It’s fine to just do the arms & keep the feet still.
  • Unable to get the jump in? Take it out, repeat a movement or add a movement of your choice if you need to

As you’re learning and rehearsing the routine, your welcome to make adjustments to the choreography that allows everyone to participate.

2017 National Dance Day Video Competition

You’ve learnt the routine, so why not show us how you do it!  

Each year we ask the public to share a video of themselves doing the National Dance Day routine.

Watch and learn the official National Dance Day routine and take a video of yourself performing the routine in your own style. Feel free to get creative with it or keep it simple with the original steps! You can get together with your friends, dance classmates in your neighborhood studio, gather your family in your living room, or perform a solo in a nearby park. Whatever way you chose, just get dancing!

Your video can be as creative as you like – a simple video of you doing the NDD routine, your own interpretation of routine video or a video inspired by this year’s routine that incorporates your own style! 

All videos should be no longer than 2 minutes in length. No need to worry about the technology – it’s the quality of the subject matter and capturing the spirit of National Dance Day that counts!

Once you have your video, upload it to YouTube, tag it using the hashtags #nationaldanceday2017 and #StepUpandDance, and submit the form below.

GRAND PRIZE: We will be hosting two dancers from the video with the most votes in a dance class with featured Step Up Series actress and dancer Jade Chynoweth! You will meet Jade in LA for a private dance class and get a chance to show off some of your own moves! See terms & conditions for complete details.

Here’s a little bit more about Jade: Jade has acted and danced in everything from viral YouTube videos by renowned choreographers to blockbuster films such as ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ to her latest venture as actress and dancer in Step Up Series: High Water launching on YouTube Red this fall. Jade is constantly pushing the boundaries of dance and showing off her dancing/acting skills to her huge, worldwide social media following (1M on Instagram, 36K on Twitter). Anything else you would like to know about her, visit her on Instagram (@jadebug98), Twitter (@JadeChynoweth) or YouTube (untilitsnotfun).

Additionally, the video with the most votes will be played across all Dizzy Feet Foundation social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat) and Step Up Series social media (Twitter, Facebook & Instagram) on July 31st with a call out from Nigel and Adam.

Please note: All videos will go through a confirmation process before posting on our site. You will be able to view your video, share it with your friends, and get votes within 48 hours of submitting the form below. If you do not see your video within 48 hours, please try submitting it again.

Getting the Nation Dancing – How to get involved

Central to DFF’s mission, is increasing exposure to dance (in all its forms) and highlighting dance’s many benefits. National Dance Day supports the realization of this mission by encouraging community partners across the United States to become involved and engaged with the day’s celebrations. Through this grassroots campaign, DFF hopes to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to move the body, maintain good health and bring joy to their life.

With participation growing every year, we’ve seen events registered in 35 states and online participation in the millions, through participants uploading and sharing their National Dance Day videos.

National Dance Day offers free access to dance, supports diversity and inclusion, and encourages participants to celebrate the art of dance through movement.

THE MUSIC CENTER

The Music Center partners with The Dizzy Feet Foundation to present the West Coast’s flagship free celebration of National Dance Day for the sixth year, featuring a dance extravaganza with both performances and participatory elements. The event takes place in Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday July 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Experience some of Los Angeles’ best dance companies, as well as enjoy music and dancing in the Grand Park fountain. Check back for official routines and event schedule. All ages welcome. Food and beverages available for purchase onsite.

For more information, please visit the Music Center event page.

THE KENNEDY CENTER

In Washington, D.C., National Dance Day is celebrated with free, family-friendly events open to all. Beginning at 2 p.m. and featuring special guest dancers, interactive dance lessons, and performances in a wide variety of dance styles, as well as the official National Dance Day routine for this year’s event, is led by a well-known dance star, to be announced. This performance coincides with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Center’s free, daily performance series. At 7:30 p.m., Dancing Under the Stars begins with a beginner-level swing dance lesson by Gottaswing, followed by two hours of dancing with The Tom Cunningham Orchestra. All are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/.

Create Your Own Event

Unable to attend one of our Co-Hosted events? Why not host your own!

Since National Dance Day is for everyone, Dizzy Feet also encourages the public to create their own celebratory National Dance Day events in their communities. Get your local schools, studios, neighbors, and businesses involved!

We encourage you to be creative with your events! Suggested ideas:

Host a NDD fundraising event to raise money for Dizzy Feet and help support our mission to provide great access to dance.  Thank you!

  • Host a NDD fundraising event for your non-profit organization
  • Organize an ice cream social dance party (It is summer after all!)
  • Organize a Flash Mob in your area
  • Host a dance-a-thon 

The possibilities are endless, and we look forward to hearing your creative ideas!

Dizzy Feet also provides support to individuals and communities who are inspired to host their own celebration in their respective cities.  See details on registering your event and fundraising for Dizzy Feet for information on how to become an Official National Dance Day Supporter or Participant for 2017.

Register Your Event and Become An Official National Dance Day Participant

To help get your events up and running (or should we say, dancing?) we’ve created a National Directory of Events for people like you to register your event.

By registering your event, you become an official National Dance Day Participant and part of a national dance community of dancers, choreographers, dance students, dance audience, dance enthusiasts, dance advocates, dance parents ….. you get the idea.

This year, you’ll also be asked to indicate whether your event will also be fundraising to support Dizzy Feet, to provide greater access to dance education for youth in underserved communities.

By registering your event on our National Directory of Events, you’ll receive a Community Information Pack with information and tips to help you get your celebrations underway. This year, we’re excited to also include an official National Dance Day poster, ready for you to simply enter details of your event, recognizing you as an Official Participant of National Dance Day 2017.

Once registered, share details of your event and let people know how you’re celebrating National Dance Day 2017.

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Dance To Give Back

Did you know that National Dance Day raises money for Dizzy Feet Foundation and you can too?

Funding received through sponsorships and donations on National Dance Day provide the necessary support for our Community Programs.  Dizzy Feet makes grants to community organizations and other tax-exempt entities in the United States, providing dance education programs to children in underserved communities within the US. Through its grant recipients, Dizzy Feet seeks to give children the experience of dance, educate them about the many styles of dance, and to expose them to the lifelong benefits that dance has to offer.

In doing so, Dizzy Feet is able to:

  • Increase access to high-quality dance education across the United States, through the community programs we fund
  • Support dance programs that provide an outlet for creative expression, benefiting children with life skills that go beyond the dance class
  • Increase appreciation for dance, the art of dance, and movement
  • Share the benefits and joy of dance, particularly to those who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience it

Not only does National Dance Day provide free access to dance for everyone, it also allows the community to come together and raise money for a great cause.  Your fundraising event can help contribute to our shared vision and mission, and passion for dance.  Dizzy Feet will also formally recognize events who fundraise for the foundation on the National Dance Day page as an official “National Dance Day Supporter”.

Why Fundraise for Dizzy Feet?

Dizzy Feet Foundation has a mission to sponsor, fund and/or support dance education programs which expose children in underserved communities with access to the lifelong benefits of dance education through and with local community organizations.

To date, our community grants have:

  • Provided support to 67 dance programs in 25 states
  • With $1million in funding grants
  • Given access to the life-long benefits of dance to 150,000+ children
  • 82% of those served from underserved communities
  • Supporting dance programming in school, through after-school instruction and social service agencies

By donating to Dizzy Feet Foundation on National Dance Day, you will be helping to increase support to our 2017-18 Community Grants nationally.  

Donating is Easy!

Here’s how you can help increase access to dance:

  1. Register your event on our National Dance Day Event Directory.
  2. When registering your event on our National Event Directory, let us know if you intend to fundraise at your event in support of Dizzy Feet – whilst not compulsory, we appreciate any support given on our national day of dance. Find creative ways to raise money – the ideas on how to raise money are endless!  
  3. Collect the money and count how much you have raised at the end of the event.
  4. Head to www.dizzyfeetfounation.com/donate/ to learn the best way to donate that money raised.  You can submit your donation online or write a check out to Dizzy Feet Foundation.
  5. Share your success!  Share your fundraising successes on social media and your support for making dance accessible

Sharing Your Support for Dance

Social media is the perfect way to increase engagement and involvement on National Dance Day. Help us to get the nation dancing by using your social media outlets to share pictures, videos and personal reflections about dance, to help create awareness for dance.

2017 National Dance Day Hashtags

Tag your posts on social media using the hashtags below in your posts so we can see what you’re doing and get dance trending on National Dance Day

#NationalDanceDay2017

#StepUpanddance

Don’t forget to follow Dizzy Feet across our social media and like our Facebook page for updates and news about National Dance Day. You’ll also get some special behind the scenes sneak peeks at our Co-Hosted events in Los Angeles & D.C.

Partners & Sponsors

PARTNERS

The Music Center

As L.A.’s performing arts destination, The Music Center is L.A.’s home to the world’s greatest artistic programs and events.  With four iconic theaters and four renowned resident companies – Center Theatre Group, the LA Master Chorale, the LA Opera and the LA Philharmonic – and recognized for its illustrious dance programming, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, The Music Center is a destination where audiences find inspiration in the very best of live performance, as well as nationally recognized arts education and participatory arts experiences.  With The Music Center On Location, the non-profit performing arts organization brings events and activities to locations outside of its Downtown Los Angeles campus.  The Music Center also programs and manages Grand Park, a 12-acre adjacent greenspace, with year-round free programming.  For more information, visit musiccenter.org Follow The Music Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@MusicCenterLA).

 

The Kennedy Center

Partnering with The Dizzy Feet Foundation for the fifth year, the Kennedy Center will host this year’s free activities right in the heart of the nation’s capital. The Kennedy Center is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy. Under the guidance of Chairman David M. Rubenstein, and President Deborah F. Rutter, the nine theaters and stages of the nation’s busiest performing arts facility attract more than three million visitors to more than 2,000 performances each year, while center-related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts reach 40 million more around the world. The Center produces and presents performances of music, dance, comedy, and theater; supports artists in the creation of new work; and serves the nation as a leader in arts education. With its artistic affiliates, the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera, the Center has produced more than 300 theatrical productions, and dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works, in addition to hosting numerous international cultural festivals. The Center and its affiliates stage more than 400 free performances by artists from throughout the world each year on the Center’s main stages, and every day of the year at 6 p.m. on its Millennium Stages, which are also streamed live, online. To learn more about the Kennedy Center, please visit www.kennedy-center.org.

SPONSORS

Many thanks to our 2017 Title Sponsor, YouTube Red, for their generous support of this year’s event and partnership with the Accessible Routine.

YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives you access to YouTube Red Original Movies and Series like Step Up: High Water. In addition, you get a premium music service and an uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Gaming and YouTube Kids. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea.

About YouTube

Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.

Official National Dance Day Supporters

With thanks to the following community groups, organizations and individuals who pledged financial support to Dizzy Feet for National Dance Day.

  • The Academy of Performance Arts with Mastry’s Brewing Co. (FL)
  • Power & Grace Gym and Dance Studio (PA)
  • Upload LA (CA)
  • Weimer Factory Auto Outlet (MD)
  • Gold’s Gym Largo (FL)
  • AK Dance Away ( )
  • Greensboro National Dance Day Event (NC)