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'National Dance Day' takes stage nationwide

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Nigel Lythgoe Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Judge of the hit FOX TV show “So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD)” which reignited America’s passion for dance and has become a pop culture phenomenon, announces that the 5th annual National Dance Day will take place on Saturday, July 26.  In a ground-breaking alliance bringing together three of the nation’s leading cultural organizations, National Dance Day events will kick off in Los Angeles, New York and in our nation’s capital Washington, D.C to encourage Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives. Jenna Elfman will host the Washington, D.C event at the Kennedy Center along with the male winner of season 10’s SYTYCD Fik-Shun Stegall.  SYTYCD breakout stars tWitch and Allison Holker will host the New York City event slated to take place at Lincoln Center.  Nigel Lythgoe and SYTYCD choreographer Chris Scott will lead the Los Angeles event at Grand Park and The Music Center, which is the West Coast’s official National Dance Day event.  All National Dance Day events are entirely free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Jenna Elfman, a classically trained dancer who has spent the better part of her life dedicated to dance said, "Dance has helped me through my career, my personal life and in my life as an artist.  It is so liberating to use one's body to communicate ideas and emotions, converting such into a creative sphere, whether one is expertly trained in dance or not.  Dance can take one out of their problems and put their attention outward into a more aesthetic existence and I am so happy to be part of National Dance Day celebrations in D.C and the Dizzy Feet Foundation!"

AXIS Dance Company will headline the Washington, D.C event at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, where it will offer a dance program that creates and supports “physically integrated dance,” a contemporary dance form that evolves from the collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities, in celebration of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  This performance is supported by the Rosemary Kennedy Education Fund, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. 

The Music Center is inviting dancers of all ages and skill levels to participate in Hip-Hop, Urban-Latin, Lyrical and Jazz dance routines at the all-day dance extravaganza with stages and activities in both Grand Park and on The Music Center Plaza.  Bollywood Dance choreographer Achinta McDaniel of Los Angeles’ Blue13 Dance Company will host The Music Center Plaza stage with performances and the opportunity for audiences to learn repertoire from some of Los Angeles’ best dance companies, including CONTRA-TIEMPO, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, and Hip-Hop group, Culture Shock LA.   Guests at Grand Park will also experience an informal dance party in the park’s historic fountain.  DJs from “Baby Loves Disco” will spin high energy favorites to keep participants dancing in the park all afternoon. 

A highlight of Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ day of free events, the Group Routines in New York will be led by the acclaimed team of tWitch and Allison Holker, at Lincoln Center’s iconic Revson Fountain.  Related events include “Baby Loves Disco,” a 10th anniversary celebration of this riotous dance party, for young children and grownups.  Teenage dancers from Rio’s baile funk scene, Batalha do Passinho, will lead a family-friendly workshop and dance class, demonstrating basic moves of this constantly evolving dance form.

In 2010, Nigel Lythgoe introduced the idea of a National Dance Day to the U.S. Congress in order to promote dance as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.  After he testified before Congress, and after Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D, Washington, DC) proposed a resolution in the House of Representatives, National Dance Day was officially adopted.  It occurs annually in America on the last Saturday in July.  It has become a grassroots event that belongs to the people — not to any corporation or organization.  National Dance Day encourages everyone from 8 to 80 years old to get up and dance.  In recent years, thousands across the nation have participated in dance flash mobs and community dance events they have organized in their home cities to celebrate the positive power of dance.  

The Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF) supports National Dance Day by creating instructional video routines that the public is invited to learn and mark with their own signature style.  The Dizzy Feet Foundation was established in 2009 to give children from low-income areas underserved access to the life-changing benefits of dance education.  By partnering with accredited schools of dance, the Dizzy Feet Foundation has awarded $330,000 in scholarships, and provided more than 30 youth dance programs nationally with over $380,000 in community funding to give children from low-income areas.   

As its official contribution to NDD, each year DFF produces and distributes instructional videos featuring dance routines for the public to learn. DFF encourages anyone and everyone to learn the routines and perform them on NDD.

This year the foundation has produced three routines. Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe has choreographed the “Everybody Dance” routine, along with an adapted “Seated” version, for people of all levels of ability to Eden’s “Too Cool to Dance,” and will be in Los Angeles to lead and teach the routine to all attendees at Grand Park.  SYTYCD choreographer Chris Scott will also be in Los Angeles to teach the Grand Park audience the “Advanced Routine” he created for those who like to challenge themselves to Mark Ballas’ “Get My Name.”  All three routines can be found on DFF’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/dizzyfeetfoundation).

DFF also encourages the public to submit videos of themselves performing the routines. Select videos may be included on SYTYCD and can be submitted via DFF’s Facebook page. 

"To have the 3 main Arts centers of America involved in National Dance Day is amazing. I'm hoping for smaller communities to organize events for themselves too. The incredible benefits of DANCE should reverberate throughout the Nation," said Lythgoe. 


The Kennedy Center is the only U.S. institution that presents a free performance 365 days a year.  Created in 1997 and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs, the Millennium Stage features a broad spectrum of performing arts each day at 6 p.m. Brought to the public by Target Stores and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, the Millennium Stage helps fulfill the Center’s mission of making the performing arts accessible to everyone.  In the past 16 years, more than 3 million visitors have seen 6,000 groups with performances as varied as:  jazz, ballet, storytelling, popular music, modern dance, opera, choral music, tap dance, theater, chamber music, symphonic music, puppetry, stand-up comedy, and cabaret.  Of the more than 43,000 performers that have appeared on the Millennium Stage, approximately 25,000 have been Washington-area artists and over 4,500 have been international performing artists representing more than 50 countries.  The Millennium Stage has also hosted artists representing all 50 states, and has presented more than 15,000 artists in their Kennedy Center debuts.  Since 1999, each night’s performance has been broadcast live over the Internet, and more than 4,430 of these performances have been digitally archived on the Kennedy Center’s website, http://kennedy-center.org


Inaugurated in 1971, Lincoln Center Out of Doors began as a small festival of street theater in collaboration with Everyman Theater (co-founded by actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.) Over its 43-year history, Out of Doors has commissioned more than 100 works from composers and choreographers and presented free performances by hundreds of major dance companies, renowned world-music artists, and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues and rock musicians. Since 2008 the festival has been produced by Lincoln Center’s Director of Public Programming, Bill Bragin, with Producer Jill Sternheimer. Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) which serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. LCPA presents more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, across 15 series, festivals, and programs, including Lincoln Center Out of Doors. For more information, visit http://LCOutofDoors.org    

A leader at the cultural heart of Los Angeles County, The Music Center brings to life one of the world's largest premier arts destinations by enabling compelling programming, creating opportunities for arts participation and providing first class venues and services.  Central to Los Angeles as "the creative capital" of the world, The Music Center is celebrated for its illustrious dance programming, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, and is home to four world-class resident companies – LA Phil, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale.  With The Music Center’s leadership, Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles has become a vibrant outdoor community gathering place for all and host to highly accessible and compelling signature events.  More than one-million audience members delight in the excitement of live performances on The Music Center's stages and in Grand Park and enjoy a broad range of free community arts events all year long across its outdoor campus.  For more information, visit http://www.musiccenter.org/


A vibrant outdoor gathering place, Grand Park is a beautiful public park for the entire community in Los Angeles County.  With expansive green space for gatherings large and small, Grand Park celebrates the county’s cultural vitality and is host to community events, cultural experiences, holiday celebrations, and many other activities that engage and attract visitors from all communities.  The 12-acre Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east, and is easily accessible by Metro via the Red/Purple line to the Civic Center/Grand Park station.  The park was named one of American Planning Association’s 10 “Great Public Spaces” in the U.S. for 2013.  Working closely with the county, The Music Center is responsible for all operations and programming for the park.  For more information, visit http://grandparkla.org/

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