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National Dance Day

Get grooving and join in on the fun of National Dance Day - dance your way to health, happiness, and self-expression!
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Introduction

It's time to get your groove on as National Dance Day is just around the corner! Celebrated every Third Saturday in September, this day has been around since 2010 and is dedicated to celebrating the joys of dance. From folk dancing to hip hop, there are so many styles that you can learn and enjoy. Not only is dance a great form of exercise and an amazing way to express yourself, it’s also been proven to improve mental wellbeing and reduce stress levels. So don't miss out on this opportunity to let loose and have some fun!

History of National Dance Day

National Dance Day Dates

National Dance Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Dance Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Dizzy Feet Foundation, co-founded by Nigel Lythgoe, the producer of So You Think You Can Dance, launched National Dance Day to promote health and wellness.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Congressional Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>U.S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced a resolution which officially recognized the holiday in the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Dance Day Special Event</div><div class='timeline-text'>A formal event was orchestrated by the Dizzy Feet Foundation at Los Angeles Center Studios, featuring performances by dance groups from all around the country.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Dance Day Goes International</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Dance Day officially expanded to international participation, with classes, demonstrations, and performances happening worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Date Change</div><div class='timeline-text'>The holiday was moved from the last Saturday in July to the third Saturday in September to encourage participation in communities and schools.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Dance Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a flash mob</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather a group of friends and choreograph a dance to perform in a public space. Pick a time and day and get the word out. Before you know it, you’ll have a crowd of people joining in.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go to a dance performance</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head out to your local theater or arts center and see what dance performances they may have on offer. From ballet to contemporary dance, there are so many styles to explore.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a dance party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check out your local clubs or events for dance parties or DJ nights. Shake it up with some of your favorite tunes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a dance lesson</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Whether you're looking for hip hop, salsa, swing, or tango, there is sure to be something for everyone. Find a local studio and try something new!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a music video</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Come up with your own unique choreography and film it! You can create something totally unique and share it with the world.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Dance Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Dancing brings joy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There's nothing like getting out of your comfort zone and letting loose on the dance floor. It can be a great way to express yourself, have fun with friends, and get some exercise all at once! Whether you love freestyle dancing or prefer more traditional styles, there's something for everyone.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Dancing is a form of communication</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Dancing isn't just about making shapes and grooving to the music. It's also a form of communication - you can use body language and facial expressions to express emotion, as well as convey a message or story. Plus, it's a great way to meet new people and share cultures!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Everyone can participate in National Dance Day</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Dance Day is an opportunity for everyone - from beginners to professional dancers - to come together and celebrate their love of dancing. Join in with some Zumba classes or grab your family and friends for an evening of cha cha sliding. No matter what style you choose, it'll be an experience you won't forget!</p></div></div>

5 Moving Facts for National Dance Day

<div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">1</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Dance Can Improve Cognitive Ability</h3><p class="facts-content">Studies have shown that dance can strengthen neurons in the brain and enhances memory - leading to a decrease in dementia tendencies in the elderly.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">2</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">The Oldest Known Dance - 9000 Years Old</h3><p class="facts-content">The oldest known dance, according to historic findings, is a 5,000-9,000 year old ritual dance from India.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">3</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Swan Lake - A Masterpiece of Russian Ballet</h3><p class="facts-content">One of the most famous and loved ballets is Swan Lake which premiered first in Moscow in 1877 but only gained massive popularity after being revived by choreographers Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">4</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Dancing Rats For Pest Control</h3><p class="facts-content">The legend of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" can be linked back to 'dance mania' or 'dancing plague' that struck Europe during the 14th-17th centuries where people danced uncontrollably until they collapsed due to exhaustion.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">5</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Dance in Space</h3><p class="facts-content">The first dance performed in space was a Hawaiian hand gesture dance, performed by astronaut Ellison Onizuka aboard the Discovery Space Shuttle in 1985.</p></div></div>

National Dance Day FAQs

When is National Dance Day?

National Dance Day Dates

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Date
Day

2023

Sep 16

Saturday

2024

Sep 21

Saturday

2025

Sep 20

Saturday

2026

Sep 19

Saturday

2027

Sep 18

Saturday

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