NATIONAL DANCE DAY | THIRD SATURDAY IN SEPTEMBER
Break out into a twirl or two-step on National Dance Day on the third Saturday in September. The day focuses on raising awareness about dance. It also encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.
Did you know it’s also National Square Dance Month?
As a cardiovascular exercise, dancing offers numerous benefits. The activity may be low or high impact. However, either one will increase aerobic fitness. Other benefits of dancing include:
- improved muscle tone
- weight management
- flexibility and strength
- strong bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
- improved balance
- increased cardiovascular health
- enhanced opportunity for social interaction
- helps boost mood
Also, age doesn’t matter. Your dancing partner may be a child or someone 20 years your senior. No matter how skilled you are, there’s always a new step to learn, too. Grab a partner and get dancing!
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL DANCE DAY
Turn on a favorite song and dance. Enroll children in dance classes. While you’re at it, sign yourself and a partner up for them, too. You’ll improve your health and your social life while engaging with someone you care about. Invite friends to join you and learn as a group. What better way to #CelebrateEveryDay than to start out dancing?
Types of Dances to Learn:
- Country Western
- Hip Hop
- Square Dance
- Line Dance
You can also take dance classes to improve your skills. Those who already sport some mad moves should offer to teach others. Watch your favorite dancers and try to keep step. Play dance video games and share your scores! While you’re teaching, learning, or just improvising, share your dance moves. Take a video while you’re having all this fun. Post on social media using #NationalDanceDay to encourage others to do so as well.
NATIONAL DANCE DAY HISTORY
“So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe founded National Dance Day in 2010. When the observance achieved national recognition in 2010, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton stepped up. She introduced a resolution to promote a national day for dance education and physical fitness.
Did You Know
The world of dance is much like the world of music, as times change both dance and music change too.
The Charleston was the popular dance of that age. However, jumping all the way into the 1980s and one could recognize many of the steps associated with HIp-Hop style of dance are very similar to the Charleston.
Fast forward 100 years past the days of The Roaring ’20s and we have a new social phenomenon taking hold of the dance scene – TikTok. While many of us older folk today struggle with the concept of short videos and the dancing that happens, the craze of TikTok is here to stay. Discover National Day Calendar right here on TikTok.