NATIONAL DANCE DAY
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 #NationalDanceDay
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.
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