Did you know that the third Saturday in September is National Dance Day? That’s a reason for a party! National Dance Day is an annual day that encourages people to celebrate dance as a fun and positive way to promote health. Of course, getting a group together these days is rather difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, if you’re struggling with coming up with a plan for celebrating during this tough time, we have a few suggestions.
Reasons for National Dance Day
Dance is a great activity to have as a recognized national day because of its many benefits. In the past, we have written several blogs on the topic. There are so many advantages that result from dancing, such as:
- Increasing cardiovascular health
- Managing weight
- Improving muscle tone
- Improving balance
- Strengthening bones and reduces risk of osteoporosis
- Helping to improve mood
- Offering opportunities for social interaction
History of National Dance Day
Nigel Lythgoe, one of the co-creators of the television show “So You Think You Can Dance,” founded National Dance Day in 2010. It didn’t take long for the observance to achieve national recognition. As a result, American Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced a resolution to promote a national day for dance education and physical fitness. National Dance Day (NDD) has now become a phenomenon with dancers and dance fans learning an official NDD routine each year, high-profile events at places like the Kennedy Center, and many parties.
Things To Do To Celebrate National Dance Day
The main thing is to do something to celebrate that there is dance in our lives. Even if you have limited mobility and aren’t able to move much or if you think you have two left feet, you can still think about dancing and what it provides to the world!
Here are five things you can do to celebrate dance this year:
Play some favorite songs and dance
It can be cathartic to just let go and move your body to music, even if you aren’t technically doing a specific dance. Give yourself permission to look a little crazy. Maybe you’ll make this a daily ritual!
Take a dance class
This can be an opportunity for learning something new, like a new dance. Virtual classes and private lessons are available if you aren’t ready to get into a group situation. And, if you are tired and bored from being at home, this gives you something to do that is good for you!
Check out your city to see if it is hosting performances
Many cities have dance performances on National Dance Day and this year they will be virtual.
Watch a classic Hollywood movie/musical
There are so many great movies that incorporate dance. Maybe you can do a marathon of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. Classic Hollywood movies like “Singing In The Rain” or a more recent movie like “Dirty Dancing” can get you in the mood. Celebrate dance by watching the best of the best!
Read a dance book
You can find a host of books on Amazon or at your local library that are about famous dancers, the history of dance, and even instructional. Reading a book about dance is a great way to celebrate dance!
Contact Us for Dance Classes in Raleigh!
If you fear you’re missing out on the fun and would like to learn to dance or learn a new dance, don’t wait to get started! For information on our dance classes, call us today at 919-489-4313 or fill out the contact form below!