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13 of the Best Moments from National Dance Day 2019

Saturday, September 21st was one for the books, as dancers all across the country showed up and showed OUT for our favorite holiday: National Dance Day. From attending the flagship Orange County and DC events to posting epic videos of the official NDD routine, dancers of all ages, styles and skill levels joined in on the action. We at Dance Spirit were thrilled, and super proud, to see the dance community come together to celebrate the art form we love the most. Take a look at some of the highlights from the 10th annual NDD!


On the East Coast, dancers congregated at the Kennedy Center's new outdoor space for workshops and performances by dance standouts, including students from Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

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DS September cover girl Autumn Miller sharing yet another of her signature jaw-dropping moves.

Students at Sarasota Ballet School in Florida showed off some true trina versatility with the official NDD routine.

Dancers from Planet Dance in Lowell, MA, took their dance party outside of the studio.

Kids from Greenhouse Arts Center in NYC busted some major grooves in their video of the official routine.

We loved the energy of these students from TranscenDance Studios in Oak Park, IL.

There's nothing we stan more than a high-energy dance circle, especially after an all-levels African Dance master class at the Kennedy Center.

Our whole entire mood waking up this past Saturday, courtesy of Freed Movement Academy director Fred Vassallo.

To all the dancers out there, we salute you—not just on National Dance Day, but every day!

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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