2012's NDD festivities in L.A. (photo Valerie Macon/Getty Images North America)
This Saturday, July 25, dancers from around the country will be celebrating the art form we all looooooove so much. It's a big anniversary year for National Dance Day, too: The festival, launched in 2010 by Nigel Lythgoe's Dizzy Feet Foundation, is turning five. HBD, NDD!
As ever, there are lots of ways for you to get in on the dance action. If you’re based in or around L.A., NYC or Washington, D.C., you’re in particular luck: There are major events happening in each of those locations. The flagship L.A. celebration, held in Grand Park, will run from 11 am to 3 pm, and include all kinds of classes (led by the likes of Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Ray Leeper) and performances (Jacob Jonas the Company is one highlight). Over in NYC, Lincoln Center will be hosting its second annual NDD party from 10 am to 7 pm, featuring appearances by Lil Buck, Adam Shankman and Alex Wong. And D.C.'s three-hour event at the Kennedy Center, honoring the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will showcase the extraordinary artists of the physically integrated AXIS Dance Company, among others.
You also still have a little more than 24 hours to submit your videos of the official NDD routines. This year, they're choreographed by the fearless leaders of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 12: Team Street captain tWitch (beginner routine) and Team Stage captain Travis Wall (advanced). The instructional videos for the combos are below. And standout submissions will be featured on "SYT," so, yeah. Get on that.