Here's How to Celebrate National Dance Day This Year
Dancers celebrating National Dance Day 2016 in Boston (via YouTube)
Happy (almost) National Dance Day, everybody! 2017's "Dance Christmas" falls on Saturday, July 29—and there are all kinds of ways for you to join the party.
If you're in or around L.A. or Washington, DC, you're especially lucky: Those cities are hosting giant NDD events. From 10 am to 2 pm on the 29th, Angelenos can boogie down to Grand Park, where Nigel Lythgoe will be hosting a bunch of classes and interactive performances led by some of your favorite "So You Think You Can Dance" stars. Over at DC's Kennedy Center, the NDD festivities will run from 2 pm to 10:30 pm, and include dance lessons, performances, and a giant swing-dance social.
But there are plenty of ways for the rest of us to get in on the fun, too. The Kennedy Center will be livestreaming its big Millennium Stage performance at 6 pm on its website, for starters. Be sure to check the national registry of events to find fun NDD activities happening in your area, too. And as always, there's an official NDD routine for you to learn, film, and enter in the annual video contest. The prize for the two winning posters this year is especially awesome: a private dance class in L.A. with none other than Jade Chynoweth.👌👌👌
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.