Did you hear the news, dance friends? National Dance Day has moved! Rather than falling at the end of July (as it has since 2010), going forward the holiday will be held on the third Saturday in September—September 21st this year. And that means you still have a little more than two weeks to plan your celebrations.
NDD 2019 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Here are five reasons to get hyped about our favorite holiday.
1. There'll be super-fun (and super-FREE) events in both Orange County and Washington, DC.
Hannahlei Cabanilla (photo by Erin Baiano)
If you're in or around either the O.C. or the nation's capital, you're in particular luck! The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the official West Coast host of NDD, will be putting on a celebration featuring "So You Think You Can Dance" winner Hannahlei Cabanilla and "SYT" standout Jay Jay Dixonbey. East Coast host The Kennedy Center will present a full day of dance events, including classes and performances. And none of this will cost you a dime.
2. There are also oodles of other NDD parties happening all over the country.
Search the registry to see what's going on in your neck of the woods!
3. Or, you can host your very own NDD celebration.
A dance class? A dance performance? A dance movie marathon? A big ol' dance party? Yes, yes, yes, and yes PLEASE! Get planning, and be sure to register your event on the official site so others can find it, too.
4. This year's official NDD routine was choreographed by the most-followed dancer in the WORLD.
That'd be Mr. Matt Steffanina, who put together a fun little combo to Dua Lipa's "Electricity." Watch it, learn it, and post videos of your take on it using the hashtags #DanceWithADM, #NationalDanceDay, and #DanceMadeMeDoIt. And don't forget to donate to American Dance Movement after submitting your video. Speaking of which:
5. The whole shebang is a fundraiser for a really good cause.
All NDD-related fundraising events will benefit American Dance Movement, formerly known as the Dizzy Feet Foundation. ADM supports dance education programs for underserved students—and, through a new partnership with the American Heart Association, encourages the building of healthier communities through dance.