NDD routine dancers (from left) Chelsie Hill, Jashaun Gamble, Tatiana McQuay, Matt Steffanina, Hannahlei Cabanilla, Criscilla Anderson and Will Simmons (courtesy American Dance Movement)

The 2019 National Dance Day Routine Has Arrived

Grab your dancing shoes and put on those thinking caps—the dance video we've been waiting for is here!

American Dance Movement (formerly known as Dizzy Feet) just released this year's Official National Dance Day (NDD) routine, and it has us feeling electric.

The routine is choreographed by none other than Matt Steffanina (who's casually the most-followed dancer in the world, thanks to his 10 million YouTube subscribers), and set to the high-energy Dua Lipa/Silk City collab "Electricity."


In the video, Steffanina breaks the combo down move by move, assisted by a team of dance icons including Rollettes founder Chelsie Hill and Season 15 "So You Think You Can Dance" winner Hannahlei Cabanilla. Staying true to the everyone's-invited spirit of NDD, the routine features plenty of options to modify each step based on your own abilities. And now that NDD's been moved from late July to September 21st, you and your dance buds have a whole three months to rehearse and add your own signature flair (formations, levels, cannons, we expect it all from our DS readers).

Check out the video below to start learning the routine. Once you've got the combo down, post your own video to show your stuff. And if September 21st can't come fast enough for you, start looking for an official NDD event taking place near you—or better yet, register your own!


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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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